Harve Presnell



Place of birth:

Modesto, California, USA:


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.

Film Credits

Love Ranch (2010)
as Dr. Smathers
Evan Almighty (2007)
as Congressman Burrows
The Pretender: Island of the Haunted (2002)
as Mr. Parker
Mr. Deeds (2002)
as Preston Blake
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001)
as Joe Kennedy
Escanaba in da Moonlight (2001)
as Albert Soady
The Pretender 2001 (2001)
as Mr. Parker
Walking Across Egypt (1999)
as Finner
Patch Adams (1998)
as Dean Anderson
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
as General Marshall
Everything That Rises (1998)
as Garth
Julian Po (1997)
as Mayor Henry Leech
Face/Off (1997)
as Victor Lazarro
Tidal Wave: No Escape (1997)
as Stanley Schiff
Larger than Life (1996)
as Trowbridge Bowers
The Chamber (1996)
as Attorney General Roxburgh
The Whole Wide World (1996)
as Dr. Howard
Fargo (1996)
as Wade Gustafson
Blood Bath (1976)
as Peter Brown
Paint Your Wagon (1969)
as Rotten Luck Willie
When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965)
as Danny Churchill
The Glory Guys (1965)
as Sol Rogers
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
as Johnny Brown