Harve Presnell-Fargo (1996)
Golden Globe-winning actor Harve Presnell died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at an age of 75. He was best known for his role as William H. Macy’s father-in-law in the Coen Brothers’ 1996 hit Fargo, Presnell was also famous on the stage, and worked as Johnny “Leadville” Brown on Broadway in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. In 1965, alongside George Segal and Topol, he won the Golden Globe for “Most Promising Male Newcomer.”
His height, booming voice, and operatic training landed him the role of Johnnie Brown in Meredith Willson’s musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown on stage which premiered on Broadway in 1960. He later reprised the role in the 1964 film version. He appeared as a cavalry scout in The Glory Guys (1965) and sang the stirring “They Call the Wind Maria” in the 1969 film Paint Your Wagon.
Presnell did some other film and television work in the 1960s and early 1970s, but for the next couple of decades concentrated primarily on stage work, playing Rhett Butler in the West End production of Scarlett and touring the United States as Daddy Warbucks in Annie and its sequel, Annie Warbucks, among other productions.
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