Tyrone Power

Tyrone Power

Charlton Heston wrote in his 1995 autobiography "In the Arena" that while filming Ben-Hur (1959) he was shocked to learn of Power's sudden death, especially since the actor was only a decade older than him. He said the incident made him think about his own mortality for the first time.

According to the genealogy book, "Debrett Goes to Hollywood" by Charles Kidd, Power on his father's side was distantly related to both Laurence Olivier and author Evelyn Waugh. One of his first cousins was the prominent director Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who founded the Stratford Theatre in Ontario and the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota. Power was also related to the Mori family of Italy who were a prominent family in music. Power's paternal grandmother was descended from the French Huguenots.

Appears on the album jacket of The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

As a United States Marine Corps pilot in World War II, Power flew supplies into and wounded out of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

At the age of 16 years, he was an usher at the Orpheum Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At the time of his death Power was a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Cartoon artist C.C. Beck, on the Marvel Comics website, states that several characters in the Captain Marvel series were based on film stars. The mighty Egyptian magician Ibis the Invincible, who was featured in every issue of Whiz Comics, was based on Tyrone Power as he appeared in The Rains Came (1939).

Children: Romina Francesca born 2 October 1951, Taryn born 13 September 1953 and Tyrone William born 22 January 1959 were all born at Cedars Hospital, Los Angeles, California.

During the filming of Jesse James (1939) he had a fling with a local girl who got pregnant and put the child, a boy, up for adoption. Power spent a small fortune in the 1940s searching for the child, without success.

Father of Tyrone William Power IV, known professionally as Tyrone Power Jr..

Following his separation from Annabella, Tyrone Power entered into a love affair with Lana Turner which lasted for a couple of years.

Has his own chapter, "Disillusioned: Tyrone Power" in "The Star Machine" by Jeanine Basinger, Alfred J. Knopf Publishers, 2007.

He gave a commencement speech at the University of Tampa in 1948. He was awarded an honorary degree in the Arts.

He originally turned down role of "Leonard Vole" in Witness for the Prosecution (1957) due to depression over his film career. He was doing a lot of stage work and told Billy Wilder that he wasn't sure he ever wanted to make another film. Without Power, Wilder dropped the project, as they needed a star of his magnitude. Later, the producers went back to him and offered him $300,000 plus a percentage of the film, and he agreed to do it.

He turned down Burt Lancaster's role in From Here to Eternity (1953).

He was considered for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939).

He was originally cast in Richard Burton's role in The Robe (1953).

He was signed by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1936 as an answer to MGM's big star Robert Taylor.

He was the first actor awarded with The Harvard Lampoon Award in the Worst Actor of the Year category in 1939.

His 1938 Photoplay cover is the first shot in the film Enter Laughing (1967).