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Preston Foster (August 24, 1900 – July 14, 1970) was an American stage and film actor, and singer. Foster entered films in 1929 after appearing as a Broadway stage actor. He was appearing in Broadway plays as late as October 1931 when he acted in a play titled Two Seconds starring Edward J. Pawley. Some of his notable films include: Doctor X (1932), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Annie Oakley (1935), The Last Days of Pompeii (also 1935), The Informer (1935) (as the head of the organization), and My Friend Flicka (1943).

He starred on the television drama, Waterfront (1954–1955), playing the role of Captain John Herrick. Foster has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was sometimes credited in movies as Preston S. Foster. His first wife was stage actress Gertrude Warren (1926–1945; divorced). He had one daughter, Stephanie. He was married to his second wife, actress Sheila Darcy, from 1946 until his death.

During World War II while serving with the United States Coast Guard, he rose to the rank of Captain, Temporary Reserve. He eventually held the honorary rank of Commodore in the U.S. Coast Guard.

After the war and before his productive movie career, Foster became a singer of some note. In 1948 Foster created a trio with himself, Gene Leis and Foster’s wife, actress Sheila Darcy. Gene arranged the songs, and they played on radio and in clubs, appearing with Orrin Tucker, Peggy Ann Garner and Rita Hayworth.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Preston Foster, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Preston Foster (August 24, 1900 – July 14, 1970) was an American stage and film actor, and singer. Foster entered films in 1929 after appearing as a Broadway stage actor. He was appearing in Broadway plays as late as October 1931 when he acted in a play titled Two Seconds starring Edward J. Pawley. Some of his notable films include: Doctor X (1932), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Annie Oakley (1935), The Last Days of Pompeii (also 1935), The Informer (1935) (as the head of the organization), and My Friend Flicka (1943).

He starred on the television drama, Waterfront (1954–1955), playing the role of Captain John Herrick. Foster has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was sometimes credited in movies as Preston S. Foster. His first wife was stage actress Gertrude Warren (1926–1945; divorced). He had one daughter, Stephanie. He was married to his second wife, actress Sheila Darcy, from 1946 until his death.

During World War II while serving with the United States Coast Guard, he rose to the rank of Captain, Temporary Reserve. He eventually held the honorary rank of Commodore in the U.S. Coast Guard.

After the war and before his productive movie career, Foster became a singer of some note. In 1948 Foster created a trio with himself, Gene Leis and Foster’s wife, actress Sheila Darcy. Gene arranged the songs, and they played on radio and in clubs, appearing with Orrin Tucker, Peggy Ann Garner and Rita Hayworth.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Preston Foster, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 106

Birthday 1900-08-24

Day of Death 1970-07-14

Place of Birth Pitman, New Jersey, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Preston S. Foster

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Waterfront (81 episodes) as Cap'n John Herrick
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1967 Chubasco as Nick
1964 The Time Travelers as Dr. Erik von Steiner
1963 The Man from Galveston as Judge Homer Black
1962 Going My Way (1 episode)
1961 Target: The Corruptors! (1 episode)
1961 Gunslinger (12 episodes)
1960 Outlaws (1 episode)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1957 Harbor Command (1 episode)
1957 Destination 60,000 as Col. Ed Buckley
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 I, the Jury as Capt. Pat Chambers
1953 The Marshal's Daughter as Preston Foster - Poker-Game Player
1953 Law and Order as Kurt Durling
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Kansas City Confidential as Tim Foster
1952 Montana Territory as Sheriff Henry Plummer
1952 Three Desperate Men as Tom Denton
1951 The Big Night as Andy La Main
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 The Big Gusher as Hank Mason
1951 Tomahawk as Col. Carrington
1950 The Tougher They Come as Joe MacKinley
1949 The Big Cat as Tom Eggers
1949 I Shot Jesse James as John Kelley
1948 Thunderhoof as Scotty Mason
1948 The Hunted as Johnny Saxon
1947 Ramrod as Frank Ivey
1947 King of the Wild Horses as Dave Taggert
1946 Inside Job as Bart Madden
1946 Tangier as Col. Jose Artiego
1946 Strange Triangle as Sam Crane
1946 The Harvey Girls as Judge Sam Purvis
1945 The Valley of Decision as Jim Brennan
1945 Twice Blessed as Jeff Turner
1945 Thunderhead - Son of Flicka as Rob McLaughlin
1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster as Roger Touhy
1944 Bermuda Mystery as Steve Carramond
1943 My Friend Flicka as Rob McLaughlin
1943 Guadalcanal Diary as Father Donnelly
1942 American Empire as Paxton Bryce
1942 Thunder Birds as Steve Britt
1942 Little Tokyo, U.S.A. as Michael Steele
1942 Night in New Orleans as Police Lt. Steve Abbott
1942 A Gentleman After Dark as Tom Gaynor
1942 Secret Agent of Japan as Roy Bonnell
1941 Unfinished Business as Steve Duncan
1941 The Roundup as Greg Lane
1940 North West Mounted Police as Sergeant Jim Brett
1940 Moon Over Burma as Bill Gordon
1940 Cafe Hostess as Dan Walters
1939 Missing Evidence as Bill Collins
1939 Geronimo as Capt. Bill Starrett
1939 20,000 Men a Year as Jim Howell
1939 News Is Made at Night as Steve Drum
1939 Chasing Danger as Steve Mitchell
1939 Society Smugglers as Sully
1939 The Last Warning as Bill Crane
1938 Submarine Patrol as Lt. (j.g.) John C. Drake
1938 The Storm as Jack Stacey
1938 Army Girl as Capt. Dike Conger
1938 The Lady in the Morgue as Det. Bill Crane
1938 Double Danger as Robert Crane
1938 Everybody's Doing It as Bruce Keene
1937 First Lady as Stephen Wayne
1937 The Westland Case as Bill Crane - Private Detective
1937 You Can't Beat Love as James Ellsworth 'Jimmy' Hughes
1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat as John Oakhurst
1937 Sea Devils as Michael 'Mike' O'Shea
1937 We Who Are About to Die as Steven Mathews
1936 The Plough and the Stars as Jack Clitheroe
1936 Love Before Breakfast as Scott Miller
1936 Muss 'em Up as Tip O'Neil
1935 We're Only Human as Det. Sgt. Pete 'Mac' McCaffrey
1935 Annie Oakley as Toby Walker
1935 The Last Days of Pompeii as Marcus
1935 The Arizonian as Tex Randolph
1935 A Night at the Biltmore Bowl as Preston Foster
1935 The Informer as Dan Gallagher
1935 The People's Enemy as Vince M. Falcone
1935 Strangers All as Murray Carter
1934 The Bands Plays On as Howdy Hardy
1934 Wharf Angel as Como Murphy
1934 Heat Lightning as George
1934 Sleepers East as Jason Everett
1933 Hoop-La as Nifty Miller
1933 Sensation Hunters as Tom baylor
1933 The Devil's Mate as Insp. O'Brien
1933 The Man Who Dared as Jan Novak
1933 Corruption as Tim Butler
1933 Elmer, the Great as Walker (as Preston S. Foster)
1933 Ladies They Talk About as David 'Dave' Slade
1933 Just Around the Corner as Tim - Office Worker (uncredited)
1932 You Said a Mouthful as Ed Dover
1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang as Pete
1932 The All-American
1932 Life Begins as Dr. Brett
1932 Doctor X as Dr. Wells
1932 The Last Mile as John 'Killer' Mears, Cell 4
1932 Two Seconds as Bud Clark
1931 His Woman as Crewman
1930 Follow the Leader as Two-Gun Terry
1930 Heads Up as Blake
1929 Nothing But the Truth as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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