Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Preston Foster (1900-1970) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born in Ocean City, NJ, Preston Foster held a variety of jobs before going to Philadelphia for singing lessons. He was with a couple of opera companies in PA, then married and moved to New York to pursue a stage career. Foster credited Lionel Atwill for boosting him on the path to his Broadway debut in Congratulations in 1929. His earliest film appearances came during this period, a mixed bag of small roles for Paramount at their nearby Astoria studios. Warner Bros. noticed Foster on Broadway in Two Seconds (1931) and brought him out west to reprise his role opposite an electrifying Edward G. Robinson in their 1932 film version. While at Warners Foster appeared in Doctor X (1932), was loaned out to play Killer Mears in The Last Mile (1932), and played a small but key part in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), among other roles, before heading to Fox where he was in a couple of my favorites, The Man Who Dared (1933) and Clara Bow's last movie, Hoopla (1933). Back at Warner Bros. he was in Heat Lightning (1934), then off to Paramount for Wharf Angel (1934), before stopping at MGM for The Band Plays On (1934). Foster then signed with RKO and appeared in some of his most popular films including John Ford's The Informer, top billed in The Last Days of Pompeii, and opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Annie Oakley (all 1935). He served in the Coast Guard during World War II, despite maintaining a heavy film load throughout the war years. Foster was featured in a wide variety of roles in later films including My Friend Flicka (1943), Guadalcanal Diary (1943), The Harvey Girls (1946), The Hunted (1948), I Shot Jesse James (1949), Kansas City Confidential (1952), I, the Jury (1953), and The Time Travelers (1964). Foster began appearing on TV in the 1950s, and even received an Emmy nomination while starring in the series Waterfront, which ran for two seasons, 1954-55. His final film was Chubasco (1967). Foster was survived by his second wife, the former film actress Sheila Darcy, upon his death at age 69.
Birthday: August 24