Poll: What’s Your Favorite Powers Boothe Performance?

We were saddened to hear of the loss of one of our favorite character actors, Powers Boothe, who died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 68. Starting his career in the late 1970s, appearing in projects like Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl, he first rose to national acclaim with his Emmy-winning performance in The Guyana Tragedy: The Jim Jones Story. He worked constantly throughout his career, playing likable characters and heavies alike in projects like Southern Comfort, Tombstone, and the Sin City films. Recent years have had Boothe shining in high-profile TV roles like 24, Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In light of his passing, we’d like you to tell us which of his performances was your favorite. Whichever one you choose, rest assured that Boothe leaves behind an incredible legacy as a reliable character actor great.

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  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    If I had to choose only one of the ones which you actually listed I would have picked Cpt. Hardin from “Southern Comfort”. But seriously, is “Red Dawn” such a bad movie you couldn’t include Lt. Col Andy Tanner? I happened to enjoy that movie. But then, I liked just about every us against the Commies movies that came out during that time. And yes, that includes “First Blood Part II”….

    • Butch Knouse

      His screen time in Red Dawn was brief. He also played Phillip Marlowe in a 6 episode Showtime series in the early 80s, the series was set in the 40s.

      • Bogart

        “Marlowe”: There were actually 11 episodes, on HBO – well worth tracking down if you’re a Marlowe or film noir fan.

        • Butch Knouse

          He did have a line in Red Dawn that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. One of the Kids: “So who is on our side” Tanner: “Six Hundred million screaming Chinamen.” Kid: “I thought there were 1 billion Chinese” Tanner: “There were”.

  • Bryan Ruffin

    Powers Boothe was a good actor. I can’t say he was great, but his presence was always huge on camera! Red Dawn was a good example, small role that simply cannot be forgotten nor displaced. Problem is, he had so few leading roles. He did well in them, just better as supporting.

  • Michael Klossner

    He should be remembered for Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, 1983-86, with lines like “I felt like I was on a trip through the sewers in a glass-bottom boat.”

  • Al Dorph

    I chose his role as Major Cassidy in “By Dawn’s Early Light “, an HBO movie.
    He played an Air Force B-52 pilot, commander of an aircraft that must fulfill its mission
    As nuclear war unfolds. Well worth checking out!

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  • Butch Knouse

    Hey Disqus. I can’t comment on MRC or Earthsky AGAIN! Why does this keep happening. I have no trouble here or on the METV site.

  • Lawrence P. Ressler

    I voted for “Other”, because my favorite Powers Boothe performance was as the downed Air Force pilot in the film, “Red Dawn”. For once, he got to play a “good guy” for a change, trying to provide guidance to the “Wolverines” in their war effort against the Red Army and the Cuban Army.