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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 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 1986 Outrage! (TV Movie)
Dennis Riordan
 1985 Finnegan Begin Again (TV Movie)
Mike Finnegan
 1983 September Gun (TV Movie)
Ben Sunday
 1982 Rehearsal for Murder (TV Movie)
Alex Dennison
 1981 S.O.B.
Dr. Irving Finegarten
 1980 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (TV Short)
Stranger
 1975 My Father's House (TV Movie)
Tom Lindholm Sr.
 1975 Happy Endings (TV Movie)
Harry
 1972 Child's Play
Joseph Dobbs
 1972 Junior Bonner
Ace Bonner
 1963 Island of Love
Steve Blair
 1959 The Bells of St. Mary's (TV Movie)
Father O'Malley
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Lt. Hogue / Cleve Gordon / William Struthers
- Trail of Terror (1957) ... Lt. Hogue
- The Midas Touch (1956) ... Cleve Gordon
- The Box of Chocolates (1955) ... William Struthers
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Nothing Personal (1957)
 1955-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Tom Collier / Tom Waycroff / Doug Hallock
- The Animal Kingdom (1957) ... Tom Collier
- Long After Summer (1956) ... Tom Waycroff
- Undertow (1955) ... Doug Hallock
 1956 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Zachary Meredith
- Made in Heaven (1956) ... Zachary Meredith
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Thomas Howard / Jesse James
- Missouri Legend (1956) ... Thomas Howard / Jesse James
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Capt. Bob Wainer
- Child of the Regiment (1956) ... Capt. Bob Wainer
 1955 The Last Frontier
Col. Frank Marston
 1953-1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Jeff Frazer
- Maggie, Pack Your Bags (1953) ... Jeff Frazer
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jim Tweedy
- It Gives Me Great Pleasure (1955) ... Jim Tweedy
 1951-1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Phil Baxter / Tom / Isaac Eaton / ...
- It Grows on Trees (1955) ... Phil Baxter
- The Betrayer (1953) ... Tom
- Happily, But Not Forever (1952) ... Isaac Eaton
- Kelly (1952) ... Kelly
- Cafe Ami (1951) ... Jed Kennedy
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Ben Wagner
- Crime in the Streets (1955) ... Ben Wagner
 1953-1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Jack Roberts / Dr. Abbott
- The End of Paul Dane (1954) ... Dr. Abbott
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series)
- Baby and Me (1953)
 1952 Face to Face
Sheriff Jack Potter ('The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky')
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
- The Promise (1952)
 1952 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Jungle (1952)
 1951 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1951 Best of the Badmen
Matthew Fowler
 1951 Cloudburst
John Graham
 1951 When I Grow Up
Father Reed
 1950 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Survivors (1950)
 1950 The Sundowners
James Cloud ('Kid Wichita')
 1949 Man Against Crime (TV Series)
Pat Barnett (1951)
 1949 The Lady Gambles
David Boothe
 1949 Tulsa
Brad Brady
 1947 Wild Harvest
Jim Davis
 1947 Variety Girl
Robert Preston
 1947 The Macomber Affair
Francis Macomber
 1943 Night Plane from Chungking
Capt. Nick Stanton
 1942 Wake Island
Pvt. Joe Doyle
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Dan Cutler
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Robert Preston (uncredited)
 1941 Pacific Blackout
Robert Draper
 1941 New York Town
Paul Bryson, Jr.
 1941 Parachute Battalion
Donald 'Don' 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 Disbarred
Bradley Kent
 1938 Illegal Traffic
Charles Bent Martin
 1938 King of Alcatraz
Robert MacArthur
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Stage: Appeared (as "Prof. Harold Hill") in "The Music Man" on Broadway. Won Tony Award as Best Actor. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

I've done my best to avoid B pictures. Why should I go into them now and call it television? See more »

Trivia:

Preston served three years in the United States Army Air Corps, also often referred to as the United States Army Air Forces, as an S-2 (Intelligence Officer), 386th Bombardment Group (Medium), a B-26 Marauder bomber unit, assigned to the 8th, and later to the 9th Air Force, based primarily in England, during World War II. By war's end, the 386th had moved forward, in pursuit of it's own invading ... See more »

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Gemini

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