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Tyrone Power’s birthday
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“I believe that I was born and that I must die, and that I must make the best of what lies between the two extremes.”
Luck of the Irish
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on this date in 1914, American actor Tyrone Power.
Descended through a line of theatrical actors which began with his great grandfather, with whom he shared his name, Power began in 1931 to make his first attempts at an acting career. Initially unsuccessful at finding any significant work in cinema, upon the advice of a friend, he left for New York to gain experience on the stage.
In 1936, Power attracted some attention with a fourth billing in Darryl F. Zanuck’s Lloyd’s of London. Within a year, he was sharing top billing in such films as In Old Chicago and Alexander’s Ragtime Band.
It was as Don Diego Vega in The Mark of Zorro, released in 1940, which proved to be his big break.
From that point on he was in great demand, offered a range of roles from comedy and romance to film noir, and frequently earned sole top billing. Power also, by virtue of several films, succeeded Errol Flynn as the silver screen’s most dashing swashbuckler. After Zorro came The Black Swan, Captain from Castile, Prince of Foxes, and The Black Rose.
“One of the top 100 box office moneymakers of all time”, Tyrone Power was named King of the Movies in 1939. Although honored in 1960, a little more than a year following his death, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he was never nominated for an Oscar.
Power’s favorite role was as Stan Carlisle, as shady carnival barker in the 1947 production of Nightmare Alley, the film considered an exemplification of the film noir genre.
Power died of a massive coronary on set in 1958, while performing a duel for the epic Solomon and Sheba.
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