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William Powell

William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did finally attract attention with The Last Command (1928) as Leo, the arrogant film director. Stardom finally came via his role as Philo Vance in The Canary Murder Case (1929), in which he investigates the death of Louise Brooks, "the Canary." Unlike many silent actors, sound boosted Powell's career. He had a fine, urbane voice and his stage training and comic timing greatly aided his introduction to sound pictures. However, he was not happy with the type of roles he was playing at Paramount, so in 1931 he switched to Warner Bros. There, he again became disappointed with his roles, and his last appearance for Warners was as Philo Vance in The Kennel Murder Case (1933). In 1934 Powell went to MGM, where he was teamed with Myrna Loy in Manhattan Melodrama (1934). While Philo made Powell a star, another detective, Nick Charles, made him famous. Powell received an Academy Award nomination for The Thin Man (1934) and later starred in the Best Picture winner for 1936, The Great Ziegfeld (1936). Powell could play any role with authority, whether in a comedy, thriller, or drama. He received his second Academy Award nomination for My Man Godfrey (1936) and was on top of the world until 1937, when he made his first picture with Jean Harlow, Reckless (1935). The two clicked, off-screen as well as on-screen, and shortly became engaged. One day, while Powell was filming Double Wedding (1937) on one MGM sound stage, Harlow became ill on another. She was finally taken to the hospital, where she died. Her death greatly upset both Powell and Myrna Loy, and he took six weeks off from making the movie to deal with his sorrow. After that he traveled, not making another MGM film for a year. He eventually did five sequels to "The Thin Man," the last one in 1947. He also received his third Academy Award nomination for his work in Life with Father (1947). His screen appearances became less frequent after that, and his last role was in 1955. He had come a long way from playing the villain in 1922.

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Jul 29, 1892 в Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
Впервые появился:
на movie Sherlock Holmes 1922-03-07
Последний проект:
Кино Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell 1993-02-06
Известный в фильмах
Poster of Take One False Step
Poster of Эвелин Прентис
Poster of Private Detective 62
Poster of Paid to Love
Кино Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell Himself 1993-02-06
Кино Alias Nick and Nora Nick 1990-01-05
Кино Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Кино The Big Parade of Comedy Nick Charles (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Кино Мистер Робертс Lt. 'Doc' 1955-07-13
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» Unknown 1953-03-18
Кино The Girl Who Had Everything Steve Latimer 1953-03-27
Кино Как выйти замуж за миллионера J.D. Hanley 1953-10-29
Кино The Treasure of Lost Canyon Homer 'Doc' Brown 1952-03-01
Кино Эта большая страна Professor 1951-11-20
Кино Dancing in the Dark Emery Slade 1949-12-02
Кино Take One False Step Professor Andrew Gentling 1949-06-22
Кино Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid Mr. Peabody 1948-08-11
Кино Song of the Thin Man Nick Charles 1947-08-28
Кино Life with Father Clarence Day, Sr. 1947-09-13
Кино The Senator Was Indiscreet Senator Melvin G. Ashton 1947-12-26
Кино The Hoodlum Saint Terence Ellerton 'Terry' O'Neill 1946-04-04
Кино The Thin Man Goes Home Nick Charles 1945-01-25
Кино Ziegfeld Follies Flo Ziegfeld 1945-08-13
Кино The Heavenly Body William S. Whitley 1944-03-23
Кино The Youngest Profession Himself - Guest Star 1943-02-26
Кино Crossroads David Talbot aka Jean Pelletier 1942-07-23
Кино Love Crazy Steve Ireland 1941-05-23
Кино Shadow of the Thin Man Nick Charles 1941-11-21
Кино I Love You Again Larry Wilson aka George Carey 1940-08-09
Кино Another Thin Man Nick Charles 1939-01-01
Кино The Baroness and the Butler Johann Porok 1938-02-18
Кино Double Wedding Charles Lodge 1937-10-15
Кино The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Charles 1937-02-19
Кино The Emperor's Candlesticks Baron Stephan Wolensky 1937-07-02
Кино The Great Ziegfeld Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. 1936-04-08
Кино The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Dr. Lawrence Bradford 1936-05-13
Кино After the Thin Man Nick Charles 1936-12-25
Кино My Man Godfrey Godfrey 1936-09-17
Кино Libeled Lady William "Bill" Stephens Chandler 1936-10-09
Кино Star of Midnight Clay 'Dal' Dalzell 1935-04-19
Кино Reckless Ned Riley 1935-04-17
Кино Escapade Fritz 1935-07-05
Кино Rendezvous Lt. William 'Bill' Gordon / Anson Meridan 1935-10-25
Кино Только любовь Sherwood Nash 1934-02-14
Кино Manhattan Melodrama Jim Wade 1934-05-04
Кино Эвелин Прентис John Prentice 1934-11-09
Кино Тонкий человек Nick Charles 1934-05-25
Кино The Key Capt. Bill Tennant 1934-06-09
Кино Lawyer Man Anton Adam 1933-01-07
Кино Private Detective 62 Donald Free 1933-06-10
Кино The Kennel Murder Case Philo Vance 1933-10-28
Кино Double Harness John Fletcher 1933-07-21
Кино High Pressure Gar Evans 1932-01-30
Кино One Way Passage Dan Hardesty 1932-10-22
Кино Jewel Robbery The Robber 1932-08-13
Кино Man of the World Michael Trevor 1931-03-28
Кино The Road to Singapore Hugh Dawltry 1931-10-10
Кино Ladies' Man Jamie Darricott 1931-05-09
Кино Street of Chance John D. Marsden / 'Natural' Davis 1930-02-08
Кино Behind the Make-Up Gardoni 1930-01-11
Кино The Benson Murder Case Philo Vance 1930-04-13
Кино Paramount On Parade Philo Vance 1930-04-22
Кино For the Defense William Foster 1930-07-18
Кино Shadow of the Law Jim Montgomery aka John Nelson 1930-06-06
Кино The Canary Murder Case Philo Vance 1929-02-16
Кино The Four Feathers Capt. William Trench 1929-06-01
Кино Pointed Heels Robert Courtland 1929-12-20
Кино The Greene Murder Case Philo Vance 1929-08-11
Кино Charming Sinners Karl Kraley 1929-08-16
Кино Feel My Pulse Her Nemesis 1928-02-26
Кино The Last Command Lev Andreyev 1928-01-22
Кино Forgotten Faces Froggy 1928-08-05
Кино Partners in Crime Smith 1928-03-01
Кино Interference Philip Voaze 1928-11-04
Кино Special Delivery Harold Jones 1927-05-06
Кино Paid to Love Prince Eric 1927-07-23
Кино Nevada Clan Dillon 1927-08-01
Кино Beau Geste Boldini 1926-08-24
Кино The Runaway Jack Harrison 1926-04-04
Кино The Great Gatsby George Wilson 1926-11-21
Кино Romola Tito Melema 1924-12-06
Кино The Bright Shawl Gaspar De Vaca 1923-04-22
Кино Sherlock Holmes Foreman Wells 1922-03-07
Кино When Knighthood Was in Flower Francis I (as William H. Powell) 1922-09-15