Preston Foster

Preston Foster

Preston Foster in First Lady (1937)
Born (1900-08-24)August 24, 1900
Pitman, New Jersey, U.S.
Died July 14, 1970(1970-07-14) (aged 69)
La Jolla, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1929–1967
Spouse(s) Gertrude Warren (1926–1945; divorced); 1 child
Sheila Darcy (1946–1970; his death)

Preston Foster (August 24, 1900 July 14, 1970), sometimes credited as Preston S. Foster, was an American stage and film actor. He also had a career as a vocalist.

Foster entered films in 1929 after acting on Broadway. He was still appearing on Broadway as late as November 1931, in the cast of the play Two Seconds. He soon reprised that role in a filmed version. His most notable films include Doctor X (1932), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Annie Oakley (1935), The Last Days of Pompeii (1935), The Informer (1935), and My Friend Flicka (1943).[1]

While serving with the United States Coast Guard during World War II, he rose to the rank of captain, temporary reserve. He eventually held the honorary rank of commodore.[2]

Foster enjoyed a secondary career as a vocalist. In 1948, he created a trio consisting of himself, his wife, Sheila and guitarist Gene Leis. Leis arranged the songs and the trio performed on radio and in clubs, appearing with Orrin Tucker, Peggy Ann Garner and Rita Hayworth.

He starred in the television drama Waterfront (1954–1955), playing Captain John Herrick. He guest-starred in the ABC drama series Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly.[1]


On July 25, 1943, Foster co-starred with Ellen Drew in "China Bridge," a presentation of Silver Theater on CBS radio.[3]


Foster was married to his first wife, stage actress Gertrude Warren, from 1926 until their 1945 divorce. They had one daughter, Stephanie. He was married to his second wife, actress Sheila Darcy, from 1946 until his death.[1]


Preston Foster has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Partial filmography


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