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Short Info

DiedJanuary 2, 1963, West Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseJune Allyson, Joan Blondell, Mildred Maund
MarkAffable "juvenile leads" or "boy heroes", which he played into his 40s
FactHe was a lifelong member of the Republican party.
PaymentsEarned $30,000 from In the Navy (1941)

Dick Powell was an American actor, singer, director, and producer. He appeared in more than 100 films and was a major star at Warner Bros. during the 1930s and 1940s. He played the leading man in films such as 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, and Dames, and was the first actor to play Philip Marlowe in the film version of The Big Sleep. Powell was born in Mountain View, Arkansas, the son of a single mother. His father, a farmer, died when Powell was a child. Powell’s mother moved the family to Memphis, Tennessee, where Powell attended high school.

Powell began his career as a vaudeville performer, touring the country with his family. He made his film debut in 1929 in the short film RKO Pathe News No. 49. Powell’s big break came in 1933 when he was cast as the leading man in the Warner Bros. musical 42nd Street. The film was a huge hit and made Powell a star.

Powell went on to appear in a string of successful musicals, including Footlight Parade, Dames, and Gold Diggers of 1933. He also starred in the first film version of The Big Sleep (1946), playing private detective Philip Marlowe. Powell’s career began to decline in the 1950s, and he retired from acting in 1957. He died of cancer in 1963 at the age of 58.

General Info

Full NameDick Powell
DiedJanuary 2, 1963, West Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.8 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Film director, Film producer, Television producer


SpouseJune Allyson, Joan Blondell, Mildred Maund
ChildrenPamela Allyson Powell, Richard Keith Powell Jr., Norman Powell, Ellen Powell
ParentsEwing Powell, Sallie Rowena Thompson
SiblingsLuther Powell, Howard Smith Powell


AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame
MoviesMurder, My Sweet, Pitfall, Dames, Footlight Parade, 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, Susan Slept Here, The Conqueror, Johnny O'Clock, The Bad and the Beautiful, The Enemy Below, Cornered, Christmas in July, Gold Diggers of 1935, Hollywood Hotel, Cry Danger, The Tall Target, A Midsummer Night's Dre...
TV ShowsThe Dick Powell Show, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, Four Star Playhouse

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#Marks / Signs
1Affable "juvenile leads" or "boy heroes", which he played into his 40s


In the Navy (1941)$30,000


1[observation, 1936] I'm not a kid anymore but I'm still playing boy scouts.
2The best thing about switching from being an actor to being a director is that you don't have to shave or hold your stomach in anymore.


1He was of Welsh descent.
2He was a lifelong member of the Republican party.
3He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard, for Television at 6745 Hollywood Boulevard, and for Radio at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
4Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).
5In The Day of the Locust (1975), Powell was portrayed by his son Dick Powell Jr..
6In the 1940s he sold his 55-foot yacht, Santana, to lifelong sailing enthusiast Humphrey Bogart. The vessel subsequently achieved celebrity status as "Bogie's Boat" due to his numerous seafaring expeditions, and Bogart even named his production company, Santana Productions, after it.
7His estate was reportedly valued at $10,000,000 at the time of his death.
8As of early 2007, his birthplace in the small town of Mountain View, AR still stands on the north side of Main Street. It's a modest circa 1895 house (sadly in a state of benign neglect) with a wraparound porch with a small historical marker and a badly weathered display out in front that details his 1936 engagement to Joan Blondell, marriage to June Allyson and more recent death of his brother.
9His daughter Pamela Powell was adopted during his marriage to June Allyson.
10He was yet another casualty of the 1956 film The Conqueror (1956) filmed near a nuclear test site in Utah. Many of the people involved with the film, including Powell, who directed, eventually died of cancer, either caused by, or exacerbated by, working on it. Others included actors John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Ted de Corsia, and Agnes Moorehead.
11His brother Luther Powell was born October 30, 1906, and died August 15, 1996. His brother Howard Smith Powell was born October 13, 1899, and died in January, 1986.
12His parents were Ewing and Sallie Rowena Thompson Powell.
13Father of Dick Powell Jr. from his marriage to June Allyson.
14Died on the same day as Jack Carson. They had different forms of cancer.
15Father of Ellen Powell, from his marriage to Joan Blondell. He adopted Joan's son, Norman S. Powell in February 1938.
16Interned at Desert Memorial Park, Palm Springs, California.
17He was a vocalist with Charlie Davis's orchestra before entering film.




Ensign O'Toole1962-1963TV SeriesChief Richard E. Powell
Car 54, Where Are You?1962TV SeriesDick Powell
The Law and Mr. Jones1961TV SeriesColonel Drayton
Zane Grey Theater1956-1960TV SeriesHost / Marshal Jess Brackett / Sam Gracie
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1959-1960TV SeriesDr. Timothy McVey / Paul Martin
Mr. Adams and Eve1958TV Series
Four Star Playhouse1952-1956TV SeriesWillie Dante / Dan / Dan Matson / ...
The Best in Mystery1956TV SeriesWillie Dante (1956)
Lux Video Theatre1955TV SeriesIntermission Guest
The Jack Benny Program1954TV SeriesDick
Climax!1954TV SeriesPhilip Marlowe
Susan Slept Here1954Mark Christopher
The Red Skelton Hour1954TV SeriesCameo
The Bad and the Beautiful1952James Lee Bartlow
You Never Can Tell1951Rex Shepherd
The Tall Target1951John Kennedy
Cry Danger1951Rocky
Right Cross1950Rick Garvey
The Reformer and the Redhead1950Andrew Rockton Hale
Mrs. Mike1949Sgt. Mike Flannigan
Rogues' Regiment1948Whit Corbett
Station West1948Haven
Pitfall1948John Forbes
To the Ends of the Earth1948Commissioner Michael Barrows
Johnny O'Clock1947Johnny O'Clock
Cornered1945Laurence Gerard
Murder, My Sweet1944Philip Marlowe
Meet the People1944William 'Swanee' Swanson
It Happened Tomorrow1944Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens
True to Life1943Link Ferris
Riding High1943Steve Baird
Happy Go Lucky1943Pete Hamilton
Star Spangled Rhythm1942Dick Powell-' Hit the Road to Dreamland' Number
In the Navy1941Thomas Halstead
Model Wife1941Fred Chambers
Christmas in July1940Jimmy MacDonald
I Want a Divorce1940Alan MacNally
Naughty But Nice1939Professor Donald 'Don' Hardwick
Going Places1938Peter Mason
Hard to Get1938Bill
Cowboy from Brooklyn1938Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson
Hollywood Hotel1937Ronnie Bowers
Varsity Show1937Charles 'Chuck' Daly
The Singing Marine1937Bob Brent
On the Avenue1937Gary Blake
Gold Diggers of 19371936Rosmer Peak
Stage Struck1936George Randall
Hearts Divided1936Captain Jerome Bonaparte
Colleen1936Donald Ames 3rd
Thanks a Million1935Eric Land
Shipmates Forever1935Richard John 'Dick' Melville III
A Midsummer Night's Dream1935Lysander - In Love with Hermia
Page Miss Glory1935Bingo Nelson
Broadway Gondolier1935Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
Gold Diggers of 19351935Dick Curtis
Flirtation Walk1934Dick 'Canary' Dorcy
Happiness Ahead1934Bob Lane
Twenty Million Sweethearts1934Buddy Clayton
Wonder Bar1934Tommy
The Road Is Open Again1933ShortThe Songwriter
Convention City1933Jerry Ford
College Coach1933Phil Sargent
Footlight Parade1933Scotty Blair
Sky Symphony1933ShortDick Powell
Gold Diggers of 19331933Brad Roberts
42nd Street1933Billy Lawler
The King's Vacation1933John Kent
Just Around the Corner1933ShortJerry
Too Busy to Work1932Dan Hardy
Big City Blues1932Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
Blessed Event1932Bunny Harmon


Ghostbreakers1967TV Movie executive producer
The Dick Powell Theatre1961-1963TV Series executive producer - 53 episodes
The Hunters1958producer
The Enemy Below1957producer
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV Series producer - 1 episode
You Can't Run Away from It1956producer
Four Star Playhouse1952-1956TV Series producer - 28 episodes
The Conqueror1956producer


Michael Feinstein's American Songbook2013TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Nativity!2009performer: "Hooray for Hollywood"
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentary performer: "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentary performer: "I Only Have Eyes for You", "The Words Are in My Heart" - uncredited
Of Time and the City2008Documentary performer: "Hooray for Hollywood"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentary performer: "I Only Have Eyes for You", "The Road Is Open Again" - uncredited
Hollywood Ending2002performer: "Hooray for Hollywood" 1937
A.I. Artificial Intelligence2001performer: "I Only Have Eyes For You"
The Wedding Planner2001performer: "Mr. and Mrs. Is The Name"
In the Gloaming1997TV Movie performer: "Young and Healthy"
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros.1991TV Movie documentary performer: "Pettin' in the Park" - uncredited
Pee-wee's Playhouse1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
That's Dancing!1985Documentary performer: "Dames"
Paper Moon1973performer: "Flirtation Walk" 1934 - uncredited
The Love Goddesses1965Documentary performer: "Pettin' in the Park" - uncredited
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jack Benny Program1954TV Series performer - 1 episode
Meet the People1944performer: "Meet the People" 1940, "In Times Like These" 1944, "It's Smart to Be People" 1944
True to Life1943performer: "The Old Music Master", "There She Was"
Three Cheers for the Girls1943Short performer: "The Song of the Marines" - uncredited
Happy Go Lucky1943performer: "Sing a Tropical Song, "Happy Go Lucky"
Star Spangled Rhythm1942performer: "Hit the Road to Dreamland"
In the Navy1941"Starlight, Starbright" 1941 / performer: "Starlight, Starbright" 1941, "A Sailor's Life for Me" 1941, "We're in the Navy" 1941
Naughty But Nice1939performer: "I'm Happy About the Whole Thing" 1939, "In a Moment of Weakness" 1939 - uncredited
Going Places1938"Jeepers Creepers" 1938, uncredited / performer: "Say It With a Kiss" 1938, "Oh, What a Horse Was Charlie" 1938, "Mutiny in the Nursery" 1938 - uncredited
Hard to Get1938performer: "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" 1938, "There's a Sunny Side to Every Situation" 1938, "Sonny Boy" 1928 - uncredited
Cowboy from Brooklyn1938"Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride", "I'll Dream of You Tonight" / performer: "Cowboy from Brooklyn", "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride", "I've Got a Heartful of Music", "The Last Round-Up Git Along, Little Dogie, Git Along" 1933, "I'll Dream of You Tonight"
For Auld Lang Syne1938Documentary short performer: "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride"
Hollywood Hotel1937performer: "I'm Like a Fish out of Water" 1937, "Let That Be a Lesson to You" 1937, "I've Hitched My Wagon to a Star" 1937, "Sing, You Son of a Gun" 1937 - uncredited
Varsity Show1937performer: "We're Working Our Way Through College" 1937, "You've Got Something There" 1937 - uncredited
The Singing Marine1937performer: "The Song of the Marines" 1937, "U.S. Marine Corps Hymn", "The Lady Who Couldn't Be Kissed" 1937, "'Cause My Baby Says It's So" 1937, "You Can't Run Away from Love Tonight" 1937, "Night Over Shanghai" 1937 - uncredited
On the Avenue1937"Slumming on Park Avenue" 1937, uncredited / performer: "The Girl on the Police Gazette" 1937, "You're Laughing at Me" 1937, "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" 1937 - uncredited
Gold Diggers of 19371936performer: "With Plenty of Money and You" 1936, "Life Insurance Song" 1936 uncredited, "Speaking of the Weather" 1936, "Let's Put Our Heads Together" 1936, "All's Fair in Love and War" 1936
Stage Struck1936performer: "Fancy Meeting You" 1936, "In Your Own Quiet Way" 1936 - uncredited
Hearts Divided1936performer: "My Kingdom for a Kiss" 1936, "Two Hearts Divided" 1936 - uncredited
Colleen1936lyrics: "You Gotta Know How to Dance" 1936 - uncredited / performer: "An Evening with You" 1936, "I Don't Have to Dream Again" 1936, "Summer Night" 1935, "You Gotta Know How to Dance" 1936 - uncredited
Thanks a Million1935"Square Deal Party" 1935, uncredited / performer: "Thanks a Million" 1935, "Sittin' on a Hilltop" 1935, "Pocketful of Sunshine" 1935
Shipmates Forever1935performer: "Don't Give Up the Ship", "I'd Love to Take Orders from You", "I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes", "Abdulla Bulbul Amir" - uncredited
A Midsummer Night's Dream1935music: "Spring Song" 1841 - uncredited / performer: "Scottish Symphony: Final Movement" 1842, "Spring Song" 1841 - uncredited
Page Miss Glory1935performer: "Page Miss Glory" 1935 - uncredited
Broadway Gondolier1935"Flagenheim's Odorless Cheese" 1935, "Lulu's Back in Town" 1935, "The Pig and the Cow and the Dog and Cat" 1935, "The Rose in Her Hair" 1935, uncredited / performer: "Lonely Gondolier" 1935, "Lulu's Back in Town" 1935, "Outside of You" 1935, "The Rose in Her Hair" 1935, "Rigoletto" 1851 - uncredited
Gold Diggers of 19351935performer: "I'm Goin' Shoppin' with You" 1935, "The Words Are in My Heart" 1935 - uncredited
And She Learned About Dames1934Short performer: "I Only Have Eyes for You" - uncredited
Flirtation Walk1934performer: "Flirtation Walk" 1934, "Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name" 1934, "No Horse, No Wife, No Mustache" 1934, "Aloha Oe" 1878 - uncredited
Happiness Ahead1934performer: "Beauty Must Be Loved" 1934, "Happiness Ahead" 1934, "Pop! Goes Your Heart" 1934, "All on Account of a Strawberry Sundae" 1934, "Massaging Window Panes" 1934 - uncredited
Dames1934"I Only Have Eyes for You" 1934, uncredited / performer: "Dames" 1934, "I Only Have Eyes for You" 1934, "When You Were a Smile on Your Mother's Lips and a Twinkle in Your Daddy's Eye" 1934, "Try to See It My Way" 1934 - uncredited
Twenty Million Sweethearts1934"I'll String Along with You" 1934, "Out for No Good" 1934, uncredited / performer: "Fair and Warmer" 1934, "I'll String Along with You" 1934, "The Flying Trapeze" 1868 - uncredited
Wonder Bar1934performer: "Don't Say Good-Night" 1934, "Why Do I Dream Those Dreams?" 1934, "Wonder Bar" 1934 - uncredited
The Road Is Open Again1933Short performer: "The Road Is Open Again" - uncredited
College Coach1933performer: "Lonely Lane" 1933 - uncredited
Footlight Parade1933performer: "By a Waterfall" 1933, "Ah! The Moon Is Here" 1933, "You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline" 1896, "Honeymoon Hotel" 1933 - uncredited
Gold Diggers of 19331933performer: "Shadow Waltz" 1933, "I've Got to Sing a Torch Song" 1933, "Pettin' in the Park" 1933 - uncredited
42nd Street1933performer: "Forty-Second Street" 1932, "It Must Be June" 1932, "Young and Healthy" 1932 - uncredited
Blessed Event1932performer: "How Can You Say No When All the World Is Saying Yes?" 1932, "Shapiro Shoes" 1932, "Too Many Tears" 1932, "I'm Makin' Hay in the Moonlight" 1932 - uncredited


Split Second1953
Woman on the Run1959TV Movie
The Hunters1958
The Enemy Below1957
You Can't Run Away from It1956
The Conqueror1956


Paper Moon1973special thanks


G.E. True1963TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Dick Powell Theatre1961-1963TV SeriesHimself - Host / Maj. Ed Clayborn / Alex Harper / ...
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Actor
What's My Line?1954-1962TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
Zane Grey Theater1956-1961TV SeriesHimself - Host / Rebel / Col. Blackburn / ...
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Host
This Is Your Life1960TV SeriesHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
I've Got a Secret1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself
The Juke Box Jury1956TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956TV SeriesHimself
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesHimself - Intermission Guest
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Screen Snapshots 9860: Hollywood Friars Honor George Jessel1948ShortHimself - Speaker
Hollywood Hobbies1939ShortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 51938Documentary shortHimself
Breakdowns of 19381938Documentary shortElly Jordan (Cowboy from Brooklyn outtakes) (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 21937Documentary shortHimself
Breakdowns of 19371937ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 111936Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 51936Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 31935Documentary shortHimself
A Dream Comes True1935Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Things You Never See on the Screen1935ShortHimself
And She Learned About Dames1934ShortHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood Newsreel1934ShortHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood on Parade No. A-91933ShortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Welcome to the Basement2016TV SeriesHimself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHimself
American Masters2008TV Series documentaryBilly Lawler / James 'Jimmy' Higgens
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryBilly Lawler
Great Performances2003TV SeriesHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Thanks a Million: The Dick Powell Story1998TV Movie
The Canadians1998TV SeriesHimself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Celluloid Closet1995DocumentaryStanding Beside Al Jolson at Grandstand (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryactor 'The Bad and the Beautiful' (uncredited)
Biography1987TV Series documentaryHimself
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Inside the Third Reich1982TV MovieActor in film clip (edited from: Footlight Parade)
Presidential Blooper Reel1981Video shortHimself
It's Showtime1976Documentary
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary
The Picture Theatre1967TV Movie
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood and the Stars1963-1964TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
Screen Snapshots: Photoplay Gold Medal Awards1948ShortHimself
Musical Memories1946ShortBilly Lawler (edited from '42nd Street')
Three Cheers for the Girls1943ShortSinger (Marine Hymn) - (film clip) (uncredited)
For Auld Lang Syne1938Documentary shortHimself (sings "Ride - Tenderfoot - Ride" from "Cowboy from Brooklyn") (uncredited)
Studio Highlights1934ShortHimself


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6745 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 1560 Vine Street.
1946EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureMurder, My Sweet (1944)

Nominated Awards

1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Producer/Director10th place.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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