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Dick Powell

Actor + Singer + Producer + Director and Studio Head
Born Nov 14, 1904

Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell was an American singer, actor, producer, director and studio boss. Though he came to stardom as a musical comedy performer, he successfully transformed into a hardbitten leading man of darker projects.

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1904 Birth Born on November 14, 1904.


1932 27 Years Old Warner Bros. was sufficiently impressed by Powell's singing and stage presence to offer him a film contract in 1932. … Read More
1933 28 Years Old He went on to star as a boyish crooner in movie musicals such as 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933, Dames, Flirtation Walk, and On the Avenue, often appearing opposite Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell. … Read More


1944 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1944, Powell's career changed forever when he was cast in the first of a series of films noir, as private detective Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet, directed by Edward Dmytryk. … Read More


1945 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Powell also played the slightly-less hard-boiled detective Richard Rogue in the radio series "Rogue's Gallery", beginning in 1945.
1948 43 Years Old But 1948 saw him step out of the brutish type when he starred in Pitfall, a film noir that sees a bored insurance company worker fall for an innocent but dangerous woman, played by Lizabeth Scott. … Read More
1949 44 Years Old From 1949–1953, Powell played the lead role in the National Broadcasting Company radio theater production Richard Diamond, Private Detective. … Read More


1958 53 Years Old Powell guest-starred in numerous Four Star programs, including a 1958 appearance on the Duff-Lupino sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve.
1961 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961 Howard Duff, husband of Ida Lupino, assumed the Dante role in a short-lived NBC adventure series Dante, set at a San Francisco nightclub called "Dante's Inferno".
1962 57 Years Old On September 27, 1962, Powell acknowledged rumors that he was undergoing treatment for cancer. … Read More
1963 58 Years Old Powell died from lymphoma at the age of fifty-eight on January 2, 1963, seven years after The Conqueror was made. … Read More
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