Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 14-09-1933
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Modesto, California, USA
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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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Harve Presnell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.




Year Movie Character
1975 Blood Bath as Peter Brown
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Johnny Brown
1965 The Glory Guys as Sol Rogers
1965 When the Boys Meet the Girls as Danny Churchill
2001 Escanaba in da Moonlight as Albert Soady
1996 Fargo as Wade Gustafson
1996 The Whole Wide World as Dr. Howard
1998 Everything That Rises as Garth
2002 Super Sucker as Winslow Schnaebelt
1969 Paint Your Wagon as "Rotten Luck Willie"
1997 Tidal Wave: No Escape as Stanley Schiff
2001 The Pretender 2001 as Mr. Parker
2001 The Pretender: Island of the Haunted as Mr. Parker
1997 Julian Po as Mayor Henry Leech
1999 Walking Across Egypt as Finner
1973 The Great Man's Whiskers as Ballad Singer
1998 Patch Adams as Dean Anderson
1997 Face/Off as Victor Lazarro
2001 Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot as Joe Kennedy
1996 Larger than Life as Trowbridge Bowers
2002 Mr. Deeds as Preston Blake
1996 The Chamber as Attorney General Roxburgh
2007 Evan Almighty as Congressman Burrows
2000 The Family Man as Big Ed
2010 Love Ranch as Dr. Smathers
1985 That's Dancing!
1998 Saving Private Ryan as General Marshall

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