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Robert Preston (I) (1918–1987)


American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking classes and appearing in scores of plays alongside ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Music Man
The Music Man Harold Hill
(1962)
Victor Victoria
Victor Victoria Carole "Toddy" Todd
(1982)
The Last Starfighter
(1984)
S.O.B.
S.O.B. Dr. Irving Finegarten
(1981)

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 1984 The Last Starfighter
Centauri
 1982 Victor Victoria
Carole "Toddy" Todd
 1981 S.O.B.
Dr. Irving Finegarten
 1977 Semi-Tough
Big Ed Bookman
 1974 Mame
Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
 1972 Child's Play
Joseph Dobbs
 1972 Junior Bonner
Ace Bonner
 1963 All the Way Home
Jay Follett
 1963 Island of Love
Steve Blair
 1962 How the West Was Won
Roger Morgan
 1962 The Music Man
Harold Hill
 1955 The Last Frontier
Col. Frank Marston
 1952 Face to Face
Sheriff Jack Potter ('The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky')
 1951 My Outlaw Brother
Joe Waldner
 1951 Best of the Badmen
Matthew Fowler
 1951 Cloudburst
John Graham
 1951 When I Grow Up
Father Reed
 1950 The Sundowners
James Cloud - aka Kid Wichita
 1949 The Lady Gambles
David Boothe
 1949 Tulsa
Brad Brady
 1948 Whispering Smith
Murray Sinclair
 1948 Blood on the Moon
Tate Riling
 1948 Big City
Rev. Philip Y. Andrews
 1947 Wild Harvest
Jim Davis
 1947 The Macomber Affair
Francis Macomber
 1943 Night Plane from Chungking
Capt. Nick Stanton
 1942 Wake Island
Pvt. Joe Doyle
 1942 This Gun for Hire
Michael Crane
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Dan Cutler
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Robert Preston (uncredited)
 1941 Pacific Blackout
Robert Draper
 1941 The Night of January 16th
Steve Van Ruyle
 1941 New York Town
Paul Bryson, Jr.
 1941 Parachute Battalion
Donald Morse
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Steve Lewis
 1940 Moon Over Burma
Chuck Lane
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Ronnie Logan
 1940 Typhoon
Johnny Potter
 1939 Beau Geste
Digby Geste
 1939 Union Pacific
Dick Allen
 1939 Disbarred
Bradley Kent
 1938 Illegal Traffic
Charles Bent Martin
 1938 King of Alcatraz
Robert MacArthur
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Henry II, King of England") in "The Lion in Winter" on Broadway. Written by James Goldman. Incidental music by Thomas Wagner. Directed by Noel Willman. Ambassador Theatre: 3 Mar 1966-21 May 1966 (92 performance + 2 previews that began on 2 Mar 1966). Cast: Rosemary Harris (as "Eleanor, Henry's wife"), Dennis Cooney... See more »

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Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

Everytime I turned down something, or wasn't offered something I really wanted, the very next thing that I did was the thing I should have done all along. It's been a lucky career that way. Nothing that I've ever made really hurt me. I've survived some bad ones just the way I've survived some plays that ran four performances. See more »

Trivia:

Before starring in the musical "The Music Man", he had not only never appeared in a musical before, he had never sung a note professionally before. See more »

Nickname:

Pres

Star Sign:

Gemini

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