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Birth information

8 June 1918 Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

21 March 1987 Montecito, California, USA

Given Name

Robert Preston Meservey

Nickname

Pres
Bob
Preston Meservey

How tall is Robert Preston?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Catherine Craig

Life Story of Robert Preston

American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking classes and appearing in scores of plays alongside such soon-to-be-well-known actors as Dana Andrews, George Reeves, Victor Mature and Don DeFore. Even in the distinguished company of Playhouse veterans like Victor Jory and Samuel S. Hinds, young Preston Meservey--or Pres, as he was always known to intimates--was an acknowledged star in the making. During one play a Paramount scout saw him and he signed a contract with the studio, which renamed him Robert Preston. After several roles in inconsequential films, Preston became a favorite of director Cecil B. DeMille, who cast him in several films but became nevertheless one of the few people Preston actively and publicly disliked. In 1946, after serving in England with the Army Air Corps, Preston married Kay Feltus (aka Catherine Craig), whom he had known in Pasadena. He struggled through numerous unfulfilling roles in the '40s, then...

How much money has Robert Preston earned?

King of Alcatraz (1938) $100 per week

What movies did Robert Preston play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Outrage! (1986) Dennis Riordan, Finnegan Begin Again (1985) Mike Finnegan, The Last Starfighter (1984) Centauri, September Gun (1983) Ben Sunday, Rehearsal for Murder (1982) Alex Dennison, Victor Victoria (1982) Carole "Toddy" Todd, S.O.B. (1981) Dr. Irving Finegarten, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1980) Stranger, The Chisholms (1980) Hadley Chisholm, Semi-Tough (1977) Big Ed Bookman, My Father's House (1975) Tom Lindholm Sr., Happy Endings (1975) Harry, Mame (1974) Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, Child's Play (1972) Joseph Dobbs, Junior Bonner (1972)...

Birth information

8 June 1918 Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

21 March 1987 Montecito, California, USA

Given Name

Robert Preston Meservey

Nickname

Pres
Bob
Preston Meservey

How tall is Robert Preston?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Catherine Craig

Life Story of Robert Preston

American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking classes and appearing in scores of plays alongside such soon-to-be-well-known actors as Dana Andrews, George Reeves, Victor Mature and Don DeFore. Even in the distinguished company of Playhouse veterans like Victor Jory and Samuel S. Hinds, young Preston Meservey--or Pres, as he was always known to intimates--was an acknowledged star in the making. During one play a Paramount scout saw him and he signed a contract with the studio, which renamed him Robert Preston. After several roles in inconsequential films, Preston became a favorite of director Cecil B. DeMille, who cast him in several films but became nevertheless one of the few people Preston actively and publicly disliked. In 1946, after serving in England with the Army Air Corps, Preston married Kay Feltus (aka Catherine Craig), whom he had known in Pasadena. He struggled through numerous unfulfilling roles in the '40s, then...

How much money has Robert Preston earned?

King of Alcatraz (1938) $100 per week

What movies did Robert Preston play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Outrage! (1986) Dennis Riordan, Finnegan Begin Again (1985) Mike Finnegan, The Last Starfighter (1984) Centauri, September Gun (1983) Ben Sunday, Rehearsal for Murder (1982) Alex Dennison, Victor Victoria (1982) Carole "Toddy" Todd, S.O.B. (1981) Dr. Irving Finegarten, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1980) Stranger, The Chisholms (1980) Hadley Chisholm, Semi-Tough (1977) Big Ed Bookman, My Father's House (1975) Tom Lindholm Sr., Happy Endings (1975) Harry, Mame (1974) Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, Child's Play (1972) Joseph Dobbs, Junior Bonner (1972)...

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Robert Preston in Die scharlachroten Reiter (1940)

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Brian Donlevy, Walter Abel, Albert Dekker, and Robert Preston in Wake Island (1942)

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Robert Preston in Das war der wilde Westen (1962)

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Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, and Robert Preston in Affäre Macomber (1947)

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Robert Preston and Loretta Young in The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)

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Ellen Drew and Robert Preston in Night Plane from Chungking (1943)

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Robert Preston in The DuPont Show of the Month (1957)

Before starring in the musical "The Music Man", he had not only never appeared in a musical before, he had never sung a note professionally before.

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Robert Preston in The DuPont Show of the Month (1957)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 708-709. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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Robert Preston in The DuPont Show of the Month (1957)

Cousin of Emmerson Denney, Producer/Personal Manager.

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Sandra Church, Abigail Kellogg, Jo Anna March, etc.

The name of his character in Mame, "Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside" is taken from the names of four Civil War generals - Pierre Goustave Toutant Beauregard, Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, George Pickett (Confederates), and Ambrose Burnside (Union).

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Larry Hagman, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, etc.

Frequently played a "heavy" in his early film roles.

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Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, etc.

During the early 1950s he and his wife Catherine and 16 of their friends maintained an informal acting group called :Eighteen Actors". They were film actors trying to gain theatrical experience with their actress wives. Included were Charles Lane, Dana Andrews, Moroni Olsen, Addison Richards, Victor Jory and Don Porter. Their productions ran four consecutive weekends in a small state-donated building near the Rose Bowl.

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Mary Carlisle and Robert Preston in Illegal Traffic (1938)

Was in three Oscar Best Picture nominees: Wake Island (1942), The Music Man (1962) and How the West Was Won (1962).

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Alan Ladd, William Demarest, and Robert Preston in Der Todesverächter (1948)

Was a lifelong Republican.

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Alan Ladd, John Eldredge, Ethan Laidlaw, etc.

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William Bendix, Don Castle, Robert Preston, and Philip Van Zandt in Wake Island (1942)

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Albert Bassermann, Preston Foster, Dorothy Lamour, etc.

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John O'Leary and Robert Preston in Starfight (1984)

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Jill Clayburgh and Robert Preston in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

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Burt Reynolds and Robert Preston in Zwei ausgebuffte Profis (1977)

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Robert Preston and Colin Tapley in Cloudburst (1951)

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Jean Simmons and Robert Preston in All the Way Home (1963)

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James Mason and Robert Preston in Child's Play (1972)

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Beau Bridges and Robert Preston in Child's Play (1972)

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Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and Robert Preston in Die Narbenhand (1942)

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Dorothy Lamour and Robert Preston in Die Hölle der Südsee (1940)

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Nils Asther, Ellen Drew, and Robert Preston in The Night of January 16th (1941)

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Lloyd Nolan, Gail Patrick, Robert Preston, etc.

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John Drew Barrymore, Robert Preston, etc.

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