William Powell Net Worth

William Powell Net Worth is
$5 Million

William Powell Biography

A global known Actor William Powell born in July 29, 1892 in an extraordinary city of Palm Springs, California, U.S. William Powell net worthy of in 2014-2015 is $5,000,000 while like others William Powell also receives a commission by sponsorships, endorsement, advertisements, etc and featuring. All albums/songs earnings listed below. We also added few films/dramas earnings which include Sherlock Holmes, Outcast, The Shiny Shawl, Romola. We approximated annual income around $588,235

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Quick Facts

Full NameWilliam Powell
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 29, 1892
DiedMarch 5, 1984, Palm Springs, California, United States
Height1.8 m
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Kansas
SpouseDiana Lewis, Carole Lombard, Eileen Wilson
ChildrenWilliam David Powell
ParentsNettie Manila Powell, Horatio Warren Powell
Music GroupsThe O'Jays
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor
MoviesThe Thin Man, My Man Godfrey, Libeled Lady, Life with Father, Manhattan Melodrama, Another Thin Man, The Great Ziegfeld, I Love You Again, Love Crazy, Mister Roberts, Double Wedding, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home, One Way Passage, The Kennel Murder Case, Song of the Thin Man, Evelyn Prentice, How to Marry a Millionaire, Double Harness, The Canary Murder Case, Jewel Robbery, The Senator Was Indiscreet, The Last Command, Reckless, The Ex-Mrs. Bradford, Star of Midnight, Sherlock Holmes, Lawyer Man, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Man of the World, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, Paramount on Parade, Fashions of 1934, The Heavenly Body, The Greene Murder Case, The Emperor's Candlesticks, The Baroness and the Butler, Rendezvous, Private Detective 62, Street of Chance, The Girl Who Had Everything, Ziegfeld Follies, Beau Geste, Behind the Make-Up, The Hoodlum Saint, For the Defense, The Benson Murder Case, It's a Big Country, Ladies' Man, The Road to Singapore, Pointed Heels

Interesting Facts

1 Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1912 where he studied under Joseph Adelman.
2 He was the first husband of Carole Lombard while his Manhattan Melodrama (1934) co-star Clark Gable was her second husband.
3 Powell was lured away from Paramount by Warners with a contract pf $6000 a week, but after a year or so Jack L. Warner forced Depression salary cuts on many of his stars including Powell, reducing it to $4000 per week. Powell was unhappy with the situation and left Warner for MGM, where he spent the bulk of his career.
4 If her cameo in The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947) is counted, Myrna Loy co-starred with Powell fourteen times. Besides the six Thin Man films, the others were Manhattan Melodrama (1934), Evelyn Prentice (1934), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Libeled Lady (1936), Double Wedding (1937), I Love You Again (1940) and Love Crazy (1941).
5 Powell had difficulties retaining his lines during the filming of Mister Roberts (1955), something that had not happened to him in earlier films, and this was one of the reasons why this was his final film appearance. Frail health, including bouts with cancer, plus a difficult Hawaii location shoot ultimately led to the actor's retirement decision.
6 He and Myrna Loy were so often identified as a married couple, that when they were on tour and checking into a room, would often have desk clerks book them into the same room.
7 His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is featured for a brief moment on the Married with Children episode "Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2.".
8 Was a staunch Republican.
9 His home in Beverly Hills was designed by James E. Dolena and decorated by William Haines.
10 His favorite singer was Jo Stafford and he collected every one of her albums.
11 He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1636 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
12 In 1938, Powell was diagnosed with cancer of the rectum. Rather than undergo a colostomy, he agreed to an experimental treatment where platinum needles containing radium pellets were inserted into Powell's body, where they remained for six months, by which time his cancer had gone into remission. It was many years before he publicly revealed he had had cancer. At the time of his illness and recovery, his agent explained his absence to the press first by saying he was recuperating from an eye injury, and later that he had undergone a routine abdominal operation.
13 Purchased for Jean Harlow a 150-carat sapphire engagement ring for $20,000, and presented it to her for Christmas of 1936.
14 Although he and Carole Lombard divorced in 1933, they remained close friends until her death in 1942.
15 Produced a Broadway play, "Revolt" in 1928, written by Harry Wagstaff Gribble. It flopped.
16 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 652-654. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
17 Leo Kottke composed an instrumental song entitled 'William Powell'; the studio version appears on Kottke's 1989 album "My Father's Face", and a live version on 1995's "Leo Kottke Live".
18 He and Casey Stengel were in the same class in Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri.
19 His son stabbed himself to death while taking a shower. He left a 4-page good-bye letter to his father, with whom he was very close.
20 Parent of William Powell with his wife, Eileen.
21 Cousin-in-law of William B. Hawks.
22 Was in a relationship with Jean Harlow for two years before her death and paid for her funeral, costing $30,000. For many years Powell made sure fresh flowers were always present at her grave.
23 Cousin-in-law of Howard Hawks and Kenneth Hawks.
24 Brother-in-law of Maxine Lewis and J.C. Lewis.
25 He had known Diana Lewis only three weeks when they married January 6, 1940.

Net Worth & Salary

The Kennel Murder Case (1933) $4,000 /week
One Way Passage (1932) $6,000 /week


1 There is more money in being liked by an audience than in being disliked by it. The biggest thing about movie audiences is the sympathy they give characters on the screen. But the art of acting and the talent of selecting what one will act are divorced qualities.
2 I have never gone into a picture without first studying my characterization from all angles. I make a study of the fellow's life and try to learn everything about him, including the conditions under which he came into this world, his parentage, his environment, his social status, and the things in which he is interested. Then I attempt to get his mental attitude as much as possible.
3 I do not hold that because the author did a bad job of writing the player need trump it with the same kind of acting. When I go into a picture I have only one character to look after. If the author didn't do him justice, I try to add whatever the creator of the part overlooked.
4 My friends have stood by me marvelously in the ups and downs of my career. I don't believe there is anything more worthwhile in life than friendship. Friendship is a far better thing than love, as it is commonly accepted.
5 [speaking in 1929] "Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven't a personality such as Jack Gilbert's, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting."
6 [when asked how he kept so slim] "I highly recommend worrying. It's much more effective than dieting."


All William Powell pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1636 Vine Street.
1947 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Life with Father (1947)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1948 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Life with Father (1947)
1937 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role My Man Godfrey (1936)
1935 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Thin Man (1934)



Mister Roberts 1955 Lt. 'Doc'
How to Marry a Millionaire 1953 J.D. Hanley
The Girl Who Had Everything 1953 Steve Latimer
The Treasure of Lost Canyon 1952 Homer 'Doc' Brown
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology 1951 Professor
Dancing in the Dark 1949 Emery Slade
Take One False Step 1949 Andrew Gentling
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid 1948 Mr. Arthur Peabody
The Senator Was Indiscreet 1947 Senator Melvin G. Ashton
Song of the Thin Man 1947 Nick Charles
Life with Father 1947 Clarence Day (Father)
The Great Morgan 1946 Film Character (voice, uncredited)
The Hoodlum Saint 1946 Terence Ellerton 'Terry' O'Neill
The Thin Man Goes Home 1945 Nick Charles
Ziegfeld Follies 1945 Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
The Heavenly Body 1944 William S. Whitley
The Youngest Profession 1943 William Powell
Crossroads 1942 David Talbot aka Jean Pelletier
Shadow of the Thin Man 1941 Nick Charles
Love Crazy 1941 Steve Ireland
I Love You Again 1940 Larry Wilson aka George Carey
Another Thin Man 1939 Nick Charles
The Baroness and the Butler 1938 Johann Porok
Double Wedding 1937 Charles Lodge
The Emperor's Candlesticks 1937 Baron Stephan Wolensky
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney 1937 Charles
After the Thin Man 1936 Nick Charles
Libeled Lady 1936 Bill Chandler
My Man Godfrey 1936 Godfrey
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford 1936 Dr. Lawrence Bradford
The Great Ziegfeld 1936 Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
Rendezvous 1935 Bill Gordon
Escapade 1935 Fritz
Reckless 1935 Ned Riley
Star of Midnight 1935 Clay 'Dal' Dalzell
Evelyn Prentice 1934 John Prentice
The Key 1934 Capt. Bill Tennant
The Thin Man 1934 Nick Charles
Manhattan Melodrama 1934 Jim Wade
Fashions of 1934 1934 Sherwood Nash
The Kennel Murder Case 1933 Philo Vance
Double Harness 1933 John Fletcher
Private Detective 62 1933 Free
Lawyer Man 1932 Anton (Tony) Adam
One Way Passage 1932 Dan Hardesty
Jewel Robbery 1932 The Robber
High Pressure 1932 Gar Evans
The Road to Singapore 1931 Hugh Dawltry
Ladies' Man 1931 Jamie Darricott
Man of the World 1931 Michael Trevor
For the Defense 1930 William B. Foster
Shadow of the Law 1930 Jim Montgomery aka John Nelson
Paramount on Parade 1930 Philo Vance (Murder Will Out)
The Benson Murder Case 1930 Philo Vance
Street of Chance 1930 John D. Marsden / 'Natural' Davis
Behind the Make-Up 1930 Gardoni
Pointed Heels 1929 Robert Courtland
Charming Sinners 1929 Karl Kraley
The Greene Murder Case 1929 Philo Vance
The Four Feathers 1929 Capt. William Trench
The Canary Murder Case 1929 Philo Vance
Interference 1928 Philip Voaze
Forgotten Faces 1928 Froggy
The Vanishing Pioneer 1928 John Murdock
The Dragnet 1928 Dapper Frank Trent
Partners in Crime 1928 Smith
Feel My Pulse 1928 Her Nemesis
Beau Sabreur 1928 Becque
The Last Command 1928 Lev Andreyev
She's a Sheik 1927 Kada
Nevada 1927 Clan Dillon
Paid to Love 1927 Prince Eric
Time to Love 1927 Prince Alado
Special Delivery 1927 Harold Jones
Señorita 1927 Manuel Oliveros
Love's Greatest Mistake 1927 Don Kendall
New York 1927 Trent Regan
Tin Gods 1926 Tony Santelli
The Great Gatsby 1926 George Wilson
Beau Geste 1926 Boldini
Aloma of the South Seas 1926 Van Templeton
The Runaway 1926 Jack Harrison
Desert Gold 1926 Snake Landree
Sea Horses 1926 Lorenzo Salvia
White Mice 1926 Roddy Forrester
The Beautiful City 1925 Nick Di Silva
My Lady's Lips 1925 Scott Seldon
Faint Perfume 1925 Barnaby Powers
Too Many Kisses 1925 Julio
Romola 1924 Tito Melema (as William H. Powell)
Dangerous Money 1924 Prince Arnoldo da Pescia
Under the Red Robe 1923 Duke of Orleans (as William H. Powell)
The Bright Shawl 1923 Gaspar De Vaca
Outcast 1922 DeValle
When Knighthood Was in Flower 1922 Francis I (as William H. Powell)
Sherlock Holmes 1922 Foreman Wells (as William H. Powell)


Life with Father 1947 performer: "Sweet Marie" 1893, "Love's Old Sweet Song Just a Song at Twilight" 1884 - uncredited
The Thin Man Goes Home 1945 performer: "The Old Oaken Bucket", "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" - uncredited
Love Crazy 1941 performer: "It's Delightful to Be Married" 1907 - uncredited
After the Thin Man 1936 performer: "Home on the Range" - uncredited
Libeled Lady 1936 "Wedding March" 1843, "Bridal Chorus" 1850, uncredited
My Man Godfrey 1936 performer: "Drink a Highball" 1901 - uncredited
The Great Ziegfeld 1936 performer: "Look for the Silver Lining" 1921 - uncredited
Evelyn Prentice 1934 performer: "Lullaby Wiegenlied" 1868 - uncredited
The Thin Man 1934 performer: "Drink A Highball" - uncredited
Double Harness 1933 performer: "The King Kong March" - uncredited


Screen Snapshots: The Skolsky Party 1946 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-13 1933 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots 1932/I Documentary short Himself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 12 1930 Short Himself (uncredited)
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio 1927 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

William Powell: A True Gentleman 2005 Video short
Ziegfeld Girl Intro 2004 Video documentary short Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
Biography 2001-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Performances 2003 TV Series Himself
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Moonlighting 1987 TV Series Nick Charles
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - Unidentified 'Thin Man' Film (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Lt. 'Doc' (uncredited)
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Clarence 'Father' Day
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Nick Charles
It's Showtime 1976 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1969 TV Movie documentary Jim Wade (uncredited)
Film Preview 1966 TV Series Godfrey
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary Nick Charles
Movies Golden Age 1961 TV Movie documentary Tito Melema
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story 1951 Documentary
Twenty Years After 1944 Short
The Miracle of Sound 1940 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World 1940 Documentary short Himself
From the Ends of the Earth 1939 Documentary short Himself
The Romance of Celluloid 1937 Short Charles Lodge
Movie Memories #2 1934 Documentary short
Hollywood on Parade No. A-12 1933 Short Himself (uncredited)

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