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J. A. Preston is a Actor American born on 13 november 1957 at Washington, D.C. (USA)

J. A. Preston

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Nationality USA
Birth 13 november 1957 (61 years) at Washington, D.C. (USA)

J. A. Preston is an American actor. His credits include performances as Commander, and later Mayor, Ozzie Cleveland on the 1980s television series, Hill Street Blues.

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Peter Hyams
Peter Hyams
(1 films)
Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
(1 films)
Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(1 films)
Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon
(1 films)
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Filmography of J. A. Preston (14 films)

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Air Force One, 2h4
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Politique, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Dans un avion, United States Armed Forces in films, White House in fiction, Films about hijackings
Actors Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell, Xander Berkeley, William H. Macy
Roles the USAF Maj. General who was President Marshall's Commanding Officer during the Vietnam War
Rating64% 3.2491553.2491553.2491553.2491553.249155
A joint operation between American and Russian Special Forces leads to the capture of General Ivan Radek (Jürgen Prochnow), the dictator of a rogue terrorist regime in Kazakhstan that had possession of stolen Soviet nuclear weapons. Three weeks later, President of the United States James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is invited to Moscow for a diplomatic dinner, during which he praises the capture and insists the United States will never negotiate with terrorists. Marshall and his entourage, including his wife Grace (Wendy Crewson) and daughter Alice (Liesel Matthews), and several of his Cabinet and advisers, prepare to return to the United States on Air Force One. In addition, a number of press corps have been invited aboard.
House of Frankenstein (miniseries), 2h48
Directed by Peter Werner
Genres Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on science fiction novels, Wolves in film, Dracula films, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Cyberpunk films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Adrian Pasdar, Greg Wise, Theresa Polo, Melinda McGraw, CCH Pounder, Peter Crombie
Rating52% 2.614322.614322.614322.614322.61432
Vernon Coyle (Pasdar), a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, is trying to solve a series of bizarre murders. His girlfriend, Grace (Polo), turns into a werewolf and is kidnapped by Crispian Grimes (Wise), a vampire and owner of the nightclub, House of Frankenstein.
A Few Good Men, 2h18
Directed by Rob Reiner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films based on plays, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, Jack Nicholson, J. T. Walsh
Roles Judge (Colonel) Julius Alexander Randolph, USMC
Rating76% 3.8488253.8488253.8488253.8488253.848825
The film covers the court-martial of two U.S. Marines, Lance Corporal Harold Dawson and Private Louden Downey, who killed a fellow Marine, Private William Santiago, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Santiago compared unfavorably to his fellow Marines, had poor relations with them, and failed to respect the chain of command in attempts at being transferred to another base. An argument evolves between base commander Colonel Nathan Jessup and his officers: while Jessup's executive officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Markinson, advocates that Santiago be transferred immediately, Jessup regards this as akin to surrender and orders Santiago's commanding officer, Lieutenant Kendrick, to train Santiago to become a better Marine.
Captain Ron, 1h30
Directed by Thom Eberhardt
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kay Place, Benjamin Salisbury, Meadow Sisto, Sunshine Logroño
Roles Magistrate
Rating56% 2.849552.849552.849552.849552.84955
Martin Harvey (Short) is a middle-aged office worker who lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Katherine (Place), 16-year-old daughter, Caroline (Sisto), and 11-year-old son, Ben (Salisbury). When he learns his recently deceased uncle has bequeathed him a yacht once owned by Clark Gable, he decides to take his family to the island of Ste. Pomme de Terre ("Saint Potato" literally "Apple of Earth") to retrieve the yacht so he can sell it. Katherine resists the idea, but she agrees after Caroline announces she has just gotten engaged to an uncouth young man.
Fire Birds
Fire Birds (1990)
, 1h25
Directed by David Green
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Transport films, Aviation films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young, Mary Ellen Trainor, Dale Dye, Cylk Cozart
Roles General Olcott
Rating47% 2.3529852.3529852.3529852.3529852.352985
A joint task force operation between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Army has been formed to dismantle one of the largest drug cartels operating in South America. Multiple attempts to assault the cartel's mountainous compound have been thwarted by a (fictional) Scorpion-attack helicopter piloted by a mercenary pilot, Eric Stoller (Bert Rhine). After having several aircraft shot down, most notably a pair of UH–60 Black Hawks and their AH–1 Cobra escorts, the army turns to the new AH–64 Apache attack helicopter, which can match its enemies' maneuverability and firepower.
Narrow Margin, 1h37
Directed by Peter Hyams
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James Sikking, J. T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh, Harris Yulin
Roles Martin Larner
Rating65% 3.297963.297963.297963.297963.29796
Carol Hunnicut (Anne Archer) goes out on a blind date set up by her friend, in a hotel restaurant in Los Angeles with Michael Tarlow (J. T. Walsh), a lawyer about whom she knows very little. When Tarlow receives a message during dinner to call a client, she accompanies him to his hotel suite while he makes the call. While she is in the bathroom in the suite, the client, gangster Leo Watts (Harris Yulin), arrives in person with one of his hit men, Jack Wootton (Nigel Bennett). Watts accuses Tarlow of stealing money from him. After a fearful Tarlow admits that he did, Wootton shoots him to death. Carol witnesses Tarlow's admission that he stole the money and the murder itself from an adjacent room, but Watts and Wootton do not detect her. After they leave, she waits for almost an hour before fleeing the scene. Fearing for her life, Carol does not report the murder to the authorities.
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 2h1
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Kate Mulgrew, Wilford Brimley, J. A. Preston, George Coe
Roles Conn MacCleary
Rating64% 3.200293.200293.200293.200293.20029
Sam Makin is a tough Brooklyn, New York City street cop and Vietnam-era Marine Corps veteran. He is unwillingly recruited as an assassin for a secret United States organization, CURE. The recruitment is through a bizarre method: his death is faked and he is given a new face and a new name. Rechristened "Remo Williams" (after the name and location of the manufacturer of the bedpan in Makin's hospital room), his face is surgically altered and he is trained to be a human killing machine by his aged, derisive and impassive Korean martial arts master Chiun.
Body Heat
Body Heat (1981)
, 1h53
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J. A. Preston, Mickey Rourke
Roles Oscar Grace
Rating73% 3.6984253.6984253.6984253.6984253.698425
During a particularly intense Florida heatwave, inept lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) begins an affair with Matty (Kathleen Turner), the wife of wealthy businessman Edmund Walker (Richard Crenna). They go to great lengths to keep their affair a secret, but Ned carelessly propositions an old school friend of Matty, Mary Ann Simpson (Kim Zimmer), thinking she was Matty. Matty soon makes it clear to Ned that she wants to leave Edmund but also wants his money, explaining that a divorce would leave her with very little due to their prenuptial agreement. Racine suggests the only option is to kill Edmund. While planning the murder, Ned consults one of his shadier clients, Teddy Lewis (Mickey Rourke), an expert on incendiary devices, who supplies him with a bomb.
The White Lions, 1h37
Directed by Mel Stuart
Origin USA
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about lions
Actors Michael York, Glynnis O'Connor, Donald Moffat, J. A. Preston, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Drake
Roles Aniel
Rating63% 3.192313.192313.192313.192313.19231
A college professor, his wife, and daughter go to the wilds of Africa to live, and study the rare white lions of the region.
High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane, 1h36
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Lee Majors, David Carradine, Pernell Roberts, Michael Pataki, Katherine Cannon, Frank Campanella
Roles Alonzo
Rating53% 2.6694952.6694952.6694952.6694952.669495
Will Kane returns to the town of Hadleyville, a year after the events of High Noon, and finds that the town is now in the hands of a corrupt marshal and his two aides. J.D. Ward, the man that replaced Kane as marshal, is a tyrant who shoots up the horses Will has just purchased. Ward is after Ben Irons and his men in order to get the bounty on them, even though Ward knows they are innocent. Ben gets away. Ward pursues him, and Kane decides to help Ben. Ben dies from a gunshot wound. Ward is going to arrest Kane for helping Ben, but the town rallies together and issues a warrant for Ward's arrest. Kane then again puts on the tin star (that he threw on the ground at the end of the 1952 original movie) and shoots Ward to death.
Real Life
Real Life (1979)
, 1h39
Directed by Albert Brooks
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Films about families, Films about television
Actors Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin, Dick Haynes, Frances Lee McCain, J. A. Preston, Dick Haymes
Roles Dr. Ted Cleary
Rating70% 3.5438753.5438753.5438753.5438753.543875
Ordinary family man Warren Yeager and his wife Jeannette are delighted to have a documentary filmmaker, Albert Brooks, choose them for a new cinematic and "scientific" experiment—he intends to capture every waking moment of their daily life on film. It is a project Brooks confidently announces to a large gathering, even greeting them with a song.
Two-Minute Warning, 1h55
Directed by Larry Peerce
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Sports films, American football films
Actors Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, David Janssen, Jack Klugman
Roles Policeman
Rating61% 3.0512953.0512953.0512953.0512953.051295
An unknown sniper (Warren Miller) positions himself at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prior to a professional football championship (dubbed as "Championship X") similar to The Super Bowl. He is spotted by a Goodyear Blimp camera. Police and SWAT team are immediately called in by the stadium manager Sam McKeever (Martin Balsam).
The Spook Who Sat by the Door, 1h42
Directed by Ivan Dixon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Lawrence Cook, Paula Kelly, J. A. Preston
Rating71% 3.5922053.5922053.5922053.5922053.592205
The story takes place in the early 1970s in Chicago. The CIA has been required for political reasons to recruit African Americans for training. Only one of them, Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook), secretly a black nationalist, successfully completes the training process. He becomes the first black man in the agency and is given a desk job—Top Secret Reproduction Center Sections Chief (which means he's in charge of the copy machine). Freeman understands that he is the token black person in the CIA, and that the CIA defines his function as providing proof of the agency's supposed commitment to integration and progress. Therefore, after completing his training in guerrilla warfare techniques, weaponry, communications and subversion, Freeman puts in just enough time to avoid raising any suspicions about his motives before he resigns from the CIA and returns to work in the social services in Chicago.