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William Preston (I) (1921–1998)

William was born on August 26, 1921 in Columbia, PA. He obtained a Master's degree in English literature from Penn State. William Preston started an acting career late in his life, giving up his career as a book keeper in a Philadelphia trucking firm to begin acting at age 50. He had extensive stage experience, performing in over 60 Shakespeare ... See full bio »

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Waterworld Depth Gauge
The Fisher King
The Fisher King John the Bum
Far and Away
Far and Away Blacksmith
The Crucible
The Crucible George Jacobs


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 2016 Legion
Old Man in Wheelchair
 1998 Illuminata
Old toothless man
 1996 I'm Not Rappaport
 1996 The Crucible
George Jacobs
 1996 Joe's Apartment
Complaint Handler
 1995 Flasher
 1995 Reckless
 1995 Waterworld
Depth Gauge
 1995 Blue in the Face
 1994 It Runs in the Family
Grandpa Bumpus
 1993 Me and Veronica
Old Man
 1992 Far and Away
 1991 The Fisher King
John the Bum
 1990 The Exorcist III
Old Man in Wheelchair
 1989 Family Business
Flask Mourner
 1985 Goodbye, New York
Elevator Man
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He acted in Ben Jonson's play, "Volpone," in a Philadelphia Drama Guild production at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Louise Sorel, Christine Carter, Hugh Hurd, Sue Farley, Don Kersey, Arnold Soboloff, Ed Flanders, Thomas Markus, Ted Thurston, Charles Hudson, Beverlee ... See more »

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Portrayed recurring character Carl 'Oldy' Olson on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), NBC. He made his last national TV appearance as the character one week prior to his death. "Late Night" did a touching video eulogy shortly after his death. See more »

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