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Harve Presnell

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Birth name Georges Harvey Presnell
Nationality USA
Birth 14 september 1933 at Modesto (USA)
Death 30 june 2009 (at 75 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

Harve Presnell (September 14, 1933 – June 30, 2009) was an American actor and singer. He began his career in the mid-1950s as a classical baritone, singing with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States. His career reoriented away from classical music to musical theatre in 1960 after Meredith Willson cast him in the lead role of his new Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. His portrayal of "Leadville Johnny" was a resounding success and he reprised the role in the 1964 film version of the musical, winning a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal.

Presnell went on to star in a few more films during the 1960s, but by the early 1970s that aspect of his career came to a standstill. From 1970 to 1995 he mostly worked as a musical theatre performer on Broadway, the West End, and in touring productions out of New York. In his early 60s, Presnell saw a resurgence in his movie career which lasted until his death. He played character roles in films like Fargo (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and Flags of Our Fathers (2006). He also appeared on television as Mr. Parker in The Pretender and Lew Staziak in Andy Barker, P.I.. He had recurring roles on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Dawson's Creek.


À l'âge de seize ans, Harve Presnell entre à l’University of Southern California où il obtient ensuite un diplôme de chanteur.

Il commence sa carrière au milieu des années 1950 en tant que baryton, en chantant avec des orchestres et des compagnies d’opéra à travers les États-Unis. Il s'oriente vers le théâtre musical (comédies musicales) en 1960 après que Meredith Willson le choisit pour le rôle principal de The Unsinkable Molly Brown . Il y remporte un important succès et reprend le rôle dans la version cinématographique de la comédie musicale en 1964, dont le titre français est La Reine du Colorado, film qui est nommé pour le Golden Globe du meilleur film musical ou de comédie en 1965. Il joue dans un certain nombre d’autres films dans les années 1960 mais sa carrière au cinéma fait une pause au début des années 1970.

De 1970 à 1995, Presnell apparaît principalement dans des comédies musicales au théâtre à Broadway (New York), West End (Londres) ou dans des tournées en dehors de New York.

Alors qu'il est un jeune sexagénaire, sa carrière au cinéma prend un nouveau départ grâce au film des frères Coen, Fargo en 1996, dans lequel il joue le rôle du beau-père « dur en affaires ». On le voit ensuite dans des films comme Il faut sauver le soldat Ryan en 1998 et Mémoires de nos pères en 2006. Comme autre conséquence, il apparaît aussi à la télévision à partir de 1996 dans des rôles comme celui de M. Parker dans la série Le Caméléon, entre 1996 et 2000, et celui de Lew Staziak dans la série Andy Barker, P.I. en 2007. Presnell interprète aussi des rôles récurrents dans la 3e saison de Loïs et Clark : Les Nouvelles Aventures de Superman et dans la série Dawson entre 1998 et 2003.

Il meurt en 2009 au St. John’s Health Center de Santa Monica d'un cancer du pancréas.

Best films

Fargo (1996)

Usually with

Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
(2 films)
Tom Shadyac
Tom Shadyac
(2 films)
Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips
(1 films)
Mike Werb
Mike Werb
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Harve Presnell (27 films)

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Love Ranch
Love Ranch (2010)
, 1h57
Directed by Taylor Hackford
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Sports films, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise, Erotic thriller films
Actors Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Bryan Cranston, Gina Gershon, Scout Taylor-Compton, Taryn Manning
Roles Dr. Smathers
Rating56% 2.8001052.8001052.8001052.8001052.800105
Charlie Bontempo (sometimes called Charlie "Goodtimes") and his wife, Grace, run a legal brothel known as the Love Ranch on a large, remote property near Reno, Nevada. Grace's mother had been a madam, so Grace knew the business, but it was Charlie who persuaded her to open a brothel in a part of Nevada where doing so would not be violating the law. The business runs smoothly but is not without its headaches, such as unruly customers needing to be dealt with by a bouncer or prostitutes who get out of line. Grace is amazed when Charlie procures the contract of a professional heavyweight boxer, Armando Bruza.
Evan Almighty, 1h36
Directed by Tom Shadyac
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about families, Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, Disaster films
Actors Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, Harve Presnell, John Michael Higgins
Roles Congressman Burrows
Rating54% 2.7022452.7022452.7022452.7022452.702245
Newly elected to Congress, former local television news reporter Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) leaves his hometown of Buffalo, New York and moves to suburban northern Virginia, where his congressional campaign declares that he will change the world. Evan prays to God (Morgan Freeman) to give him this opportunity. On the other hand, his wife, Joan (Lauren Graham), expresses her concern about the new location and prays that she, Evan, and their three sons (Jimmy Bennett, Graham Phillips, and Johnny Simmons) will be closer together as a family. On the first day of his job, Evan is given a prime office space, where he is accompanied by his three congressional staffers, Rita, Marty, and Eugene (Wanda Sykes, Jonah Hill, John Michael Higgins), and invited to co-sponsor the Public Land Act bill with his boss, Chuck Long (John Goodman).
Flags of Our Fathers, 2h8
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery, Barry Pepper
Roles Dave Severance
Rating70% 3.5482553.5482553.5482553.5482553.548255
As three US servicemen - Marine Private First Class Ira Hayes, Private First Class Rene Gagnon, and Navy Corpsman John "Doc" Bradley - are feted as heroes in a war bond drive, they reflect on their experiences via flashback.
Old School
Old School (2003)
, 1h31
Directed by Todd Phillips
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about school violence
Actors Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Piven, Ellen Pompeo, Perrey Reeves
Roles Mr. Springbrook
Rating69% 3.498543.498543.498543.498543.49854
Attorney Mitch Martin (Luke Wilson) breaks up with his girlfriend when he accidentally discovers that she takes part in orgies. Mitch encounters his high school crush, Nicole (Ellen Pompeo), at the wedding of his friend Frank (Will Ferrell) and makes an awkward impression. Later, he finds a house located near the campus of the fictional Harrison University in New York.
Mr. Deeds
Mr. Deeds (2002)
, 1h36
Directed by Steven Brill
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, Allen Covert, Erick Avari
Roles Preston Blake
Rating58% 2.900412.900412.900412.900412.90041
Preston Blake, hoping to be a disc jockey as a young man, slowly worked his way up and founded Blake Media, a major corporation running hundreds of television and radio stations with 50,000 employees. After 82-year-old Blake freezes to death on the summit of Mount Everest with a triumphant smile on his face, a search for his heir begins.
Super Sucker, 1h35
Directed by Jeff Daniels
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Dawn Wells, Harve Presnell, Jeff Daniels, Matt Letscher, Will Young
Roles Winslow Schnaebelt
Rating44% 2.2146652.2146652.2146652.2146652.214665
The Pretender: Island of the Haunted, 1h36
Directed by Frederick King Keller
Origin USA
Genres Action, Crime
Actors Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Richard Marcus, James Denton
Roles Mr. Parker
Rating71% 3.5946453.5946453.5946453.5946453.594645
The film begins with Jarod working as a professor and searching for a mysterious artifact. Both he and Ms. Parker received e-mails containing a photograph of their mothers standing side by side at the end of the previous film, and it is revealed that the artifact Jarod is searching for appears in the photograph, engraved on a wall behind the two women. Jarod's search leads him to a shopkeeper who shows Jarod a small hidden compartment below his store, where the picture of his mother and Mrs. Parker was apparently taken. The shopkeeper believes the shop to be haunted, as occult worship once took place there, and tells Jarod that the engraving on the wall is evidence of this. Meanwhile, Ms. Parker visits the store and leaves with a small doll, then returns to the Centre, where she shows the doll to Angelo. Angelo goes into a fit, drawing a perfect picture of the engraving, and then draws a picture of an old monastery, calling it an "Evil Place" and chanting 'Evil People, Evil Place' repeatedly. The monastery is on the Isle of the Haunted, where Jarod has gone to find his mother. Ms. Parker follows.
Escanaba in da Moonlight, 1h31
Directed by Jeff Daniels
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jeff Daniels, Harve Presnell
Roles Albert Soady
Rating62% 3.1488453.1488453.1488453.1488453.148845
Reuben Soady (Daniels) goes to the hunting camp cottage, otherwise known as deer camp, with his father Albert (played by Harve Presnell), brother Remnar (Joey Albright) and Jimmy "the Jimmer" Negamanee from Menominee (Wayne David Parker). If Reuben, now 43, doesn't manage to shoot a buck by the end of the season, he will become the oldest Soady in recorded history not to have achieved this task, a taboo that leads people in the community to believe he is jinxed.
The Family Man, 2h5
Directed by Brett Ratner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about families, Christmas films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Saul Rubinek, Josef Sommer
Roles Big Ed
Rating67% 3.3998853.3998853.3998853.3998853.399885
Jack Campbell is a single, wealthy Wall Street executive living the high life in New York City. He is in the midst of putting together a multi-billion dollar merger and has ordered an emergency meeting on Christmas Day to ensure its success. The concept of family life clearly has little or no meaning for him. In his office, on Christmas Eve, he is surprised to hear that his former girlfriend, Kate, tried to call him after many years. After reminiscing a bit, he walks into a convenience store where a lottery contestant, Cash, barges in saying that he has a winning ticket worth $238. The store clerk believes that Cash is lying and refuses to give him his winnings. Cash pulls out a gun and is about to shoot the clerk before Jack offers to buy the ticket from him for $200, thus averting disaster. Jack and Cash settle their business deal outside. Jack offers to help Cash. In return, Cash questions Jack, asking him if he is missing anything in his life. Jack assures him he has everything he needs. The two part company, but not before Cash cryptically tells Jack that actions have consequence and that Jack has brought whatever is coming on himself. Jack returns to his penthouse and sleeps away the night alone.
The Legend of Bagger Vance, 2h6
Directed by Robert Redford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films based on mythology, Sports films, Golf films, Children's films
Actors Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Bruce McGill, Joel Gretsch
Roles John Invergordon
Rating66% 3.3492053.3492053.3492053.3492053.349205
Promising golfer Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) is the favorite son of Savannah, Georgia and a noteworthy golfer; Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) was his girlfriend before he went off to war and is from a rich family. While serving as a captain in the US Army during World War I, Junuh is traumatized when his entire company is wiped out in battle. Though he earns the Medal of Honor, he returns to Georgia and lives a shadowy life as a drunk, golf being just a distant memory.
Walking Across Egypt, 1h40
Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Ellen Burstyn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Mark Hamill, Pat Corley, Edward Herrmann, Dana Ivey
Roles Finner
Rating71% 3.5854753.5854753.5854753.5854753.585475
The film follows the life of Mattie Rigsbee (Ellen Burstyn), an elderly woman who believes in strong religious convictions. The film explores the lonely qualities of life for senior citizens after their children leave as adults. Judge Reinhold and Gail O'Grady play Mattie's children who live in a deep southern town.
Saving Private Ryan, 2h43
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Giovanni Ribisi
Roles General Marshall
Rating82% 4.116484.116484.116484.116484.11648
On the morning of June 6, 1944, the beginning of the Normandy Invasion, American soldiers prepare to land on Omaha Beach. They suffer heavily from their struggle against German infantry, machine gun nests, and artillery fire. Captain John H. Miller, a company commander of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, survives the initial landing and assembles a group of his Rangers to penetrate the German defenses, leading to a breakout from the beach. In Washington, D.C, at the U.S. War Department, General George Marshall is informed that three of the four brothers of the Ryan family were killed in action and that their mother is to receive all three telegrams in the same day. He learns that the fourth son, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, is a paratrooper and is missing in action somewhere in Normandy. Marshall, after reading Abraham Lincoln's Bixby letter, orders that Ryan must be found and sent home immediately.
Patch Adams, 1h55
Directed by Tom Shadyac
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about suicide
Actors Robin Williams, Daniel London, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter, Daniel London, Bob Gunton
Roles Dean Anderson
Rating68% 3.4061953.4061953.4061953.4061953.406195
A suicidal Hunter "Patch" Adams (Robin Williams) commits himself into a mental institution. Once there, he finds that using humor to help his fellow patients gives him a purpose in life. Because of this he wants to become a medical doctor and two years later enrolls at the Medical College of Virginia (now known as VCU School of Medicine) as the oldest first year student. He questions the school's soulless approach to medical care and clashes with the school's Dean Walcott (Bob Gunton), who believes that doctors must treat patients as patients and not bond with them as people. Because of this and incidents such as setting up a giant pair of legs during an obstetric conference, he is expelled from the medical school, although he is later reinstated due to his methods actually helping patients improve. Adams encourages medical students to work closely with nurses, learn interviewing skills early, and argues that death should be treated with dignity and sometimes even humor.
A Bright Shining Lie, 1h58
Directed by Terry George
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue, Eric Bogosian, Harve Presnell
Roles MACV General
Rating63% 3.1935953.1935953.1935953.1935953.193595
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