Robert Preston

Robert Preston

Robert Preston (June 8, 1918 – March 21, 1987) was an American stage and film actor and singer, best known for his collaboration with composer Meredith Willson and originating the role of Professor Harold Hill in the 1957 musical The Music Man and the 1962 film adaptation; the film earned him his first of two Golden Globe Award nominations. Preston collaborated twice with filmmaker Blake Edwards, first in S.O.B. (1981) and again in Victor/Victoria (1982). For portraying Carroll "Toddy" Todd in the latter, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 55th Academy Awards. Preston was born Robert Preston Meservey in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School, training as a musician and playing several instruments, but quit at age sixteen to study acting at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Preston made his Broadway debut in 1940 in the play The Philadelphia Story. He went on to star in a number of successful Broadway musicals, including The Pajama Game (1954), Damn Yankees (1955), and I Do! I Do! (1966). He also appeared in a number of films, including The Music Man (1962), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960), and Victor/Victoria (1982). Preston was a versatile actor who could play a wide range of roles. He was known for his charisma, his singing voice, and his comic timing. He was a two-time Tony Award winner and was nominated for an Academy Award. He was also a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Preston died of cancer in 1987 at the age of 68. He was survived by his wife, Catherine Craig; the couple had no children. A biography of the actor, @Robert Preston - Forever The Music Man”, was published in 2022.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA
    Birthday
    6/8/1918
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The Music Man
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6.3
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5.8
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The Night of January 16th
5
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5.3
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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
6.7
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6.3
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Night Plane from Chungking
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Sentinels in the Air
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Going Hollywood: The '30s
Going Hollywood: The '30s
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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
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Junior Bonner
6.1
The Last Starfighter
The Last Starfighter
6.6
The Lady Gambles
The Lady Gambles
6
Whispering Smith
Whispering Smith
6.5
Rehearsal for Murder
Rehearsal for Murder
6.4
Child's Play
Child's Play
6.1
Tulsa
Tulsa
6.2
All the Way Home
All the Way Home
6.5
The Lady from Cheyenne
The Lady from Cheyenne
5.2
Typhoon
Typhoon
5
Big City
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Disbarred
Disbarred
6
Moon Over Burma
Moon Over Burma
5
Finnegan Begin Again
Finnegan Begin Again
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When I Grow Up
When I Grow Up
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My Father's House
My Father's House
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The Last Frontier
The Last Frontier
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My Outlaw Brother
My Outlaw Brother
5.5
Victor/Victoria
Victor/Victoria
7.3
Mame
Mame
6
The Macomber Affair
The Macomber Affair
6.2
Blood on the Moon
Blood on the Moon
6.1
Beau Geste
Beau Geste
6.9
Wake Island
Wake Island
5.7
This Gun for Hire
This Gun for Hire
7
New York Town
New York Town
10
Illegal Traffic
Illegal Traffic
6.7
Wild Harvest
Wild Harvest
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Semi-Tough
Semi-Tough
5.6
Union Pacific
Union Pacific
6.5
Best of the Badmen
Best of the Badmen
6.6
Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
6.4
North West Mounted Police
North West Mounted Police
6.3
King of Alcatraz
King of Alcatraz
5.7
Face to Face
Face to Face
5.7
Wings Up
Wings Up
5.2
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won
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S.O.B.
S.O.B.
5.9
Broadway's Lost Treasures
Broadway's Lost Treasures
5.6
Variety Girl
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6.1
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Chita Rivera: A Lot Of Livin' To Do
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Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade
7.3
Star Spangled Rhythm
Star Spangled Rhythm
5.9
Disclosure
Disclosure
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Night of 100 Stars
Night of 100 Stars
6
Night of 100 Stars II
Night of 100 Stars II
8
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