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Also Known As: Died: March 21, 1987
Born: June 8, 1918 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Outrage! (1986) as Dennis Riordan
A father takes justice into his own hands after his daughter has been raped and murdered, and her assailant has gone unpunished through a technicality in the law. The trial of the avenging father creates wide public attention, and puts the state's judicial system on trial.
Finnegan Begin Again (1985) as Mike Finnegan
A schoolteacher in her early 40s, involved in a dead-end love affair with a married mortician, drifts into a relationship with an aging newspaperman now working the lonely hearts desk, whose wife is on the edge of senility. A joyous romantic comedy played with flair by the two leads. Mary Tyler Moor
Last Starfighter, The (1984) as Centauri
An alien scalawag who recruits a young video game expert into a real live-or-die battle in outer space.
September Gun (1983) as Ben Sunday
Light-hearted Western teams an aging hired gunfighter and a determined Catholic nun in an effort to find sanctuary for a group of unwanted Apache children -- and they find the perfect spot: the town saloon that had been converted from the wooden frame church that used to stand there.
Victor/Victoria (1982) as Carroll Todd--
An unemployed female singer poses as a female impersonator and becomes a star.
Rehearsal For Murder (1982) as Alex Dennison
On the eve of her marriage to successful playwright Robert Preston, film star Lynn Redgrave, who had just made her New York stage debut, is found dead. Rejecting an official verdict of suicide, Preston arranges an on-stage reunion of all involved in his play to trap a suspected murderer. "Cold Readi
S.O.B. (1981) as Irving Finegarten
A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production.
Semi-Tough (1977) as Ed Bookman
Two football players both love the boss'''' daughter.
My Father's House (1975) as Tom Lindholm Sr
A drama about a heart attack patient, a busy, highly paid executive who reflects upon his happy childhood and the way he was brought up in a simpler age. Although playing father and son, Preston and Robertson, sharing star billing, never appear together in this film.
Mame (1974) as Beauregard
A wealthy eccentric takes in her orphaned nephew.
Child's Play (1972) as Joseph Dobbs
There is an outbreak of violent behavior at the exclusive Catholic boarding school for boys, where Joe Dobbs is a popular English instructor and Jerome Malley is a widely-disliked Latin and Greek teacher. When Malley begins to receive threatening notes and phone calls, he assumes that Dobbs is the c
Junior Bonner (1972) as Ace Bonner
An aging rodeo rider tries to deal with his dysfunctional family.
Island of Love (1963) as Steve Blair
A con artist scams a gangster into financing his movie.
How the West Was Won (1963) as Roger Morgan
Three generations of pioneers take part in the forging of the American West.
All the Way Home (1963) as Jay Follet
In the early 1900's Tennessee, a loving family undergoes the shock of the father's sudden, accidental death. The widow and her young son must endure the heartache of life following the tragedy, but slowly rise up from the ashes to face the hope of renewed life.
The Music Man (1962) as Harold Hill
A con artist hawks musical instruments and band uniforms to small-town America.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960) as Rubin Flood
Changing times create sexual tensions among members of a small-town family in the ''''20s.
The Last Frontier (1956) as Col. Frank Marston
A backwoodsman signs on as scout for a remote Army fort.
Face to Face (1952) as Marshal Jack Potter
Cloudburst (1952) as John [Graham]
A WWII code breaker tracks down his wife''''s killers.
My Outlaw Brother (1951) as Joe Warder
A ranger tries to pry his brother from the Mexican bandit gang he's joined.
Best of the Badmen (1951) as Matthew Fowler
A band of notorious outlaws help a friend against a corrupt federal agent.
When I Grow Up (1951) as Father Reed
The Sundowners (1950) as Kid Wichita
The Lady Gambles (1949) as David Boothe
When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. This finally breaks up their marriage, but David continues trying to help her.
Tulsa (1949) as Brad "Bronco" Brady
A cattle owner''''s daughter risks everything to drill for oil.
Whispering Smith (1949) as Murray Sinclair
A railroad detective tries to bring in a gang of train robbers and a lost love.
Blood on the Moon (1948) as Tate Riling
A gunslinger hired to drive off a rancher falls in love with the man's daughter.
Big City (1948) as Reverend Phillip Y. Andrews
Three bachelors adopt an orphan, then fight over custody when each falls in love.
Variety Girl (1947) as
Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio.
The Macomber Affair (1947) as Francis Macomber
A wealthy playboy and his wife hire a great white hunter to guide them to the African hunting grounds.
Wild Harvest (1947) as "Bashful" Jim Davis
Joe is the head of an itinerant combine crew, working the harvests against rival crew boss Alperson. Joe's buddy Jim joins the crew with startup money. Farmer's niece Fay falls for Joe. He puts her off. To get back she marries Jim whom she prods into high-grading the grain (skimming off some for private sale). The last payment on Joe's machinery is due just as he discover's what his buddy has been doing.
Night Plane from Chungking (1943) as Capt. Nick Stanton
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943) as Finale
Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players.
Reap the Wild Wind (1942) as Dan Cutler
Two sailors vie for the affections of a southern temptress while fighting off pirates.
Pacific Blackout (1942)
While bombers roar overhead during a practice blackout in a large American West coast city, Robert Draper (Robert Preston), is among the prisoners in a police van. The inventor of a new range finder for anti-aircraft guns, he has been sentenced to death for the murder of his co-worker, John Maine, on the perjured testimony of night club singer Marie Duval (Eva Gabor), despite character evidence given in his favor by John Ronnel (John Merivale). Draper escapes when the van is in an accident and seeks refuge in a park, where he runs into telephone operator Mary Jones (Martha O'Driscoll) who decides to help him. They go to a garage where they cut the chain holding Draper's wrists together, and then to a hotel where they register as brother and sister. Draper telephones Ronnel, sure he is the only man who can establish his innocence. Ronnel, however, anonymously, telephones the police and Draper and Mary barely escape. Draper, knowing that Marie has information that can clear him, goes to the club where she works and finds her murdered.
Wake Island (1942) as Joe Doyle
Marines stationed in the Pacific fight off the Japanese during World War II.
This Gun for Hire (1942) as Michael Crane
A hired killer dodges police while tracking down the enemy agents who tried to frame him.
New York Town (1941) as Paul Bryson, Jr.
Parachute Battalion (1941) as Donald Morse
Army men train for the parachute corps.
The Lady from Cheyenne (1941) as Steve [Lewis]
Fictionalized story of the 1869 adoption of women's suffrage in Wyoming Territory. In the new-founded railroad town of Laraville, Boss Jim Cork hopes to manipulate the sale of town lots to give him control, but Quaker schoolmarm Annie Morgan bags one of the key lots. Cork's lawyer Steve Lewis tries romancing Annie to get the lot back, finding her so overpoweringly liberated she leaves him dizzy. Still, Steve attains his nefarious object...almost...then has cause to deeply regret having aroused the sleeping giant of feminism!
Pacific Blackout (1941) as Robert Draper
Night of January 16th (1941) as Steve Van Ruyle
The story revoles around three people; Tycoon Bjorn Faulkner (Nils Asther), who is being called upon by his board of directors to explain a missing $20,000,000; Kit Lane (Ellen Drew), his secretary who also has a personal interest; and Steve Van Ruyle (Robert Preston), a sailor who has inherited a position on Faulkner's board of directors. Faulkner is (presumably) murdered, and Kit is falsely accused of the murder. Steve assumes the job of clearing her name.
Typhoon (1940) as Johnny Potter
Moon over Burma (1940) as Chuck Lane
Union Pacific (1939) as Dick Allen
A crooked politician tries to stop construction of the first intercontinental railroad.
Disbarred (1939) as Bradley Kent
Beau Geste (1939) as Digby Geste
Three brothers in the French foreign legion fight off murderous Arabs and a sadistic sergeant.
Illegal Traffic (1938) as [Charles] Bent Martin
King of Alcatraz (1938) as Robert MacArthur
A group of prisoners break out of Alcatraz and hijack a passenger ship.

Art Director (feature film)

Devil Ship (1947) as Art Director
Captain Biff Brown (Richard Lane) owns a boat used to ferry prisoners from the mainland to Alcatraz. The police find some escape tools on his boat and, although Brown isn't involved, his contract is terminated and he goes back to tuna fishing. Brown takes his friend Sanderson (William Bishop) to his boarding house and introduces him to his sweetheart Madge Harris (Louise Campbell) and Sanderson also falls in love with her. A gang headed by Red Mason (Damian O'Flynn) and trying to escape the country bribe Brown's engineer, Venatti (Anthony Caruso), and are hiding on the boat the next time Brown and Sanderson take it out. They take over the boat but a storm is approaching...

Cast (special)

Night of 100 Stars II, The (1985)
A star-studded sequel to "The Night of 100 Stars." A celebrity benefit for the Actors Fund of America, featuring music, songs, dances and comedy. Three hundred and eight stars participated in a seven-hour marathon that was edited to three hours for television.
38th Annual Tony Awards, The (1984) as Host
A live presentation of the 1984 Antoinette Perry (or "Tony") Awards honoring outstanding achievement in the Broadway theater.
Circus of the Stars (1983) as Ringmaster
Another installment of an irregular series of specials in which show business personalities perform circus acts.
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Pink Panther Thanksgiving Gala (1982)
An all-star spectacular celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Pink Panther films with comedy skits and film clips.
Happy Endings (1975)
Four comical views of contemporary American life.
Bells of St. Mary's, The (1959) as Father O'Malley
The story of a group of nuns at the convent of St. Mary's and their efforts to convince a millionaire to help pay for the repairs to their poorly capitalized and decaying parochial school.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Chisholms, The (1979) as Hadley Chisholm
The sprawling saga of a close-knit pioneer family's hazardous trek from their home in Virginia to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and ultimately California. The subsequent brief series "killed off" Robert Preston in the opening segment.

Cast (short)

Sentinels in the Air (1956)
This short film salutes the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the role they play in the nation''''s effort to keep the people safe.

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