In 1980, Powers won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special playing Jim Jones on Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
In reviewing The Final Season, the Minneapolis Star- Tribune wrote: "Only Powers Boothe dares to play against the grain, with a gruff, intimidating turn as Norway's departing coach. Too many sports movies forget that part of a great coach's motivational skill is the ability to be scary. [Sean] Astin is always a welcome presence onscreen, but the glowering Boothe knocks it out of the park."
Powers Boothe has worked with his daughter, Parisse Boothe, on Deadwood and in The Final Season.
In 2006, Powers Boothe was presented with a Golden Boot Award by the Motion Picture and Television Fund for his contributions to the Western genre.
In his theatre career, he has played Shakespeare's King Henry IV and Richard III onstage.
Powers Boothe has been married to his wife, Pam Cole, since 1969.
Powers Boothe raises quarter horses.
He played football in high school until his senior year, when he quit to pursue acting.
He has been nominated for two CableACE awards (1983, Actor in a Dramatic Presentation Philip Marlowe, Private Eye and 1989, Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Into the Homeland)
Time magazine hailed his breakout performance as Jim Jones, saying "There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones."
The New York Times called his performance as Philip Marlowe "emotionally convincing...dark, dour, almost sullen but not quite sour, this Marlowe would have had Raymond Chandler's approval."
Powers Boothe and Peter MacNicol had known each other for almost 30 years before they worked together for the first time on 24 in 2007.
He had no lines and didn't even receive a credit in his first film role in the movie Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid where he played a Bolivian bandito.
When he attended the Southwest Texas State University he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
One of his trademarks is that he frequently plays authority figures, military or government agents or clergy.
He has Native American ancestry.
Powers is the father of Parisse Boothe.
Powers has two children.
Powers Boothe: (why his Deadwood character smokes cigars) The cigar just gives me room to express [Cy's] feelings. From contemplation to contempt. On set the first day, they divided up the cast and crew between smokers and nonsmokers, and I had a thought: well, hell, this character has to do something. Let him smoke cigars.
Powers Boothe: (Describing his 24 character) I don't think he's misguided at all. You had a nuke go off in [California], and people are sitting around wringing their hands. He feels like he has to do something. Rather than having an agenda, I think he feels a tremendous burden to save the country, no matter what it takes.
Powers Boothe: (when asked by IGN about Deadwood's cancellation) Just on the business side, we had the second highest numbers [on HBO] to Sopranos, we had excellent foreign sales, excellent DVD sales...a critical hit, an artistic hit...what do you want? So I don't know what happened.
Powers Boothe: (describing accepting his Emmy during the SAG strike to Smoke magazine) It was not an official union deal, but a boycott. Well, I killed myself to do that part, and I couldn't believe it when I was nominated-and I never thought I'd win. Anyway, I always thought the Emmys were a celebration of actors, not political, so I didn't intend to offend anyone when I decided to accept.
Powers Boothe: (asked by TV Guide about his inspiration for Vice President Daniels on 24) I think I'm pretty politically informed and I find myself watching Senate hearings on C-SPAN. But I don't know if there's any particular individual. I was raised a Democrat and now I'm an Independent. I wasn't interested in playing a zealot. The sanctity of the office is what's more important to me.
Powers Boothe: (describing his career to Smoke magazine) I've been fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to pick and choose the parts I play. I've also been lucky to always be involved with quality actors, quality directors, quality writers. Hell, I've played as many guys who get the girl as I have heavies. I've done love scenes with Jessica Lange and Jennifer Lopez, and I won't kid you, they're fun.
Powers Boothe: (describing the dark side of his Deadwood character to IGN) One of the interesting things about it is people, fans or whatever, will say to me, "Oh my god, you were so brutal to kill those kids." And I say, "Yeah, but did they deserve it?" And they all go, "Yes." So in one of David's [Milch] brilliant ways of writing, in the town [of Deadwood], one takes care of their own business, right? You are the law. Your own law.
Powers Boothe: (telling TV Guide how he got his name) A friend of my father's was killed in World War II and that was his first name. When I was starting out, I'm sure a lot of people thought I was a pretentious little s--t. (laughs)
Powers Boothe: (describing his portrayal of Philip Marlowe to the New York Times)I figured the only way I could do it was to go back and approach the part as if nobody had ever done it before. I read every description that Chandler made of the character that I could get my hands on and tried to forget what the others had brought to it.
Powers Boothe: (Accepting his Emmy, 1980) This is either the most courageous moment of my career or the stupidest...I also thought long and hard whether or not I would attend, but I came here because this is America and one must do what one believes. I believe in the Academy. I also believe in my fellow actors in their stand.