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Robert Preston

Robert Preston

Birthdate: June 8, 1918

Deathdate: March 21, 1987

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Preston (June 8, 1918 – March 21, 1987) was an American stage and film actor. Description above from the Wikipedia article Robert Preston (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia. ...detailed bio


The Last Starfighter (1984)

Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) is a teenager living in a trailer park with his mother (Barbara Bosson) and little brother, Louis Rogan (Chris Hebert). While working as the park's handyman and dreaming of going to college, Alex's sole activity is playing Starfighter, an arcade game where the player defe...

Rehearsal for Murder (1982)

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 one-year anniversary of her death, he gathers the cast and crew from that ill-fat...

Victor Victoria (1982)

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, see...

S.O.B. (1981)

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 flop of his career, to the dismay of his movie studio and the loss of his own sanity. Felix attempts suicide four times: He at...

Semi-Tough (1977)

Wide receiver Marvin "Shake" Tiller and running back Billy Clyde Puckett are football buddies who play for a Miami team owned by Big Ed Bookman. 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 fr...

Mame (1974)

At the reading of the will of young Patrick Dennis's (Kirby Furlong) late father by a trustee, Mr. Babcock (John McGiver), it is revealed 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). The two take a train to New Y...

Junior Bonner (1972)

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. He returns home to Prescott, Arizona for the Independence Day parade and rodeo. When he arrives, the Bonner family home is ...

Child's Play (1972)

The film centers on the rivalry between two faculty members at St. Charles, an exclusive Roman Catholic boarding school for boys. Joe Dobbs is an easy-going, well-liked English teacher, while Latin and Greek instructor Jerome Malley is feared and hated by his students. Malley is caring for his dy...

All the Way Home (1963)

All the Way Home is a 1963 drama film about a young boy and his mother dealing with the sudden death of his father. It stars Jean Simmons, Robert Preston, and Pat Hingle, with the boy being portrayed by Michael Kearney. It was based on the 1957 James Agee novel A Death in the Family and the 1960 ...

How the West Was Won (1962)

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The Music Man (1962)

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 t...

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)

Robert Preston plays the flip side of his eternally ebullient Professor Harold Hill in Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Preston portrays an early 20th-century harness salesman, fully aware that his product is rapidly becoming obsolete. He tries to compensate for his own lack of self-esteem by cheat...

The Last Frontier (1955)

Trapper Jed Cooper (Victor Mature) and his two best friends Gus (James Whitmore) and Mungo (Pat Hogan) are relieved of their possessions by some unfriendly Indians, so they seek shelter at a nearby army fort, commanded by Captain Riordan (Guy Madison). The captain recruits the three men as scouts...

My Outlaw Brother (1952)

Danny O'Moore, an Irish lad from New York, has not seen big brother Patrick for eight years. Patrick is said to now own a silver mine in Mexico and sends welcome money to his family in America. In the town of Border City, Texas, a bandit known as "El Tigre" blows up and robs a bank. El Tigre is a...

Cloudburst (1951)

Cloudburst is a 1951 British drama film, directed by Francis Searle, starring Robert Preston and featuring Elizabeth Sellars, Harold Lang, Colin Tapley and Sheila Burrell. The script is based on a play written by Leo Marks, a wartime cryptographer for the Special Operations Executive, and later t...

The Sundowners (1950)

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The Lady Gambles (1949)

When his estranged wife Joan is found badly beaten after using loaded dice in a back-alley game, David Boothe looks back on how she came to this sorry state. A reporter from Chicago, he had been on an assignment at Hoover Dam, so he and his wife stayed at a hotel in Las Vegas. There the casino's ...

Tulsa (1949)

The plot revolved around the Tulsa, Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s and detailed how obsession with accumulating wealth and power can tend to corrupt moral character. The story begins with the death of rancher Nelse Lansing, who is killed by an oil well blowout while visiting a well operated by Ta...

Whispering Smith (1948)

The bad Barton boys—Blake, Leroy and Gabby—rob a train and shoot a guard. Luke Smith, known as "Whispering" to some for his quiet, sly ways, is a detective for the railroad, sent to investigate. Murray Sinclair, an old friend of Smith's, is in charge of the railroad's wrecking crew. He's glad to ...

Blood on the Moon (1948)

Drifter cowboy Jim Garry receives a job offer by mail from smooth-talking Tate Riling. Garry rides into an Indian reservation and finds himself in the middle of a feud between cattle ranchers and homesteaders. Garry doesn't realize that his new boss Riling is a criminal. Riling intends to swindle...