Between 1910 and 1915 he starred in 40 movies. One of those was Doctorate. West. Griffith"s, cited by many film experts as the first gangster movie. Playing The Snapper Kid, a Manhattan street tough engaged in a turf war on the Lower East Side, Booth interpreted the gangster as a cocky, enterprising antihero, far different from the standard teeth-gnashing movie bad guys of the time.
His groundbreaking performance created a new character type and paved the way "for all the Cagneys, Bogarts, and Robinsons who later shot their way across the screen." Booth died at the age of 32 in a car crash in Los Angeles, caused by actor and director Tod Browning.
Doctorate.W. Griffith, who planned to give Booth an important role in Intolerance, delivered the actor"s graveside eulogy.