William Powell, the debonair film star who epitomized the suave, cosmopolitan leading man of the 1930s and 1940s, died early Monday of old age at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, his attending physician said.
"The old gentleman went very nicely, said Dr. Irving Hirshleifer. Powell was 91.
With the tall, mustachioed veteran performer when he died was his wife of 44 years, former actress Diana Lewis.
Best know for Dashiell Hammett's "Thin Man" detective series, Powell appeared in 95 films. He was nominated three times for an Oscar, but never won.
For the last several years, he lived quietly in Palm Springs, seldom...