Tyrone Power, Sr.

Tyrone Power, Sr.

Infobox actor
name = Tyrone Power, Sr.

imagesize = 150px
caption = Tyrone Power Sr.
birthname = Frederick Tyrone Edmond Power
birthdate = birth date|1869|5|2|mf=y
birthplace = London United Kingdom
deathdate = death date and age|1931|12|23|1869|5|2|mf=y
deathplace = Los Angeles, California, United States
spouse = Bertha Knight
(1921-1927) (her death)
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0694436/ Helen Emma Reaume ]
(1912-1916) (divorced) 2 children
Edith Crane
(1898-1912) (her death)
children = Tyrone Power
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0694366/ Anne Power]
website =
awards =

Frederick Tyrone Edmond Power (May 2, 1869December 23, 1931) was an English born American stage and screen actor, who acted under the name Tyrone Power.

Early life

Born in London in 1869, the son of Harold Littledale Power and Ethel Lavenu. His father had worked as a singer and actor before his marriage, most notably in Edmund Yates' production "Invitations" at the Egyptian Hall, London, 1862 – 1863. Turning to business, his father became a wine merchant, later collaborating in the mining business with his brother Frederick Power. Power's father was the youngest son of the Irish actor Tyrone Power, from whom his son, grandson, and great grandson would later take their stage names. His mother Ethel Lavenu, an actress was the third daughter of conductor and composer Lewis Henry Lavenu.

Frederick Power, as he was then known, studied at Dover College with his brother George, who would later accompany him on tour in America as Littledale Power. In 1883 at the age of 14 he was sent from England to Florida by his parents to learn citrus planting.


After a couple of years Power left his farm work and joined a theatre stock company at St. Augustine, Florida, debuting as Gibson in Charles Hawtrey's "The Private Secretary" on November 29, 1886 aged 17. In 1922 he played Polonius in John Barrymore's groundbreaking production of Hamlet. After an extremely prosperous 30 years of acting on the stage and touring around the world, Power moved into Silent Film in 1914. Initially playing the leading man in movies, he soon switched to playing villains and proved highly successful. In 1930, Power had a final great role as the villainous "bull whacker" Red Flack in Raoul Walsh's widescreen epic "The Big Trail", which was Power's first (and only) talkie and provided an unknown John Wayne with his first starring role. Power died of a heart attack in the arms of his 17-year-old son at the end of the next year. He was 62.

He is now usually referred to as Tyrone Power, Sr., to distinguish him from his even more famous son, the Hollywood star also called Tyrone Power, who would also die of a heart attack at a young age.

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External links

* [http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm?keyword=tyrone+power Images at] the New York Public Library

NAME= Power, Tyrone, Sr.
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Power, Frederick Tyrone Edmond
DATE OF BIRTH= 1869-5-2
PLACE OF BIRTH= London United Kingdom
DATE OF DEATH= 1931-12-23
PLACE OF DEATH= Los Angeles, California, United States

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