William Powell

Actor
Known for his breezy sophistication and the crackerjack repartee he so drolly exchanged with frequent co-star Myrna Loy, actor William Powell reigned as one of Hollywood's most urbane leading men for more than 20 years ... Read more »
Born: 07/28/1892 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

The Girl Who Had Everything 1953 (Movie)

Steve Latimer (Actor)

How to Marry a Millionaire 1952 (Movie)

J.D. Hanley (Actor)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Life With Father 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

After the Thin Man 1935 (Movie)

Nick Charles (Actor)

Libeled Lady 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Man Godfrey 1935 (Movie)

Godfrey (Actor)

The Great Ziegfeld 1935 (Movie)

Florenz Ziegfeld (Actor)

The Thin Man 1933 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

The Last Command 1927 (Movie)

Andreyev (Actor)

Beau Geste 1925 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aloma of the South Seas (Movie)

Van Templeton (Actor)

Another Thin Man (Movie)

Nick Charles (Actor)

Beau Sabreur (Movie)

Becque (Actor)

Dangerous Money (Movie)

Prince Arnolfo da Pescia (Actor)

Desert Gold (Movie)

Landree (Actor)

Double Harness (Movie)

John Fletcher (Actor)

Double Wedding (Movie)

Charlie Lodge (Actor)

Escapade (Movie)

Fritz (Actor)

Evelyn Prentice (Movie)

John Prentice (Actor)

Fashions of 1934 (Movie)

Sherwood Nash (Actor)

For the Defense (Movie)

William Foster (Actor)

High Pressure (Movie)

Gar Evans (Actor)

I Love You Again (Movie)

Larry Wilson (Actor)

Interference (Movie)

Philip Voaze (Actor)

Jewel Robbery (Movie)

The Robber (Actor)

Ladies' Man (Movie)

Jamie Darricott (Actor)

Lawyer Man (Movie)

Anton Adam (Actor)

Love Crazy (Movie)

Steven Ireland (Actor)

Man of the World (Movie)

Michael Trevor (Actor)

Manhattan Melodrama (Movie)

Jim Wade (Actor)

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (Movie)

Mr. Peabody (Actor)

One Way Passage (Movie)

Dan Hardesty (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Philo Vance (Actor)

Romola (Movie)

Tito Melerna (Actor)

Sea Horses (Movie)

Lorenzo Solvia (Actor)

Shadow of the Law (Movie)

John Nelson (Actor)

Shadow of the Thin Man (Movie)

Nick Charles (Actor)

Song of the Thin Man (Movie)

Nick Charles (Actor)

Star of Midnight (Movie)

Clay Dalzell (Actor)

Street of Chance (Movie)

John B. Marsden (Actor)

The Baroness and the Butler (Movie)

Johann Porok (Actor)

The Benson Murder Case (Movie)

Philo Vance (Actor)

The Canary Murder Case (Movie)

Philo Vance (Actor)

The Dragnet (Movie)

Dapper Frank Trent (Actor)

The Emperor's Candlesticks (Movie)

Baron Stephan Wolensky (Actor)

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (Movie)

Dr. Lawrence Bradford (Actor)

The Greene Murder Case (Movie)

Philo Vance (Actor)

The Heavenly Body (Movie)

William B. Whitley (Actor)

The Hoodlum Saint (Movie)

Terry Ellerton O'Neill (Actor)

The Kennel Murder Case (Movie)

Philo Vance (Actor)

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

The Senator Was Indiscreet (Movie)

Sen. Melvin G. Ashton (Actor)

The Thin Man Goes Home (Movie)

Nick Charles (Actor)

The Youngest Profession (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tin Gods (Movie)

Tony Santelli (Actor)

Under the Red Robe (Movie)

Duke of Orleans (Actor)

When Knighthood Was in Flower (Movie)

Francis I (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

The Great Ziegfeld (Actor)

Biography

Known for his breezy sophistication and the crackerjack repartee he so drolly exchanged with frequent co-star Myrna Loy, actor William Powell reigned as one of Hollywood's most urbane leading men for more than 20 years. With his dark features and nattily-trimmed mustache, Powell was usually cast as a villain or henchman in the waning days of silent film. Ultimately, his sonorous, erudite voice, honed to perfection during his years in live theater, allowed Powell's talent to shine through in sound offerings like "The Canary Murder Case" (1929). After moving to MGM and starring in the surprise hit "Manhattan Melodrama" (1934), Powell took on the biggest role of his career opposite Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, respectively, in "The Thin Man" (1934). At the height of his popularity, Powell enjoyed great commercial and critical success for the multiple "Thin Man" films, in addition to revered efforts like "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) and "My Man Godfrey" (1936), until the sudden death of his lover Jean Harlow and a bout with cancer nearly put an end to it all. Thankfully, he rebounded from both, marrying actress Diana Lewis in 1940 and going on to earn the best notices of his career in the family-comedy, "Life with Father" (1947). Following appearances in "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) and "Mister Roberts" (1955), the 63-year-old retired peacefully to Palm Springs until his death at the age 91. Suave, debonair and devilishly funny, Powell personified all that was grand about Hollywood's fabled Golden Age.

Relationships

Jean Harlow Actor

Companion
Played opposite each other in "Reckless" (1935) and "Libeled Lady" (1936) Engaged at time of her death 1937

Diana Lewis Actor

Wife
Married 1940 died in January 1997 at age 77

Carole Lombard Actor

Wife
Met in October 1930 married on June 26, 1931 co-starred in "Man of the World" and "Ladies' Man" divorced on August 18, 1933 died on January 16, 1942 in a plane crash

EDUCATION

University of California

California
did not graduate

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1955

Last film, "Mister Roberts"

1947

Made last "Thin Man" film, "Song of the Thin Man"

1937

Made annual nationwide exhibitors poll of top ten box office stars; placed fifth

1934

Made first film opposite Myrna Loy, "Manhattan Melodrama"

1934

Teamed with Loy for the first time as Nick and Nora Charles in "The Thin Man"

1926

Worked primarily for Paramount Studios

1922

Made film debut in "Sherlock Holmes"

Worked for Warner Bros.

Under contract to MGM

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