Indianapolis Star, The (IN) ,December 7, 2008

Hoosier actor finds Hollywood success

By Susan Guyett

Actor Drew Powell sure doesn’t seem like the Hollywood type, but he’s done very little looking back since he grabbed his diploma from Depauw University, packed his Toyota and drove to L.A. in 1998.

It’s not that he doesn’t miss Indiana.

Powell, 32, came home for Thanksgiving to visit friends and family. He even visited his alma mater, Lebanon High School, where he talked to students and checked in with Principal Kevin O’Rourke.

It was a a play at Lebanon High that solidified Powell’s interest in pursuing a career in show business.

If Powell's name doesn't ring a bell, his face probably does.

He's in a Verizon Wireless commercial that runs constantly, he played Hoss Cartwright in the popular PAX series Ponderosa, and he guest-starred in shows like Cold Case and Without a Trace.

He'll also be duking it out with Oscar winner Timothy Hutton in an upcoming episode of the new TNT series “Leverage”.

And that just scratches the surface of Powell's resume, which seems to get stronger each year.

Powell is currently working on a film called “Going Under”, which he co-wrote and will co-star in with actor Matt Carmody, who played his older brother, Adam, in “Ponderosa".

Powell said he and his wife, Veronica, will celebrate Christmas in their home in Melbourne, Australia.

Learn more about Powell at www.drewpowell.com.

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