Actor, singer and songwriter for film soundtracks (Los Angeles, USA, 1936)
Don Powell was born in 1936, Los Angeles, California. He arrived in Italy in 1958 as member of Archie Savage’s ballet and moved to Rome where he made himself a name first of all as a singer and a pianist. In 1959 he married an Italian girl (her name was Alessandra Veresani, as reported by Jet) and they had a baby girl called Georgia. In 1964 he participated to the contest “Un disco per l’estate” with the song “Com’è grande questa casa senza te” and in 1966 he won the first edition of Sette voci, a popular TV live show.
He acted in several theatrical productions (notably an adaptation of Benito Cereno, released by Teatro Stabile, Turin, in 1969; and a staging of Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot, with the direction of Giancarlo Cobelli, for Teatro Argentina, Rome, in 1972) but mostly in exploitation movies, and always nurturing his musical talent, as he was often hired to sing and sometimes to write songs included in the soundtrack. He exhibited in live concerts as singer and pianist up to mid 1980s (a recital of negro spirituals, hosted by Teatro Ariston, Sanremo, in 1985, was documented by La Stampa).
In Congo vivo, he was credited as Dan Powel.
Europa di notte (Alessandro Blasetti, 1959, ff, mc), I due nemici (Guy Hamilton, 1961, ff, act), Congo vivo (Giuseppe Bennati, 1962, ff, act), Una tragedia americana (s1e6-e7) (Anton Giulio Majano, 1962, tvs, act), Biblioteca di Studio Uno (e La storia di Rossella O’Hara, Al Grand Hotel) (Antonello Falqui, 1964, tvs, act), 5.000 dollari sull’asso (Alfonso Balcázar, 1964, ff, mc), I diafanoidi vengono da Marte (Antonio Margheriti [Anthony Dawson], 1965, ff, act), Texas, addio (Ferdinando Baldi, 1966, ff, mc), Pochi dollari per Django (León Klimovsky, 1966, ff, mc), Tre pistole contro Cesare (Enzo Peri, 1967, ff, mc), Nude… si muore (Antonio Margheriti [Anthony Dawson], 1967, ff, mc), Giurò… e li uccise ad uno ad uno (Guido Celano [William First], 1968, ff, mc), Vivo per la tua morte (Camillo Bazzoni [Alex Burks], 1968, ff, mc), Joko, invoca Dio e muori (Antonio Margheriti [Anthony Dawson], 1968, ff, mc), Rose rosse per il Fuhrer (Fernando Di Leo, 1968, ff. mc), I cannibali (Liliana Cavani, 1969, ff, mc), …E Dio disse a Caino… (Antonio Margheriti [Anthony M. Dawson], 1970, ff, mc), Trastevere (Fausto Tozzi, 1971, ff, act), L’ammazzatina (Ignazio Dolce, 1975, ff, act), Emanuelle nera (Adalberto/Bitto Albertini [Albert Thomas], 1975, ff, act, mc), Il pavone nero (Osvaldo Civirani, 1975, ff, act, mc), Emanuelle nera n. 2 (Adalberto/Bitto Albertini [Albert Thomas], 1976, ff, act, mc), Emanuelle. Perché violenza alle donne? (Aristide Massaccesi [Joe D'Amato], 1977, ff, act), Giochi erotici nella terza Galassia (Adalberto/Bitto Albertini [Ben Norman], 1980, ff, act), Massimamente folle (Marcello Troiani, 1983, ff, act), Willy Signori e vengo da lontano (Francesco Nuti, 1989, ff, act)
Frame taken from:
Trastevere. Dir. Fausto Tozzi. P.E.A. – Produzioni Europee Associate di Grimaldi Maria Rosa, 1971.
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Renata Ornella Orlando and Sara Talevi
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