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Dick Powell (I) (1904–1963)

In the 1930s , Dick Powell was the juvenile lead in the Warner backstage musicals opposite such rising stars as Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell. After his career in musicals, he was cast in private-eye roles and became a producer and director for both TV and movies. See full bio »

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 1962-1963 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
Chief Richard E. Powell
- Operation: Benefit (1962) ... Chief Richard E. Powell
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Alex Harper
- In Search of a Son (1962) ... Alex Harper
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Dick Powell
- One Sleepy People (1962) ... Dick Powell (uncredited)
 1961 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
Colonel Drayton
- Everybody Versus Timmy Drayton (1961) ... Colonel Drayton
 1959-1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Dr. Timothy McVey / Paul Martin
- The Doctor and the Redhead (1960) ... Dr. Timothy McVey
 1958 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
- Backwash (1958)
 1952-1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Willie Dante / Dan / Dan Matson / ...
- Success Story (1956) ... Dan Matson
- Watch the Sunset (1956) ... Philip Benton
- One Forty-Two (1956) ... Father Gregory
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Intermission Guest
- The Enchanted Cottage (1955) ... Intermission Guest
 1954 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
- The Jam Session Show (1954) ... Dick
 1954 Climax! (TV Series)
Philip Marlowe
 1954 Susan Slept Here
Mark Christopher
 1954 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Deadeye at the Golden Nugget (1954) ... Cameo
 1951 You Never Can Tell
Rex Shepherd
 1951 Cry Danger
 1950 Right Cross
Rick Garvey
 1950 The Reformer and the Redhead
Andrew Rockton Hale
 1949 Mrs. Mike
Sgt. Mike Flannigan
 1947 Johnny O'Clock
Johnny O'Clock
 1944 It Happened Tomorrow
Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens
 1943 True to Life
Link Ferris
 1943 Riding High
Steve Baird
 1943 Happy Go Lucky
Pete Hamilton
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Dick Powell-' Hit the Road to Dreamland' Number
 1941 Model Wife
Fred Chambers
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Alan MacNally
 1939 Naughty But Nice
Professor Donald 'Don' Hardwick
 1938 Going Places
Peter Mason
 1938 Hard to Get
 1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson
 1938 Breakdowns of 1938 (Short)
Elly Jordan (Cowboy from Brooklyn outtakes) (uncredited)
 1937 Varsity Show
Charles 'Chuck' Daly
 1936 Hearts Divided
Captain Jerome Bonaparte
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Bingo Nelson
 1935 Broadway Gondolier
Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
 1934 Dames
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
Buddy Clayton
 1934 Wonder Bar
 1933 The Road Is Open Again (Short)
The Songwriter
 1933 Convention City
Jerry Ford
 1933 Footlight Parade
 1933 Sky Symphony (Short)
Dick Powell
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
 1933 The King's Vacation
John Kent
 1933 Just Around the Corner (Short)
 1932 Too Busy to Work
Dan Hardy
 1932 Big City Blues
Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
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Other Works:

(6/8/48) Radio: Appeared (as "Philip Marlowe") in a "Hollywood Startime" production of "Murder, My Sweet". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

The 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. See more »


His parents were Ewing and Sallie Rowena Thompson Powell. See more »


Affable "juvenile leads" or "boy heroes", which he played into his 40s

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