Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tyrone Power, Sr.
A few scenes had been shot but before filming could be completed on The Miracle Man Power died of a heart attack in the arms of his 17-year-old son at the end of 1931.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe was 62. His part of the preacher in The Miracle Man was taken up by fellow veteran actor Hobart Bosworth.
He is now usually referred to as Tyrone Power, Sr., to distinguish him from his son, actor Tyrone Power, who would also die of a heart attack at the age of 44.
Power finished out the decade & silent era in several A-list silent films. In 1930, Power had a final great role as the villainous "bull whacker" Red Flack in Raoul Walsh's widescreen epic The Big Trail, which was Power's first (and only) talkie and provided an unknown John Wayne with his first starring role.
More DetailsHide DetailsPower then prepared to film a sound remake of The Miracle Man which had been a great silent success in 1919 for Lon Chaney.
In 1925 Power appeared in a film called The Red Kimono, a film as daring as Where Are My Children? had been a decade earlier.
More DetailsHide DetailsThe Red Kimono was produced and partly written by Dorothy Davenport, the widow of Wallace Reid. It is the only silent Power film available on home video or DVD.
In 1924 Power was in the cast of the sumptuous Janice Meredith, a Hearst produced Marion Davies vehicle.
In 1916 Power played the male lead in Where Are My Children?, a serious film about birth control and social issues directed by pioneer woman director Lois Weber and her husband Phillips Smalley.
More DetailsHide DetailsA pristine copy of this film is preserved in the Library of Congress. That same year Power appeared in a Selig film called John Needham's Double. When not acting on Broadway, Power appeared in films. Producer William Fox found him a great character part at Fox Studios in Footfalls (1921).
After an extremely prosperous 30 years of acting on the stage and touring around the world, Power moved into silent films in 1914.
More DetailsHide DetailsInitially playing the leading man in films, he soon switched to playing villains and proved highly successful.
In 1908 Power had what was probably his greatest personal theatrical success, The Servant in the House. The production ran for 80 performances in the first half of 1908 and then a return engagement for 48 performances near the close of the year.
More DetailsHide DetailsFollowing this success Power appeared in a few more original stage productions like Chu Chin Chow (American version) and The Wandering Jew, which apparently was a huge musical. The rest of his theatrical career before World War I and after consisted of revivals of popular and Shakesperean plays such as The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, the all-star play Diplomacy, and The Rivals. In 1922, he played Claudius in John Barrymore's groundbreaking production of Hamlet.
The following year Power starred opposite Edgar Selwyn in Ulysses. (Selwyn would later join part of his name with Samuel Goldfish's name to create Goldwyn Studios.) Power also had roles in Julia Marlowe's When Knighthood Was in Flower in a 1904 revival.
After a couple of years Power left his farm work and joined a theatre stock company at St. Augustine, Florida, debuting as Gibson in Charles Hawtrey's The Private Secretary on November 29, 1886 aged 17.
Frederick Power, as he was then known, was educated at Hampton School then Dover College with his brother George, who would later accompany him on tour in America as Littledale Power. In 1883 at the age of 14 he was sent from England to Florida by his parents to learn citrus planting.
Power was born in London in 1869, the son of Harold Littledale Power and Ethel Lavenu.
More DetailsHide DetailsHis father had worked as a singer and actor before his marriage, most notably in Edmund Yates' production "Invitations" at the Egyptian Hall, London, 1862–63. Turning to business, his father became a wine merchant, later collaborating in the mining business with his brother Frederick Power. Power's father was the youngest son of the Irish actor Tyrone Power, from whom his son, grandson and great grandson would later take their stage names. His mother Ethel Lavenu, an actress was the third daughter of conductor and composer Lewis Henry Lavenu.
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