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  • 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.


  • Pamela — Daughter
  • Joan Blondell — Ex-wife
  • Ewing Powell — Father
  • Mildred Maund — Ex-wife
  • Norman — Son
  • Howard Powell — Brother
  • June Allyson — Wife
  • Sallie Powell — Mother
  • Luther Powell — Brother
  • Dick Powell Jr. — Son
  • Ellen — Daughter


  • Attended Little Rock College, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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  • Birth Name: Richard Ewing Powell
  • Birth Place: Mountain View, Arkansas, United States
  • Died: January 2, 1963
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Singer

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