My Tribute To A Great Classic Actor Tyrone Power


Tyrone Power was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 5, 1914. His parents, Frederick Tyrone and Helen Power, both were Shakespearean actors and were known on stage as Tyrone and Patia Power. Both had opportunities to perform with many of their generation’s most beloved and acclaimed actors..

As a child, Tyrone was very frail, his family decided to move to a warmer climate to aid his failing health. They settled in San Diego. His health eventually improved and the family moved back to Cincinnati.

 Tyrone interest for the dramatic arts grew and, before too long, he began getting in involved with various dramatic programs.


Tyrone loved the applause he received as a stage performer. After graduating from high school, Tyrone joined his father in Quebec where the senior Power taught him the art of acting. From there, Tyrone Sr. and Young Tyrone performed together for the first time in a stage production of “The Merchant of Venice.” Tyrone Power's first steps into stardom had begun.

Tyrone’s major film career began in May of 1932, with a minor part in the film “Tom Brown of Culver,” directed by William Wyler.

He found the lack of movie opportunities to be quite frustrating and, in the summer of 1934, Tyrone left California for New York.

While on the East Coast, Tyrone tried theatre and radio work where he befriended actor Don Ameche. By the spring of 1936, Tyrone was back in Hollywood working as a character actor for the newly formed studio Twentieth Century Fox. Tyrone’s big break came when Darryl F. Zanuck, the studio head, took a chance and cast Power as the leading man in the million dollar production of “Lloyds of London.” The picture was a success, largely due to Tyrone’s great acting abilities and natural charisma in front of the camera.

 By 1938, Tyrone was tenth amongst all stars for revenue drawn from movies, and he had completed the movies “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Suez” and “In Old Chicago.” These three films evolved to become three of Twentieth Century Fox’s top-four grossing films. In 1939, Tyrone was second in revenue drawn amongst all stars.

Tyrone married the former Suzanne Charpentier. Their marriage lasted seven years before they were divorced in 1946.

Tyrone made his first Technicolor film, “Jesse James,” in 1939 alongside Henry Fonda. That same year, Tyrone was the number two box star in the nation. Tyrone maintained his popularity over the next few years with roles ranging in scope from a conniving playboy in Cafe Metropole (1937), to an indignant bandleader in Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), to the notorious outlaw in Jesse James

In 1940, Tyrone brought to life the role that has become synonymous with, the signature part of Zorro in “The Mark of Zorro.” this role officially made Tyrone into a distinctive action hero.

 With the onset of World War II, In 1942, Tyrone enlisted for active duty with the Marine Corps. Prior to his active enlistment, Tyrone completed two more critically acclaimed films, “A Yank in the R.A.F” and “Blood and Sand.” Between 1942 and 1945, Tyrone logged eleven hundred hours of flying time with a considerable amount of it under enemy fire. He was discharged a First Lieutenant in 1946. in 1944, he went to the Pacific Theater in February 1945 and served in both the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima, transporting wounded soldiers and cargo to his carrier group. He returned to United States in November 1945 and was released from active duty in January 1946. He was promoted to Captain in the reserves on May 8, 1951,

During the 1950s, Power continued to take on roles in period pieces such as The Black Rose (1950) and King of the Khyber Rifles (1953). In addition to his trademark adventure films, he was also distinguished by the onscreen chemistry he shared with some of Hollywood’s leading actresses.

Among the most notable were his pairings with Susan Hayward in the adventure feature Untamed (1955) and with Marlene Dietrich in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

 

Throughout his career, Power moved between screen and stage projects. In the years before his death, he had steady successes on Broadway in Mr. Roberts (1950), The Devil's Disciple (1950), John Brown's Body (1952), The Dark is Light Enough (1955), and Back to Methuselah (1958). Although Power considered himself first and foremost a stage actor, his films are the medium that propelled him to stardom.

Nevertheless, throughout his life the matinee idol fought for recognition as a serious dramatic actor.

After his divorce from Annabella and the end of his active military service, Tyrone resumed his acting career. His first successful come-back film was “The Razor’s Edge, followed by “Captain from Castile.” Tyrone’s second marriage was to Linda Christian in 1949. The couple married in Rome, Italy, in what was no doubt "The Wedding of the Century." The ceremony drew over 10,000 spectators. During their married years,  Linda and Tyrone had two children, Romina and Taryn.

Unfortunately, Tyrone and Linda divorced in 1956.

At the end of 1956, Tyrone and his friend Ted Richmond formed their own independent production company, Copa Productions. The new company's first risk was the film “Abandon Ship!," which brought Tyrone and the Copa Productions praise. Although after two divorces Tyrone had sworn off marriage, he tied the knot once again in 1958. Deborah Minardos and Tyrone married in Mississippi on May 7. They lived in Madrid, Spain where Tyrone was beginning filming on “Solomon and Sheba,” a Copa Production. Tyrone was set to play title role of King Solomon. Sadly, after shooting a very intense duelling scene. Tyrone suffered a heart attack and died en route to the hospital. Tyrone’s  son, was born just two months after his father’s untimely death.

Goodbye My Friend

Daisy-Downunder

Towards the end of his life, Tyrone appeared some of the greatest roles of his lifetime. “The Eddy Duchin Story,” “The Sun Also Rises” and “Witness for the Prosecution” were all highly acclaimed movies that emphasized Tyrone’s illustrious acting ability. The motion picture industry, and the world as a whole, was robbed of one of the most talented and dynamic actors of all time when they lost the great Tyrone Power.

Tyrone Power

1914-1958

 

I have been a fan all my life of Tyrone Power. But as a young Girl facing up to a post war England. Tyrone's smile could ease the burdens we endured in those days. He was a knight in shining armour, and a faithful friend.

I was 21 when my father had just been to buy a newspaper, he pulled me to one side and showed me the front page of his paper. It had a full spread picture of him, he was gone. Devastated doesn't cover it.................All I know was the world was a sadder place without Our Tyrone Power.

Only Now I have realised how much he really meant to me. a devoted fan of over 60 years. I recently rediscovered him on DVD, and now I can share the love I had for this great actor. Even in death he has left enduring memories his films will live on forever..... Forever Young.............. Forever smiling. ...............Goodbye My Friend 

Daisy-Downunder


George Sanders had written this tribute on the set of, Solomon and Sheba within the first few hours after Tyrone Power’s death. It read as follows:

“I shall always remember Tyrone as a bountiful man, a man who gave freely of himself. It mattered not to whom he gave. His concern was in the giving. I shall always remember his wonderful smile, a smile that would light up the darkest hour of the day, like a sunburst. I shall always remember Tyrone Power as a man who gave more of himself than it was wise for him to give, until in the end, he gave his life.”