Knowledge Identifier: +William_Powell
In 1907, he moved with his family to Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated from Central High School in 1910
In 1915, he married Eileen Wilson, with whom he had his only child, William David Powell, before an amicable divorce in 1930
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.
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"
In 1931, Powell married actress Carole Lombard
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
Jean Harlow - Following the end of her third marriage in 1934, Harlow met William Powell, another MGM star, and quickly fell in love
He had a close relationship with actress Jean Harlow beginning in 1935, but it was cut short by her untimely death in 1937
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
Luise Rainer - Another 1936 film project never realized that Rainer was involved in was "Adventure for Three", which would have co-starred William Powell
Diana Lewis - She met the actor William Powell in 1940, married after a courtship of three weeks and retired from acting in 1943
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
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
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.
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
In 1992, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him