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Dick Powell was a musical actor in the 1930s who transitioned into a noir actor in the '40s and then a TV producer in the '50s.
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He also directed The Conqueror (1956), which starred John Wayne and Agnes Moorehead. Powell's last directorial feats were in the war thrillers The Enemy Below (1957) and The Hunter (1958); both were poorly received by critics and audiences.
Shortly after, he became president of the Four Star TV production company. For the duration of his career he focused his efforts on television production. From 1952-56,
Powell produced and appeared regularly on TV's Four Star Playhouse and from 1961-63 he hosted and produced The Dick Powell Show.
In 1945, Powell ended his 11-year marriage with actress Joan Blondell. Shortly after the divorce, Powell married Hollywood star June Allyson, whom he directed in the feature, You Can’t Run Away From It (1956). Powell remained married to Allyson until his death from cancer on January 3, 1963.
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