Powers Boothe Dies

The longtime actor bred and raced Quarter Horses in California.

Q-Racing Journal

Longtime actor Powers Boothe, 68, died on Sunday.

Emmy Award-winning television and film actor Powers Boothe died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday. He was 68.

Boothe was active in Quarter Horse racing for many years and was a member of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association. He owned and bred the First Down Dash gelding Tango Cash, which ran in the El Primero Del Ano Derby, Dash For Cash Derby and Governor’s Cup Derby in 1993 – all at Los Alamitos. He also owned and bred the winners Honky Tonk Tango and Special Tango.

Boothe also raced some horses in partnerships. With John Guiltinan, Jr., Boothe campaigned Finding More and Shez Torrid. His trainers included Charlie Bloomquist and Bob Gilbert.

“Powers Boothe was such a nice man," Shirley Schvaneveldt said. "He had the box seats right behind us at Los Alamitos. Blane would always talk to him. He was always nice."

"Powers Boothe came to many PCQHRA banquets," added Los Alamitos track announcer Ed Burgart. "He was always so accessible."

Boothe was known for his villain roles and Westerns. He played a key role in the HBO series "Deadwood" as saloon owner Cy Tolliver. In 1980, Boothe's leading role in the TV movie "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones," earned him an Emmy for "outstanding lead actor in a limited series or special."

A private service will be held in Boothe's home state of Texas, according to his publicist, Karen Samfilippo. His famiily is also considering a memorial service in his honor for a future date.

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