William Powell

American actor

William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984) was an American actor. He was known for his role in Thin Man (1934). He was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actor three times for his roles in The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947).

William Horatio Powell
Powell in 1936

Early life


Powell was born on July 29, 1892 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] He was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Powell studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Personal life


He was married to Eileen Wilson from 1915 until they divorced in 1930. Then he was married to Carole Lombard from 1931 until they divorced in 1933. Then he was married to Diana Lewis from 1940 until his death in 1984. He had a son with Wilson, William David (who committed suicide in 1968).

Powell died on March 5, 1984 in his home in Palm Springs, California from heart failure, at the age of 91. He was buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.


  1. "William Powell Biography". Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2013.

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