Dick Powell

Dick Powell
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Dick Powell
TV: North side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Dick Powell
Film: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Dick Powell
Radio: East side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Actor | Director | Producer | Singer
Born Richard Powell on Nov. 14, 1904 in Mountain View, AR
Died Jan. 2, 1963 of cancer in Dick Powell's Wilshire Boulevard apartment, Calif.

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."

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