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William Powell

William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984) was an American actor, noted for his sophisticated, cynical roles. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he began a Broadway career in 1912 and a Hollywood career in 1922. His first starring role was as Philo Vance[?] in 1929's The Canary Murder Case[?]. He followed this up with the Vance role in The Kennel Murder Case[?] in 1933.

His most famous role was that of Nick Charles in several "Thin Man" films, beginning with The Thin Man in 1934. In 1935, he starred with Jean Harlow[?] in Reckless[?], and they became engaged. She died before they could marry. He became so distraught, he went into semi-seclusion, taking fewer roles. His career slowed considerably in the late 1940s, and his last film was Mister Roberts in 1955.

Powell died in Palm Springs, California thirty years after his retirement.

Academy Awards Nominations

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1636 Vine Street.



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