- Category : 1904-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (12,20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 4
American singer, actor, film producer, film director and studio head. Though he came to stardom as a musical comedy performer, he showed versatility and successfully transformed into a hardbitten leading man starring in projects of a more dramatic nature. He was the first actor to portray the private detective Philip Marlowe on screen.
Powell married three times, to Mildred Maund (1925–1927); actress Joan Blondell (married 19 September 1936, divorced 1944), with whom he had two children, Norman (her son from a previous marriage, whom Powell adopted) and Ellen; and entertainer June Allyson (19 August 1945 until his death), with whom he had two children, Pamela (adopted) and Richard Powell, Jr.
After undergoing treatment for cancer in 1962, Powell died at the age of 58 on 2 January 1963.