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‘Nashville’ Actor Powers Boothe Dies

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Former Nashville actor Powers Boothe died on Sunday (May 14). He was 68.  Boothe died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Tennessean. A private service will be held for the actor in Texas.

Boothe is well known for his many villain roles on both television and in film. He won an Emmy Award in 1980 for his portrayal of cult leader Jim Jones in the television film Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Previous projects include Deadwood, Tombstone, Sin City and The Avengers.

He also played the role of Lamar Wyatt on Nashville. A multimillionaire on the show, he portrayed Rayna Jaymes’ father and the former mayor of Nashville before leaving the series in 2014. Nashville colleagues Sam Palladio and Charles Esten shared their memories of the actor via social media following the news of his death:

“Truly shocked by the news that Powers Boothe has passed away. Such a talented, kind and inspiring man. A true gentleman and a friend,” Palladio writes.

Esten shared a clip of Boothe at an impromptu performance at the Ryman Auditorium. He captioned the video with a heartfelt message to the actor and his wife:

“At the end of a Nashville Season One party, when the great Powers Boothe started to sing ‘Honky Tonk Man’ on @theryman Auditorium stage, I grabbed my phone as fast as I could. So glad I did,” Esten writes. “This is how I will remember this kind and charismatic man I was thrilled and honored to work with. I was a huge fan when we met. I became even more of one as, through his warmth and generosity, I got to know him a little better. What I’ll remember most was his deep bond with, and his obvious love for, his wonderful wife and college sweetheart, Pamela. It’s her that he’s singing to in this clip. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to her and to their family.”

At the end of a Nashville Season One party, when the great Powers Boothe started to sing "Honky Tonk Man" on @theryman Auditorium stage, I grabbed my phone as fast as I could. So glad I did. This is how I will remember this kind and charismatic man I was thrilled and honored to work with. I was a huge fan when we met. I became even more of one as, through his warmth and generosity, I got to know him a little better. What I'll remember most was his deep bond with, and his obvious love for, his wonderful wife and college sweetheart, Pamela. It's her that he's singing to in this clip. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to her and to their family. Rest In Peace, Powers. With your singular presence, you elevated every project you were ever a part of – most definitely including ours. We were blessed to have you in, and on, Nashville.

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