Preston, Robert, 1913-1987.

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American actor. Born Robert Preston Meservey on June 8, 1918 in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, Preston is best known for his portrayal of the charismatic con man "Professor" Harold Hill in The Music Man, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1958. He later reprised his role for the 1962 film adaptation. Preston won a second Tony Award for I Do! I Do! starring opposite Mary Martin from 1966 to 1967, in a musical which explores one couple's fifty years of married life. In 1982, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as "Toddy," a gay nightclub entertainer, in Victor/Victoria (1982). He died on March 21, 1987, in Santa Barbara, California.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1930s-1980s. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 731667575

Born Robert Preston Meservey on June 8, 1918 in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, Preston is best known for his portrayal of the charismatic con man Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1958. He later reprised his role for the 1962 film adaptation. Preston won a second Tony Award for I Do! I Do! starring opposite Mary Martin from 1966 to 1967, in a musical which explores one couple's fifty years of married life. In 1982, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Toddy, a gay nightclub entertainer, in Victor/Victoria (1982). He died on March 21, 1987, in Santa Barbara, California.

From the guide to the Preston, Robert mss., ca. 1930s-1980s, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

American actor; b. Robert Preston Meservey.

From the description of Robert Preston collection, 1920-1991. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70960123

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creatorOf Preston, Robert, 1913-1987. Robert Preston collection, 1920-1991. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Preston, Robert mss., ca. 1930s-1980s Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Preston, Robert, 1913-1987. Papers, ca. 1930s-1980s. Indiana University
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correspondedWith Bacall, Lauren, 1924- person
correspondedWith Bailey, Pearl person
correspondedWith Bellamy, Ralph, 1904-1991 person
correspondedWith Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977 person
correspondedWith Douglas, Kirk, 1916- person
correspondedWith Garson, Greer, 1904-1996 person
correspondedWith Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993 person
correspondedWith Gleason, Jackie, 1916-1987 person
correspondedWith Hart, Moss, 1904-1961 person
correspondedWith Hayman, Joe person
correspondedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
correspondedWith McDowall, Roddy person
correspondedWith Peck, Gregory, 1916-2003 person
correspondedWith Poitier, Sidney person
correspondedWith Reagan, Ronald person
correspondedWith Stanwyck, Barbara, 1907-1990. person
correspondedWith Stevenson, Margot person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
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United States
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Musical theater
Musical films
Motion pictures
Motion picture actors and actresses--Manuscripts
Theater
Acting
Actors--Manuscripts
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Actors--United States
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Birth 1913

Death 1987

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