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William Powell (William Horatio Powell)

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Biography

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did finally attract attention with The Last Command (1928) as Leo, the arrogant film director. Stardom finally came via his role as Philo Vance in The Canary Murder Case (1929), in which he investigates the death of Louise Brooks, "the Canary. Read more...

Actor

Character: Robert Courtland

Pointed Heels 1929

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Character: Hugh Dawltry

The Road to Singapore 1931

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Character: Anton Adam

Lawyer Man 1932

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Character: Gar Evans

High Pressure 1932

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Character: Jim Wade

Manhattan Melodrama 1934

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Character: Sherwood Nash

Fashions of 1934 1934

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Character: Capt. Bill Tennant

The Key 1934

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Character: Ned Riley

Reckless 1935

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Character: Bill Chandler

Libeled Lady 1936

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Character: Dr. Lawrence Bradford

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford 1936

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Character: Charles Lodge

Double Wedding 1937

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Character: Baron Stephan Wolensky

The Emperor's Candlesticks 1937

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Character: Larry Wilson aka George Carey

I Love You Again 1940

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Character: Steve Ireland

Love Crazy 1941

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Character: David Talbot aka Jean Pelletier

Crossroads 1942

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Character: Himself - Guest Star

The Youngest Profession 1943

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Character: William S. Whitley

The Heavenly Body 1944

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Character: Terence Ellerton 'Terry' O'Neill

The Hoodlum Saint 1946

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Character: Mr. Arthur Peabody

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid 1948

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Character: Emery Slade

Dancing in the Dark 1949

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Character: Homer 'Doc' Brown

The Treasure of Lost Canyon 1952

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Character: J.D. Hanley

How to Marry a Millionaire 1953

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Character: Nick Charles in 'The Thin Man'

The Big Parade of Comedy 1964

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Character: Lev Andreyev

The Last Command 1928

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Character: John D. Marsden / 'Natural' Davis

Street of Chance 1930

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