Myrna Loy
(Movies & TV)
Jean Harlow
(Movies & TV)
John Barrymore
(Movies & TV)
David Powell
(Movies & TV)
Henry Fonda
(Movies & TV)

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William Powell

Knowledge Identifier: +William_Powell


William Powell

American actor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1892.

Countries: United States (75%), United Kingdom (7%), California (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, The Thin Man (film)

Linked to: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer




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Date of birth is estimated around 1892 add something


An only child, Powell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Nettie Manila and Horatio Warren Powell, on July 29, 1892 add something


In 1907, he moved with his family to Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated from Central High School in 1910 add something


In 1912, Powell graduated from the AADA, and worked in some vaudeville and stock companies add something


In 1915, he married Eileen Wilson, with whom he had his only child, William David Powell, before an amicable divorce in 1930 add something


Carol Dempster - Dempster had a notable career in films throughout the 1920s and appeared opposite such notable actors as John Barrymore, Richard Barthelmess, William Powell, Ivor_Novello, and W.C. Fields


After several successful experiences on the Broadway stage, he began his Hollywood career in 1922, playing a small role as an evil henchman of Professor Moriarty in a production of "Sherlock Holmes" with John Barrymore add something


Virginia Valli - She made the bulk of her films between 1924 and 1927 including Alfred Hitchcock's debut feature, "The Pleasure Garden", "Paid To Love" , with William Powell, and "Evening Clothes" , which featured Adolphe Menjou


David Powell - In February 1925 "William Powell's" son, William David Powell was born


Gary Cooper - Cooper broke through in a supporting role in Wings, the only silent film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, following that with Nevada co-starring Thelma Todd and William Powell, based on the Zane Gray novel, which was remade in 1944 as an early Robert Mitchum vehicle, the only time Cooper and Mitchum played the same role.


Mary Brian - In 1928, she played ingenue Alice Deane in "Forgotten Faces" opposite Clive Brook, her sacrificing father, with Olga Baclanova as her vixen mother and William Powell as Froggy


Kay Francis - She frequently costarred with William Powell, and appeared in as many as six to eight movies a year, making a total of 21 films between 1929 and 1931


Marion Shilling - After a couple of roles in other films, she starred opposite William Powell in the 1930 crime drama "Shadow of the Law"


Carole Lombard - In October 1930, Lombard met William Powell


In 1931, Powell married actress Carole Lombard add something


They were divorced in 1933, though they too remained on good terms, even starring together in the screwball comedy "My Man Godfrey" three years later add something


Mary Astor - In 1933, she appeared as the female lead, Hilda Lake, the niece of the murder victims, in "The Kennel Murder Case", co-starring with William Powell playing detective Philo Vance


Powell's most famous role was that of Nick Charles in six "Thin Man" films, beginning with "The Thin Man" in 1934, based upon Dashiell Hammett's novel add something


Their on-screen partnership, beginning alongside Clark Gable in 1934 with "Manhattan Melodrama", was one of Hollywood 's most prolific, with the couple appearing in 14 films together add something


Jean Harlow - Following the end of her third marriage in 1934, Harlow met William Powell, another MGM star, and quickly fell in love


Myrna Loy - In 1934, Loy appeared in "Manhattan Melodrama" with Clark Gable and William Powell


He had a close relationship with actress Jean Harlow beginning in 1935, but it was cut short by her untimely death in 1937 add something


In 1935, he starred with Jean Harlow in "Reckless add something


Paul Lukas - He followed William Powell and Basil Rathbone portraying the series detective Philo Vance, a cosmopolitan New Yorker, once in 1935 in "The Casino Murder Case", but his major role came in 1943's "Watch on the Rhine", when he played a man working against the Nazis, a role he originated in the Broadway premiere of the play of the same name in 1941


He and Loy starred in the Best Picture of 1936, "The Great Ziegfeld", with Powell in the title role and Loy as Ziegfeld's wife Billie Burke add something


Luise Rainer - Another 1936 film project never realized that Rainer was involved in was "Adventure for Three", which would have co-starred William Powell


Theda Bara - She appeared on Cecil B. DeMille's "Lux Radio Theatre" in 1936 in a broadcast version of "The Thin Man" with William Powell and Myrna Loy


Ziegfeld Follies - The 1936 Best Picture winner was M-G-M's "The Great Ziegfeld", starring William Powell as the master showman and co-starring Myrna Loy , Luise Rainer , and Frank Morgan


The Thin Man (film) - "The Thin Man" was dramatized as a radio play on the June 8, 1936 broadcast of Lux Radio Theater, with William Powell and Myrna Loy reprising their film roles


In 1937, Powell was diagnosed with cancer of the rectum add something


" Soon a serious romance developed between them, but Harlow died at the age of 26 in June 1937 before they could marry add something


Warner Baxter - Baxter was a close friend of William Powell with whom he starred in three films and was at Powell's side when Jean Harlow died in 1937


Powell's career slowed considerably in the 1940s, although he received his third Academy award nomination in 1947 for his work in "Life with Father" add something


On January 6, 1940, Powell married actress Diana Lewis, whom he called "Mousie," three weeks after they met add something


Diana Lewis - She met the actor William Powell in 1940, married after a courtship of three weeks and retired from acting in 1943


Leo Birinski - An adaptation for the radio series, Lux Radio Theater, was created, and broadcast in April 1943 on the CBS radio network with Rita Hayworth and William Powell in the leads


James Craig (actor) - In 1944, he co-starred with William Powell and Hedy Lamarr in "The Heavenly Body"


Ziegfeld Follies - In 1946 M-G-M released a third feature motion picture on Ziegfeld's shows entitled "Ziegfeld Follies" with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, William Powell, Gene_Kelly, Fanny Brice, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Cyd Charisse, Lucille Ball, Kathryn Grayson, and others performing songs and sketches similar to those from the original Follies


Esther Williams - Williams tried a more serious role in 1946's "The Hoodlum Saint", with William Powell


He won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Actor in 1947 for "Life with Father" and "The Senator Was Indiscreet add something


Jimmy Lydon - He appeared with William Powell, Irene_Dunne, and Elizabeth Taylor in the acclaimed 1947 film "Life with Father", in the role of college-bound Clarence


Martin Milner - Milner had his first screen test and began his film career with his debut in the 1947 film "Life with Father," in the role of "John Day," the second oldest son of "Clarence Day" played by William Powell


J. Peverell Marley - In 1948, he was nominated again for his work on the film "Life with Father", starring Elizabeth Taylor and William Powell


His last film was 1955's "Mister Roberts" with Henry Fonda, James Cagney, and Jack Lemmon add something


John Ford - Later in 1955 Ford was hired by Warner Bros to direct the Naval comedy Mister Roberts, starring Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell, and James Cagney, but there was conflict between Ford and Fonda, who had been playing the lead role on Broadway for the past seven years and had misgivings about Ford's direction.


Powell's son became a television writer and producer before a period of ill health led to his suicide in 1968 add something


In 1978, influential proto-punk band The Dictators recorded a well reviewed rock ballad "Sleepin' With The TV On" in homage to William Powell and The Thin Mans add something

William Powell died in 1984 add something


Powell died of heart failure in Palm Springs, California, on March 5, 1984, at the age of 91, some 30 years after his retirement add something


In 1992, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him add something


Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2006 add something