|Date of Birth||14 September 1933 , Modesto, California, USA|
|Date of Death||30 June 2009 , Santa Monica, California, USA (pancreatic cancer)|
|Birth Name||George Harvey Presnell|
|Height||6' 5" (1.96 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
There were precious few movie musicals, however, for Presnell to sink his teeth into and he quickly faded from view. He tried adjusting to straight dramatics with the rugged western The Glory Guys (1965) and sang again in the highly unworthy teen frolic When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) with Connie Francis, but little else came in his direction. The disastrous film version of Paint Your Wagon (1969), hurt by the miscasting of leads Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg, was redeemed only by the presence of Presnell and his superb, moving rendition of "They Call the Wind Mariah".
By the 70s Harve was finished in films but gamely kept his momentum with Keel-like stock and touring leads in such productions as "Camelot," "The Sound of Music," "Annie Get Your Gun" and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," among others. He even played Rhett Butler in a 1972 musical version of "Gone With the Wind" at London's Drury Lane Theatre, but the production did not generate much of a stir. In 1979, Presnell served as a replacement in the Broadway musical "Annie" as Daddy Warbucks and wound up staying employed as the blustery but big-hearted moneybags for nearly 4 years on tour, also reprising the role in the failed 90s sequel "Annie II: Miss Hannigan's Revenge" (1989), which was later reworked and retitled "Annie Warbucks" (1992). All tolled, it is estimated that Harve played the tycoon role over 2,000 times.
More than 25 years had passed by the time Presnell returned to the movies as a brash and balding character actor. He struck pure gold as the implacable, ill-fated father-in-law of William H. Macy in the Coen Brothers' cult film hit Fargo (1996). This success, in turn, led to meaty roles in Larger Than Life (1996), The Whole Wide World (1996), The Chamber (1996), Face/Off (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), to name a few. Over the course of his career, he displayed a strong presence on TV as well with recurring roles on prime-time ("Lois & Clark") and daytime ("Ryan's Hope"). Presnell may have been born 10-20 years too late to have become a singing film star, but he suddenly had come back in spades to launch a whole new career as a noted character performer. At age 70+ he was unsinkable, vigorously steamrolling on TV ("The Pretender," "The Monk" and "ER") and in the films Mr. Deeds (2002), Old School (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Evan Almighty (2007). His last series role was in the short-lived Andy Barker, P.I. (2007).
Pancreatic cancer got the best of the actor in his final years. The twice-married actor with six children (Stephanie, Taylor, Etoile, Tulley, Shannon and Raine) succumbed to his illness at the St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on June 30, 2009, at age 76.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / email@example.com
|Veeva Suzanne Hamblen||(6 May 1966 - 30 June 2009) (his death) (3 children)|
|Sheryl M. Green||(15 July 1957 - 25 April 1966) (divorced) (2 children)|