Addison Powell

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Addison Powell
Born (1921-02-23)February 23, 1921
Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died November 8, 2010(2010-11-08) (aged 89)
Shelburne, Vermont, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951–1990
Spouse(s) Bunny (1950–1995; her death)
Children 3

Addison Powell (February 23, 1921 – November 8, 2010) was an American actor whose numerous television, stage and film credits included Dark Shadows, The Thomas Crown Affair and Three Days of the Condor. He was best known for playing Dr. Eric Lang, a mad scientist who created Adam, on Dark Shadows.[1][2]

Powell was born in 1921 in Belmont, Massachusetts. His parents, Edward Henry and Kathrene (née Barnum) Powell, were school teachers. Powell received a bachelor's degree from Boston University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Powell ultimately flew more than 30 combat missions as a navigator on board B-17 bombers from their base in East Anglia, the United Kingdom. He earned a second degree from the Yale School of Drama following the end of the war. Powell married his wife, Bunnie (née Rowley) in 1950. The couple had three children during their marriage and resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[1][2]

Powell's film credits included In the French Style (1963) with Jean Seberg and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), the latter in which he played Abe, a bank robber, opposite Steve McQueen. In 1975, Powell appeared as a rogue CIA officer in Three Days of the Condor, which starred Robert Redford. He also portrayed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in the 1977 biopic, MacArthur, which starred Gregory Peck.[1][2]

His television credits included roles in the first seasons of both Law & Order and The Mod Squad. Powell also had a recurring role as Dr. Eric Lang in the television series, Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC from 1966 until 1971. He guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville in 1976 and co-starred as a detective in the 1977 television film, Contract on Cherry Street, with Frank Sinatra and Martin Balsam.[1][2]

Addison Powell died on November 8, 2010, at 89 years old, and was survived by his three children, Mary, Julie and Michael; eight grandchildren; and a younger brother, Edward Powell. His wife, Bunny, died in 1995. Powell had resided in Vermont for twenty-two years, most recently at the Shelburne Bay Senior Living community in Shelburne.[1][2]


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