In Memorium: Powers Boothe (1948-2017)

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Ladies and gentlemen it is my sad duty to report that “the founder of the feast” himself, actor Powers Boothe passed away in his sleep on May 14th.  He was sixty-eight years old.

Born on a cotton farm in Synder, Texas on June 1, 1948, Boothe became a star player on his high school football team, only to quit in his senior year to focus on acting.  Upon graduation, Boothe became the first person in his family to attend college, attending Southwest Texas State, and later graduating with a master’s degree in drama from Southern Methodist University.

In a movie career that spanned four decades, Boothe entered the cinematic world with a small role in 1977’s The Goodbye Girl.  Kids who came of age in the 1980s will probably recognize him best as Lt. Colonel Andy Tanner in the 1984 American War film Red Dawn.

Rarely a leading…

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