Nosher Powell

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Frederick "Nosher" Powell (15 August 1928 – 20 April 2013)[1] was an actor (credited variously as Nosher Powell, Freddie Powell, Frederick Powell or Fred Powell), stuntman, and boxer.

Life and career[edit]

Powell was born in Camberwell, London, England. His younger brother, Dinny Powell (born Dennis Powell, 1932, Camberwell), followed a similar career, acting and stunt co-ordinating many films, as have his sons Greg Powell and Gary Powell.[2]

Powell had an extensive but mostly uncredited career in stunt work and acting. In 1969, he portrayed the role of the powerful thug Lord Dorking in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Apart from his acting career, Powell was a heavyweight boxing champion in the worlds of unlicensed fighting and the professional arena. He also worked as a sparring partner for Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, amongst others. The last fight of his career was against Menzies Johnson. Powell won the fight on points, over eight rounds.

According to his autobiography, Powell had a total of seventy-eight fights: fifty-one as a professional, with nine losses, though he was never knocked out.[3], though, lists Powell as losing sixteen times as a professional, with nine of those losses being by KO, two by TKO and five on points.

He also acted as a "minder" for a number of celebrities, including John Paul Getty Jr. and Sammy Davis, Jr.[4]


Powell died in his sleep on 20 April 2013.[1] The news was reported via the official Nosher Powell website and actress Françoise Pascal on Facebook.



  1. ^ a b "Official Nosher Powell Web-Site". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ "The family who do stunts for James Bond", The Times, 24 May 2009
  3. ^ Powell, Nosher; Hall, William (2001). Nosher!. John Blake Publishing. pp. 93–96. ISBN 1-85782-491-1. 
  4. ^ "Fred ('Nosher') Powell". Daily Telegraph. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 

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