Dick Powell

Actor, Singer, Director
A romantic singing lead in a number of musicals throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Dick Powell traded in his tenor voice and good guy image to take on a more hard-boiled persona following a career-transforming performance ... Read more »
Born: 11/14/1904 in Mountain View, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Emmy Awards 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Host

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Star Playhouse 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Susan Slept Here 1954 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

The Bad and the Beautiful 1951 (Movie)

James Lee Bartlow (Actor)

Right Cross 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Station West 1948 (Movie)

John Haven (Actor)

It Happened Tomorrow 1944 (Movie)

Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens (Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

Dick Powell-' Hit the Road to Dreamland' Number (Actor)

Christmas in July 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Naughty But Nice 1939 (Movie)

Hardwick (Actor)

Cowboy From Brooklyn 1938 (Movie)

Elly Jordan (Actor)

Going Places 1938 (Movie)

Peter Mason (Actor)

Hollywood Hotel 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Varsity Show 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gold Diggers of 1937 1935 (Movie)

Rosmer Peek (Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1934 (Movie)

Lysander (Actor)

Gold Diggers of 1935 1934 (Movie)

Dick Curtis (Actor)

Thanks a Million 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wonder Bar 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

42nd Street 1932 (Movie)

Billy Lawler (Actor)

Footlight Parade 1932 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

Gold Diggers of 1933 1932 (Movie)

Brad Roberts (Actor)

Blessed Event (Movie)

Bunny Harmon (Actor)

Broadway Gondolier (Movie)

Richard Purcell (Actor)

Colleen (Movie)

Donald Ames III (Actor)

College Coach (Movie)

Phil Sargent (Actor)

Cornered (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)

Cry Danger (Movie)

Rocky (Actor)

Dames (Movie)

Jimmy Higgens (Actor)

Flirtation Walk (Movie)

Dick "Canary" Dorcy (Actor)

Happiness Ahead (Movie)

Bob Lane (Actor)

Happy Go Lucky (Movie)

Pete Hamilton (Actor)

Hard to Get (Movie)

Bill Davis (Actor)

Hearts Divided (Movie)

Capt. Jerome Bonaparte (Actor)

In the Navy (Movie)

Tommy Halstead/Russ Raymond (Actor)

Meet the People (Movie)

William "Swanee" Swanson (Actor)

Model Wife (Movie)

Fred Chambers (Actor)

Mrs. Mike (Movie)

Sgt. Mike Flannigan (Actor)

On the Avenue (Movie)

Gary Blake (Actor)

Riding High (Movie)

Steve Baird (Actor)

Shipmates Forever (Movie)

Richard John Melville III (Actor)

Squadron (TV Show)

Actor

Street Scene (Movie)

Officer Harry Murphy (Actor)

The King's Vacation (Movie)

John Kent (Actor)

The Reformer and the Redhead (Movie)

Andrew Rockton Hale (Actor)

The Singing Marine (Movie)

Robert Brent (Actor)

To the Ends of the Earth (Movie)

Michael Barrows (Actor)

Too Busy to Work (Movie)

Dan Hardy (Actor)
Producer (7)

Luxury Liner 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Producer

The Losers 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Producer

The Boston Terrier 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Producer

The Hunters 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Conqueror 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Enemy Below 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

You Can't Run Away From It 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (4)

The Hunters 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Conqueror 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Enemy Below 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

You Can't Run Away From It 1956 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (3)

Hollywood Ending 2002 (Movie)

("Hooray For Hollywood") (Song Performer)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

("I Only Have Eyes for You") (Song)

In the Gloaming (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

A romantic singing lead in a number of musicals throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Dick Powell traded in his tenor voice and good guy image to take on a more hard-boiled persona following a career-transforming performance as Phillip Marlowe in the classic film noir "Murder, My Sweet" (1944). Prior to that film, Powell was a bankable star in several big screen extravaganzas like "Footlight Parade" (1933), "42nd Street" (1933) and "Dames (1934). Having worked many times with famed choreographer-director Busby Berkeley, the actor cemented his place as a go-to leading man in lighthearted musical comedies, along the way forming notable onscreen pairings with Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell, the latter of whom he married in 1936. Despite his success in films like "Happiness Ahead" (1934), "Broadway Gondolier" (1935) and "Hollywood Hotel" (1937), Powell craved the opportunity to branch out into other roles. Preston Sturges gave him the lead in the Capra-esque screwball comedy "Christmas in July" (1940), but the actor remained unsatisfied. After unsuccessfully lobbying for the lead in "Double Indemnity" (1944), he landed the Marlowe role in "Murder, My Sweet" and propelled his career in an entirely new direction with bleak noirs like "Cornered" (1945), "Johnny O'Clock" (1947), "Pitfall" (1948) and "Cry Danger" (1951). Powell turned to directing in the mid-1950s, but found greater success as the president of Four Star Television. Though his life ended prematurely, Powell radically transformed his career through a combination of talent and sheer will.

Relationships

June Allyson Actor

Wife
Married August 19, 1945 until his death in 1963

Joan Blondell Actor

Wife

Dick Powell

Son

Milestones

1963

Last TV producing credit "Colossus"

1958

Last feature effort, directing and producing "The Hunters"

1956

Directed his second wife, June Allyson, in the feature, "You Can't Run Away from It", a remake of the classic, "It Happened One Night"; Powell did not act in the film

1956

First feature producing credit, "The Conquerer"

1953

Feature directorial debut, "Split Second"

1943

Career turnaround began when he starred as Raymond Chandler's detective Philip Marlowe in "Murder, My Sweet"

1940

Last film opposite Joan Blondell, "Model Wife"

1936

Last of seven films made opposite Ruby Keeler, "Colleen"

1935

Made exhibitors annual poll of top ten boxoffice stars two years in a row, placing 7th and 6th, respectively

1933

Established as star with his appearance in the Busby Berkeley musicals, "42nd Street", "Golddiggers of 1933" and "Footlight Parade" at Warner Brothers, all of which teamed him with Ruby Keeler

1933

First film Powell made which also featured future wife Joan Blondell, "Golddiggers of 1933", in which their characters were not romantically teamed; was first of ten films the two would act in together

1932

Feature acting debut, "Blessed Event"

Became president of the Four Star TV production company

Produced and appeared regularly on TV's "Four Star Playhouse"

Hosted and produced "The Dick Powell Show"

Starring career reached low in the early 1940s; included a couple of romantic lead roles which were actually secondary parts (e.g. "In the Navy" 1941, which spotlighted starring comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello)

Popular songs include "Lulu's Back In Town".

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