Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1914-05-05

Day of Death 1958-11-15

Place of Birth Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

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Also Known As

  • Тайрон Пауэр

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Jornal Português (1938-1951)
2005 The Adventures of Errol Flynn as Jacob 'Jake' Barnes (archive footage)
2002 The Kid Stays in the Picture as Himself
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1965 Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1957 Witness for the Prosecution as Leonard Vole
1957 The Sun Also Rises as Jake Barnes
1957 The Rising of the Moon as Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
1957 Abandon Ship as Alec Holmes
1956 The Eddy Duchin Story as Eddy Duchin
1955 Untamed as Paul Van Riebeck
1955 The Long Gray Line as Martin 'Marty' Maher
1953 King of the Khyber Rifles as Capt. Alan King
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1953 The Mississippi Gambler as Mark Fallon
1952 Diplomatic Courier as Mike Kells
1952 Pony Soldier as Constable Duncan MacDonald
1951 The House in the Square as Peter Standish
1951 Rawhide as Tom Owens
1950 American Guerrilla in the Philippines as Ensign Chuck Palmer
1950 The Black Rose as Walter of Gurnie
1949 Prince of Foxes as Andrea Orsini
1948 That Wonderful Urge as Thomas Jefferson Tyler
1948 The Luck of the Irish as Stephen Fitzgerald
1948 Bambi-Verleihung (1 episode) as himself (archive)
1947 Captain from Castile as Pedro De Vargas
1947 Nightmare Alley as Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle
1946 The Razor's Edge as Larry Darrell
1943 Screen Snapshots (Series 23, No. 1): Hollywood in Uniform as Himself
1943 Show-Business at War as Himself
1943 Crash Dive as Lt. Ward Stewart
1942 The Black Swan as Jamie Waring
1942 This Above All as Clive Briggs
1942 Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake as Benjamin Blake
1941 A Yank in the R.A.F. as Tim Baker
1941 Three Of A Kind as Himself
1941 Blood and Sand as Juan
1940 The Mark of Zorro as Don Diego Vega, aka Zorro
1940 Brigham Young as Jonathan Kent
1940 Johnny Apollo as Robert Cain Jr. (aka Johnny Apollo)
1939 Day-time Wife as Ken Norton
1939 The Rains Came as Major Rama Safti
1939 Second Fiddle as Jimmy Sutton
1939 Rose of Washington Square as Bart Clinton
1939 Hollywood Hobbies as Himself
1939 Jesse James as Jesse Woodson James
1938 Suez as Ferdinand de Lesseps
1938 Marie Antoinette as Count Axel de Fersen
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town as Himself
1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band as Alexander - Roger Grant
1938 In Old Chicago as Dion O'Leary
1937 Second Honeymoon as Raoul McLiesh
1937 Thin Ice as Prince Rudolph
1937 Café Metropole as Alexis
1937 Love Is News as Steve Leyton
1936 Lloyd's of London as Adult Jonathan Blake
1936 Ladies In Love as Karl Lanyi
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
1936 Girls Dormitory as Count Vallais
1935 Northern Frontier as Mountie
1932 Tom Brown of Culver as Donald MacKenzie

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