preston Robert PRESTON | Robert Preston Meservey
* 08.06.1918, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA † 21.03.1987, Montecito, California, USA

1934 sammelt erste Bühnenerfahrungen als Mitglied einer Shakespeare-Truppe * arbeitet zwei Jahre lang am Pasadena Community Playhouse (Idiot's Delight, 1938) * erhält Filmvertrag bei Paramount * 1938 erste Kinorolle in King of Alcatraz - bis 1942 spielt Hauptrollen (als Western- oder Abenteuerheld) in B-Pictures oder second leads in A-Pictures * 1942-46 Kriegsdienst bei U.S. Air Force * 1948 (unzufrieden mit den angebotenen Rollen) löst seinen Vertrag bei Paramount auf * seit Anfang der 50er Jahre tritt wieder am Theater auf und etabliert sich in wenigen Jahren als führender Bühnenstar (Twentieth Century, 1951; The Male Animal, 1952/53; The Magic and the Loss, 1954; The Tender Trap, 1954/55; Janus, 1955/56 | "Robert Preston was much less well known as a movie actor /.../ than as a Broadway star" The Great Movie Stars: The International Years) * ab 1951 übernimmt Gastrollen in verschiedenen TV-Produktionen/Serien * feiert einen überwältigenden Bühnenerfolg (Tony Award) als Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man (1957-61) - 1961 spielt den Part auch in der Verfilmung * 1963-1968 arbeitet erneut am Broadway (Too True to Be Good, 1963; Titelpart in Ben Franklin in Paris, 1964/65; Tony Award für I Do! I Do!, 1966-68) * seit 1975 wirkt in Fernsehfilmen mit (My Father's House; Serie The Chisholms/Der lange Treck, 1979/80; letzte Filmrolle in Outrage!, 1985)
FILMS

# King of Alcatraz (1938-USA * Robert Florey ... Robert MacArthur) 56/68m
# Illegal Traffic (1938-USA * Louis King ... Charles Bent Martin)
# Disbarred (1938-USA * Robert Florey ... Bradley Kent) 58m
# Union Pacific (Union Pacific, 1938/39-USA * Cecil B. DeMille ... Dick Allen)
# Beau Geste (Drei Fremdenlegionäre, 1939-USA * William A. Wellman ... Digby Geste)
# Typhoon (Die Hölle der Südsee, 1940-USA * Louis King ... Johnny Potter)
# North West Mounted Police (Die scharlachroten Reiter, 1940-USA * Cecil B. DeMille ... Constable Ronnie Logan)
# Moon over Burma (1940-USA * Louis King ... Chuck Lane)
# The Lady from Cheyenne (1941-USA * Frank Lloyd ... Steve)
# Parachute Battalion (1941-USA * Leslie Goodwins ... Donald Morse)
# New York Town (1941-USA * Charles Vidor ... Paul Bryson, Jr)
# (The) Night of January 16th (1941-USA * William Clemens ... Steve Van Ruyle)
# Pacific Blackout (1941-USA * Ralph Murphy ... Martha O'Driscoll)
# Reap the Wild Wind (Piraten im Karibischen Meer, 1941-USA * Cecil B. DeMille ... Dan Cutler)
# This Gun for Hire (Die Narbenhand, 1941/42-USA * Frank Tuttle ... Lt. Michael Crane)
# Wake Island (1942-USA * John Farrow ... Joe Doyle)
# Night Plane from Chungking (1942-USA * Ralph Murphy ... Capt. Nick Stanton)
# The Macomber Affair (Affäre Macomber, 1946-USA * Zoltan Korda ... Francis Macomber)
# Wild Harvest (Rauhe Ernte, 1946/47-USA * Tay Garnett ... Jim Davis)*
# Variety Girl (1947-USA * George Marshall ... er selbst)
# Big City (1948-USA * Norman Taurog ... Reverend Philip Y. Andrews)
# Blood on the Moon (Nacht in der Prärie, 1948-USA; R: Robert Wise, B: Lillie Hayward; Harold Shumate, Luke Short, K: Nicholas Musuraca, M: Roy Webb, D: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, RP-Tate Riling) 88/95m-Westerndrama (Roman von Luke Short)
# Whispering Smith (Der Todesverächter, 1948-USA * Leslie Fenton ... Murray Sinclair)
# Tulsa (Tulsa, 1948-USA * Stuart Heisler ... Brad Brady)
# The Lady Gambles (Spielfieber, 1948/49-USA; R: Michael Gordon, B: Roy Huggins; Halsted Welles, K: Russell Metty, M: Frank Skinner, D: Barbara Stanwyck, RP-David Boothe) 98m-Psychodrama
# The Sundowners (Zweikampf bei Sonnenuntergang, 1949-USA * George Templeton ... Kid Wichita)
# My Outlaw Brother (Der Arm des Bösen, 1950-USA * Elliott Nugent ... Joe Walter)
# Best of the Badmen (Der Rächer, 1950-USA * William D. Russell ... Matthew Fowler)°
# When I Grow Up (1951-USA * Michael Kanin ... Vater Reed)
# Cloudburst (Cloudburst, 1951-GB * Francis Searle ... John Graham)
# Face to Face (1952-USA * Bretaigne Windust ... Sheriff Jack Potter)* Episode(nfilm): The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
# The Last Frontier (Draußen wartet der Tod, 1955-USA * Anthony Mann ... Colonel Frank Marston) (Roman von Richard Emery Roberts) (5512)
# The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Das Dunkel am Ende der Treppe, 1960-USA * Delbert Mann ... Rubin Flood)
# The Music Man (Music Man, 1961-USA * Morton Da Costa ... Harold Hill)
# How the West Was Won (Das war der Wilde Westen, 1961-USA; R: John Ford, George Marshall, Henry Hathaway, B: James R. Webb, K: William H. Daniels, Milton Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle, M: Alfred Newman, D: Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, RP-Roger Morgan, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne, Richard Widmark) 155m-Episodenwestern
# Island of Love (1963-USA * Morton Da Costa ... Steve Blair)*
# All the Way Home (Ein Schmetterling flog auf, 1963-USA * Alex Segal ... Jay Follet)
# Junior Bonner (Junior Bonner, 1971-USA * Sam Peckinpah ... Ace Bonner)
# Child's Play (1972-USA * Sidney Lumet ... Joseph Dobbs)
# Mame (Mame, 1973-USA * Gene Saks ... Beauregard Burnside)
# Semi-Tough (Zwei ausgebuffte Profis, 1977-USA * Michael Ritchie ... Big Ed Bookman) (Roman von Dan Jenkins) (7711)
# S.O.B. (Hollywoods letzter Heuler - S.O.B., 1981-USA * Blake Edwards ... Dr. Irving Finegarten)
# Victor Victoria (Victor/Victoria, 1981-GB/USA * Blake Edwards ... Toddy) (03-?; 8203)
# The Last Starfighter (Starfight, 1984-USA * Nick Castle ... Centauri)

AWARDS
> National Board of Review Award für Victor/Victoria (bester Nebendarsteller, 1982)
> Career Achievement Award [Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1982]
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