William Powell

William Powell

Highest Rated: 100% Love Crazy (1941)

Lowest Rated: 44% The Great Gatsby (1926)

Birthday: Jul 29, 1892

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

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Filmography

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Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Henchman's War Executive Producer - 2012
92% 84% Mister Roberts Lt. "Doc" (Character) - 1955
84% 78% How to Marry a Millionaire J.D. Hanley (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 20% The Girl Who Had Everything Steve Latimer (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Treasure of Lost Canyon Homer "Doc" Brown (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Take One False Step Professor Andrew Gentling (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark Emery Slade (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 44% Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid Mr. Peabody (Character) - 1948
92% 78% Life With Father Clarence Day, Sr. (Character) - 1947
80% 70% Song of the Thin Man Nick Charles (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 91% The Senator Was Indiscreet Senator Melvin G. Ashton (Character) - 1947
70% 58% Ziegfeld Follies Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint Terence Ellerton "Terry" O'Neill (Character) - 1946
60% 78% The Thin Man Goes Home Nick Charles (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 21% The Heavenly Body William S. Whitley (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 39% Crossroads David Talbot (Character) - 1942
100% 82% Love Crazy Steve Ireland (Character) - 1941
83% 79% Shadow of the Thin Man Nick Charles (Character) - 1941
100% 82% I Love You Again Larry Wilson aka George Carey (Character) - 1940
82% 85% Another Thin Man Nick Charles (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Baroness and the Butler Johann Porok (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 65% Double Wedding Charles Lodge (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 53% The Emperor's Candlesticks Baron Stephan Wolensky (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 53% The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Charles (Character) - 1937
86% 88% Libeled Lady Bill Chandler (Character) - 1936
100% 90% After the Thin Man Nick Charles (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 54% The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Dr. Lawrence Bradford (Character) - 1936
97% 90% My Man Godfrey Godfrey (Character) - 1936
62% 50% The Great Ziegfeld Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 41% Star of Midnight Clay "Dal" Dalzell (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escapade Fritz (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 41% Reckless Ned Riley (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 50% Rendezvous Lt. William "Bill" Gordon/Anson Meridan (Character) - 1935
81% 71% Manhattan Melodrama Jim Wade (Character) - 1934
98% 93% The Thin Man Nick Charles (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 58% Evelyn Prentice John Prentice (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 54% Fashions Sherwood Nash (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Peril Capt. Bill Tennant (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 67% The Key Capt. Bill Tennant (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man Killer Donald Free (Character) - 1933
83% 66% The Kennel Murder Case Philo Vance (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 62% Double Harness John Fletcher (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 82% One Way Passage Dan (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 67% Jewel Robbery The Robber (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 45% Lawyer Man Anton `'Tony'` Adam (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 27% High Pressure Gar Evans (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 30% Man of the World Michael Trevor (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Singapore Hugh Dawltry (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies' Man Jamie Darricott (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Street of Chance John D. Marsden/"Natural" Davis (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 29% For the Defense William Foster (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charming Sinners Karl Kraley (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greene Murder Case Philo Vance (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 33% The Canary Murder Case Philo Vance (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pointed Heels Robert Courtland (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Feel My Pulse Her Nemesis (Character) - 1928
100% 91% The Last Command Lev Andreyev (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dragnet Unknown (Character) - 1928
67% No Score Yet Beau Sabreur Unknown (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paid to Love Prince Eric (Character) - 1927
67% No Score Yet She's a Sheik Kada (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nevada Clan Dillon (Character) - 1927
67% No Score Yet Aloma of the South Seas Unknown (Character) - 1926
44% No Score Yet The Great Gatsby George Wilson (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beau Geste Boldini (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Many Kisses Julio (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romola Tito Melema (Character) - 1924
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bright Shawl Unknown (Character) - 1923
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Red Robe Unknown (Character) - 1923
71% 35% Sherlock Holmes Unknown (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet No Score Yet When Knighthood Was in Flower Francis (Character) - 1922

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