William Powell was an American actor. His most famous character is Detective Nick Charles in the series of films of the thirties and forties titled The Thin Man, based on the novels of Dashiell Hammett, where he was paired with Myrna Loy playing his wife Nora Charles. He was nominated three times for an Oscar.
In 1912 after graduating at the AADA, he worked in some vaudeville. After some successful experiences on Broadway, in 1922 he began his career in Hollywood with a small role in the production of Sherlock Holmes starring John Barrymore.
The most famous interpretation of Powell was, as said, the role of Nick Charles, The Thin Man detective, created in literature by writer Dashiell Hammett. Powell shot six films of The Thin Man, starting in 1934.