Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell


Harve Presnell, who starred in the Broadway and film versions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and was known as an imposing, full-voiced Daddy Warbucks to generations of Annie fans, died June 30, 2009, in Santa Monica, CA. He was 75 and lived in Livingston, MT. Composer Meredith Willson created the part of Johnny "Leadville" Brown in Molly Brown for opera-trained Mr. Presnell after hearing him sing. He starred opposite Tammy Grimes in the show, which opened in 1960, and made a solid impression singing such songs as "Colorado, My Home," "If I Knew" and "I'll Never Say No." He repeated the role in the film version, released in 1964, this time opposite Debbie Reynolds as Molly. He won a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer for his performance. In 1969, he got to sing "They Call the Wind Maria" in the film of Paint Your Wagon. But his film and stage careers stalled soon after.

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  • Born: Oct 14, 1933 in Modesto, CA, USA
  • Death: Jun 30, 2009 in Santa Monica, CA

Roles (2)

Annie Playbill - Feb 1980 Annie (1977)
Opened Apr 21, 1977
  • as Oliver Warbucks (Replacement)
The Unsinkable Molly Brown Playbill - April 1961 The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1960)
Opened Nov 3, 1960
  • as Johnny "Leadville" Brown (Original)