Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe is a television and movie actor.

A native of Texas with extensive stage experience, Boothe first came to prominence in 1980 playing the title role in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story Of Jim Jones. Boothe's portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. In Time Magazine's story on the production, Boothe was praised: "There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones." Boothe won an Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards.

During the actors' strike in the fall of 1980, he was one of the few who showed up at the ceremonies to claim his prize. He said at the time, "this may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest." He joined the ranks of Humphrey Bogart and other actors when he portrayed Philip Marlowe in a series of short films for HBO in 1983-1986. He also gave several fine performances in other films like Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest, and Extreme Prejudice, as well as HBO films like Into The Homeland and By Dawn's Early Light. However, his most lauded subsequent performance was in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family Of Spies where he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker.

Most recently, Boothe has played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood. Mister Boothe has a daughter who is also an acclaimed actress.


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Mister Boothe has a daughter who is also an acclaimed actress. On November 26, 2003, Chespirito and Florinda Meza received the keys to the city of Cicero, Illinois. Most recently, Boothe has played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood. After show production was stopped both for El Chavo and El Chapulín, both started to tour Mexico and the rest of Latin America and the United States with different plays, sometimes playing the characters that made them famous. However, his most lauded subsequent performance was in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family Of Spies where he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker. He married actress Florinda Meza, who starred as Doña Florinda in El Chavo and who occasionally participated in El Chapulín. He also gave several fine performances in other films like Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest, and Extreme Prejudice, as well as HBO films like Into The Homeland and By Dawn's Early Light. He also started in such Mexican movies as El Chanfle, and El Chanfle 2.

He said at the time, "this may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest." He joined the ranks of Humphrey Bogart and other actors when he portrayed Philip Marlowe in a series of short films for HBO in 1983-1986. These two shows became hits all over Latin America, the United States and Spain, and the stars of the show found international fame. During the actors' strike in the fall of 1980, he was one of the few who showed up at the ceremonies to claim his prize. In El Chavo Del Ocho, Chespirito played a kid who lived inside a beer barrel in a Mexican neighborhood, and in El Chapulín Colorado he played a good hearted super hero who always got involved in funny situations. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones." Boothe won an Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. His best known roles were in the shows El Chavo Del Ocho and El Chapulín Colorado, as El Chavo and El Chapulín. In Time Magazine's story on the production, Boothe was praised: "There is one extraordinary performance. His stage name of Chespirito was concocted from the dimutive form the Mexican pronunciation of the name of William Shakespeare, meaning "Little Shakepeare" or "Little Boy Shakespeare".

Boothe's portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. He continuously starred in shows on Mexican television from 1970 to 1995 and became well known throughout Latin America. A native of Texas with extensive stage experience, Boothe first came to prominence in 1980 playing the title role in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story Of Jim Jones. The network quickly signed him and soon he began writing and starring in his children comedy shows. Powers Boothe is a television and movie actor. Chespirito was discovered as an actor one day as he was making a line to apply for a job as a writer at Televisa. He began studying Engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and, according to one of his professors, Esteban Salinas Elorriaga, now professor emeritus, Chespirito was great in math. He wrote a number of plays, and contributed dialogue for scripts of films and television shows in Mexico, as well as some character acting work before he became famous.

Before becoming an actor, he was an amateur boxer. Gómez Bolaños was born in Mexico City. Chespirito (born February 21, 1929 ) is the professional name of Mexican writer, actor, comedian, and songwriter Roberto Gómez Bolaños.

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