Robert Preston’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jun 8, 1918

Death Date

Mar 21, 1987

Age of Death

68 years

Cause of Death

Lung Cancer

Place of Death

Mar 21, 1987


Movie Actor

The movie actor Robert Preston died at the age of 68. Here is all you want to know, and more!

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.

He married Catherine Craig in 1940 and they remained together until his death.



“All the media have their own award presentations.” (Robert Preston)


“Acting is all I’ve ever done, and I’ve nothing else to make comparisons with when anyone asks me whether I’ve ever wanted anything else out of life. It’s given me enough satisfaction so that I haven’t wanted or had to look for anything else.” (Robert Preston)


“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.” (Robert Preston)


“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.” (Robert Preston)


“I’ve never been typed. John Wayne played ‘that guy’ all the time – mostly because that’s all he could do. Gable played Gable parts, and Bob Taylor played Bob Taylor parts, whether he was in armor or a full-dress suit. I resisted that.” (Robert Preston)