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William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984) was an American actor, noted for his sophisticated, cynical roles. Jump to: navigation, search July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search This page is about the year 1984. ...


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, William Powell was an only child and showed an early aptitude for performing. After high school, he left home for New York and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts at the age of 18. In 1912 Powell graduated from the AADA, and then he worked in some vaudeville and stock companies. After a successful experience as a brilliant actor on the Broadway stage, in 1922 he began a Hollywood career. His first starring role was as Philo Vance in 1929's The Canary Murder Case. He followed this up with the Vance role in The Kennel Murder Case in 1933. In the same year, he was divorced from his second wife, the actress Carole Lombard, who later went on to marry Clark Gable, but with whom he remained on excellent terms, even co-starring with her in a movie several years after their divorce. Jump to: navigation, search (This article is about the city. ... The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is a fully accredited two-year conservatory with campuses located at 120 Madison Avenue in New York City and 1336 North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. ... This article is about the street in New York City. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... ... Philo Vance was a fictional American detective created by S. S. Van Dine in the 1920s who appeared in 12 novels. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Canary Murder Case (1927) is a murder mystery novel which deals with the murders of a sexy nightclub singer known as the Canary, and eventually, that of her boyfriend. ... The Kennel Murder Case is a 1932 murder mystery novel that has a terrific first half (Chapters 1 - 10), with fictional detective Philo Vance investigating a complex, coincidence-laden, locked room murder. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search Carole Lombard Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actress. ... Jump to: navigation, search Clark Gable from the cover of Clark Gable: Biography, Filmography, Bibliography by Chrystopher J. Spicer William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 —November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, and the biggest box-office star of the early sound film era. ...


Powell's most famous role was that of "Nick Charles" in six "Thin Man" films, beginning with The Thin Man in 1934, considered by many the best of the bunch, in which he proved his sophisticated charme and his witty sense of humour. The delightful Myrna Loy played his wife "Nora Charles" in each of the "Thin Man" films, and his partnership with Loy would become the screen's most prolific ever, with the couple appearing in 14 films together. DVD cover The Thin Man is the title of the first of six comic detective films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a hard-drinking and flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they easily solve crimes. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search Myrna Loy in the 1930s Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 - December 14, 1993) was a United States motion picture actress. ...


He received an Academy Award Nomination for The Thin Man, and starred in the Best Picture of 1936, The Great Ziegfeld, in 1936, in which Ziegfeld's character was somewhat sanitized, and which also starred Loy as Billie Burke, Ziegfeld's wife. Powell could play any role with authority whether it was comedy, thriller or drama. He would receive his second Academy Award Nomination for the magnificent comedy My Man Godfrey (1936), with Carole Lombard. He was on top of the world until 1937. DVD cover The Thin Man is the title of the first of six comic detective films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a hard-drinking and flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they easily solve crimes. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1936 films | Drama films | Musical films | Biographical films | Best Picture Oscar | Best Actress Oscar (film) ... Florenz Ziegfeld (March 21, 1869 - July 22, 1932) was a Broadway impresario who achieved fame by perfecting the United States revue. ... Billie Burke. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... My Man Godfrey is a 1936 screwball comedy film in which a socialite hires a derelict as her butler, only to fall in love with him, to his dismay. ... Jump to: navigation, search Carole Lombard Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American actress. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In 1935 he starred with Jean Harlow in Reckless, and they become very close friends. Soon Powell's friendship with Harlow developed into a serious romance. Sadly she died before they could marry, apparently of uremic poisoning. His distress over Harlow's death and a battle with cancer, which he ultimately beat, resulted in his accepting fewer roles. On January 6, 1940, he married the beautiful actress, Diana Lewis. Although the couple had only met for the first time three weeks before their marriage, they remained married until Powell's death in 1984. Jump to: navigation, search 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jean Harlow, born as Harlean Carpenter, (March 3, 1911 - June 7, 1937), US film actress, became known as the original blonde bombshell, predating Marilyn Monroe as a blonde sex symbol. ... Jump to: navigation, search When normal cells are damaged or old they undergo apoptosis; cancer cells, however, avoid apoptosis. ... Jump to: navigation, search January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search This page is about the year 1984. ...


His career slowed considerably in the late 1940s, although in 1947 he received his third Academy Award nomination for his work in Life with Father. His last film was Mister Roberts in 1955. Despite numerous entreaties to return to the screen, Powell refused all offers, happy in his retirement. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Life with Father is a 1947 comedy movie which tells the true story of a stockbroker who wants to be master of his house, but finds his wife and his children ignoring him, until they start making demands for him to change his own life. ... Movie poster of 1955s Mister Roberts. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Powell died of natural causes in Palm Springs, California at the age of 91, some thirty years after his retirement, survived by his wife, Diana. View of Canyon Country Club, Palm Springs, from the air Palm Springs is a city located in Riverside County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 42,807. ...

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Quotes

The Thin Man, 1934

Myrna Loy: Pretty Girl.
William Powell: Yes. She's a nice type.
Myrna Loy: You got types?
William Powell: Only you, darling. Lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.

The Thin Man, 1934

William Powell: Oh, it's alright, Joe. It's my dog. And uh, my wife.
Myrna Loy: Well you might have mentioned me on the first billing.

The Thin Man, 1934

William Powell: How'd you like Grant's tomb?
Myrna Loy: It's lovely. I'm having a copy made for you.

After The Thin Man, 1936

William Powell: Come on. Let's get something to eat. I'm thirsty.

Life with Father, 1947

William Powell: I don't go to church to be preached at as though I were some lost sheep.
Irene Dunne: Clare you don't seem to understand what the church is for.
William Powell: Vinnie, if there's one place the church should leave alone, it's a man's soul!

My Man Godfrey, 1936

William Powell: These flowers just came for you, miss. Where shall I put them?
Carole Lombard: What difference does it make where one puts flowers when one's heart is breaking?
William Powell: Yes, miss. Shall I put them on the piano?

Academy Awards Nominations

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Filmography

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Manhattan Melodrama (1934) is a crime melodrama film, produced by MGM Pictures. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... DVD cover The Thin Man is the title of the first of six comic detective films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a hard-drinking and flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they easily solve crimes. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 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Trivia

The late Don Adams stated in interviews that his famous "clippy" voice characterization was based on, and an exaggeration of, the speaking style of William Powell. Jump to: navigation, search Don Adams with his trademark shoe phone from Get Smart Don Adams, born Donald James Yarmy, (April 13, 1923 – September 25, 2005) was a New York City-born actor best known for his role as Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) in the TV situation comedy Get Smart...


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William Powell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (711 words)
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, William Powell was an only child and showed an early aptitude for performing.
Powell's most famous role was that of "Nick Charles" in six "Thin Man" films, beginning with The Thin Man in 1934, considered by many the best of the bunch, in which he proved his sophisticated charme and his witty sense of humour.
Powell died of natural causes in Palm Springs, California at the age of 91, some thirty years after his retirement, survived by his wife, Diana, and his only child, a son by his first marriage, William David Powell.
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Powell was convicted in Cleveland County and sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of Mary Gladden.
William Powell was convicted of the first-degree murder of Mary Gladden, an employee of The Pantry on Charles Road in Shelby, and sentenced to death.
Powell's case is not one of the "worst of the worst." To execute William Powell would violate the important principle that the death penalty is reserved for those whose offenses are the most blameworthy.
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