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Robert Preston is a Actor American born on 8 june 1918 at Massachusetts (USA)

Robert Preston

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Birth name Robert Preston Meservey
Nationality USA
Birth 8 june 1918 at Massachusetts (USA)
Death 21 march 1987 (at 68 years) at Montecito (USA)

Robert Preston (June 8, 1918 – March 21, 1987) was an American stage and film actor best remembered for originating the role of Harold Hill in the 1957 musical The Music Man and the 1962 film adaptation. He is also known for his Oscar-nominated role as Carroll "Toddy" Todd in Victor Victoria (1982).

Best films

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
North West Mounted Police (1940)

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Filmography of Robert Preston (53 films)

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Outrage! (1986)
, 2h
Directed by Walter Grauman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Robert Preston, Beau Bridges, Burgess Meredith, Linda Purl, Mel Ferrer, Anthony Newley
Roles Dennis Riordan
Rating66% 3.3016453.3016453.3016453.3016453.301645
Dennis Riordan tue un criminel relâché pour vice de procédure par un juge trop conciliant pour le viol et le meurtre de sa fille. Son avocat, Brad Gordon veut le faire passer pour fou afin qu'il évite la peine de mort. Ce dernier refuse et met l'avocat dans une fâcheuse posture. Finalement Riordan veut attaquer en justice le système tout entier pour ce qui est arrivé à sa fille et lui-même.
Finnegan Begin Again, 1h51
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Preston, Sam Waterston, Sylvia Sidney, David Huddleston, Avery Brooks
Roles Mike Finnegan
Rating70% 3.5299253.5299253.5299253.5299253.529925
Michael Finnegan, a past-his-prime journalist, has been relegated to ghost-writing Dear Felicity, a column for the lovelorn. He and his wife live in a decaying neighborhood; his wife, still despondent over losing their young son, lives in a fantasy world. Despite these reversals, Finnegan retains his optimism: he knows human beings begin again, and again. He gets his own chance to begin again when, one day on the bus, he meets Liz DeHaan, an art teacher who is having an affair with a married man.
The Last Starfighter, 1h36
Directed by Nick Castle
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Films about computing, Jeu, Comedy science fiction films, Films about video games, Space opera
Actors Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart, Dan O'Herlihy, Norman Snow, Kay E. Kuter
Roles Centauri
Rating66% 3.349183.349183.349183.349183.34918
Alex Rogan is a teenager living in a trailer park with his mother and little brother, Louis. Alex often plays Starfighter, an arcade game in which the player defends "the Frontier" from "Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada" in a space battle. He becomes the game's highest-scoring player, and is approached by the game's inventor, Centauri, who invites him to take a ride. Alex does so, discovering the car is a spacecraft. Centauri is an alien who takes him to the planet Rylos. An android duplicate named Beta takes Alex's place during his absence.
Victor/Victoria, 2h12
Directed by Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, John Rhys-Davies
Roles Carroll "Toddy" Todd
Rating75% 3.7969953.7969953.7969953.7969953.796995
Set in 1934 Paris, the film opens with Richard Di Nardo, a young hustler, emerging from the bed of middle-aged Carroll Todd (Robert Preston), aka Toddy; Richard dresses, takes money from Toddy's wallet and leaves Toddy's apartment. Going about his day, Toddy, a performer at Chez Lui in Paris, sees Labisse, the club owner, auditioning a frail, impoverished soprano, Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews). After the audition, Labisse drily writes her off, and she responds by sustaining a pitch to shatter his wine glass using resonant frequency. That night, Richard comes to Chez Lui as part of a straight foursome and Toddy incites a brawl by insulting Richard and the women in his group. Labisse fires Toddy and bans him from the club. Walking home, he spots Victoria dining at a restaurant, and she invites him to join her. As neither of them can pay for the meal, she dumps a cockroach in her salad to avoid paying their check, but it escapes and the whole place breaks out in havoc.
Rehearsal for Murder, 1h36
Directed by David Greene
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Robert Preston, Lynn Redgrave, Patrick Macnee, Lawrence Pressman, David Greene, William Russ
Roles Alex Dennison
Rating68% 3.439633.439633.439633.439633.43963
When his leading lady (and fiancée) Monica Welles (Redgrave) is found dead from an apparent suicide after the opening night of her Broadway stage debut, playwright Alex Dennison (Preston) is left heartbroken. On the first anniversary of her death, he gathers the cast and crew from that ill-fated night in the same Broadway theater, ostensibly to read a new play he is working on, a mystery in which a famous actress is killed. As the reading progresses, the scenes seem to the cast to be uncomfortably close to actual encounters they might have had with Monica. When pressed, Alex finally reveals that he believes that Monica was murdered, and that someone at the theater is her killer.
S.O.B. (1981)
, 2h2
Directed by Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Julie Andrews, William Holden, Robert Vaughn, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, Shelley Winters
Roles Dr. Irving Finegarten
Rating63% 3.196693.196693.196693.196693.19669
The story is a satire of the film industry and Hollywood society. The main character, Felix Farmer, is a phenomenally successful film producer who has just made the first major flop of his career, to the dismay of his movie studio, resulting in the loss of his own sanity. Felix attempts suicide four times:
Semi-Tough (1977)
, 1h48
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Sports films, American football films, Buddy films
Actors Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston, Lotte Lenya, Bert Convy
Roles Big Ed Bookman
Rating58% 2.948452.948452.948452.948452.94845
Wide receiver Marvin "Shake" Tiller and running back Billy Clyde Puckett are football buddies who play for a Miami pro team owned by Big Ed Bookman (Preston). Bookman's daughter Barbara Jane is roommates with both men, and the film depicts a subtle love triangle relationship between Barbara Jane and her two friends. She initially has romantic feelings for Shake, who has become more self-confident after taking self-improvement training from seminar leader Friedrich Bismark. The program is called Bismark Earthwalk Action Training, or B.E.A.T. After Shake completes his course, he and Barbara Jane sleep together and start a relationship. Barbara Jane is not a follower of B.E.A.T., and Shake is warned by his leader Bismark that "mixed marriages don't work.
Mame (1974)
, 2h12
Directed by Gene Saks
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Lucille Ball, Beatrice Arthur, Robert Preston, Bruce Davison, Jane Connell, Joyce Van Patten
Roles Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Rating59% 2.9507152.9507152.9507152.9507152.950715
At the reading of the will of young Patrick Dennis's (Kirby Furlong) father, a trustee, Mr. Babcock (John McGiver), reveals that Patrick is to be left in the care of his aunt, Mame Dennis (Lucille Ball), as well as his nanny, Agnes Gooch (Jane Connell). Taking a train to New York City (Main Title Including St. Bridget), Babcock and the boy arrive at Mame's home, where they walk into a wild party that Mame is giving for a holiday she herself created (It's Today). Patrick asks if he may slide down her banister, then reveals his true identity. Mame introduces the boy to her friends, including a renowned stage actress (and famous lush), Vera Charles (Beatrice Arthur).
Junior Bonner, 1h40
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Bill McKinney, Joe Don Baker
Roles Ace Bonner
Rating66% 3.3445553.3445553.3445553.3445553.344555
Junior "JR" Bonner is a rodeo rider who is slightly "over the hill". Junior is first seen taping up his injuries after an unsuccessful ride on an ornery bull named Sunshine.
Child's Play, 1h40
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors James Mason, Robert Preston, Beau Bridges, Kate Harrington, Jaimie Alexander, Paul O'Keefe
Roles Joseph Dobbs
Rating61% 3.0981753.0981753.0981753.0981753.098175
Paul Reis est un jeune professeur de sport engagé dans un établissement scolaire religieux pour garçons où il fut autrefois un élève. Il retrouve un de ses anciens professeurs, monsieur Dobbs, et fait connaissance avec un autre enseignant, M. Mailley, beaucoup plus froid et étrange, redouté par les écoliers. Très vite, de violents incidents éclatent entre eux et bouleversent le quotidien de l'école. Reis suspecte Mailley d'être à l'origine de leur changement de comportement.
All the Way Home, 1h37
Directed by Alex Segal
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Jean Simmons, Robert Preston, Pat Hingle, Aline MacMahon, Thomas Chalmers, John Cullum
Roles Jay Follet
Rating71% 3.57993.57993.57993.57993.5799
Au début des années 1900 dans le Tennessee, une famille subit la mort accidentelle du père. La veuve et son jeune fils se relèvent douloureusement de ce drame.
Island of Love, 1h41
Directed by Morton DaCosta
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Robert Preston, Tony Randall, Giorgia Moll, Walter Matthau, Michael Constantine, Ollie Johnston
Roles Steve Blair
Rating50% 2.524372.524372.524372.524372.52437
Steve Blair, always on the lookout for a new money-making scheme, spots a stripper of his acquaintance, Cha Cha Miller, at a Greek restaurant in New York, then overhears her gangster boyfriend Tony Dallas say how somebody should make a wholesome movie about Adam and Eve.
How the West Was Won, 2h35
Directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Western
Themes Political films
Actors James Stewart, Carroll Baker, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Carolyn Jones
Roles Roger Morgan
Rating69% 3.4997853.4997853.4997853.4997853.499785
Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) and his family set out west for the frontier via the Erie Canal, the “west” at this time being the Illinois country. On the journey, they meet mountain man Linus Rawlings (James Stewart), who is traveling east to Pittsburgh to trade his furs. He and Zebulon's daughter Eve (Carroll Baker) are attracted to each other, but Linus is not ready to settle down.
The Music Man, 2h31
Directed by Morton DaCosta
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford, Pert Kelton
Roles Harold Hill
Rating76% 3.8468353.8468353.8468353.8468353.846835
In July 1912, a traveling salesman, "Professor" Harold Hill (Robert Preston), arrives in the fictional location of River City, Iowa, intrigued by the challenge of swindling the famously stubborn natives of Iowa ("Iowa Stubborn"). Masquerading as a traveling band instructor, Professor Hill plans to con the citizens of River City into paying him to create a boys' marching band, including instruments, uniforms, and music instruction. Once he has collected the money and the instruments and uniforms have arrived, he will hop the next train out of town, leaving them without their money or a band.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, 2h4
Directed by Delbert Mann
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Robert Preston, Dorothy McGuire, Eve Arden, Angela Lansbury, Shirley Knight, Frank Overton
Roles Rubin Flood
Rating71% 3.5883.5883.5883.5883.588
The drama centers on Rubin Flood, who loses his salesman job. While searching for a new job, he must deal with his wife, Cora, who shuns intimacy and mistakes his joblessness for stinginess, his shy daughter who prepares for her first dance and his pre-teen son who runs to his mother instead of dealing with bullies. He tries to find comfort with a friend, Mavis Pruitt, thus setting off rumors of an untoward relationship.