Gritty Emmy Award-Winning Actor Dies in his Sleep

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An Emmy Award-winning actor has died in his sleep at the age of 68.

According to CNN, Powers Boothe — known best for acting in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Deadwood,” and “Sin City” — died in his sleep from natural causes.

The Texas native found a niche playing in Westerns, often portraying gritty characters. He played Cy Tolliver in “Deadwood” and crossed over into the superhero realm for Gideon Malick in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

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He also acted in “Nashville,” “24,” “Tombstone,” “Justice League,” “Red Dawn (1984),” and “The Avengers.”

In 1980, he won an Emmy for his lead acting role in "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones."

"I loved working with Powers Boothe. A towering Texas gentleman and world class artist. Rest In Peace, amigo," wrote filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, according to ABC News.

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Boote was inducted in the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2009.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years and two children, according to American Profile.

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