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Powers Allen Boothe was an American television and film actor who provided the voice of Benjamin Travis, the former head of division at the International Contract Agency and former handler of Agent 47 in the book Hitman: Damnation and Hitman: Absolution

Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning 1980 portrayal of Jim Jones and his turn as Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, as well as Vice-President Noah Daniels on 24.


Early life

Boothe was born on a farm in Snyder, the seat of Scurry County, Texas, to Emily Kathryn Reeves and Merrill Vestal Boothe. Powers Boothe is the father of actress Parisse Boothe.

He resides in Los Angeles, where he raises racing quarter horses. He attended Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State College) in San Marcos as an undergraduate, where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1972.


He is well known for his roles in Westerns, notably Deadwood and Tombstone. Boothe was the only actor nominated to show up at the 1980 Emmy Awards, as the Screen Actors Guild was on strike that year. He won the award that year. He had an uncredited role as a Bolivian bandito in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). In 2012 he starred as the primary member of the World Security Council in the live-action adaptation of Marvel comics' The Avengers. [1]

Selected filmography

The following is a selected filmography of Boothe’s work and his full filmography is too extensive to show here. It can be seen at the following link.

  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Sin City (2005)
  • Frailty (2001)
  • Men of Honor (2000)
  • U Turn (1997)
  • Nixon (1996)
  • Sudden Death (1995)
  • Tombstone (1993)
  • Rapid Fire (1992)
  • Red Dawn (1984)
  • The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Television appearances

  • 24 (2007)
  • Deadwood (2004-2006)
  • Justice League (2006)
  • Joan of Arc (1999)
  • Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983-1986)
  • Skag (1980)

Game appearances

  • Area 51- Major Bridges (2005)


  • Has Native American ancestry.
  • His trademarks are; that he frequently plays authority figures, military or government agents or clergy, he has a deep, gravelly voice and piercing "villain" eyes.
  • He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2009 in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Boothe's daughter, Parisse, also did a voice in Absolution.
  • Boothe had acted alongside fellow actor Timothy Olyphant (who played Agent 47 in the film adaptation) in the TV series Deadwood.


  1. IMDB.