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Tyrone Power

Tyrone Power

  • Born on
    • May 5th, 1914
  • Died on
    • November 15th, 1958
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; May 5, 1914 - November 15, 1958) 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.

Filmography

Acting (42 Credits)

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1957The Sun Also Rises as Jake Barnes
1957Seven Days from Now as Alec Holmes
1957The Rising of the Moon as Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
1957Witness for the Prosecution as Leonard Vole
1956The Eddy Duchin Story as Eddy Duchin
1955Untamed as Paul Van Riebeck
1955The Long Gray Line as Martin Maher
1953King of the Khyber Rifles as Capt. Alan King
1953The Mississippi Gambler as Mark Fallon
1952Diplomatic Courier as Mike Kells
1952Pony Soldier as Constable Duncan MacDonald
1951Rawhide as Tom Owens
1951I'll Never Forget You as Peter Standish
1950The Black Rose as Walter of Gurnie
1950American Guerrilla in the Philippines as Ensign Chuck Palmer
1949Prince of Foxes as Andrea Orsini
1948The Luck of the Irish as Stephen Fitzgerald
1948That Wonderful Urge as Thomas Jefferson Tyler
1947Captain from Castile as Pedro De Vargas
1947Nightmare Alley as Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle
1946The Razor's Edge as Larry Darrell
1943Crash Dive as Lt. Ward Stewart
1942The Black Swan as Jamie Waring
1942Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake as Benjamin Blake
1942This Above All as Clive Briggs
1941Blood and Sand as Juan
1941A Yank in the R.A.F. as Tim Baker
1940The Mark of Zorro as Don Diego Vega, aka Zorro
1940Brigham Young as Jonathan Kent
1940Johnny Apollo as Robert Cain Jr. (aka Johnny Apollo)
1939Rose of Washington Square as Bart Clinton
1939Jesse James as Jesse Woodson James
1939Day-Time Wife as Ken Norton
1939The Rains Came as Major Rama Safti
1938Alexander's Ragtime Band as Alexander - Roger Grant
1938In Old Chicago as Dion O'Leary
1938Suez as Ferdinand de Lesseps
1938Marie Antoinette as Count Axel de Fersen
1937Love Is News as Steve Leyton
1937Café Metropole as Alexis
1936Lloyd's of London as Jonathan Blake
1934Flirtation Walk as Cadet (uncredited)

Himself (2 Credits)

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2002The Kid Stays in the Picture as Himself (archive footage)
1937Ali Baba Goes to Town as Himself

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