SNYDER, TX - Hollywood icon Powers Boothe was born and raised in Snyder, Texas. He died in his Los Angeles home on Sunday, at the age of 68.
For the first time, his family spoke after his death.
He played a gunslinger villain in Tombstone.
“He was very good in every movie or every play he was ever in,” Barbara Yorgesen, Boothe’s mother-in-law, said.
And the sinister head of Hydra in Marvel's Agents of Shield.
“My husband, he thought the world of him,” Yorgesen said.
But Powers Boothe played a bigger role outside of the small screen.
"He's my son-in-law,” Yorgesen said. “Well, he is just like a son to me. He is married to my daughter and is the father of my two grandchildren."
Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas.
“Powers grew up here in Snyder, as did I. And we competed against each other in junior high athletics and then we came to high school together in 1963,” David Holt, Boothe’s former classmate, said. "And then, after fall of 1963, Powers gave up on athletics to devote all of his time to drama."
Boothe did give up on sports -- but he never gave up on his high school sweetheart, Pam.
“She was extremely happy. She really thought a lot of him, and I believe he did of her. They were really good friends for a number of years before they married," Yorgesen said.
In 1980, Boothe accepted an Emmy for his performance as Reverend Jim Jones in the miniseries Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
“They were on strike, and he wasn't even supposed to be there,” Yorgesen said.
Boothe was caught in the middle of an eight-week actors' strike.
“But when he found out he won, he was determined to go no matter what because he thought that was a once in a lifetime thing,” Yorgesen said. “And so, they both went to it. We were glad that he did it because it really was a once in a lifetime thing for him."
It was on the stage in Snyder High School where Boothe caught the acting bug. It was a moment that changed his life and led him to become the a Hollywood icon that he is.
His legacy continues through the students who rehearse on the stage today.
“Well, I guess as a little kid, I grew up watching old movies with my dad,” Jake Lehrer, a drama student at Snyder High School, said.
Boothe's legacy gives hope to students like Lehrer to make it big in any profession.
“I used to think, you know, living in a small town, you'd have to like, go somewhere else to like to make a name for yourself,” Lehrer said. “But knowing that he is from Snyder, I think that just gives me reassurance that it doesn't matter that I grew up in a small town. I can still make it big wherever I go."
“He wanted people to know that he loved this town and that he wanted to do well in honor of this town,” Yorgesen said. “I think he very well achieved it 100 percent."
“I just thank him for being such a good father, a good husband and a very good son-in-law,” Yorgesen said.
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