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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 3, 1963|
|Born:||November 14, 1904||Cause of Death:||Cancer|
|Birth Place:||Mountain View, Arkansas, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Feature acting debut, "Blessed Event"
Established as star with his appearance in the Busby Berkeley musicals, "42nd Street", "Golddiggers of 1933" and "Footlight Parade" at Warner Brothers, all of which teamed him with Ruby Keeler
First film Powell made which also featured future wife Joan Blondell, "Golddiggers of 1933", in which their characters were not romantically teamed; was first of ten films the two would act in together
Made exhibitors annual poll of top ten boxoffice stars two years in a row, placing 7th and 6th, respectively
Last of seven films made opposite Ruby Keeler, "Colleen"
Last film opposite Joan Blondell, "Model Wife"
Starring career reached low in the early 1940s; included a couple of romantic lead roles which were actually secondary parts (e.g. "In the Navy" 1941, which spotlighted starring comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello)
Career turnaround began when he starred as Raymond Chandler's detective Philip Marlowe in "Murder, My Sweet"
Feature directorial debut, "Split Second"
Became president of the Four Star TV production company
Produced and appeared regularly on TV's "Four Star Playhouse"
First feature producing credit, "The Conquerer"
Directed his second wife, June Allyson, in the feature, "You Can't Run Away from It", a remake of the classic, "It Happened One Night"; Powell did not act in the film
Last feature effort, directing and producing "The Hunters"
Hosted and produced "The Dick Powell Show"
Last TV producing credit "Colossus"
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