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Preston Foster in First Lady (1937)
August 24, 1900|
Pitman, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||July 14, 1970
La Jolla, California, U.S.
|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).
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. Got My Mojo Working is a 1956 song written by Foster and first recorded by Ann Cole, but popularized by Muddy Waters in 1957, whose rendition of the song was featured on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at #359. was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000, and was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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.
Preston Foster has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Two Seconds (1932)
- Doctor X (1932)
- The Last Mile (1932)
- Life Begins (1932)
- I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
- Ladies They Talk About (1933)
- Elmer, the Great (1933)
- Corruption (1933)
- Sensation Hunters (1933)
- Hoop-La (1933)
- Heat Lightning (1934)
- The Arizonian (1935)
- The Informer (1935)
- The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
- Annie Oakley (1935)
- Love Before Breakfast (1936)
- Muss 'Em Up (1936)
- The Plough and the Stars (1936)
- First Lady (1937)
- Sea Devils (1937)
- The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937)
- Army Girl (1938)
- Submarine Patrol (1938)
- Double Danger (1938)
- Up the River (1938)
- North West Mounted Police (1940)
- Secret Agent of Japan (1942)
- A Gentleman After Dark (1942)
- Little Tokyo, U.S.A. (1942)
- Thunder Birds (1942)
- American Empire (1942)
- My Friend Flicka (1943)
- Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
- Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)
- The Valley of Decision (1945)
- Twice Blessed (1945)
- The Harvey Girls (1946)
- Inside Job (1946)
- Strange Triangle (1946)
- Ramrod (1947)
- The Hunted (1948)
- Thunderhoof (1948)
- I Shot Jesse James (1949)
- The Big Cat (1949)
- Tomahawk (1951)
- The Big Night (1951)
- Kansas City Confidential (1952)
- Montana Territory (1952)
- I, the Jury (1953)
- The Time Travelers (1964)
- Preston Foster at the Internet Movie Database
- "Ellen Drew, Preston Foster to Star on Silver Theater". Chicago Tribune. July 25, 1943. p. 4W. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
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