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William Powell Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Family, Biography

William Powell Quick Info
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 80 kg
Date of Birth July 29, 1892
Zodiac Sign Leo
Date of Death March 5, 1984

William Powell was an American actor, stage artist, and radio personality who was a noted Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star and was thrice nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Actor” for his work in the films The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947). His film credits also include Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby, Forgotten FacesPartners in Crime, The Greene Murder CaseThe Four Feathers, Behind the Make-Up, Pointed HeelsThe Benson Murder Case, For the Defense, Paramount on Parade, Street of Chance, The Road to SingaporeMan of the WorldLawyer ManThe Kennel Murder Case, RecklessManhattan MelodramaStar of MidnightThe Great Ziegfeld, The Baroness and the ButlerDouble WeddingThe Last of Mrs. CheneyShadow of the Thin Man, I Love You Again, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.

Born Name

William Horatio Powell

Nick Name


William Powell as seen in a publicity photo for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1936
William Powell as seen in a publicity photo for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1936 (George Hurrell for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / / Public Domain)


He was born on July 29, 1892.


On March 5, 1984, William Powell died from pneumonia at the age of 91 in Palm Springs, California, United States.

Resting Place

Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States


He resided in Palm Springs, California, United States.





William Powell graduated from Central High School. He then got enrolled at the University of Kansas as his parents wanted him to study law. However, Powell left the university just after a week and moved to New York City where he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He dropped out of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts after a year in 1912 and started working in various vaudeville and stock companies.


Actor, Stage Artist, Radio Personality


  • Father – Horatio Warren Powell (Worked as an accountant)
  • Mother – Nettie Manila (née Brady)
  • Siblings – He was an only child.

Net Worth

According to, his net worth was $5 Million.



William Powell and Irene Dunne in the film 'Life with Father' (1947)
William Powell and Irene Dunne in the film ‘Life with Father’ (1947) (Film Screenshot (Warner Bros.) / / Public Domain)


5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm


80 kg or 176.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

William Powell had dated –

  1. Slim Hawks – He was once romantically involved with socialite Slim Hawks.
  2. Eileen Wilson (1915-1930)​ – He got married to actor Eileen Wilson on April 15, 1915, and she gave birth to his only child, a son named William David Powell, on February 27, 1925. Eileen and William Powell divorced amicably in 1930. Their son was a television writer and associate producer who died by suicide on March 13, 1968.
  3. Barbara Stanwyck (1930) – William Powell hooked up with actor, model, and dancer Barbara Stanwyck in the year 1930.
  4. Carole Lombard (1931-1933)​ – He married actor Carole Lombard on June 26, 1931, and they divorced in 1933. They remained on friendly terms and went on to co-star in the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey three years later.
  5. Jean Harlow (1934-1937) – He started going out with actor Jean Harlow in 1934 and they co-starred in the musical film Reckless (1935). The duo was engaged until her sudden death in 1937.
  6. Diana Lewis (1940-1984) – Powell married actor Diana Lewis on January 6, 1940, and they remained together until his death in 1984.
  7. Doris Lilly (1949) – He reportedly had an affair with newspaper columnist and writer Doris Lilly in 1949.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Usually sported a mustache
  • Frequently cast alongside Myrna Loy
William Powell as seen in the film 'When Knighthood Was in Flower' (1922)
William Powell as seen in the film ‘When Knighthood Was in Flower’ (1922) (Paramount Pictures / / Public Domain)

William Powell Favorite Things

  • Singer – Jo Stafford


William Powell Facts

  1. His family shifted to Kansas City, Missouri in 1907.
  2. William Powell has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1636 Vine Street.
  3. He collected every one of the albums of his favorite singer Jo Stafford.
  4. He was a Republican and supported Thomas Dewey in the 1944 United States presidential election.
  5. A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to William Powell in 1992.
  6. He was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month in May 2023.

Featured Image by George Hurrell for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / / Public Domain

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