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Tyrone Power

One of the great romantic swashbuckling stars of the mid-twentieth century, and the third Tyrone Power of four in a famed acting dynasty reaching back to the eighteenth century. His great-grandfather was the first Tyrone Power (1795-1841), a famed Irish comedian. His father, known to historians as Tyrone Power Sr., but to his contemporaries as either Tyrone Power or Tyrone Power the Younger, was a huge star in the theater (and later in films) in both classical and modern roles. His mother, Patia Riaume (Mrs. Tyrone Power), was also a Shakespearean actress as well as a respected dramatic coach. Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr., (also called Tyrone Power III) was born at his mother's home of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1914. A frail, sickly child, he was taken by his parents to the warmer climate of southern California. After his parents' divorce, he and his sister Anne Power returned to Cincinnati with their mother. There he attended school while developing an obsession with acting. Although raised by his mother, he corresponded with his father, who encouraged his acting dreams. He was a supernumerary in his father's stage production of 'The Merchant of Venice' in Chicago and held him as he died suddenly of a heart attack later that year. Startlingly handsome, young Tyrone nevertheless struggled to find work in Hollywood. He appeared in a few small roles, then went east to do stage work. A screen test led to a contract at 20th Century Fox in 1936, and he quickly progressed to leading roles. Within a year or so, he was one of Fox's leading stars, playing in contemporary and period pieces with ease. Most of his roles were colorful without being deep, and his swordplay was more praised than his wordplay. He served in the Marine Corps in World War II as a transport pilot, and he saw action in the Pacific Theater of operations. After the war, he got his best reviews for an atypical part as a downward-spiraling con-man in Nightmare Alley (1947). Although he remained a huge star, much of his postwar work was unremarkable. He continued to do notable stage work and also began producing films. Following a fine performance in Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Power began production on Solomon and Sheba (1959). Halfway through shooting, he collapsed during a dueling scene with George Sanders, and he died of a heart attack before reaching a hospital.


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Born:
May 5, 1914 In Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
56
First Appeared:
In the movie Tom Brown of Culver 1932-06-30
Latest Project:
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn 2005-04-05
Known For
Filmography
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn Jacob 'Jake' Barnes (archive footage) 2005-04-05
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture Himself (archive footage) 2002-08-16
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase 1965-05-31
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie The Rising of the Moon Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode) 1957-08-10
Movie Abandon Ship Alec Holmes 1957-03-12
Movie The Sun Also Rises Jake Barnes 1957-08-23
Movie Witness for the Prosecution Leonard Vole 1957-12-17
Movie The Eddy Duchin Story Eddy Duchin 1956-05-02
Movie The Long Gray Line Martin Maher 1955-02-09
Movie Untamed Paul Van Riebeck 1955-03-01
Movie The Mississippi Gambler Mark Fallon 1953-01-13
Movie King of the Khyber Rifles Capt. Alan King 1953-12-23
Movie Pony Soldier Constable Duncan MacDonald 1952-04-01
Movie Rawhide Tom Owens 1951-03-25
Movie The House in the Square Peter Standish 1951-12-07
Movie The Black Rose Walter of Gurnie 1950-09-01
Movie American Guerrilla in the Philippines Ensign Chuck Palmer 1950-11-08
Movie Prince of Foxes Andrea Orsini 1949-11-11
Movie The Luck of the Irish Stephen Fitzgerald 1948-09-15
Movie That Wonderful Urge Thomas Jefferson Tyler 1948-11-20
Movie Nightmare Alley Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle 1947-10-09
Movie Captain from Castile Pedro De Vargas 1947-12-25
Movie The Razor's Edge Larry Darrell 1946-11-19
Movie Crash Dive Lt. Ward Stewart 1943-04-22
Movie Show-Business at War Himself 1943-05-21
Movie This Above All Clive Briggs 1942-05-12
Movie Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Benjamin Blake 1942-01-29
Movie Blood and Sand Juan 1941-05-30
Movie A Yank in the R.A.F. Tim Baker 1941-09-26
Movie Johnny Apollo Robert Cain Jr. (aka Johnny Apollo) 1940-04-19
Movie The Mark of Zorro Don Diego Vega, aka Zorro 1940-11-08
Movie Brigham Young Jonathan Kent 1940-09-27
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Himself (uncredited) 1939-05-03
Movie Rose of Washington Square Bart Clinton 1939-05-05
Movie Jesse James Jesse Woodson James 1939-01-14
Movie Day-time Wife Ken Norton 1939-11-24
Movie Second Fiddle Jimmy Sutton 1939-06-30
Movie The Rains Came Major Rama Safti 1939-09-15
Movie In Old Chicago Dion O'Leary 1938-04-15
Movie Alexander's Ragtime Band Alexander - Roger Grant 1938-05-24
Movie Suez Ferdinand de Lesseps 1938-10-28
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town Himself 1938-07-07
Movie Marie Antoinette Count Axel de Fersen 1938-08-26
Movie Café Metropole Alexis 1937-04-28
Movie Love Is News Steve Leyton 1937-02-26
Movie Thin Ice Prince Rudolph 1937-09-03
Movie Second Honeymoon Raoul McLiesh 1937-11-13
Movie Girls Dormitory Count Vallais 1936-08-08
Movie Ladies In Love Karl Lanyi 1936-10-09
Movie Lloyd's of London Jonathan Blake 1936-11-25
Movie Northern Frontier Mountie 1935-02-01
Movie Tom Brown of Culver Donald MacKenzie 1932-06-30
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