Happy birthday to dashing leading man, Tyrone Power, born May 5, 1914.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) airs 4 features with Ty Power this morning and afternoon:
8:45 am - Marie Antoinette (1938) with Norma Shearer in the title role
11:30 am - The Long Gray Line (1955) about West Point with Maureen O'Hara and directed by John Ford
2:30 pm - Abandon Ship! (1957) where Power heads a lifeboat after a ship sinks
3:45 pm - Witness for the Prosecution (1957) with Ty on trial for murder.
My own favorite Tyrone Power films include The Razor's Edge (1946) based on the Somerset Maugham novel of the same title and Power out of usual type as a sleazy con artist in Nightmare Alley (1955). He's also enjoyable as the cocky O'Leary brother in In Old Chicago (1937), about the great fire in 1871.
Taken as a whole, Tyrone Power really put together an impressive list of credits, also including leads in Jesse James (1939), Johnny Apollo (1940), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Blood and Sand (1941), Son of Fury (1942), The Black Swan (1942), and later The Sun Also Rises (1957).
There's a complete biography of Tyrone Power by Scott D. O'Reilly posted over on the main site which begins:
Few actors have been so closely identified with the swashbuckler / adventure genre than Tyrone Power, and even fewer actors have worked as hard to overcome that identification. But Power succeeded on both counts, starring in some of the most successful adventure yarns of the 1930's and 1940's, and later drawing critical acclaim as a versatile and accomplished actor.
Tyrone Power was born on May 5th 1913. To say that acting genes were in the family would be an understatement: Tyrone's father and mother were both actors, as was his great grandfather. Tyrone was a frail and sickly child, and in the interests of his health the family moved to California. The young Tyrone was eager to follow his father's footsteps, the elder Power having established a successful career on stage and screen, appearing in numerous silent films, and an early sound film opposite John Wayne in one of "The Dukes" earliest films "The Big Trail."
Power married three times, including to actresses Annabella and Linda Christian, and had a well known affair with Lana Turner.
Tyrone Power died young, just 44 when a heart attack claimed his life November 15, 1958 while on location in Madrid filming Solomon and Sheba (1959).