Actor Dick Powell comes across on TV as being a very charming and caring person. What can you tell me about him?
—Hazel Steel, Cleveland, Tenn.
The native of Mountain View, Ark., began his movie career as a Hollywood song-and-dance man in the 1930s, later switching to dramatic roles and proving especially effective in 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933 and Murder My Sweet. In 1952, he co-founded Four Star Television, which produced many well-known programs in the early days of network TV. He was married three times, and his wives included actresses Joan Blondell and June Allyson. He died from cancer in 1963 at age 58.