Dick Powell Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Christian Mba
Dec 13, 2023 By Christian Mba
Originally Published on May 27, 2022
Dick Powell is a renowned actor and director.
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About Dick Powell

Dick Powell, previously named Richard Ewing Powell, was a very well-known American actor and film director who made his debut in the movie 'Blessed Event'.
Before stepping into acting, Powell was encouraged by his father to sing in church choirs at a young age. Later, he recorded many songs for the Charlie Davis Orchestra.
Dick Powell is the first actor who portrayed the fictional characters, as well as the private detective, on screen in the movie 'Philip Marlowe'. Dick Powell was also a very famous voice actor who lent his voice to different leading characters on detective radio programs like 'Richard Diamond', 'Rogue's Gallary', and 'Private Detective'. He was the co-founder of Four Star Television. The net worth of Dick Powell totals $75 million.

Dick Powell Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What was Dick Powell’s net worth?

The net worth of famous stage actor Dick Powell is currently $75 million. This net worth has been calculated from different sources like IMDB, Wikipedia, and other online sources. He has earned this huge net worth by being a very talented stage actor.

How much did Dick Powell earn per year?

Although the net worth of Dick Powell is $75 million, his exact annual income is still under review.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall was Dick Powell?

Dick Powell was 5.1 ft (180 cm) tall.

How old was Dick Powell?

Dick Powell passed away on January 2, 1963 at the age of 58. He was suffering from lung cancer in the later stage of his life.

Childhood And Education

Dick Powell, whose birth name was Richard Ewing Powell, was born in Mountain View, Arkansas on November 14, 1904. His father was Ewing, and he used to run the International Harvester Company. His mother was Salie Rowena Thompson, who was his first music teacher. He was raised with his two brothers, Luther and Howard. At a very young age, Dick Powell used to sing in different local orchestras and church choirs. After completing his high school education, Powell started his higher education at Little Rock College. He got the offer to work with the Charlie Davis Orchestra.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Dick Powell’s partner?

Dick Powell was married to June Allyson in 1945. She was an actress, and they had two children named Richard and Pamela. They stayed together until Dick Powell died in 1963.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Actor Dick Powell, who was also a very eminent film producer and an American singer, was born in Arkansas in the USA. He is best known for portraying strong characters. It was he who first played the role of a private detective in the movie 'Murder, My Sweet.' This movie gained huge success among audiences. He was also known for his programs and received good responses for serving as a host of the very significant radio program 'Hollywood Hotel', which was aired from the West Coast. He also starred in the movie 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' that was inspired by William Shakespeare's play, and he played the role of Lysander. 
Dick Powell commenced his career as a singer, and before getting into acting, he was singing with the famous musical group the Charlie Davis Orchestra and recorded numerous songs for them. His birth name was Richard Ewing Powell. Although he started his career as a musical comedy performer, he transformed himself into a leading cast actor in several movies of dramatic nature thanks to his versatility.
Powell made his film debut in 1932 with the comedy-drama 'Blessed Events'. Followed by that, he also starred in another movie that was produced by Warner Bros where he played the character of a singer named Bynny Harmon. In 1933, he was cast in several movies like '42nd Street' as Billy Lawyer, which is an American musical film, and the movie earned massive box office success. He also starred in 'Footlight Parade', 'Convention City', and 'Gold Diggers Of 1933'.
In 1934, Dick Powell portrayed the character of a protagonist named Bob Lane in the comedy movie 'Happiness Ahead'. He also acted in 'Twenty Million Sweetheart', a musical comedy movie, as Buddy Clayton. One year later, in 1935, he again played the role of a protagonist named Dick Curtis in the musical film 'Gold Diggers Of 1935'. Next, he starred as Lysander in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', which was a movie inspired by William Shakespeare's play.
During the 1940s, Dick Powell wanted to make a switch from the genre of romantic heroes in his movies to try out some tough characters, like private detectives. In 1944, he broke the stereotype and played the character of a private detective for the first time in an American movie noir called 'Murder, My Sweet' as Philip Marlowe. He is said to be the first person who portrayed the character of Philip Marlowe on the big screen.

What awards did Dick Powell win?

Dick Powell was honored with the 15th Primetime Emmy award, which was a posthumous award for him. He was also honored with the Screen Actor Guild award for his excellent performance in a drama series.

Dick Powell’s Hobbies And Interests

Not much is known about Dick Powell's hobbies and interests apart from the fact that he enjoyed singing and was a very talented actor.

Other Interesting Dick Powell Facts And Trivia

The Zodiac sign of Dick Powell is a Scorpio.
After his death on January 2, 1963, he was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California.

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Dick Powell Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Richard Ewing Powell

Date of Birth

1904-11-14

Date of Death

1963-01-02

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Arkansas

Height

180 cm

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Actor, producer, Singer

Net Worth

7500000

Partner

June Allyson

Parents

Salie Rowena Thompson, Ewing Powell
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