Biography

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.

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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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 42

Birthday 1933-09-14

Day of Death 2009-06-30

Place of Birth Modesto, California, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2010 Love Ranch as Dr. Smathers
2007 Evan Almighty as Congressman Burrows
2007 Andy Barker, P.I. (6 episodes)
2005 American Dad! (3 episodes)
2003 The Lyon's Den (1 episode)
2003 Cold Case (1 episode)
2002 The Pretender: Island of the Haunted as Mr. Parker
2002 Monk (1 episode)
2002 Mr. Deeds as Preston Blake
2002 Super Sucker as Winslow Schnaebelt
2001 Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot as Joe Kennedy
2001 Escanaba in da Moonlight as Albert Soady
2001 The Pretender 2001 as Mr. Parker
1999 Walking Across Egypt as Finner
1998 Patch Adams as Dean Anderson
1998 Charmed (1 episode)
1998 Saving Private Ryan as General Marshall
1998 Everything That Rises as Garth
1998 Two Guys and a Girl (1 episode)
1998 Dawson's Creek (9 episodes) as Arthur Brooks
1997 Julian Po as Mayor Henry Leech
1997 Face/Off as Victor Lazarro
1997 The Practice (1 episode)
1997 Tidal Wave: No Escape as Stanley Schiff
1996 Larger than Life as Trowbridge Bowers
1996 The Chamber as Attorney General Roxburgh
1996 The Pretender (86 episodes) as Mr. Parker
1996 The Whole Wide World as Dr. Howard
1996 Nash Bridges (1 episode)
1996 Fargo as Wade Gustafson
1995 Star Trek: Voyager (1 episode) as Colonel Q
1994 ER (1 episode)
1994 Duckman (1 episode)
1993 Frasier (1 episode) as Mike Shaw
1985 That's Dancing!
1976 Blood Bath as Peter Brown
1972 The Julie Andrews Hour (1 episode) as Himself
1969 Paint Your Wagon as Rotten Luck Willie
1965 When the Boys Meet the Girls as Danny Churchill
1965 The Glory Guys as Sol Rogers
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Johnny Brown
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)

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