Thursday, July 2, 2009

RIP Harve Presnell

Golden Globe winning actor Harve Presnell died June 30th. The 75 year-old singer and actor of Broadway and films died of pancreatic cancer at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California..

He won a Golden Globe in 1965 for being the industry's Most Promising Newcomer.
Presnell's talents weren't relegated to the big screen. In fact, he will likely be best remembered for his work in the theater. His booming baritone graced such Broadway musicals as 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' and 'Gone With the Wind,' but his biggest role on Broadway came in 'Annie,' which he played Daddy Warbucks in numerous productions.

Television was also kind to the actor, with memorable roles in recent years on 'Dawson's Creek' and the short-lived series 'Andy Barker P.I.'

The actor was born George Harvey Presnell on Sept. 14, 1933, in Modesto, Calif. He went to the University of Southern California on a sports scholarship. After three weeks, the head of the music school heard him sing and offered him the same scholarship for music.

He soon quit school and spent three seasons singing in Europe. And it was in Berlin that Willson, the composer of "Molly Brown," first heard him sing.

PRESNELL, Harve real name George Harvey Presnell
Born: 9/14/1933, Modesto, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/30/2009, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

Harve Presnell’s westerns – actor:
The Unsinkable Molly Brown – 1964 (‘Leadville’ Johnny Brown)
The Glory Guys – 1965 (Sol Rogers)
Paint Your Wagon – 1969 (Rotten Luck Willie)
Everything That Rises (TV) (Garth)

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