- Made his first notable film appearance in the musical Blessed Event (1932) and was subsequently made a contract player by Warner Bros.
- Played clean-cut leads in many early Hollywood musicals, including 42nd Street (1933), costarring Ruby Keeler; they would reunite for several other successful films.
- Also had a knack for hard-boiled dramatic roles, such as Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet (1944).
- Founded Four Star Television, which produced the series Four Star Playhouse in the 1950s; also produced and directed films.
- In the film The Day of the Locust (1975), he was portrayed by his son, Dick Jr.
- Mildred Maund — Ex-wife
- Pamela — Daughter
- Dick Powell Jr. — Son
- Ellen — Daughter
- Joan Blondell — Ex-wife
- Ewing Powell — Father
- Luther Powell — Brother
- June Allyson — Wife
- Sallie Powell — Mother
- Norman — Son
- Howard Powell — Brother
- Attended Little Rock College, Little Rock, AR
- Birth Name: Richard Ewing Powell
- Birth Place: Mountain View, AR
- Birthday: November 14, 1904, Scorpio
- Died: January 2, 1963
- Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Singer
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