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Powers Boothe, the Emmy-winning character actor admired as one of Hollywood’s most reliable villains, died Sunday in Los Angeles, his publicist told NBC News. He was 68.

Boothe died in his sleep of natural causes at his home, said Karen Samfilippo of Image Management Public Relations.

Powers Allen Boothe was born June 1, 1948, in Snyder, Texas, and began his acting career with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before moving to Broadway in 1979.

He broke into the big time a year later in the TV movie “Guyana Tragedy,” for which he won the Emmy for best actor in a limited series. He played the Rev. Jim Jones, the California cult leader who moved his Peoples Temple flock to South America and persuaded 918 of them to commit mass suicide.

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IMAGE: Powers Boothe Powers Boothe at the Los Angeles premiere of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” in Los Angeles in August 2014. Todd Williamson / Invision/AP

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