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Dick Powell (Richard Ewing Powell) was born on 14 November, 1904 in Mountain View, AR, is an American singer. Discover Dick Powell's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of Dick Powell networth?
|Popular As||Richard Ewing Powell|
|Age||59 years old|
|Born||14 November 1904|
|Birthplace||Mountain View, AR|
|Date of death||January 2, 1963|
|Died Place||West Los Angeles, CA|
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Dick Powell Height, Weight & Measurements
At 59 years old, Dick Powell height is 5′ 11″ .
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Who Is Dick Powell's Wife?
His wife is June Allyson (m. 1945–1963), Joan Blondell (m. 1936–1944), Mildred Maund (m. 1925–1927)
|Wife||June Allyson (m. 1945–1963), Joan Blondell (m. 1936–1944), Mildred Maund (m. 1925–1927)|
|Children||Richard Keith Powell Jr., Ellen Powell, Pamela Allyson Powell|
Dick Powell Net Worth
His net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Dick Powell worth at the age of 59 years old? Dick Powell’s income source is mostly from being a successful Actor. He is from AR. We have estimated Dick Powell's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.
|In the Navy (1941)||$30,000|
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In December 2018, he was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month.
As of early 2007, his birthplace in the small town of Mountain View, Arkansas, still stands on the north side of Main Street. It's a modest, circa-1895 house (in a sad state of neglect) with a wraparound porch with a small historical marker and a badly weathered display out in front that details his 1936 engagement to Joan Blondell, his marriage to June Allyson, and, more recently, the death of his brother.
Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).
Having quit film acting in the mid-50s, he began to concentrate primarily on producing TV drama as host and executive producer of his own award-winning anthology show, The Dick Powell Theatre (1961). He was also co-founder and managing director of Four Star Television (which had its studios where Republic had formerly existed and which would subsequently become CBS Cinema Center).
He was yet another casualty of the 1956 film The Conqueror (1956), which was filmed near a nuclear test site in Utah. Many of the people involved with the film, including Powell, who directed, eventually died of cancer, either caused or exacerbated by working on it. Others included actors John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Ted de Corsia, and Agnes Moorehead. However, in a 2001 interview with Larry King Powell's widow June Allyson said he died of lung cancer caused by chain-smoking cigarettes.
Powell also dabbled at directing, though he only helmed six pictures in total: among them a minor film noir, Split Second (1953)], and an above-average submarine drama, The Enemy Below (1957)].
His most challenging role yet was as best-selling novelist James Lee Bartlow in MGM's epic drama The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)].
In films, he remained on cue for wise-cracking tough guy roles in Cornered (1945) and Johnny O'Clock (1947).
Still dissatisfied with lightweight roles, Powell lobbied hard to get the lead (eventually scored by Fred MacMurray) in Double Indemnity (1944) but was knocked back. Instead, he was slotted into more of the same fare, refused to comply and was suspended.
His box office credo now at a low ebb, Powell tried his luck at RKO and at last managed to secure a lucrative role: that of hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's Murder, My Sweet (1944). The author himself approved of the casting, though the director (Edward Dmytryk) fought off initial misgivings. The result proved nothing if not a tangible hit for RKO. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times remarked ". . . and while he may lack the steely coldness and cynicism of a Humphrey Bogart, Mr. Powell need not offer any apologies. He has definitely stepped out of the song-and-dance, pretty-boy league with this performance". In short order, offers suddenly kept coming. Having successfully reinvented himself, Powell now found steady work on radio, respectively as "Richard Rogue" and then "Richard Diamond, Private Eye".
He fairly jumped at the chance to act in non-singing roles, joining Paramount in 1940 to appear opposite Ellen Drew in the sparkling Preston Sturges comedy Christmas in July (1940). This was followed by two marital farces featuring his then-wife, Joan Blondell, both efforts receiving only a lukewarm response at the box-office.
When he left Warners in 1939 with no discernible acting opportunities in sight, he was in no way short of a quid. He was, however, desperate to escape his image, declaring "I knew I wasn't the greatest singer in the world and I saw no reason why an actor should restrict himself to any one particular phase of the business".
In 1935, Powell's salary amounted to $70,000. Two years later, he had become one of Hollywood's top ten box office stars, yet was paid just half of what he had earned as an MC. A keen businessman with an eye for profit, Powell had already invested wisely in land and property.
Looking rather younger than his actual years, Powell soon found himself typecast as clean-cut singing juveniles in a series of exuberant musicals with lavish production numbers like 42nd Street (1933), one of two dozen similar pictures he made for the studio.
Few actors ever managed a complete image transition as thoroughly as did Dick Powell: in his case, from the boyish, wavy-haired crooner in musicals to rugged crime fighters in films noir. Powell grew up in the town of Little Rock, Arkansas, one of three brothers (one of them, Howard, ended up as vice president of the Illinois Central Railroad). He worked his way through schooling, sidelining as a soda jerk and a grocery clerk before entering the world of show biz as a singer (tenor) and banjo player with the Royal Peacock Orchestra in Louisville, Kentucky. He then got a gig with the Charlie Davis band and toured with them throughout the mid-west, appearing at dance halls and picture theatres. He next worked as a master of ceremonies and this rounded him off as an entertainer even before he was signed by a Warner Brothers talent scout in 1932.