Powers Boothe passed away in his sleep on May 14th, 2017. He was less a month away from his 69th birthday.
Boothe is best remembered for his performances in films like Red Dawn (1984), Tombstone (1993), and Sin City (2005), as well as television series like 24, Nashville, Deadwood, and Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding lead Actor In A Limited Series in 1980. Countless industry figures have taken to social media to pay their respects to Boothe, including close friend Beau Bridges and his Red Dawn co-star Lea Thompson.
Learn more about Boothe, his personal life, and his family with these five facts.
1. He Married Pam Cole In 1969
Boothe was married to his high school sweetheart, Pamela Cole. They both also attended Texas State University together.
Boothe was the first person on either side of his family to attend college, as he pursued a degree in acting at Texas State. Boothe reflected on his four decade marriage with American Profile in 2009:
“We were friends before all this acting stuff happened,” Boothe explained, “To me, the relationship is a success not because of what happens in good times, but how you get through the bad times. When you pull through things and show your trust and mettle and dependency on each other, you’re so much stronger. I can’t imagine life without her.”
They were married at the time of his death, according to his death certificate. They were married for 48 years.
2. He Was Born in Texas & Raised by His Parents on a Farm
Boothe was born in Snyder, Texas, according to his obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
His father, Merrill Vestal, was a cotton farmer and later raised chicken in East Texas. His mother was Kathryn Boothe.
“As the son of a share cropper, Powers was proud of his heritage. He proved to himself and others that with hard work and dedication you can do anything,” according to the obituary.
3. He Had A Net Worth of $8 Million
Boothe’s affinity for ranches led to him purchasing his own in Los Angeles, California, where he raised and trained racing horses. This hobby, along with raising a family, was made possible by Boothe’s net worth, which, according to Celebrity Net Worth, was an estimated $8 million.
Dating back to the start of his acting career in the late 1970s, Boothe steadily worked in theatre, film, and television, where he typically played tough guys like the title role in Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983-86) or Jackson Swallow in Into the Homeland (1987), which earned him a CableACE nomination for Best Actor In Movie or Miniseries. He took up voiceover work later in his career, with credits in the video games Area 51 (2005), Turok (2008) and Hitman: Absolution (2012). Boothe was also an avid supporter of the SAG Foundation.
4. His Family Lived in Los Angeles
While Boothe was born and raised in Texas, he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s with his wife Pam. He spent the majority of his career living there, and the city serves as a hometown for his eldest son and daughter, and the countless horses he owned. That being said, Boothe’s heart remained in the south, and he often delight in visiting various areas during filming.
During the production of Nashville, he moved his family to the city of the same name in Tennessee. “Many things about Nashville remind me of Texas,” he said, “The people are generous and genuine. I like it a lot. To me, this place is a mix of all styles of music, where all the influences of the entire nation are in this cauldron.”
5. He Has Two Children
Boothe and Cole gave birth to two children during their marriage. There is Preston, 28, who is a graduate of the University of California, and Parisse, 34, both of whom followed in their father’s footsteps and became players in Hollywood.
Preston’s lone acting credit was in the 2007 sports drama The Final Season, while Parisse, though appearing as actress in Drain Baby (2011) and Straight A’s (2013), has gone the route of executive producer on films like Sin City (2005), MacGruber (2008), and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), all of which starred her father.
He also has a grandson, Ryder, who is Parisse’s son with her husband, Dallas, according to his obituary.
“Powers loved acting with daughter, Parisse, who played Tess on Deadwood for three seasons and Fiona in Straight A’s. Parisse and son Preston were both cast with their father in The Final Season. Powers was an avid baseball fan,” the obituary says. “He coached Preston’s baseball team and they shared a love for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the apple of his eye was his grandson, Ryder James. They went fishing together in Texas just three weeks ago.”
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report incorrectly said that Powers Boothe was divorced and remarried in 2007. He was never divorced and never married to anyone other than his wife, Pamela Cole Boothe, according to public records. He also did not have two young children at the time of his death. We regret the error.
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