William Powell

Actor | * 07/29/1892 († 91, 03/05/1984) | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984) was an American actor. A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was paired with Myrna Loy in 14 films, including The Thin Man series based on the Nick and Nora Charles characters created by Dashiell Hammett. Powell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947). ()
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William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984) was an American actor. A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was paired with Myrna Loy in 14 films, including The Thin Man series based on the Nick and Nora Charles characters created by Dashiell Hammett. Powell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947). After high school, he left home for New York and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts at the age of 18. In 1912, Powell graduated from the AADA, and worked in some vaudeville and stock companies. After several successful experiences on the Broadway stage, he began his Hollywood career in 1922, playing a small role as an evil henchman of Professor Moriarty in a production of Sherlock Holmes with John Barrymore. His most memorable role in silent movies was as a bitter film director opposite Emil Jannings' Academy Award-winning performance as a fallen general in The Last Command (1928). This success, along with Powell's pleasant speaking voice, led to his first starring role as amateur detective Philo Vance in the "talkie" The Canary Murder Case (1929). Powell's most famous role was that of Nick Charles in six Thin Man films, beginning with The Thin Man in 1934, based upon Dashiell Hammett's novel. The role provided a perfect opportunity for Powell, with his resonant speaking voice, to showcase his sophisticated charm and witty sense of humor, and he received his first Academy Award nomination for The Thin Man. Myrna Loy played his wife, Nora, in each of The Thin Man films. Their on-screen partnership, beginning alongside Clark Gable in 1934 with Manhattan Melodrama, was one of Hollywood's most prolific, and they appeared in 14 films together. Loy and Powell starred in the Best Picture of 1936, The Great Ziegfeld, with Powell in the title role and Loy as Ziegfeld's wife Billie Burke. That same year, he also received his second Academy Award nomination, for the comedy My Man Godfrey. In 1935, he starred with Jean Harlow in Reckless. A serious romance developed between them, and in 1936, they were reunited on screen and with Loy and Spencer Tracy in the screwball comedy Libeled Lady. However, Harlow surprisingly and quickly became ill, and died from uremia at the age of 26 in June 1937 before they could marry. His distress over her death, as well as a cancer diagnosis of his own, caused him to accept fewer acting roles. Powell's career slowed considerably in the 1940s, although he received his third Academy Award nomination in 1947 for his role as the cantankerous Clarence Day, Sr., in Life with Father. His last film was 1955's Mister Roberts. Powell died in Palm Springs, California, on March 5, 1984, at the age of 91 from heart failure, nearly 30 years after his retirement. He is buried at the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California, near his third wife Diana Lewis, and his only child, his son William David Powell.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for William Powell

Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 3x Academy Award for Best Actor

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Movies with William Powell as Actor(112)

as Himself - Actor (archive footage)2017 Cinecittà Babylon
as (archive footage)1990 Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To
as (archive footage)1988 James Stewart's Wonderful Life
as Himself (archive footage)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as (archive footage)1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
as Nick Charles (archive footage)1964 The Big Parade of Comedy
as Doc1955 Mister Roberts
as J.D. Hanley1953 How to Marry a Millionaire
as Steve Latimer1953 The Girl Who Had Everything
as Homer 'Doc' Brown1952 The Treasure of Lost Canyon
as Professor1951 It's a Big Country
as Andrew Gentling1949 Take One False Step
as Emery Slade1949 Dancing in the Dark
as Mr. Peabody1948 Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid
as Clarence Day Sr.1947 Life with Father
as Nick Charles1947 Song of the Thin Man
as Senator Melvin G. Ashton1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet
as Terence Ellerton 'Terry' O'Neill1946 The Hoodlum Saint
as William Powell (voice) (uncredited)1945 The Great Morgan
as Flo Ziegfeld1945 Ziegfeld Follies
as Nick Charles1944 The Thin Man Goes Home
as William S. Whitley1944 The Heavenly Body
as Himself - Guest Star1943 The Youngest Profession
as David Talbot aka Jean Pelletier1942 Crossroads
as Steve Ireland1941 Love Crazy
as Nick Charles1941 Shadow of the Thin Man
as Larry Wilson aka George Carey1940 I Love You Again
as Nick Charles1939 Another Thin Man
as Johann Porok1938 The Baroness and the Butler
as Charles Lodge1937 Double Wedding
as Baron Stephan Wolensky1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
as Godfrey1936 My Man Godfrey
as Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.1936 The Great Ziegfeld
as Nicholas 'Nick' Charles1936 After the Thin Man
as William 'Bill' Stephens Chandler1936 Libeled Lady
as Dr. Lawrence Bradford1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
as Lt. William 'Bill' Gordon / Anson Meridan1935 Rendezvous
as Ned Riley1935 Reckless
as Clay Dalzell1935 Star of Midnight
as Fritz1935 Escapade
as Nick Charles1934 The Thin Man
as John Prentice1934 Evelyn Prentice
as Sherwood Nash1934 Fashions of 1934
as Jim Wade1934 Manhattan Melodrama
as Capt. Bill Tennant1934 The Key
as John Fletcher1933 Double Harness
as Donald Free1933 Private Detective 62
as Philo Vance1933 The Kennel Murder Case
as The Robber1932 Jewel Robbery
as Anton Adam1932 Lawyer Man
as Gar Evans1932 High Pressure
as Dan Hardesty1932 One Way Passage
as Michael Trevor1931 Man of the World
as Jamie Darricott1931 Ladies' Man
as Hugh Dawltry1931 The Road to Singapore
as Gardoni1930 Behind the Make-Up
as Philo Vance1930 Paramount on Parade
as William Foster1930 For the Defense
as Jim Montgomery aka John Nelson1930 Shadow of the Law
as Philo Vance1930 The Benson Murder Case
as John D. Marsden / 'Natural' Davis1930 Street of Chance
as Capt. William Trench1929 The Four Feathers
as Philo Vance1929 The Canary Murder Case
as Robert Courtland1929 Pointed Heels
as Philo Vance1929 The Greene Murder Case
as Karl Kraley1929 Charming Sinners
as Lev Andreyev1928 The Last Command
as Froggy1928 Forgotten Faces
as Philip Voaze1928 Interference
as Smith1928 Partners in Crime
as Her Nemesis1928 Feel My Pulse
as Harold Jones1927 Special Delivery
as Manuel Oliveros1927 Senorita
as Clan Dillon1927 Nevada
as Prince Eric1927 Paid to Love
as Kada1927 She's a Sheik
as George Wilson1926 The Great Gatsby
as Boldini1926 Beau Geste
as Tony Santelli1926 Tin Gods
as Van Templeton1926 Aloma of the South Seas
as Jack Harrison1926 The Runaway
as Julio1925 Too Many Kisses
as Nick Di Silva1925 The Beautiful City
as Tito Melema1924 Romola
as Gaspar De Vaca1923 The Bright Shawl
as Duke of Orleans (as William H. Powell)1923 Under the Red Robe
1922 Outcast
as Forman Wells1922 Sherlock Holmes

Full Name: William Powell
Born: Friday, 07/29 1892 (July) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States of America (USA))
Died: Monday, 03/05 1984 (March) in Palm Springs (aged: 91)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Central High School
Spouses (current/former): Carole Lombard, Diana Lewis
Children: William David Powell
Other names for William Powell (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"William H. Powell"
"Уильям Пауэлл"
William Powell frequently works together with these people:
Myrna Loy (27x, Actress)
Cedric Gibbons (24x, Crew)
Douglas Shearer (22x, Crew)
Edwin B. Willis (17x, Crew)
Spencer Tracy (14x, Actor)
Mickey Rooney (10x, Actor)
Clark Gable (10x, Actor)
Joan Crawford (9x, Actress)
Jean Harlow (9x, Actress)
J. Roy Hunt (9x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:10859, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 12/01/2021