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Nashville: Powers Boothe Biography

Actor Name: Powers Boothe
Alternate Names:
Nashville Character Name: Lamar Wyatt
Given Birth Name: Powers Allen Boothe
Birth Date: June 1, 1948
Birth Place: Snyder, Texas, USA
Homwtown: Snyder, Texas, USA
Star Sign: Gemini
Height: 6' 1˝" (1.87 m)
Marital Status: wife Pam Cole (25 May 1969 - present)
First Nashville Episode: Pilot
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Most Notable Role(s): Noah Daniels (24), Cy Tolliver (Deadwood)
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Parents: Merrill Vestal Boothe and Emily Kathryn Reeves
Children: 2 children (daughter Parisse Boothe)


  • He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Southwest Texas State University.

  • In September of 1980, in an act of defiance, he showed up at the Emmy Awards ceremony to collect the award he had won for playing Jim Jones. The Screen Actors Guild was in the middle of a strike and members boycotted the ceremony until the strike was settled. He was the only winner in an acting category who showed up. The incident was referenced in the James L. Brooks film, I'll Do Anything (1994).

  • During the 1980 actor's boycott, he was one of the few nominees to attend the Emmy Awards ceremony, and the only winner to accept his award in person.

  • Has Native American ancestry.

  • For his role on Tombstone (1993), he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliot, Michael Biehn, Brad Pitt, Girard Swan and Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • He was named after a friend of his father's that was killed in World War II.

  • He earned an MFA from Southern Methodist University and went on to become a resident actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Company.

  • He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2009 in Austin, Tx.


  • "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." - accepting his Emmy, 1980.

  • Hell, I've played as many guys who get the girl as I have heavies. I've done love scenes with Jessica Lange [Blue Sky] and Jennifer Lopez [U-Turn], and I won't kid you, they're fun.

  • 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.

  • One role leads to another. For the first 10 years [that] I was a professional actor, all I did was Shakespeare. And the show I did in New York that brought me out [to L.A.] was a flat-out comedy. And they never let me do comedy. - 2007 quote on his beginning as an actor.

  • [on playing the U.S. President on '24'] One of the more interesting things about doing this is I don't have to worry about my wardrobe... because it's the same every day, all day.

About the character: Lamar Wyatt

Industrialist. Philanthropist. Kingmaker. Lamar Wyatt is Nashville.

Some folks respect him. Others fear him. Lamar doesn’t care which you chose, just as long as you don’t get in his way.

Thirty years ago, Lamar’s wife died, leaving him a widow and single father to his two daughters, Rayna and Tandy. Today, Tandy works at his side and is the heir apparent to Lamar’s fortune and business empire. Rayna, in contrast, hasn’t seen eye to eye with Lamar in years, and to call their relationship strained would be an understatement.

Still, Lamar sees himself as a family man; and if he and Rayna have problems, it’s only because he’s tried too hard to protect her—his way.

In Lamar’s house, father definitely knows best.

About the actor: Powers Boothe

Fresh from his success on “Hatfields & McCoys,” Powers Boothe takes on the role of the powerful and conniving father to Rayna Jaymes on “Nashville.” A career actor on the big screen and small, Boothe is best known for his roles as the President on “24,” Cy Tolliver on “Deadwood,” and his Emmy-Award winning performance in the title role of the telefilm “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.”

A native Texan, in 2009 Boothe was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. He began his career after college in residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Company, before branching out into television and films. He’s played many key roles in feature films, including “Guns, Girls & Gambling,” “MacGruber,” Robert Rodriguez’ ”Sin City,” Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “Men of Honor,” Tony Richardson’s “Blue Sky,” “Tombstone,” John Milius’ “Red Dawn” and many others.

On television he helmed the series “Phillip Marlowe: Private Eye” and starred in numerous miniseries, among them “Atilla,” “Joan of Arc,” “True Women” and “Family of Spies.” He’s also lent his voice to the animated hits “Ben 10,” “Justice League” and “The Looney Tunes Show.”

A father of two and married since 1969, Boothe currently lives in Nashville.

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