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.

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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The Music Man (1962): 76 Trombones and

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the Epic Oscar Snub of in "Victor Victoria"

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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:

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


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!


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Robert Preston Facts
Twice won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical): in 1958, for "The Music Man," a performance he recreated in the film version of the same name, The Music Man (1962); and, in 1967, for "I Do! I Do!". He was also nominated in the same category in 1975 for "Mack and Mabel,: in which he played movie pioneer Mack Sennett.

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).

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