Dick Powell (I) (1904–1963)

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Few actors ever managed a complete image transition as thoroughly as did Dick Powell: in his case, from the boyish, wavy-haired crooner in musicals to rugged crime fighters in film noirs. Powell grew up in the town of Little Rock, Arkansas, one of three brothers (one of them, Howard, ended up as vice president of the Illinois Central Railroad). He... See full bio »

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Murder, My Sweet Philip Marlowe
Cornered Laurence Gerard
The Bad and the Beautiful James Lee Bartlow
Meet the People William 'Swanee' Swanson


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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)
Maj. Ed Clayborn / Alex Harper / Vincent T. Malloy
- The Court Martial of Captain Wycliff (1962) ... Maj. Ed Clayborn
- In Search of a Son (1962) ... Alex Harper
- The Doomsday Boys (1962) ... Vincent T. Malloy
 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
 1956-1961 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Rebel / Col. Blackburn / Mike Brenner / ...
- The Silent Sentry (1961) ... Rebel
- Ambush (1961) ... Col. Blackburn
- Desert Flight (1960) ... Mike Brenner
- A Small Town That Died (1960) ... Dave Cameron
- Death in a Wood (1959) ... Lawrence
 1959-1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Dr. Timothy McVey / Paul Martin
- The Doctor and the Redhead (1960) ... Dr. Timothy McVey
- A Summer's Ending (1959) ... Paul Martin
 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
- The Stacked Deck (1956) ... Willie Dante
- Watch the Sunset (1956) ... Philip Benton
- One Forty Two (1956) ... Priest
- A Long Way from Texas (1956) ... Willie Dante
 1954 Climax! (TV Series)
Philip Marlowe
- The Long Goodbye (1954) ... Philip Marlowe
 1954 The Best in Mystery (TV Series)
Willie Dante (1956)
 1954 Susan Slept Here
Mark Christopher
 1954 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Deadeye at the Golden Nugget (1954) ... Cameo
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful
James Lee Bartlow
 1951 You Never Can Tell
Rex Shepard
 1951 The Tall Target
John Kennedy
 1951 Cry Danger
Rocky Mulloy
 1950 Right Cross
Rick Garvey
 1950 The Reformer and the Redhead
Andrew Rockton Hale
 1949 Mrs. Mike
Sgt. Mike Flannigan
 1948 Rogues' Regiment
Whit Corbett
 1948 Station West
 1948 Pitfall
John Forbes
 1948 To the Ends of the Earth
Commissioner Michael Barrows
 1947 Johnny O'Clock
Johnny O'Clock
 1945 Cornered
Laurence Gerard
 1944 Murder, My Sweet
Philip Marlowe
 1944 Meet the People
William 'Swanee' Swanson
 1944 It Happened Tomorrow
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 In the Navy
Thomas Halstead
 1941 Model Wife
Fred Chambers
 1940 Christmas in July
Jimmy MacDonald
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Alan MacNally
 1939 Naughty But Nice
Professor Donald Hardwick
 1938 Going Places
Peter Mason
 1938 Hard to Get
Bill Davis
 1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Ronnie Bowers
 1937 Varsity Show
Charles 'Chuck' Daly
 1937 The Singing Marine
Bob Brent
 1937 On the Avenue
Gary Blake
 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937
Rosmer Peak
 1936 Stage Struck
George Randall
 1936 Hearts Divided
Captain Jerome Bonaparte
 1936 Colleen
Donald Ames 3rd
 1935 Thanks a Million
Eric Land
 1935 Shipmates Forever
Richard John 'Dick' Melville III
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lysander - In Love with Hermia
 1935 Page Miss Glory
Bingo Nelson
 1935 Broadway Gondolier
Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
 1935 Gold Diggers of 1935
Dick Curtis
 1934 Flirtation Walk
Dick 'Canary' Dorcy
 1934 Happiness Ahead
Bob Lane
 1934 Dames
Jimmy Higgens
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
Buddy Clayton
 1934 Wonder Bar
 1933 Just Around the Corner (Short)
 1933 Convention City
Jerry Ford
 1933 College Coach
Phil Sargent
 1933 Footlight Parade
Scotty Blair
 1933 The Road Is Open Again (Short)
The Songwriter
 1933 Sky Symphony (Short)
Dick Powell
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
Brad Roberts
 1933 42nd Street
Billy Lawler
 1933 The King's Vacation
John Kent
 1932 Too Busy to Work
Dan Hardy
 1932 Big City Blues
Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1932 Blessed Event
Bunny Harmon
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(1949-55) Radio: Appeared (as "Richard Diamond") in the series "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" on NBC. NOTE: The series was written by future director Blake Edwards. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)


June Allyson  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


Ellen Powell | See more »


Powell, Ewing | Thompson, Sallie Rowena


Howard Smith Powell (sibling) | See more »

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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 »


In 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" owing to his numerous seafaring expeditions, and Bogart even named his production company, Santana Productions, after it. See more »


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

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