Harve Presnell

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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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MOVIE CREDITS:
1976: Peter Brown - Blood Bath
1964: Johnny Brown - The Unsinkable Molly Brown
1965: Sol Rogers - The Glory Guys
1965: Danny Churchill - When the Boys Meet the Girls
2001: Albert Soady - Escanaba in da Moonlight
1969: Rotten Luck Willie - Paint Your Wagon
1996: Dr. Howard - The Whole Wide World
1998: Garth - Everything That Rises
2002: Winslow Schnaebelt - Super Sucker
1997: Stanley Schiff - Tidal Wave: No Escape
2001: Mr. Parker - The Pretender 2001
2002: Mr. Parker - The Pretender: Island of the Haunted
1996: Wade Gustafson - Fargo
1997: Mayor Henry Leech - Julian Po
1999: Finner - Walking Across Egypt
1998: Dean Anderson - Patch Adams
1997: Victor Lazarro - Face/Off
2001: Joe Kennedy - Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot
1996: Trowbridge Bowers - Larger than Life
2002: Preston Blake - Mr. Deeds
1996: Attorney General Roxburgh - The Chamber
2007: Congressman Burrows - Evan Almighty
2010: Dr. Smathers - Love Ranch
1985: That's Dancing!
1998: General Marshall - Saving Private Ryan

TV CREDITS:
2005: American Dad!
1997: The Practice
2007: Andy Barker, P.I.
1998: Two Guys and a Girl
1996: Nash Bridges
1994: Duckman
2002: Monk
1995: Colonel Q - Star Trek: Voyager
1998: Charmed
2003: Cold Case
1994: ER
2003: The Lyon's Den
1993: Mike Shaw - Frasier
1953: The Academy Awards
1996: Mr. Parker - The Pretender
1998: Arthur Brooks - Dawson's Creek
1972: Himself - The Julie Andrews Hour