Preston Foster (I) (1900–1970)

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Actor, composer, songwriter, guitarist and author. He moved from Broadway acting (1928-1932) into films, touring America with his wife and daughter, and did some recordings. He was the executive producer at the El Camino Playhouse in California. Joining ASCAP in 1953, his chief musical collaborator was Perry Botkin. His popular-song compositions ... See full bio »

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 1968 Chubasco
Nick Casell
 1967 You've Got to Be Smart
D.O. Griggs
 1964 The Time Travelers
Dr. Erik von Steiner
 1964 Advance to the Rear
Gen. Bateman (uncredited)
 1964 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Boss Gates
- Lovers' Lane (1964) ... Boss Gates
 1963 The Man from Galveston
Judge Homer Black
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Philip Green
- Cold Hands, Warm Heart (1963) ... Philip Green
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Francis X. Finnegan
- My Memorial for Finnegan (1963) ... Francis X. Finnegan
 1961 Target: The Corruptors! (TV Series)
Harvey Bragen
- Prison Empire (1961) ... Harvey Bragen
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Major Ramsur
- Return to New March (1961) ... Major Ramsur
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
Capt. Zachary Wingate
- New Savannah (1961) ... Capt. Zachary Wingate
- The Death of Yellow Singer (1961) ... Capt. Zachary Wingate
- Johnny Sergeant (1961) ... Capt. Zachary Wingate
- The Diehards (1961) ... Capt. Zachary Wingate
- Golden Circle (1961) ... Capt. Zachary Wingate
 1953-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Bob Hood
- Manhattan Robin Hood (1953) ... Bob Hood
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel Dan McGann
- Tunnel Eight (1958) ... Colonel Dan McGann
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series)
John McCaskey
- Between Rounds (1957) ... John McCaskey
 1957 Destination 60, 000
Col. Ed Buckley
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
Sam Hodges
- The Guardian (1956) ... Sam Hodges
 1954-1955 Waterfront (TV Series)
Capt. John Herrick / Cap'n John Herrick / Cap'n JohnHerrick
- The Yacht Race (1955) ... Cap'n John Herrick
- The Seal (1955) ... Capt. John Herrick
- The Rivals (1955) ... Cap'n John Herrick
- The Hideout (1955) ... Cap'n John Herrick
- The Angel Louise (1955) ... Cap'n John Herrick
 1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
- Fear Me Not (1955)
 1953 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- The Hunted (1953)
 1953 I, the Jury
Police Captain Pat Chambers
 1953 The Marshal's Daughter
Preston Foster - Poker-Game Player
 1953 Law and Order
Kurt Durling
 1952 Kansas City Confidential
Tim Foster
 1952 Montana Territory
Sheriff Henry Plummer
 1951 The Bogus Green (TV Movie)
Brass McGannon
 1951 The Big Night
Andy La Main
 1951 The Big Gusher
Henry 'Hank' Mason
 1951 Tomahawk
Col. Carrington
 1951 Three Desperate Men
Tom Denton
 1950 The Tougher They Come
Joe MacKinley
 1950 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 The Big Cat
Tom Eggers
 1949 I Shot Jesse James
John Kelley
 1948 Thunderhoof
Scotty Mason
 1948 The Hunted
Johnny Saxon
 1947 King of the Wild Horses
Dave Taggert
 1947 Ramrod
Frank Ivey
 1946 It's Your America (Short)
Army Surgeon (uncredited)
 1946 Inside Job
Bart Madden
 1946 Strange Triangle
Sam Crane
 1946 Tangier
Col. Jose Artiego
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Judge Sam Purvis
 1945 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
Preston Foster (uncredited)
 1945 Twice Blessed
Jeff Turner
 1945 The Valley of Decision
Jim Brennan
 1945 Thunderhead: Son of Flicka
Rob McLaughlin
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
Roger Touhy
 1944 Bermuda Mystery
Steve Carramond
 1943 Guadalcanal Diary
Father Donnelly
 1943 My Friend Flicka
Rob McLaughlin
 1942 American Empire
Paxton Bryce
 1942 Little Tokyo, U.S.A.
Michael Steele
 1942 Night in New Orleans
Police Lt. Steve Abbott
 1942 A Gentleman After Dark
Police Detective Tom Gaynor
 1942 Secret Agent of Japan
Roy Bonnell
 1941 Unfinished Business
Steve Duncan
 1941 The Round Up
Greg Lane
 1940 Moon Over Burma
Bill Gordon
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Sgt. Jim Brett
 1940 Cafe Hostess
Dan Walters
 1939 Geronimo
Capt. Bill Starrett
 1939 Missing Evidence
Bill Collins
 1939 20, 000 Men a Year
Jim Howell
 1939 News Is Made at Night
Steve Drum
 1939 Chasing Danger
Steve Mitchell
 1939 Society Smugglers
Richard 'Sully' Sullivan
 1938 The Last Warning
Bill Crane
 1938 Up the River
'Chipper' Morgan
 1938 Submarine Patrol
Lt. (j.g.) John C. Drake
 1938 The Storm
Jack Stacey
 1938 Army Girl
Capt. Dike Conger
 1938 The Lady in the Morgue
Det. Bill Crane
 1938 Double Danger
Bob Crane
 1938 Everybody's Doing It
Bruce Keene
 1937 First Lady
Stephen Wayne
 1937 The Westland Case
Bill Crane - Private Detective
 1937 You Can't Beat Love
James Ellsworth 'Jimmy' Hughes
 1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat
John Oakhurst
 1937 Sea Devils
Michael 'Mike' O'Shay
 1936 The Plough and the Stars
Jack Clitheroe
 1936 We Who Are About to Die
Steven Mathews
 1936 Love Before Breakfast
Scott Miller
 1936 Muss 'em Up
Tippecanoe 'Tip' O'Neil
 1935 We're Only Human
Det. Sgt. Pete 'Mac' McCaffrey
 1935 Annie Oakley
Toby Walker
 1935 The Last Days of Pompeii
 1935 The Arizonian
Tex Randolph
 1935 A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (Short)
Preston Foster
 1935 The Informer
Dan Gallagher
 1935 People's Enemy
Vince M. Falcone
 1935 Strangers All
Murray Carter
 1934 The Band Plays On
Howdy Hardy
 1934 Sleepers East
Jason Everett
 1934 Wharf Angel
Como Murphy
 1934 Heat Lightning
 1933 Just Around the Corner (Short)
Tim - Office Worker
 1933 Hoopla
Nifty Miller
 1933 The Devil's Mate
Insp. O'Brien
 1933 The Man Who Dared
Jan Novak
 1933 Corruption
Tim Butler (as Preston S. Foster)
 1933 Dangerous Crossroads
Hinton - Gang Leader
 1933 Elmer, the Great
Dave Walker (as Preston S. Foster)
 1933 Ladies They Talk About
David Slade (as Preston S. Foster)
 1933 Sensation Hunters
Tom Baylor
 1932 You Said a Mouthful
Ed Dover (as Preston S. Foster)
 1932 The All-American
Steve Kelly
 1932 Life Begins
Dr. Brett
 1932 The Last Mile
John 'Killer' Mears - Cell 4 (as Preston S. Foster)
 1932 Doctor X
Dr. Wells
 1932 Two Seconds
Bud Clark
 1931 His Woman
Crewman (uncredited)
 1930 Follow the Leader
Two-Gun Terry
 1930 Heads Up
 1929 Nothing But the Truth
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1929 Pusher-in-the-Face (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Saunders") in "Seven" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Frank J. Collins. Directed by Lionel Atwill. Theatre Republic: 27 Dec 1929-Jan 1930 (closing date unknown/35 performances). Cast: Suzanne Caubaye (as "La Comtesse de Villette"), Del Cleveland (as "Carroll"), Armand Cortes (as "Charlerois"), Alan Davis (as "... See more »

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Preston S. Foster


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