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Robert Preston

Highest Rated:   100% How the West Was Won (1963)
Lowest Rated:   29% Mame (1974)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
76% 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
96% Victor Victoria
  • Carole "Toddy" Todd
1982
90% S.O.B.
  • Dr. Irving Finegarten
$14.9M 1981
No Score Yet Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Mr. Stranger
1980
No Score Yet The Chisholms
  • Actor
1979
88% Semi-Tough
  • Big Ed Bookman
1977
No Score Yet My Father's House
  • Actor
1975
29% Mame
  • Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
1974
89% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet Whispering Smith
  • Murray Sinclair
1948
No Score Yet Blood on the Moon
  • Tate Riling
1948
No Score Yet Wild Harvest
  • Jim Davis
1947
No Score Yet 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
83% Wake Island
  • Joe Doyle
1942
93% This Gun for Hire
  • Det. Michael Crane
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Dan Cutler
1942
100% Beau Geste
  • Digby Geste
1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific
  • Dick Allen
1939

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