I’m too big to be respected.

Happy Birthday William Horatio Powell | July 29th, 1892 March 5th, 1984

Powell’s intelligence and authenticity always shone through. His films merit a new look from new generations because, contrary to what one can expect from his “suave” and “sophisticated” image, he brought a dose of reality and humanity to every movie. No matter how outlandish or posh or melodramatic the setting, Powell found the human touch. Sometimes it was through a witty remark, other times through an emotion passing across his face. Often it was through his large, expressive eyes or his wonderful, well-modulated voice.



Bill Powell is the only intellegent actor I’ve ever met. | Carole Lombard

I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and above all, a true gentleman. | Myrna Loy

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