Preston Foster

Actor, Singer, Wrestler
Preston Foster was a gifted actor and singer best remembered for his highly physical film roles in '40s and '50s combat dramas and westerns. A former member of the Pennsylvania Grand Opera Company, in the 1920s Foster ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1900 in Ocean City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

The Man From Galveston 1963 (Movie)

Judge Homer Black (Actor)

The Time Travelers 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

I, the Jury 1953 (Movie)

Captain Pat Chambers (Actor)

Law and Order 1953 (Movie)

Kurt Durling (Actor)

Face to Face 1952 (Movie)

Sheriff Jack Potter ('The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky') (Actor)

The Big Night 1951 (Movie)

Andy LaMain (Actor)

Tomahawk 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Harvey Girls 1945 (Movie)

Judge Sam Purvis (Actor)

Roger Touhy, Gangster 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Guadalcanal Diary 1942 (Movie)

Father Donnelly (Actor)

Moon Over Burma 1939 (Movie)

Bill Gordon (Actor)

Geronimo 1938 (Movie)

Captain Starrett (Actor)

Army Girl 1937 (Movie)

Capt. Dike Conger (Actor)

Annie Oakley 1934 (Movie)

Toby Walker (Actor)

The Informer 1934 (Movie)

Dan Gallagher (Actor)

Ladies They Talk About 1932 (Movie)

David Slade (Actor)

Doctor X 1931 (Movie)

Professor Wells (Actor)

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang 1931 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

A Gentleman After Dark (Movie)

Tom Gaynor (Actor)

American Empire (Movie)

Paxton Bryce (Actor)

Corruption (Movie)

Tim Butler (Actor)

Elmer the Great (Movie)

Walker (Actor)

First Lady (Movie)

Stephen Wayne (Actor)

His Woman (Movie)

Crewman (Actor)

Hoop-La (Movie)

Nifty (Actor)

I Shot Jesse James (Movie)

John Kelley (Actor)

Kansas City Confidential (Movie)

Timothy Foster (Actor)

Love Before Breakfast (Movie)

Scott Miller (Actor)

Northwest Mounted Police (Movie)

Sgt. Jim Brett (Actor)

Ramrod (Movie)

Frank Ivey (Actor)

Sea Devils (Movie)

Mike O'Shay (Actor)

Secret Agent of Japan (Movie)

Roy Bonnell (Actor)

Sensation Hunters (Movie)

(Actor)

Street of Missing Men (Movie)

Dan Walters (Actor)

Submarine Patrol (Movie)

Lieut. J.G. Drake (Actor)

The Arizonian (Movie)

Tex Randolph (Actor)

The Big Cat (Movie)

Tom Eggers (Actor)

The Last Days of Pompeii (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

The Last Warning (Movie)

Det. Bill Crane (Actor)

The Man Who Dared (Movie)

Jan Novak (Actor)

The Marshal's Daughter (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Movie)

John Oakhurst (Actor)

The Plough and the Stars (Movie)

Jack Clitheroe (Actor)

The Storm (Movie)

Jack Stacey (Actor)

The Westland Case (Movie)

Detective Bill Crane (Actor)

Thunder Birds (Movie)

Steve Britt (Actor)

Two Seconds (Movie)

Bud Clark (Actor)

Valley of Decision (Movie)

Jim Brennan (Actor)

Waterfront (TV Show)

Actor

You Said a Mouthful (Movie)

Edward Dover (Actor)
Music (2)

The Express 2008 (Movie)

("Got My Mo Jo Working") (Song)

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

("Got My Mojo Working") (Song)

Biography

Preston Foster was a gifted actor and singer best remembered for his highly physical film roles in '40s and '50s combat dramas and westerns. A former member of the Pennsylvania Grand Opera Company, in the 1920s Foster took his robust vocal talents to the Broadway stage, landing his first movie roles by late decade. After memorable supporting parts on pre-Code classics such as "Doctor X" (1932) and "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang" (1932), Foster starred as sharpshooter Toby Walker in the 1935 biopic "Annie Oakley," opposite Barbara Stanwyck in the title role. That same year he continued with strong performances in "The Last Days of Pompeii" (as a Roman blacksmith-turned-gladiator) and in director John Ford's Oscar-winning war drama, "The Informer." Although he gained some renown as a singer during the postwar period, Foster, beginning in the mid-'50s, became better known to television audiences as the star of the sea-adventure series "Waterfront" and the short-lived TV Western "Gunslinger."

Relationships

Daughter
survived him

Sheilah Darcy

Wife
second wife survived him

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