Parachute Battalion

Robert Preston

b.6/08/1919 Highlands, MA

Father was a professional minor league baseball player in Los Angeles Robert drops out of high school and enrolls as student and actor at the Pasadena Playhouse World War II: S-2 Intelligence Officer in the 386th Bomb Group as crewman in Martin B-26 bombers with the 9th Air Force of the United States Army Air Force Resumed career in acting after the war securing leading roles on Broadway including Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” Discovered by producer from Paramount Studios while performing in play Tony Award Best Actor “The Music Man” 1957 Tony Award Best Actor “I do I do” 1986 Academy Award nomination Best Supporting Actor “Victor Victoria” 1982 First cinematic movie: “King of Alcatraz” 1938


King of Alcatraz, Union Pacific, Over Burma, Parachute Battalion, Pacific Blackout, This Gun for Hire, Wake Island, Blood on the Moon, Night Plane from Chung King, The Macomber Affair, Sundowners, The Last Frontier, The Music Man, How the West Was Won, Child’s Play, Mame, Victor Victoria, The Last Starfighter