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      Preston Foster

      Preston Foster

      Highest Rated: 100% The Harvey Girls (1946)

      Lowest Rated: 60% The Big Night (1951)

      Birthday: Aug 24, 1900

      Birthplace: Pitman, New Jersey, USA

      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."

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Harvey Girls
      96% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
      89% The Informer
      86% My Friend Flicka
      82% Doctor X
      80% Kansas City Confidential
      78% I Shot Jesse James
      60% The Big Night

      Photos

      ANNIE OAKLEY, Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, 1935 MONTANA TERRITORY, Preston Foster, 1952 MONTANA TERRITORY, Preston Foster, 1952 THUNDER BIRDS, Gene Tierney, Preston Foster, 1942, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright THE BIG NIGHT, Preston Foster, 1951 ANNIE OAKLEY, Preston Foster, Barbara Stanwyck, 1935 THREE DESPERATE MEN, from left: Preston Foster, Virginia Grey, 1951 ANNIE OAKLEY, Preston Foster, Barbara Stanwyck, 1935 AMERICAN EMPIRE, Preston Foster, Frances Gifford, 1942 RAMROD, Preston Foster, 1947 ANNIE OAKLEY, Pert Kelton, Preston Foster, 1935 THE INFORMER, front from left: Joe Sawyer, Victor McLaglen, Preston Foster, 1935 SLEEPERS EAST, from left: Preston Foster, Wynne Gibson, 1934. ©Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright MY FRIEND FLICKA, Preston Foster, 1943. ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright FIRST LADY, Preston Foster, 1937 A GENTLEMAN AFTER DARK, Preston Foster, 1942 THUNDERHEAD, SON OF FLICKA, Rita Johnson, Preston Foster, 1945, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved MY FRIEND FLICKA, Preston Foster, 1943, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, 1936 THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, Preston Foster, 1936

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Henley: Live Inside Job Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chubasco Nick (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 31% The Time Travelers Dr. Erik von Steiner (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Galveston Judge Homer Black (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination: 60,000 Col. Ed Buckley (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 40% I, the Jury Capt. Pat Chambers (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 53% Law and Order Kurt Durling (Character) - 1953
      80% 75% Kansas City Confidential Tim Foster (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Montana Territory Sheriff Henry Plummer (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 11% Tomahawk Col. Carrington (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Desperate Men Tom Denton (Character) - 1951
      60% 42% The Big Night Andy La Main (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bogus Green Brass McGannon (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tougher They Come Joe MacKinley (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 20% The Big Cat Tom Eggers (Character) - 1949
      78% 67% I Shot Jesse James John Kelley (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 44% The Hunted Johnny Saxon (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunderhoof Scotty Mason (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 50% Ramrod Frank Ivey (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King of the Wild Horses Dave Taggert (Character) - 1947
      100% 83% The Harvey Girls Judge Sam Purvis (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Triangle Sam Crane (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside Job Bart Madden (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 81% The Valley of Decision Jim Brennan (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 74% Thunderhead: Son of Flicka Rob McLaughlin (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twice Blessed Jeff Turner (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roger Touhy, Gangster Roger Touhy (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bermuda Mystery Steve Carramond (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 61% Guadalcanal Diary Father Donnelly (Character) - 1943
      86% 80% My Friend Flicka Rob McLaughlin (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Agent of Japan Roy Bonnell (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 33% Thunder Birds Steve Britt (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Empire Paxton Bryce (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Gentleman After Dark Lt. Tom Gaynor (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Tokyo, U.S.A. Michael Steele (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Night in New Orleans Police Lt. Steve Abbott (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Roundup Greg Lane (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unfinished Business Steve Duncan (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Mounted Police Sgt. Jim Brett (Character) - 1940
      60% No Score Yet Moon Over Burma Bill Gordon (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cafe Hostess Dan Walters (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 20,000 Men a Year Jim Howell (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chasing Danger Steve Mitchell (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Society Smugglers Sully (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet News Is Made at Night Steve Drum (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Geronimo Capt. Bill Starrett (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Submarine Patrol Lt. John C. Drake (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Everybody's Doing It Bruce Keene (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Storm Jack Stacey (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Up the River "Chipper" Morgan (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Danger Bob Crane (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady in the Morgue Det. Bill Crane (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sea Devils Michael `'Mike'` O'Shea (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Beat Love James Ellsworth "Jimmy" Hughes (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 29% First Lady Stephen Wayne (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Westland Case Bill Crane (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outcasts of Poker Flat John Oakhurst (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We Who Are About to Die Steven Mathews (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 52% Love Before Breakfast Scott Miller (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 33% The Plough and the Stars Jack Clitheroe (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Muss 'Em Up Tippecanoe "Tip" Foster (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We're Only Human Detective Sergeant Pete 'Mac' McCaffrey (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Night at the Biltmore Bowl Self - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The People's Enemy Vince M. Falcone (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 52% Annie Oakley Toby Walker (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 36% The Last Days of Pompeii Marcus (Character) - 1935
      89% 78% The Informer Dan Gallagher (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arizonian Tex Randolph (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strangers All Murray Carter (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 85% Heat Lightning George (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wharf Angel Como Murphy (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sensation Hunters Unknown (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 60% Ladies They Talk About David "Dave" Slade (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Crossroads Unknown (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 55% Elmer the Great Dave Walker (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 50% Hoopla Nifty Miller (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Dared Jan Novak (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 33% The Last Mile John "Killer" Mears (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Said a Mouthful Ed Dover (Character) - 1932
      96% 91% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Pete (Character) - 1932
      82% 49% Doctor X Dr. Wells (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 70% Two Seconds Bud Clark (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The All-American Steve Kelly (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Life Begins Dr. Brett (Character) - 1932

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Boss Gates (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunslinger Capt. Zachary Wingate (Character) 1961