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Michael Preston

Michael Preston

British actor
Michael Preston
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro British actor
Is Actor
From United Kingdom
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 14 May 1938, Metropolitan Borough of Hackney
Age: 82 years
The details


Michael Preston (born Jack Davies; 14 May 1938) is an English international film and television actor, and singer, sometimes credited as Mike Preston.

Life and career

Preston was born in Hackney, London, England. He was a boxer and then became a singer. He appeared on Oh Boy! and his third record, "Dirty Old Town" was produced by Joe Meek. He had three Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including reaching #12 with his cover version of "Mr. Blue" in November 1959, before emigrating to Australia where he worked as a nightclub singer. He then became a host on television, and also an actor. He was a regular host on In Melbourne Tonight in 1968. His first ongoing starring role on television was in the long-running police drama series Homicide as Sen. Det. Bob Delaney from 1972 to 1973. He then had a recurring role in the soap opera Bellbird as Fr. John Kramer between 1974 and 1976. He later took a lead role in the prison-based soap opera Punishment (1981) but this series was short-lived. He was a guest celebrity on the game show The Celebrity Game in 1969 and went on to host the revival in 1976-1977.

Preston also acted in films. His first feature film was Surabaya Conspiracy (1969); other film roles included playing Pappagallo in the sequel Mad Max 2 (1981), his best-known role, and Jared-Syn in the science fiction B-movie Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983).

Later he had an ongoing role in Hot Pursuit as Alec Shaw in 1984. He has also starred in many television films and made guest appearances on television series including The A-Team, Max Headroom, Airwolf, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Alien Nation, Ellen and Highlander: The Series.

Selected TV and filmography

  • Surabaya Conspiracy (1969)
  • Barney (1976)
  • The Last of the Knucklemen (1979)
  • Maybe This Time (1980)
  • Mad Max 2 (1981)
  • Duet for Four (1982)
  • Fame (1982) (TV)
  • Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)
  • A Caribbean Mystery (1983) (TV)
  • Blade in Hong Kong (1985) (TV)
  • J.O.E. and the Colonel (1985) (TV)
  • The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1986) (TV)
  • Harry's Hong Kong (1987) (TV)
  • The Long Journey Home (1987) (TV)
  • AIRWOLF episode Blackjack (1987) (TV)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake' (1988) (TV)
  • Exile (1990) (TV)
  • Renegade episode An Uncle in the Business (1995) (TV)
  • Steel (1997)
  • The Getaway (2002)


  • "A House, a Car and a Wedding Ring" / "My Lucky Love" (1958) - (US Singles Chart) No. 93, AUST #18 (Decca)
  • "Why, Why Why" / "Whispering Grass" (1958)
  • "In Surabaya" / "Dirty Old Town" (1959)
  • "Mr. Blue" / "Just Ask Your Heart" (1959) - UK No. 12
  • "Too Old" / "A Girl Like You" (1960)
  • "I'd Do Anything" / "Where Is Love" (1960) - UK No. 23
  • "Togetherness" / "Farewell My Love" (1960) - UK No. 41
  • "Marry Me" / "Girl Without a Heart" (1961) - UK No. 14
  • "Punish Her" / "From the Very First Rose" (1963)
  • "Dear Heart" / "Wonderful, Wonderful World" (1968) AUST #20 (Kent) #34 (Go-Set) (Spin Records)
  • "Christmas Alphabet" (1968) AUST #71 (Kent) (Spin Records)
  • "Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell" (1969) AUST #64 (Kent) (Spin Records)
  • "Why" (1972) AUST #70 (Kent) (Fable Records)

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