Robert Preston

Robert Preston

Highest Rated: 100% Blood on the Moon (1948)

Lowest Rated: 33% Mame (1974)

Birthday: Jun 8, 1918

Birthplace: Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA

A vital, virile, exciting Broadway performer, Preston was once called, "the best American actor -- with a voice like golden thunder," by Richard Burton. He decided to become an actor at age 15. After studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, he became a steady, dependable performer in Hollywood films from the late '30s. Preston became well-known after Cecil B. De Mille cast him as Barbara Stanwyck's gambler husband in Union Pacific (1939). He was almost strictly a second-lead actor for 20 years, finally breaking through to lead roles after becoming a star on Broadway. For his Broadway performance (his first in a musical) as ebullient con-artist Harold Hill in The Music Man he won a Tony Award; he repeated the role in the screen version (1962) and it became the work for which he is best known. Preston went on to earn another Tony Award for his performance in the 1966 musical I Do! I Do!, opposite Mary Martin. Another outstanding performance was as Julie Andrews' gay friend Toddie in Blake Edwards' Victor/Victoria (1982), a performance which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Going Hollywood: The 30s Actor 2006
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures Actor 2003
No Score Yet Outrage! Dennis Riordan 1986
74% The Last Starfighter Centauri 1984
No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again Mike Finnegan 1984
No Score Yet September Gun Actor 1983
No Score Yet Rehearsal for Murder Alex Dennison 1982
97% Victor Victoria Carole "Toddy" Todd 1982
82% S.O.B. Dr. Irving Finegarten $14.9M 1981
No Score Yet Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Mr. Stranger Stranger 1980
No Score Yet The Chisholms Actor 1979
89% Semi-Tough Big Ed Bookman 1977
No Score Yet My Father's House Actor 1975
33% Mame Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside 1974
92% Junior Bonner Ace Bonner 1972
No Score Yet Child's Play Joseph Dobbs 1972
No Score Yet All the Way Home Jay Follett 1963
No Score Yet Island of Love Steve Blair 1963
86% How the West Was Won Roger Morgan 1963
94% The Music Man Prof. Harold Hill 1962
No Score Yet The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Rubin Flood 1960
No Score Yet The Last Frontier Col. Frank Marston 1955
No Score Yet Cloudburst John Graham 1951
No Score Yet My Outlaw Brother Joe Waldner 1951
No Score Yet Best of the Badmen Matthew Fowler 1951
No Score Yet The Sundowners James Cloud ('Kid Wichita') 1950
No Score Yet Tulsa Brad Brady 1949
No Score Yet The Lady Gambles David Boothe 1949
83% Whispering Smith Murray Sinclair 1948
100% Blood on the Moon Tate Riling 1948
No Score Yet Wild Harvest Jim Davis 1947
86% The Macomber Affair (The Great White Hunter) Francis Macomber 1947
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
No Score Yet Wings Up! Actor 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Guest 1942
86% Wake Island Joe Doyle 1942
93% This Gun for Hire Det. Michael Crane 1942
80% Reap the Wild Wind Dan Cutler 1942
No Score Yet Moon over Burma Chuck Lane 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Ronnie Logan 1940
100% Beau Geste Digby Geste 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Dick Allen 1939

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Playhouse 90
Zachary Meredith

QUOTES FROM Robert Preston CHARACTERS

Harold Hill says: We got trouble! (Oh, we got trouble!) Right here in River City! (Right here in River City!) With a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for pool! (That stands for pool!)

Harold Hill says: We got trouble! Right here in River City! With a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for pool!

Centauri says: [voice in video game] Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.

Zaneeta Shinn says: It's indecent to meet boys at the footbridge!

Tommy Djilas says: he answers Zaneeta: First thing after supper?

Winthrop Paroo says: she answers Tommy: All right! Ye Gods!

Harold Hill says: Mothers of River City, heed that warning before it's too late! Watch for the telltale signs of corruption! The minute your son leaves the house, does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee? Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime-novel hidden in the corncrib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang? Are certain words creeping into his conversation? Words like "swell" and "so's your old man"? If so my friends, ya got trouble!

Harold Hill says: Mothers of River City, heed that warning before it's too late! Watch for the telltale signs of corruption! The minute your son leaves the house, does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee? Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime-novel hidden in the corncrib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang? Are certain words creeping into his conversation? Words like 'swell' and "so's your old man"? If so my friends, ya got trouble!

Winthrop Paroo says: No, thank you, AMARYLLITH! (Winthrop had an embarressing lisp)

Winthrop Paroo says: No, thank you, AMARYLLITH! [Winthrop had an embarressing lisp]

Harold Hill says: Ladies and gentlemen, either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community!

Marcellus Washburn says: Well, ain't no call for a boys' band in this town. Anything these Iowa people don't have already, they do without.

Tommy Djilas says: Mayor Shinn, your honor, your daughter and I have been going steady behind your back.

Tommy Djilas says: Mayor Shinn, your honor, your daughter and I have been going steady behind your back.

Harold Hill says: Oh, my dear little librarian. You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.

Mrs. Paroo says: It's a well-known principle that if you keep the flint in one drawer and the steel in the other, you'll never strike much of a fire.

Marcellus Washburn says: I heard you was in steam automobiles. (to Harold Hill)

Harold Hill says: answers: I was... till someone actually 'invented' one!

Harold Hill says: "Brooklyn"? Marce, this isn't even *Dubuque*!

Harold Hill says: 'Brooklyn'? Marce, this isn't even *Dubuque*!

Harold Hill says: A man can't turn tail and run just because a little personal risk is involved. What did Shakespeare say? "Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500"?

Harold Hill says: A man can't turn tail and run just because a little personal risk is involved. What did Shakespeare say? 'Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500'?

Mayor Shinn says: It's as clear as a buttonhook in the well water!

Mayor Shinn says: You watch your phraseology!

Mrs. Paroo says: When a woman's got a husband, and you've got none, why should she take advice from you? Even if you can quote Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other high-falutin' Greeks.

Mrs. Paroo says: I know all about your standards and if you don't mind my sayin' so there's not a man alive who could hope to measure up to that blend of Paul Bunyan, Saint Pat, and Noah Webster you've concocted for yourself out of your Irish imagination, your Iowa stubbornness, and your li'berry full of books!

Harold Hill says: The sadder but wiser girl for me.

Harold Hill says: Think, boys. THINK! (Harold uses the Think System to teach music)

Harold Hill says: Think, boys. THINK! [Harold uses the Think System to teach music]

Mayor Shinn says: Its fine if you want to go around in your drawers all day (the horrid heat).

Mayor Shinn says: Its fine if you want to go around in your drawers all day. [the horrid heat]

Harold Hill says: I always think there's a band kid.