From 1936 through 1958, the incredibly handsome Tyrone Power was one of Hollywood's favorite leading men. Romance novelist Barbara Cartland once said, "We didn't need sex. We had Tyrone Power."
He excelled in everything, including romantic dramas ("The Razor's Edge" in 1946), swashbucklers ("The Mark of Zorro" in 1940, "The Black Swan" in 1942) and comedy ("Love Is News" in 1937). Every once in a while, Power got a chance to play against type, as in "Nightmare Alley," in which he costarred as an ambitiously ruthless carnival worker, or in Billy Wilder's 1957 mystery thriller "Witness for the Prosecution," which cast him as a charming murderer.
Power had some terrific dramas, including 1940's "Johnny Apollo," a fast-paced story about a young man who turns to crime to help save his stockbroker father (Edward Arnold), and "This Above All," a 1942 war drama in which Power plays a disillusioned military hero who falls in love with an idealist (Joan Fontaine).
He died after suffering a heart attack during the filming of a dueling scene with actor George Sanders for "Solomon and Sheba" (1959). Yul Brynner took over his role following his death.