My Favorite Texans: Powers Boothe
Powers Allen Boothe was born June 1, 1948, in Snyder, TX, about 40 miles southeast of Sweetwater. He was raised on a farm there and went to college in Texas, attending Texas State University and Southwest Texas State College where he became a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and eventually earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He did well in school and after college set his sites on an acting.
He had a very small part in Neil Simon's 1977 film The Goodbye Girl but did not really begin his acting career until 1980 when he appeared in several films, winning an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the Reverend Jim Jones in the made-for-television movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He would go on to star in films such as Red Dawn, Rapid Fire, Tombstone, Sin City, and (my personal favorite) Frailty, which also starred fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey. He has always been successful and to this day is an in-demand actor.
He is known for his deep voice and is often cast as an authority figure of one sort or another. In Frailty he played an FBI agent and in Rapid Fire he was a Chicago cop. He has played military officers, clergymen and politicians numerous times. But he has occasionally played the villain as well, such as his role in Sudden Death as a demented terrorist and, of course, his role as Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy. He is a very talented actor with tremendous range. In March 2009, Powers Boothe was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin.
"Being inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame was an extraordinary event for me. I was moved and deeply honored to be recognized by my fellow Texans." - Powers Booth
With a career that now spans more than three decades, fans of Powers Boothe have quite an assortment of films to choose from. From westerns (Tombstone) and historical dramas (Nixon) to comedies (MacGruber) and thrillers (U Turn), he has made many films that most anyone will enjoy. Though there may be many people who do not immediately think of him when you talk about great actors, when his name comes up, few will dispute that he is one of the best.
As proof you can take the boy out of Texas but you cannot take the Texas out of the boy, Powers Boothe now lives in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley but still has a farm in Texas where he raises quarter horses. He often speaks of his love of Texas and is the kind of man that makes any Texan proud. Whether explaining the importance and various meanings of the placement and colors of handkerchiefs to an inexperienced young man in Cruising or portraying the Vice President of the United States in the popular television series 24, Powers Boothe always brings a healthy dose of Texas to every role he takes on.
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