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  • BIRTH 05/05/1914
  • DEATH 15/11/1958
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 31
  • PRODUCTION 1

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; 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.

Tyrone Power

Movies (31)

Witness for the Prosecution
Witness for the Prosecution
Leonard Vole
The Mark of Zorro
The Mark of Zorro
Don Diego Vega, aka Zorro
A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
Tim Baker
The Black Swan
The Black Swan
Jamie Waring
Ali Baba Goes to Town
Ali Baba Goes to Town
Himself
The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge
Larry Darrell
Rawhide
Rawhide
Tom Owens
Crash Dive
Crash Dive
Lt. Ward Stewart
Jesse James
Jesse James
Jesse Woodson James
Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley
Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle
Blood and Sand
Blood and Sand
Juan
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Alexander - Roger Grant
Thin Ice
Thin Ice
Prince Rudolph
The Eddy Duchin Story
The Eddy Duchin Story
Eddy Duchin
This Above All
This Above All
Clive Briggs
Lloyd's of London
Lloyd's of London
Jonathan Blake
Second Fiddle
Second Fiddle
Jimmy Sutton
Love Is News
Love Is News
Steve Leyton
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
Count Axel de Fersen
Ladies In Love
Ladies In Love
Karl Lanyi
In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
Dion O'Leary
The Black Rose
The Black Rose
Walter of Gurnie
King of the Khyber Rifles
King of the Khyber Rifles
Capt. Alan King
The Luck of the Irish
The Luck of the Irish
Stephen Fitzgerald
Pony Soldier
Pony Soldier
Constable Duncan MacDonald
Café Metropole
Café Metropole
Alexis
That Wonderful Urge
That Wonderful Urge
Thomas Jefferson Tyler
Day-time Wife
Day-time Wife
Ken Norton
Johnny Apollo
Johnny Apollo
Robert Cain Jr. (aka Johnny Apollo)
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
Benjamin Blake
Rose of Washington Square
Rose of Washington Square
Bart Clinton

Production

Solomon and Sheba
Solomon and Sheba