William Powell

  • Birth Name: William Horatio Powell
  • Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: March 5, 1984
  • Profession: Actor
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  • An aunt financed his education at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts; his father disapproved of him wanting to become an actor and refused to pay for the classes.
  • Was engaged to Jean Harlow at the time of her death in 1937.
  • Was diagnosed with rectal cancer in the late 1930s, but survived with treatment.
  • Costarred with ex-wife Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey (1936).
  • Most frequent costar was Myrna Loy, with whom he starred in the Nick and Nora Charles film series.


  • 1934, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1936, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee


  • Carole Lombard — Ex-wife
  • Diana Lewis — Wife
  • William David Powell — Son
  • Nettie Brady Powell — Mother
  • Jean Harlow — Ex-significant Other
  • Horatio Warren Powell — Father
  • Eileen Wilson — Ex-wife


  • Attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States; attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States

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