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J.A. Preston


James Allen Preston was born in Washington, District of Columbia, USA on November 13, 1932. He attended public schools in the nation's capital and earned a track scholarship to a college in North Carolina. J. A. married Merilyn Alsop in 1957. His acting career accelerated to recurring TV series roles when he moved from New York to California in ... See full bio »

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A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men Judge Julius Alexander Randolph
(1992)
Body Heat
Body Heat Oscar Grace
(1981)
Real Life
Real Life Dr. Ted Cleary
(1979)

Filmography

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 2006 Sweet Deadly Dreams
Mott
 2005 Old Man Music (Short)
Doctor
 1997 Clueless (TV Series)
Benjamin Davenport
- The Intruder (1997) ... Benjamin Davenport
 1997 House of Frankenstein (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1997)
- Episode #1.1 (1997)
 1997 Air Force One
White House General (uncredited)
 1997 Contact
Senator (uncredited)
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Waters
- At Risk (1997) ... Waters
 1997 The Sentinel (TV Series)
Mel Wilkenson
- Dead Drop (1997) ... Mel Wilkenson
 1996 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Judge Rodney Helpurn
- Out of Africa (1996) ... Judge Rodney Helpurn
- Transplanted Affection (1996) ... Judge Rodney Helpurn
 1996 Harvest of Fire (TV Movie)
Sheriff Garrison
 1992-1995 Martin (TV Series)
Dr. Cliff Waters
- Wedding Bell Blues (1995) ... Dr. Cliff Waters
- Thanks for Nothing (1993) ... Dr. Cliff Waters
- The Parents Are Coming, the Parents Are Coming (1992) ... Dr. Cliff Waters
 1995 SeaQuest 2032 (TV Series)
Charles
- Meltdown (1995) ... Charles
 1994 Sweet Justice (TV Series)
Col. Campbell
- One Good Woman (1994) ... Col. Campbell
 1994 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Roland
- A Foreign Affair (1994) ... Roland
 1994 MacShayne: Winner Takes All (TV Movie)
Pete Webb
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
General Zeitlin
- All Shook Up (1994) ... General Zeitlin
 1993 The Gifted
 1993 Nick's Game (TV Movie)
Sgt. William Twiford
 1993 The Jackie Thomas Show (TV Series)
Mr. Watson
- The Player (1993) ... Mr. Watson
 1992 A Few Good Men
Judge Julius Alexander Randolph
 1992 Captain Ron
Magistrate
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Harry
- Curiosity Killed (1992) ... Harry
 1992 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
 1992 Steel Justice (TV Movie)
Jeremiah J. Jones
 1991 Aftermath: A Test of Love (TV Movie)
Det. Boland
 1991 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Lt. Peter Johnson
- The Joyful Noise Mystery (1991) ... Lt. Peter Johnson
 1990 Law & Order (TV Series)
Congressman Ronald Eaton
- Out of the Half-Light (1990) ... Congressman Ronald Eaton
 1990 Midnight Caller (TV Series)
Buchanan
- Life Without Possibility: Part 2 (1990) ... Buchanan
- Life Without Possibility: Part 1 (1990) ... Buchanan
 1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (TV Movie)
Wendell Smith
 1990 Narrow Margin
Martin Larner
 1990 Fire Birds
General Olcott
 1990 My Two Dads (TV Series)
Judge Banion
- Environ-mental Case (1990) ... Judge Banion
 1989 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Calvin Peterson
- Intruders (1989) ... Calvin Peterson
 1989 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Mr. Ryan
- Kramer vs. Grant (1989) ... Mr. Ryan
 1988 Hunter (TV Series)
Samuel Rhodes
- No Good Deed Ever Goes Unpunished (1988) ... Samuel Rhodes
 1987-1988 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Richard Matthews
- Episode #1.912 (1988) ... Richard Matthews
- Episode #1.904 (1988) ... Richard Matthews
- Episode #1.903 (1988) ... Richard Matthews
- Episode #1.900 (1988) ... Richard Matthews
- Episode #1.896 (1988) ... Richard Matthews
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Police Lt. 'Mule' Muldower - Internal Affairs
- Little Boy Dead (1988) ... Police Lt. 'Mule' Muldower - Internal Affairs
 1987 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Principal George Messiah
- Don't Stretch the Rainbow (1987) ... Principal George Messiah
 1987 Desperate (TV Movie)
Wiggee
 1986-1987 Dallas (TV Series)
Leo Daltry / Daltry
- Two-Fifty (1987) ... Leo Daltry
- Ruthless People (1987) ... Leo Daltry
- The Ten Percent Solution (1987) ... Leo Daltry
- Revenge of the Nerd (1987) ... Leo Daltry
- Olio (1987) ... Leo Daltry
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Prof. Bertram Carver
- The Pumpkin Competition (1986) ... Prof. Bertram Carver
 1986 The George McKenna Story (TV Movie)
Mr. McKenna
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Judge
- Trial by Fire (1986) ... Judge
 1986 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Police Lieutenant Sam McKee
- L.A. (1986) ... Police Lieutenant Sam McKee
 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Judge Hooten
- The Richest Cat in the World (1986) ... Judge Hooten
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Dr. Nealy
- In God We Strongly Suspect (1986) ... Dr. Nealy
 1986 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Vic Dutton
- Hardcastle for Mayor (1986) ... Vic Dutton
 1986 Our Family Honor (TV Series)
Detective Meeker
- Crimes of Passion: Part 2 (1986) ... Detective Meeker
 1985 Hollywood Beat (TV Series)
Walker
- Dead Heat (1985) ... Walker
 1982-1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Ozzie Cleveland
- Seoul on Ice (1985) ... Ozzie Cleveland
- Hacked to Pieces (1985) ... Ozzie Cleveland
- Low Blow (1984) ... Ozzie Cleveland
- Fuched Again (1984) ... Ozzie Cleveland
- Hair Apparent (1984) ... Ozzie Cleveland
 1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Conn MacCleary
 1984 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Dr. Ross
- The Confession (1984) ... Dr. Ross
 1984 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Det. Ernie Walker
- School Nurse (1984) ... Det. Ernie Walker
 1984 Punky Brewster (TV Series)
Judge William J. Murphy
- Punky Finds a Home: Part 3 (1984) ... Judge William J. Murphy
 1984 100 Centre Street (TV Movie)
Judge Earl Doucette
 1984 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
- Burden of Proof (1984)
 1984 The Yellow Rose (TV Series)
Lt. Ralph Foster
- Sport of Kings (1984) ... Lt. Ralph Foster
 1983 The New Odd Couple (TV Series)
Mr. Walker
- Bachelor of the Year (1983) ... Mr. Walker
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Judge Saunder MacMillan
- Baby Rattlesnakes (1982) ... Judge Saunder MacMillan
 1982 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Sam Terhune
- Second Chance (1982) ... Sam Terhune
 1981 The White Lions
Aniel
 1981 Body Heat
Oscar Grace
 1980 The Plutonium Incident (TV Movie)
Dr. Samuels
 1980 The Chisholms (TV Mini-Series)
Morgan
- Chains (1980) ... Morgan
 1979 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Mr. Pruitt
- A New Kind of High (1979) ... Mr. Pruitt
 1979 Americathon
Morty
 1979 Real Life
Dr. Ted Cleary
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
President Harper
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... President Harper
 1978 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Mr. Thompson
- The Social Worker (1978) ... Mr. Thompson
 1978 Eight Is Enough (TV Series)
Doctor Fletcher
- Nine Is Too Much (1978) ... Doctor Fletcher
 1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Jazreel
- Diana's Disappearing Act (1978) ... Jazreel
 1978 Carter Country (TV Series)
Jesse Haskell
- Ballots for Burnside (1978) ... Jesse Haskell
 1977 James at 16 (TV Series)
Mr. Hazeltine
- Friends (1977) ... Mr. Hazeltine
 1977 Police Story (TV Series)
Parkinson
- Trigger Point (1977) ... Parkinson
 1976-1977 All's Fair (TV Series)
Allen Brooks
- Charley's Father (1977) ... Allen Brooks
- The Jailbirds: Part 2 (1977) ... Allen Brooks
- The Jailbirds: Part 1 (1977) ... Allen Brooks
- The Dick and Vanessa Show (1977) ... Allen Brooks
- Rememberance (1977) ... Allen Brooks
 1976 Silver Streak
Waiter (uncredited)
 1976 Two-Minute Warning
Policeman
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Rev. Greenwood
- Lunch with Mama (1975) ... Rev. Greenwood
 1975 Good Times (TV Series)
Walter Ingles
- Willona's Dilemma (1975) ... Walter Ingles
 1975 All in the Family (TV Series)
Elmo 'Black Elmo' Bridgewater
- Archie the Donor (1975) ... Elmo 'Black Elmo' Bridgewater
 1969 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Hard Travelin' (1969)
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J. A. chose to use his initials rather than his given name James because there already was a James Preston in Actors Equity when he sought to join the union in the early 1970's. His friends call him Jim. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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