Robert Preston (I) (1918–1987)


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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 »

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Known For

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

Filmography

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 1986 Outrage! (TV Movie)
Dennis Riordan
 1985 Finnegan Begin Again (TV Movie)
Mike Finnegan
 1984 The Last Starfighter
Centauri
 1983 September Gun (TV Movie)
Ben Sunday
 1982 Rehearsal for Murder (TV Movie)
Alex Dennison
 1982 Victor/Victoria
Carole "Toddy" Todd
 1981 S.O.B.
Dr. Irving Finegarten
 1980 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (TV Movie)
Stranger
 1979-1980 The Chisholms (TV Series)
Hadley Chisholm
- Death in the Sierras (1980) ... Hadley Chisholm
- Vengeance (1980) ... Hadley Chisholm
- Endless Desert (1980) ... Hadley Chisholm
- Betrayal (1980) ... Hadley Chisholm
- Siege (1980) ... Hadley Chisholm
 1977 Semi-Tough
Big Ed Bookman
 1975 My Father's House (TV Movie)
Tom Lindholm Sr.
 1975 Happy Endings (TV Movie)
Harry
 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
 1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Clinton Jones
- Years Ago (1960) ... Clinton Jones
 1959 The Bells of St. Mary's (TV Movie)
Father Chuck 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
 1955-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Nothing Personal (1957)
 1955-1957 Omnibus (TV Series)
The Defense Attorney (segment "The Trial of Lizzie Borden") / (segment "Henry Adams")
- Lizzie Borden (1957) ... The Defense Attorney (segment "The Trial of Lizzie Borden")
- Henry Adams (1955) ... (segment "Henry Adams")
 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)
Professor Richard Wanley / Jeff Frazer
- Woman in the Window (1955) ... Professor Richard Wanley
- 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 Bogey Man (1955) ... Jack Roberts
- 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 My Outlaw Brother
Joe Waldner
 1951 Best of the Badmen
Matthew Fowler
 1951 Cloudburst
John Graham
 1951 When I Grow Up
Father Reed
 1950 Studio One (TV Series)
- The Survivors (1950)
 1950 The Sundowners
James Cloud - aka Kid Wichita
 1949 Man Against Crime (TV Series)
Pat Barnett (1951)
 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 Variety Girl
Robert Preston
 1947 The Macomber Affair
Francis Macomber
 1943 Night Plane from Chungking
Capt. Nick Stanton
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Robert Preston (uncredited)
 1942 Wake Island
Pvt. Joe Doyle
 1942 This Gun for Hire
Michael Crane
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Dan Cutler
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Prof. Harold Hill") in "The Music Man" on Broadway. Won Tony Award as Best Actor. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 7 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Catherine Craig  (his death)

Parents:

Frank Wesley Meservey | Ruth L. Rea

Relatives:

Frank Meservey (sibling)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'd get the best role in every B picture and the second best in the A pictures. See more »

Trivia:

Was in three Oscar Best Picture nominees: Wake Island (1942), The Music Man (1962) and How the West Was Won (1962). See more »

Trademark:

Often played the lead character's best friend or side kick.

Nickname:

Pres See more »

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