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Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell (September 14, 1933 – June 30, 2009) was an American actor and singer. He began his career in the mid 1950s as a classical baritone, singing with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States. His career reoriented away from classical music to musical theatre in 1960 after Meredith Willson cast him in the lead role of his new Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. His portrayal of "Leadville Johnny" was a resounding success and he reprised the role in the 1964 film version of the musical, winning a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal. Presnell went on to star in a few more films during the 1960s, but by the early 1970s that aspect of his career came to a standstill. From 1970 to 1995 he mostly worked as a musical theatre performer on Broadway, the West End, and in touring productions out of New York. In his early 60s, Presnell saw a resurgence in his movie career which lasted until his death. He portrayed character roles in films like Fargo (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and Flags of Our Fathers (2006). He also appeared on television as Mr. Parker in The Pretender and Lew Staziak in Andy Barker, P.I.. He had recurring roles on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Dawson's Creek. Description above from the Wikipedia article Harve Presnell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Sep 14, 1933
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Academy Awards 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie Love Ranch 2010-06-30
Known For
Poster of Tidal Wave: No Escape
Poster of Blood Bath
Poster of When the Boys Meet the Girls
Poster of The Glory Guys
Movie Love Ranch Dr. Smathers 2010-06-30
Series Andy Barker, P.I. 2007-03-15
Movie Evan Almighty Congressman Burrows 2007-06-09
Series American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Series The Lyon's Den Unknown 2003-09-28
Series Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Movie Mr. Deeds Preston Blake 2002-06-28
Series Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Movie The Pretender: Island of the Haunted Mr. Parker 2002-12-28
Movie The Pretender 2001 Mr. Parker 2001-01-22
Movie Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Joe Kennedy 2001-03-04
Movie Escanaba in da Moonlight Albert Soady 2001-01-26
Movie Walking Across Egypt Finner 1999-01-01
Series Two Guys and a Girl Unknown 1998-03-10
Series Dawson's Creek Arthur Brooks 1998-01-20
Movie Saving Private Ryan General Marshall 1998-07-24
Series Charmed Unknown 1998-10-07
Movie Patch Adams Dean Anderson 1998-12-25
Movie Tidal Wave: No Escape Stanley Schiff 1997-01-01
Series The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Movie Julian Po Mayor Henry Leech 1997-09-05
Movie Face/Off Victor Lazarro 1997-06-27
Movie Fargo Wade Gustafson 1996-03-08
Series Nash Bridges Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie The Whole Wide World Dr. Howard 1996-09-08
Movie Larger than Life Trowbridge Bowers 1996-10-31
Movie The Chamber Attorney General Roxburgh 1996-10-11
Series The Pretender Mr. Parker 1996-09-19
Series Star Trek: Voyager Unknown 1995-01-16
Series Duckman Unknown 1994-03-05
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Movie Blood Bath Peter Brown 1976-01-01
Movie Paint Your Wagon Rotten Luck Willie 1969-10-15
Movie The Glory Guys Sol Rogers 1965-07-07
Movie When the Boys Meet the Girls Danny Churchill 1965-10-10
Movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown Johnny Brown 1964-06-11
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18