Tom Powers (I) (1890–1955)

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After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kentucky-born Tom Powers signed with Vitagraph Pictures at 21 years of age, in 1911. He stayed there for two years, then shortly thereafter traveled to England, appearing there in both stage productions and films. When he returned to the US he made a few more pictures, but stopped making ... See full bio »

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Known For

Double Indemnity Mr. Dietrichson
The Blue Dahlia Capt. Hendrickson
Destination Moon General Thayer
Julius Caesar Metellus Cimber


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 1957 The Christophers (TV Series)
Dr. Howe
- Gentle Warrior (1957) ... Dr. Howe
 1957 Panic! (TV Series)
- The Prisoner (1957) ... Warden
 1956 The Go-Getter
Miller's Business Partner
 1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- Who Is Byington? (1956) ... Wilkeson
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Fernwood
- Crack-Up (1956) ... Dr. Fernwood
 1955 The Gentle Warrior (Short)
Dr. Howe
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Gen. Vincent
- The Firing Squad (1955) ... Gen. Vincent
 1955 Big Town (TV Series)
Hampton Norris
- Firetrap (1955) ... Hampton Norris
 1955 Double Jeopardy
Harry Sheldon
 1955 The Eternal Sea
General (uncredited)
 1953-1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Franco / Judge / Minister / ...
- No Sad Songs for Me (1955) ... Dr. Franco
- Penny Serenade (1955) ... Judge
- Shall Not Perish (1954) ... Minister
- Lovely Day (1953) ... Mr Marshall
 1951-1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Payson / Thor / Barney Ringo / ...
- The Failure (1955) ... Payson
- Crusade Without Conscience (1954) ... Thor
- Ringo's Last Assignment (1954) ... Barney Ringo
- A Question of Wills (1951) ... Paton
 1955 New York Confidential
District Attorney Rossi
 1955 Ten Wanted Men
Henry Green
 1955 The Americano
Jim Rogers
 1955 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
- Pinkerton Day (1955)
 1954 Mayor of the Town (TV Series)
- The Watchmaker (1954) ... Jacobs
- Papa Dear (1954) ... Jacobs
- Doctor's Orders (1954) ... Jacobs
- Butch's Tonsillectomy (1954) ... Jacobs
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Exit for Margo (1954) ... Stark
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Carl Olsen / Tom Steele
- The Ski Story (1954) ... Carl Olsen
 1954 Lucky Me
Thayer Crony (uncredited)
 1954 The Mad Magician
Inspector (uncredited)
 1954 The Ray Milland Show (TV Series)
- The Egg and Ray (1954)
 1954 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Railroad Official
- Beware the Wrecker (1954) ... Railroad Official
 1953 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Mr. Hopkins
- No Noise (1953) ... Mr. Hopkins
 1953 Sea of Lost Ships
Rear Admiral
 1953 Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Washington Advisor
 1953 Devil's Canyon
Joe Holbert (uncredited)
 1953 I, the Jury
Milt Miller
 1953 The Last Posse
Frank White
 1953 Julius Caesar
Metellus Cimber
 1953 Scared Stiff
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1953 The Marksman
Lt. Gov. Watson
 1953 I'm the Law (TV Series)
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Mrs. Genius (1953)
 1952 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
- Street of Night (1952)
 1952 The Steel Trap
Valcourt, Travel Agent
 1952 The WAC from Walla Walla
General (uncredited)
 1952 Horizons West
Frank Tarleton
 1952 We're Not Married!
Atty. Gen. Frank Bush (uncredited)
 1952 Diplomatic Courier
Cherney (uncredited)
 1952 Bal Tabarin
Eddie Mendies
 1952 Denver & Rio Grande
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
 1952 Jet Job
Oscar Collins
 1952 The Fabulous Senorita
 1952 Deadline - U.S.A.
Andrew Wharton (uncredited)
 1952 Flesh and Fury
Andy Randolph
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Dr. Fernwood (uncredited)
 1951 The Well
 1951 The Strip
Lt. Detective Bonnabel
 1951 The Tall Target
Simon G. Stroud (uncredited)
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Adm. Ryan
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
 1951 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Marshal Lindon
- Two Gold Lockets (1951) ... Marshal Lindon
 1950 Again... Pioneers
Ken Keeler
 1950 Right Cross
Tom Balford
 1950 Destination Moon
General Thayer
 1950 The Nevadan
Bill Martin
 1949 East Side, West Side
Owen Lee
 1949 Chinatown at Midnight
Capt. Howard Brown
 1949 Chicago Deadline
Glenn Howard
 1949 Scene of the Crime
Umpire Menafoe
 1949 Special Agent
Chief Special Agent Wilcox
 1948 Mexican Hayride
Ed Mason
 1948 Angel in Exile
Prison Warden
 1948 Station West
Captain Iles
 1948 The Velvet Touch
Detective (uncredited)
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Freddy Blick (a stool pigeon and frame-up artist)
 1948 Up in Central Park
 1948 I Love Trouble
Ralph Johnson
 1947 The Son of Rusty
Hugh Mitchell
 1947 They Won't Believe Me
 1947 For the Love of Rusty
Hugh Mitchell
 1947 The Farmer's Daughter
 1947 Angel and the Badman
Dr. Mangram
 1946 The Last Crooked Mile
Floyd Sorelson
 1946 Her Adventurous Night
Dan Carter
 1946 The Blue Dahlia
Capt. Hendrickson
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
 1945 The Chicago Kid
Mike Thurber
 1945 The Phantom Speaks
Harvey Bogardus
 1944 Practically Yours
Commander Harry Harpe
 1944 Double Indemnity
Mr. Dietrichson
 1917 The Auction Block
Bob Wharton
 1916 Love in a Mist (Short)
The Fiancee
 1915 The Passing of a Soul (Short)
The Son
 1915 The Traitor (Short)
Lieutenant Shaw
 1915 As Ye Repent
Harry Somers
 1915 A Lancashire Lass (Short)
 1915 Barnaby Rudge
Barnaby Rudge
 1915 Be Sure Your Sins (Short)
Leo Garth
 1915 The Painted Lady Betty (Short)
 1914 His Great Opportunity (Short)
 1914 Life's Dark Road (Short)
The Lover
 1914 Oh My Aunt! (Short)
 1914 The Basilisk (Short)
Eric Larne, the fiancé
 1914 Gertie the Dinosaur (Short)
Clumsy Copy Boy (uncredited)
 1914 Aladdin: or, a Lad Out (Short)
The Lad
 1914 Morphia the Death Drug (Short)
The Boy
 1914 The Pet of the Regiment (Short)
Tommy Atkins
 1914 Time the Great Healer (Short)
Dick / Harry
 1914 In the Shadow of Big Ben (Short)
Harry Forrest
 1914 The Unseen Witness (Short)
Brian Foster
 1914 Cinder-Elfred (Short)
 1914 Memory (Short)
 1914 The Hills Are Calling (Short)
 1914 Unfit; or, the Strength of the Weak (Short)
Ned Osborne
 1914 Lucky Jim (Short)
Jim Brown
 1914/II The Hunchback (Short)
 1914 The Schemers: or, the Jewels of Hate (Short)
James Mortimer
 1914 Dr. Fenton's Ordeal (Short)
Rupert Harding
 1914 The Terror of the Air (Short)
Roger Doubleday
 1914/I Over the Garden Wall (Short)
Billy Birch
 1914 Daisy Doodad's Dial (Short)
 1914 Flotilla the Flirt (Short)
 1914 Judged by Appearances (Short)
Ralph Bellamy
 1914 Creatures of Habit (Short)
 1913 Cutey Plays Detective (Short)
The Pal
 1913 Counsellor Bobby (Short)
Dr. Randall - Jenny's Sweetheart
 1913 A Window on Washington Park (Short)
Alan Dale, the Old Man's Nephew
 1913 Let 'Em Quarrel (Short)
Powell - the Husband
 1913 Checkmated (Short)
Cecil Wray
 1913 The House in Suburbia (Short)
John Doane
 1913 Sisters All (Short)
 1913 Under the Make-Up (Short)
 1913 Stenographer Troubles (Short)
Office Employee
 1912 While She Powdered Her Nose (Short)
Abner Waite
 1912 The Signal of Distress (Short)
George Gordon
 1912 Susie to Susanne (Short)
John - Susie's Sweetheart
 1912 The Face or the Voice (Short)
Robert's Friend
 1912 Saving an Audience (Short)
 1912 The Cylinder's Secret (Short)
Richard Johns, Howard's Son
 1912 An Eventful Elopement (Short)
Charley Fortune - Mabel's Sweetheart
 1912 The Picture Idol (Short)
Beth's Sweetheart
 1912 Fortunes of a Composer (Short)
Opera Attendee (uncredited)
 1912 Love in the Ghetto (Short)
Sammy Bertram - Rebecca's Sweetheart
 1912 The Hieroglyphic (Short)
Tom Swayne
 1912 The Illumination (Short)
 1912 The Haunted Rocker (Short)
Jack Farnum - Madge's Suitor
 1912 The Great Diamond Robbery (Short)
D'Ahseen - First Detective
 1912 A Story of the Circus (Short)
Kenneth'sThe Boy's Father
 1912 A Cure for Pokeritis (Short)
 1912/I The Heart of a Man (Short)
Tom Hunter
 1912 A Girl of the West (Short)
Jones - the Ranch Owner
 1911 The Black Chasm (Short)
Yellow Eagle
 1911 The Half-Breed's Daughter (Short)
Luke Lansing - a Gold Miner
 1911 The Girl and the Sheriff (Short)
The Mountain Boy
 1911 A Western Heroine (Short)
 1911 The Sheriff's Friend (Short)
Sheriff Joe Cooper
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Stage: Appeared in Eugene O'Neill's play, "Strange Interlude," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, with Judith Anderson in the cast. See more »

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He had, in essence, two successful film careers, appearing in 42 films between 1911 and 1917. He then pursued a career on Broadway, where he became a star in both musical comedies and dramas. His invitation to play the murder victim in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944) restarted his career in movies and he appeared in an additional 62 films before his death in 1955. See more »

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