Powers Boothe is a film and television actor born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas. He studied at Texas State University in San Marcos and acquired his degree in fine arts from South Methodist University in 1972. After graduation, he became part of the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He had roles in Henry IV, Part 2, as well as Troilus and Cressida. He debuted on the New York stage in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III, but gained more fame on Broadway in the production of Lone Star. This was followed by numerous projects which subsequently earned him an Emmy Award.
Powers Boothe appeared on a number of short films for HBO, joining the ranks of Humphrey Bogart and other actors who played Philip Marlowe. He was also in films like Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest and Oliver Stone’s Nixon. He was also in The Goodbye Girl, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, A Cry for Love, Extreme Prejudice, Stalingrad, and Sudden Death. In addition, he also appeared on many television series such as Into the Homeland, the 1990 CBS television film Family of Spies, Marked for Murder, Web of Deception and Second Nature. Ultimately, he became part of the television series Deadwood as Cy Tolliver, the owner of the brothel Bella Union, and arch-nemesis of Al Swearengen. Tolliver also has a long-term relationship with former prostitute Joanie Stubbs.
Boothe also played Senator Roark in the acclaimed film Sin City, as well as appearing as a guest star on the TV series 24. He maintains a private art collection, which features paintings of his friend and fellow actor Buck Taylor. In 2007, Boothe was given a role in The Final Season, and has also lent his voice to a character in the video games Area 51 and Turok. In 2008, he narrated the film Mouth of Caddo.