Robert Preston – Cause of Death, Date of Death, and More!

Robert Preston died at age 68, respectable. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding movie actor Robert Preston's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

He played the role of Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man. His Oscar-nominated role as Toddy in Victor Victoria brought him massive fame.

His real name was Robert Preston Meservey, but he was told by movie studios to adopt a stage name.

He quit school at ahe 16 to join a traveling actors’ company.

How did Robert Preston die?

Robert Preston's death was caused by lung cancer.

Robert Preston, an American actor best known for his portrayal of a brassy, breezy, fast-talking and warmhearted confidence man from Gary, Ind., Prof. Harold Hill, in ”The Music Man,” died of lung cancer Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 68 years old and lived in Montecito, Calif.

Information about the death of Robert Preston
Cause of deathLung Cancer
Age of death68 years
ProfessionMovie Actor
BirthdayJune 8, 1918
Death dateMarch 21, 1987
Place of deathMontecito, California, United States
Place of burialN/A


"In marriage, someone has to be a giver and someone a taker. I am a taker who married a giver."

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"For a man without hobbies, I stand in a wonderful spot, where what I do is my best hobby, and everything else is a poor second."

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"I played ball for the Hollywood Blues of the Pacific Coast League, and I thought I was going to be a major leaguer. But I was the only one who seemed to think so."

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"The camera lens or the television camera is still just a proscenium arch. And as a great old character actor once said to me, wherever you're acting, you reach up and take hold of the proscenium arch, and you pull it down around your shoulders."

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"I worked as a parking lot attendant for a while and a delivery boy and two or three other things, but none of them seemed just right."

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