(June 8, 1918 – March 21, 1987)
Preston was an American stage and film actor. He was born Robert Preston Meservey in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of Ruth L. (née Rea) and Frank Wesley Meservey, a garment worker and billing clerk for American Express. After attending Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, California, he studied acting at the Pasadena Community Playhouse.
He would later serve in the United States Army Air Forces as an intelligence officer with the U.S. 9th Air Force during World War II.
In 1940, he married actress Catherine Craig, to whom he remained married until his death.
He received an Oscar nomination for his triumphant portrayal of a witty, gay entertainer in ¿Víctor o Victoria? (1982). He died in 1987 from lung cancer, after a career that took him from modest supporting lead to national treasure.