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.
1914 9 Years Old Powell was born in Mountain View, the seat of Stone County in northern Arkansas. The family moved to Little Rock in 1914, where Powell sang in church choirs and with local orchestras, and started his own band. … Read More


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.


1940 35 Years Old Powell desperately wanted to expand his range, but Warner Bros. would not allow him to do so. As a result, he bought his release from Warner Bros. in 1940. … Read More
By 1944, Powell felt he was too old to play romantic leading men anymore,, so he lobbied to play the lead in Double Indemnity. … 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 in 1948, he stepped out of the brutish type when he starred in Pitfall, a film noir in which a bored insurance company worker falls 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 NBC 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 1 More Event
During the 15th Primetime Emmy Awards on May 26, 1963, the Television Academy presented a posthumous Television Academy Trustee Award to Dick Powell for his contributions to the industry. … Read More
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