Dick Powell had one of the most remarkable careers in Hollywood film history.
Its range covered part-time singing with college bands; singing with a number of big bands during the touring days; a stay in Pittsburgh, Pa., as a motion picture house master of ceremonies; acting; producing; directing; and as head of the huge Four Star Television Corp., which he founded in 1952 with Charles Boyer and David Niven and which produced a number of well-known TV series. It also produced for five years the successful "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater."
He came to Hollywood in 1932 after a talent scout for Warner Bros. saw him perform in stage shows in Pittsburgh. At Warners he starred in a succession of hit musicals, several with Ruby Keeler, who was married to Al Jolson. They included "Forty Second Street," the "Gold Diggers" series, "Flirtation Walk" and "Shipmates Forever."
Before founding his own company, Powell also starred in radio shows including "Richard Diamond, Private Detective."