Robert Preston Overview:

Legendary actor, Robert Preston, was born Robert Preston Meservey on Jun 8, 1918 in Newton Highlands, MA. Preston died at the age of 68 on Mar 21, 1987 in Montecito, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

MINI BIO:

Handsome, dark, often mustachioed, solidly-built American actor, much confused with Preston Foster in his earlier days, when he was with Paramount for 12 useful years without quite becoming a big star, getting the girl in B features, and losing her in As. He always looked about 35, and still did when he returned to films in triumph in the sixties after phenomenal musical success as star of Broadway's The Music Man. Married to actress Catherine Craig (Kay Feltus 1918-) from 1940. Died from lung cancer. Oscar nominee for Victor/Victoria.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Preston was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1982Best Supporting ActorVictor/Victoria (1982)ToddyNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

The Music Man (1962): 76 Trombones and

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 6, 2021 From 4 Star Films

In my youth, always struck me as a Hollywood superstar because he so lithely and unequivocally commands the center of this grand production. There is no movie without him, and he pretty much captures the imagination of the audience. As I’ve grown older, logged more movies, it al... Read full article


the Epic Oscar Snub of in "Victor Victoria"

By FlickChick on Feb 25, 2016 From A Person in the Dark

Entertainment-wise, there are just some things I can't see to get over. For example, Lucy and Desi's divorce. Growing up with Lucy and Ricky, I mean Desi, they seemed a lock to be in love forever. Ricky said "I Love Lucy," right? And we all knew Ricky and Desi were one. Until his death I ke... Read full article


Catherine Mary Stewart Talks with the Caf? About Her Cult Film Classics, Dernzies, and a Kiss from

By Rick29 on Jan 27, 2014 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Since her film debut in 1980, Catherine Mary Stewart has thrived in film, television, and on stage. She starred in three bona fide cult classics from the 1980s: Night of the Comet, The Last Starfighter, and Weekend at Bernie's. She has guest starred in television series such as White Collar, Knight ... Read full article


'Til Death Do Us Part ~ Catherine Craig and

By Google profile on Jun 24, 2012 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. Catherine Craig and Married 46 years Thank you to Laura from Laura's Miscellaneous Musings for suggesting this couple to me! Catherine Craig played the bride Juli... Read full article


I WENT TO SEE A DOUBLE FEATURE AND FELL IN LOVE WITH .

By FlickChick on Mar 30, 2012 From A Person in the Dark

Ye Gods! I went to see Natalie Wood and fell in love with . Oh, it was an adolescent crush, to be sure, but it just won't go away! Remember double features? In the world of the less-than-5 minute attention span and no time for anything, it was perfectly normal to go to the movies on... Read full article


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Robert Preston Quotes:

Rubin Flood: Oh, you always got a excuse. But the plain fact is, a lot of time goes by without our making love. Cora, this is a marriage!
Cora Flood: There are other things in marriage.
Rubin Flood: Yeah, but the part I'm talking about is natural! It's normal and it's necessary! God planned it that way, and ain't nobody come up with anything better since Adam and Eve!


Rubin Flood: [To Lottie after he overhears her prejudice comments towards Catholics] Hogwash! Malarky! Horse manure! Woman you oughta get yourself a broom and ride over the housetops! You oughta buy yourself a sheet and poke two holes in it and go around setting fires! Or better still, get yourself a big piece of tape and put it over your mouth because you're too ignorant to live! Lottie sometimes I'm ashamed to be related to you even by marriage!


David Boothe: [to Joan standing atop the Hoover Dam] They tell me there's never been a single suicide off here, yet back in Chicago they drop off those high buildings like flies.


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

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

Cousin of Emmerson Denney, Producer/Personal Manager.

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