Preston Foster


Actor
Preston Foster

About

Also Known As
Preston S. Foster
Birth Place
Ocean City, New Jersey, USA
Born
August 24, 1900
Died
July 14, 1970
Cause of Death
Cardiac Arrest

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" ...

Family & Companions

Sheilah Darcy
Wife
Actor. Second wife; survived him.

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."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Chubasco (1968)
Nick
You've Got To Be Smart (1967)
D. O. Griggs
The Time Travelers (1964)
Dr. Erik von Steiner
Advance to the Rear (1964)
General
The Man From Galveston (1963)
Judge Homer Black
Destination 60,000 (1957)
Col. Editor Buckley
Law and Order (1953)
Kurt Durling
I, the Jury (1953)
Capt. Pat Chambers
The Marshal's Daughter (1953)
Montana Territory (1952)
Sheriff Henry Plummer
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Tim Foster
The Big Gusher (1951)
Hank Mason
Tomahawk (1951)
Col. Carrington
Three Desperate Men (1951)
Tom Denton
The Big Night (1951)
Andy La Main
The Tougher They Come (1950)
Joe McKinley
The Big Cat (1949)
Tom [Eggers]
I Shot Jesse James (1949)
[John] Kelley
The Hunted (1948)
Johnny Saxon
Thunderhoof (1948)
Scotty Mason
King of the Wild Horses (1947)
Dave Taggert
Ramrod (1947)
Frank Ivey
Strange Triangle (1946)
Sam Crane
Inside Job (1946)
Bart Madden
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Judge Sam Purvis
Tangier (1946)
Col. Jose Artiego
Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)
Rob McLaughlin
Twice Blessed (1945)
Jeff Turner
The Valley of Decision (1945)
Jim Brennan
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Himself
Bermuda Mystery (1944)
Steven Carromond
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)
Roger Touhy
My Friend Flicka (1943)
Rob McLaughlin
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Father Donnelly
Thunder Birds (1942)
Steve Britt
Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942)
Michael Steele
Night in New Orleans (1942)
Steve Abbott
Secret Agent of Japan (1942)
Roy Bonnell
American Empire (1942)
Paxton Bryce
A Gentleman After Dark (1942)
[Capt.] Tom Gaynor
Unfinished Business (1941)
Steve Duncan
The Round Up (1941)
Greg Lane
Geronimo (1940)
Captain Bill Starrett
Moon over Burma (1940)
Bill Gordon
20,000 Men a Year (1939)
Jim Howell
The Last Warning (1939)
Bill Crane
Cafe Hostess (1939)
Dan Walters
Society Smugglers (1939)
[Richard] "Sully" [Sullivan]
News Is Made at Night (1939)
Steve Drum
Chasing Danger (1939)
Steve Mitchell
Missing Evidence (1939)
Bill Collins
Army Girl (1938)
[Captain] Dike Conger
Up the River (1938)
Chipper Morgan
The Lady in the Morgue (1938)
Bill Crane
Everybody's Doing It (1938)
Bruce Keene
Double Danger (1938)
Robert Crane, also known as "The Gentleman"
Submarine Patrol (1938)
Lieut. J. C. Drake
The Storm (1938)
[Jack] Stacey
The Plough and the Stars (1937)
Jack Clitheroe
First Lady (1937)
Stephen Wayne
Sea Devils (1937)
Mike O'Shay
You Can't Beat Love (1937)
James Ellsworth Hughes
We Who Are About to Die (1937)
Steven Mathews
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937)
John Oakhurst
The Westland Case (1937)
Bill Crane
Love Before Breakfast (1936)
Scott Miller
Muss 'Em Up (1936)
Tippecanoe "Tip" O'Neil
Strangers All (1935)
Murray Carter
Annie Oakley (1935)
Toby Walker
We're Only Human (1935)
Detective Sergeant Pete McCaffrey
The People's Enemy (1935)
Vince [M.] Falcone
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
Marcus
The Arizonian (1935)
Tex Randolph
The Informer (1935)
Dan Gallagher
Baby Take a Bow (1934)
The Band Plays On (1934)
[Howard] Howdy [Hardy]
Sleepers East (1934)
Jason Everett
Wharf Angel (1934)
Como [Murphy]
Heat Lightning (1934)
George [also known as Jerry]
Corruption (1933)
Tim Butler
Sensation Hunters (1933)
Tom Baylor
Hoop-la (1933)
Nifty [Miller]
Devil's Mate (1933)
Inspector O'Brien
The Man Who Dared: An Imaginative Biography (1933)
Jan Novak
Dangerous Crossroads (1933)
Hinton
Ladies They Talk About (1933)
David Slade
Elmer the Great (1933)
[Dave] Walker
The Man Who Dared (1933)
Life Begins (1932)
Dr. Brett
The All American (1932)
Steve Kelly
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Pete
Two Seconds (1932)
Bud Clark
Doctor X (1932)
Dr. Wells
You Said a Mouthful (1932)
Editor Dover
The Last Mile (1932)
[Killer John] Mears--cell 4
Heads Up (1930)
Blake
Follow the Leader (1930)
Two-Gun Terry

Music (Feature Film)

The Express (2008)
Song
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Composer
Meet the Parents (2000)
Song

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Last Innocent Man (1987)
Art Assistant

Cast (Short)

The 42nd. Street Special (1933)
Himself

Life Events

Photo Collections

Sea Devils - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from RKO's Sea Devils (1937), starring Victor McLaglen, Ida Lupino, and Preston Foster. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Sea Devils - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from RKO's Sea Devils (1937). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Last Days Of Pompeii, The - Greatest Man In Judea Once virtuous blacksmith turned gladiator turned horse and slave trader Marcus (Preston Foster), still devoted to his adopted son (David Holt), pursuing a prophesy that the greatest man in Judea would come to their aid, visits Pontius Pilate (Basil Rathbone, just introduced, in an atypical hairdo), in The Last Days Of Pompeii, 1935.
Last Days Of Pompeii, The (1935) - In Caesar's Name! SPOILER except the title suggests Vesuvius will erupt, more special effects are deployed as Marcus (Preston Foster) chooses his wounded Christian son (John Wood) over his Roman prefect master (Louis Calhern) and his troops, in the disaster epic from RKO’s King Kong team (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack), The Last Days Of Pompeii, 1935.
Last Days Of Pompeii, The (1935) - The Physical Setting Of This Picture Make no mistake about your epic scale, as producer Merian C. Cooper and director Ernest B. Schoedsack (of King Kong fame, two years earlier) bank their hefty set and special effects costs, with an unusual prologue attributing the story, and we meet Lucius and Gaius (Marc Loebell, Frank Conroy), opening The Last Days Of Pompeii, 1935.
Last Days Of Pompeii, The (1935) - Just About What The Job Is Worth We’ve established the city of Pompeii, in what must be the early years Anno Domini, when gladiator wrangler Cleon (William V. Mong) needs an assist from top-billed Preston Foster (introduced here as blacksmith Marcus), Gloria Shea his wife, and Frank Conroy as interested nobleman Gaius, early in RKO’s The Last Days Of Pompeii, 1935.
Big Night, The (1951) - Make A Wish Downtrodden from the opening frame, still-teenaged John Barrymore Jr. as Georgie, bullied then consoled by bartender Flanagan (Howland Chamberlin) and his dad, Preston Foster, in The Big Night, 1951, screenplay by director Joseph Losey and Stanley Ellin, from his novel, with uncredited contributions from Ring Lardner Jr. and Hugo Butler.
I Shot Jesse James (1949) - The Tragic Corner First-time writer-director Sam Fuller is efficient introducing actress Cynthy (Barbara Britton), manager Harry (J. Edward Bromberg), prospector Kelley (Preston Foster) and their relations with Ford (John Ireland) in I Shot Jesse James, 1949.
You Said A Mouthful (1932) - The Sharks Won't Like The Flavor Nearing the end, Joe E. Brown, a nerd non-swimmer, mistaken for a Canadian champ, thinking he’s wearing the unsinkable swimsuit he invented, with sidekick Farina, desperate to impress Ginger Rogers as heiress Alice, getting ready for the big race from Catalina Island, Preston Foster his rival Ed, in You Said A Mouthful, 1932.
Hunted, The (1948) - Why Else Do Guys Drink? Having just helped his now-paroled ex-girlfriend, whom he sent to jail, and who maintains her innocence, find a new job, cop Johnny (Preston Foster) drops in on barkeep Joe (George Chandler), who remembers the case, in The Hunted, 1948, from director Jack Bernhard and writer Steve Fisher.
Hunted, The (1948) - This Case Had A Queer Twist Cracking opening, from the last frame of credits, cop Johnny (Preston Foster) at a Los Angeles bus station, tracking (we’ll learn) Belita as paroled Laura, then meeting with ladies’ parole officer Miss Turner (Edna Holland), in The Hunted, 1948, from Allied Artists and director Jack Bernhard.
Hunted, The (1948) - Lovely, But Still A Liar Still inquiring about his ex-girlfriend, for whom he’s just found a job, after she spent four years in prison, for a crime she claims she didn’t commit, and for which he sent her up, cop Johnny (Preston Foster) visits her lawyer Rand (Pierre Watkin), who, like him, she once swore to kill, in The Hunted, 1948.
Hunted, The (1948) - I Want You To Meet Someone Warming to his ex-girlfriend Laura (Belita) who’s been paroled for several weeks now, after serving four years for the robbery conviction for which he busted her, and which she never admitted-to, cop Johnny (Preston Foster) at the beach, and checking one last possible witness, an ex-con (Larry Blake), in The Hunted, 1948.
Hunted, The (1948) - Laura Mead The only Olympic quality ice skating performance in any legit Film Noir, one-time United Kingdom skater Belita as recently paroled “Laura Mead” on a Los Angeles rink between periods at a hockey game, Preston Foster as cop Johnny Saxon, her erstwhile boyfriend, in director Jack Bernhard’s The Hunted, 1948, from Steve Fisher’s story and screenplay.

Companions

Sheilah Darcy
Wife
Actor. Second wife; survived him.

Bibliography