Tyrone Power (Tyrone Edmund Power III) was an American actor. Upon his graduation in 1931, Power opted to join his father to learn about acting. He went to Hollywood in 1936 and became a star after his performance in Lloyd’s of London (1936).
Though largely a matinee idol in the 1930s and early 1940s and known for his striking looks, Power starred in films in a number of genres, from drama to light comedy. He racked up hit after hit from 1936 until 1943, when his career was interrupted by military service. In these years he starred in romantic comedies such as Thin Ice (1937) and Day-Time Wife (1939), in dramas such as In Old Chicago (1938), Suez (1938), The Rains Came (1939), Blood and Sand (1941) and Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942); in musicals Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938), Second Fiddle (1939) and Rose of Washington Square (1939); in the westerns Jesse James (1939) and Brigham Young (1940); in the war films A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) and This Above All (1941); and the swashbucklers The Mark of Zorro (1940) and The Black Swan (1942).
In August 1942, Power enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He reported for training in late 1942, but was sent back, at the request of 20th Century-Fox, to complete one more film, Crash Dive (1943). For his services in the Pacific War, Power was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. Power was not seen on screen again after his entry into the Marines until 1946 in The Razor’s Edge. One of Power’s favorite roles that he starred in was Nightmare Alley, a film noir released in 1947. His other films until the end of the decade were either costume-clad or light romantic comedies, including Captain from Castile (1947), That Wonderful Urge (1948), The Luck of the Irish (1948), and Prince of Foxes (1949).
Take a look back at the star through 20 handsome vintage portraits below: