Biography - A Short Wiki
He played the role of Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man. His Oscar-nominated role as Toddy in Victor Victoria brought him massive fame.
His real name was Robert Preston Meservey, but he was told by movie studios to adopt a stage name.
He quit school at ahe 16 to join a traveling actors’ company.
How did Robert Preston die?
Robert Preston, an American actor best known for his portrayal of a brassy, breezy, fast-talking and warmhearted confidence man from Gary, Ind., Prof. Harold Hill, in ”The Music Man,” died of lung cancer Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 68 years old and lived in Montecito, Calif.
|Cause of death||Lung Cancer|
|Age of death||68 years|
|Birthday||June 8, 1918|
|Death date||March 21, 1987|
|Place of death||Montecito, California, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|
"Acting is all I've ever done, and I've nothing else to make comparisons with when anyone asks me whether I've ever wanted anything else out of life. It's given me enough satisfaction so that I haven't wanted or had to look for anything else."Robert Preston
"I always used to be the villain or the comic butt of some show."Robert Preston
"I've done my best to avoid B pictures."Robert Preston
"Isn't it odd that you have to keep proving you're alive?"Robert Preston
"I played ball for the Hollywood Blues of the Pacific Coast League, and I thought I was going to be a major leaguer. But I was the only one who seemed to think so."Robert Preston