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Robert Preston – MovieActors.com

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Preston in The Music Man.

About Robert Preston (1918 – 1987)
Robert Preston was born on June 8, 1918 in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts. Preston passed away on March 21, 1987 in Montecito, California from lung cancer.

In 1957 Robert Preston began the part that would immortalize him in entertainment history, that of Professor Harold Hill in the musical The Music Man. Preston won a Tony Award for the role in and reprised it in the film version.

In 1982 Robert Preston received an Oscar nomination for his triumphant portrayal of a witty, gay entertainer in Victor/Victoria.

Barely 20 years old when a Paramount talent scout spotted Preston at the Pasadena Playhouse, and before the year was out he had joined the studio's roster of contract players. Robert Preston started by first appearing in B pictures such as 1938's Illegal Traffic and King Of Alcatraz then he quickly graduated to supporting roles in A productions such as 1939's Union Pacific and Beau Geste.

Preston took a brief fling in TV during the early 1950s, starring in Man Against Crime (1951) and Anywhere USA (1952).

With his performance in I Do! I Do! Robert Preston won a Broadway Tony Award as Best Actor in 1967.

Robert Preston's notable movie credits include...

The Last Starfighter (1984)
S.O.B. (1981)
Mame (1974)
How The West Was Won (1962)
When I Grow Up (1951)
Blood On The Moon (1948)
This Gun For Hire (1942)
Moon Over Burma (1940)
King Of Alcatraz (1938)

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Robert Preston in S.O.B.

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Robert Preston in The Last Starfighter.

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Robert Preston and his co-stars in The Music Man.