Mr. Harve Presnell
Modesto native Harve Presnell, a stage and screen actor whose booming baritone graced such Broadway musicals as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Annie,” died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 75. Presnell’s agent Gregg Klein said the actor, also well-known for his role as William H. Macy’s father-in-law in the hit movie “Fargo,” died at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. On Broadway, the Modesto High Class of 1950 graduate played Johnny "Leadville" Brown in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in the early '60s and Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" in the early '80s. In the 1964 film version of “Molly Brown,” Presnell played opposite Debbie Reynolds, who had the title role. According to the Internet Movie Database, he was a 1965 Golden Globe winner -- along with George Segal and Topol – for most promising male newcomer. In 1969, Presnell co-starred with Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin in the film musical “Paint Your Wagon." As Rotten Luck Willie, Presnell's songs included the beautiful “They Call the Wind Maria.”
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I met harv presnell back in the 1970s when i was about13 years old. My older brother robert s. Holman, was in a musical with him, at the music circus, in sacramento ca. He swept me up in his arms and gave me the best hug. I was very happy; to say the least, as i admired his voice and wanted to sing in musicals, like him and my brother. He was so nice as he called me by name, telling me how much he enjoyed working with my brother. Very gracious man and i will never forget the wonderful fragrence he was wearing. A huge thrill in my young musical life!! Rest in peace sir!
Judith Holman - shorter
March 20, 2020
So sorry for the Family's lost...My condolences to the Family's
September 18, 2019
Really enjoyed his rendition of "Mariah" in Paint Your Wagon. RIP.
February 24, 2017
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Godspeed.
Harry Simpson
June 30, 2016
I have always admired this fine gentleman and great talent. Such a shame his musical genius was not used more - would have loved to see a collection of broadway musical songs,etc. Wish there was more information about his life.
Joyce Cusmano
September 1, 2015
a very talented fellow
R I P you hansone man.
Frances Groomes
June 14, 2015
My fondest memory of Harve was his snapdragons he grew. I still have some dried that he gave me one day when I was visiting with Veeva. He was such a character & always full of stories. My other favorite memory of him was his beautiful, rich voice, both speaking & singing. Great guy inside & out!
Debbie Brooks
September 29, 2014
Met Harve and his family at Cloverleaf Aviation , SMO and they were getting tennis shoes before they left. His wife said, " He sounds and walks just like Lee Marvin" Invited me up to the ranch but I never got there liked him a lot easy going and easy to talk to. Thanks for stopping by on the journey of life Harve, made it worthwhile to be here great entertainer and human being.
Nick Sywyk
August 5, 2014
I will never forget meeting Harve Presnell. When he said hello to me at the Pantages in Hollywood I( he was doing Molly Brown) i blurted out " I have been in love with you my entire life", he laughed and gave me a big hug and took a picture with me. I will never forget his talent and his kindness. This world lost a great talent and a very nice person.
Melodie Lees
April 29, 2013
I met Harve on Location in Kissimmee, Fl "Bait Shop"
Movie.....We talked in between Filming...I Told Harve i had watched "Fargo" many times. For "Fargo" has always been my all time favorite & It was a pleasure to take part in the same film as him.....WOW...Harve put his huge hands on my face & Gently Shaking my head back and forth... While saying "Your Alright son" Your Alright" As he stood way above me......Thank you for the Amazing short time i had shared with you. It was a moment i will never forget...."Your Alright Harve" "Your Alright..........
Aaron Delzell
September 30, 2012
I Am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry to say I just found out about his passing.I was one of the hospice ppl that took care of his mother, and partook in her celebration of life. That is how I met Mr. Presnell.He was a kind man with a angelic voice. Once again my deepest sympathies.
Jana Stambaugh
July 31, 2012
In my family, we cherish the memory of Harve Presnell and Debbie Reynolds in the film of MOLLY BROWN. His voice was BEAUTIFUL and the most soothing "lullabye" a person could be exposed to. I miss hs presence gracing the world, but I will never forget him..GOD BLESS him and his family!
Tally Haugen
February 9, 2012
I remember my dad telling my sister and I that Harve Presnell sang opera with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the 1950's. Our dad was concert master of the orchestra then. Then dad played violin in Starlight Opera for many summers at Wegeforth Bowl in Balboa Park, and Harve Presnell was in many of those performances as well. In 1971 I worked at Campus Chuck Wagon Restaurant in San Diego. A very tall man and his wife and 2 young daughters came in. Well the very tall man looked exactly like Harve Presnell.. I was somewhat shy and didn't ask him if he WAS Harve Presnell. Later I asked the owners of Chuck Wagon if Harve Presnell ever came to the restaurant and they said.. Yes.
Darn..I should have asked!
My sister and I went to see Harve Presnell and Debbie Reynolds perform in 'Molly Brown" at the Civic Theater in San Diego in the early 90's. dad was once again playing violin with the show. Our dad asked Harve to autograph our programs..he did.
We still have them...always will.
His voice..his films..will always be with us. And dad feels most proud for having performed opera with Harve. We still talk about it!
I always hoped I'd have a chance to tell Harve someday how much we enjoyed his performances over the years. I used to sing Mariah to my kids and now my grandkids.
We saw Molly Brown on TV the other day..and I realized that we will still have the chance to be a part of his joy..his incredible singing voice, and talents as an actor will always remind us.
M. Morgan San Diego, CA
August 22, 2011
I was fortunate enough to meet and become friends with Harve when he lived for a short time in Parker, Colorado. I was a Lieutenant with the Parker Police Department and would often see Harve walking somewhere on some errand. I would pull over and and give him a lift in my police car. In fact, he and his wonderful wife lived close to me. He and I enjoyed many a cup of coffee in my office at the Police Department and would laugh at our memories of his wonderful film roles. I will truly miss him. God speed Harve...K.L. Mackey Pueblo, Co.
May 16, 2011
Dear Veeva,

I just learned about the loss of your wonderful husband, Harve. I am so sorry. I feel so fortunate to have known him for a short time in Denver (when we were attending Barnes Business College) and remember his warmth and deep love for you. If you would like to keep in touch, my email is [email protected] Please give my sympathy to your family for me.

Susan Bybee
Susan Bybee
January 5, 2011
For Harve...Without you The
Unsinkable Molly Brown would
have lost much of its appeal.


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.

© Joe Fazio
[email protected] /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
April 1, 2010
Just want praise the memory of an artist who bench-marked my life. From 'Carmina Burana', this impressionable 16 year old fell in love with that voice. To 'Paint Your Wagon", he looked as good as he sounded. And for me 'Fargo" capped it, good Lord he can act too! What a man, what a career. Thank you Mr. Harve Presnell, I bet you're singing right now, for all the joy you've given me and mine. Much Love to you and yours.
julie nielsen
March 24, 2010
harve was my dad's half uncle. he was an amazing singer had had such an incredible talent for acting. he will be really missed. i hope everyone knows how amazing he was.
Devin Jensen
March 11, 2010
I got to meet Harve and Raine when they were in Colorado. They were very kind to my daughter. I will never forget the moment on stage when Harve sang "Colorado My Home". The audience went wild. Mr. Presnell will be missed.
Doris Macke
January 31, 2010
My Deepest sympathy to the family of Harve Presnell. iwas fortuneate to meet him in the 90's during his run of the Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Pantages Theatre. An evening iI will never forget, Harve Presnell was so gracious to me when i blurted out that i have loved him all my life. He wrapped me up in a Big Bear Hug and laughed and took a picture with me, I will never forget that evening, I always admired his talent and I will never forget him. And i hope the world knows what a loss his passing is., God Bless You all.
Melodie Tollefson
January 24, 2010
My Deepest condolences to his family. I am a long time admirer of his considerable talent. to this day, listening to his rendition of Mariah gives me chills from its power & depth of feeling

He was a very finely skilled actor as well and will be sorely missed by all.

take care.
Robin J
January 22, 2010
Harve Presnell, enjoy singing and dancing in heaven, my friend. When I was a kid I wanted to sing like you. I went around the house singing, "They called the wind, Mariah." I enjoyed meeting you a few years ago and spending a day with you playing water volleyball. You were amazing! It was difficult to get a ball past you, and you had a killer spike! I enjoyed our hang time, sharing our experiences in the marvelous realm of show biz, and talking about our families. Thank you to your daughter for letting us hang, and thank you for the memories.
Mark Drummond
December 29, 2009
the thing that left an impression on me most, was the love he had for his family. he sincerly, uncompromisingly, whole heartedly, loved and cared for his family. it showed in the kids, they were so content and balanced and shared with others, like the example he gave them. i saw him at a baseball game, he did a rendition of the national anthem that was unlike anything i ever heard before or since. he rythmically spoke it in a tempo and emotion that truly moved everyone. i also saw him in a couple of stage musicals, he had such a resonance and tone to his voice. he was gifted and you could tell, he loved sharing it. he didn't sing to people, he shares his gift w/them. not many people of his caliber come by very often. i feel lucky to have met him and andrea lawrence too. they contributed to the world. thank you harve, for being so perfectly harve. the world is just a little less perfect without you. if i can ever be half the man he was, i will be twice the man i ever expected to be.
December 21, 2009
I was friends with Harve's daughter Stephanie when i lived in Vermont as a ski bum in the late 70's. she was very important to me and changed my life in many ways. her stories of her dad were exceptional. i hope she is well. i know her father will be missed.
Jeffery Osborne
November 2, 2009
I got to know Harve well while he was working with Debbie Reynolds in Denver, Colorado at the Elitch Theatre Company. His daughter Raine appeared in the show, doing a beautiful duet with Harve of "A Love Until the End of Time." Raine & I used to hang out a lot and became good friends. Though we lost touch many years ago, I will always cherish our friendship, and how kind Harve and Viva were to me. Raine, if you see this, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Would love to reconnect as your friend during this tough time. [email protected]
Henry Allen
October 8, 2009
My Dad, Lowell E. Foletta, went to school with Harve in Modesto, CA. My Dad took me to see the musical Annie in Phoenix around 1980, when I was about 5 years old. I do remember it vaguely, but mostly I remember that my Dad took me. It is a very special memory. It was just him and I. I know my Dad was so proud to take me to see a friend of his perform. It was a pleasure to have known him. My Dad wanted to be sure that we sent his family our condolences. Thank you for the wonderful memories, With Love, Lowell E. Foletta & Nadine Foletta Alauria
Lowell Foletta
September 19, 2009
No musical performance continues to touch me as much as Harve Presnell singing They Call the Wind Mariah. He was a great talent that cannot be replaced. My condolences to his family.
B Kehoe
September 16, 2009
Harve was my grandfather. I called him Big Dad. He cared about his more than anything in the whole world, and he was always singing and telling stories, always getting us to laugh. I miss him so much. I guess I'm too old for it now, but I would give anything to be able to sit on his knee and have him sing and call me Rosabella one more time.
Rosie Presnell
September 12, 2009
Sorry to hear of Harve's passing. My wife and I worked with him in the mid 80s in Birmingham, Al. He was alot of fun and a great actor to work with on stage. He will be missed.
hal spencer
August 25, 2009
I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Presnell family. I enjoyed Harve's work and always wanted to meet him. I would still like to know if there is any family relation. He will be greatly missed by all of the Pressnell's in Texas.
Harvey Pressnell
August 22, 2009
My deepest condolences to the Presnell family. I had the pleasure of working with Harve on one of my very first shows in the film business..."Everything that Rises" in Livingston, Montana. He had this warming personality that made me feel more at ease and confident away from home on my first movie. His mere presence would always make me light up. I recall one of the many socials we had throughout the show, there was one where Harve was so adamant that when I got home, I was to sign up for flight lessons. He told me that as soon as I signed up, to tell him and he would fly in and help me get my hours. I can't wait to soar with Harve in the Heavans. God Bless.
B Chow
August 12, 2009
My heart is truly saddened by the passing of this amazing man. I loved him in Molly Brown. Then when I heard he was in Paint Your Wagon well...I was fortunate to be
able to work on the set of PYW and he was by far my favorite person. He would always take the time to stop by and chat..telling me about his family very many times. Later in the 80's we reconnected in Colorado. He even took the time to tutor some of the students at Cleacreek High School in Idaho Springs, Co. They were doing Hello Dolly. Then he came to see the production. My daughter sat next to him in the auditorium and got a personal concert as he sang along with the cast.
He was a man with a big voice and a big heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family that he loved so much. Goodbye 'til we meet again.
R Taylor
July 28, 2009
I was lucky enough to meet Harve when he visited Modesto for the premier of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. I was just 12 and hoping to be a singer of his caliber some day. I was star struck! He was so handsome, but more important, gracious, to everyone.
I too loved him in Fargo, but I recently watched Band of Brothers once again and marvelled at Harve's subtle and dignified portrayal of General Marshall. A wonderful way to his cap his career.
He did Modesto proud! My condolences to the Presnell family. He was a fine artist and human being.
Valleri Churchill Callahan (native Modestan)
Valleri Callahan
July 21, 2009
I remember Harve from my early years at Modesto High School (class of .53) He was a great talent and what a voice! My condolences to the Presnell family. He will be missed by so many.

Fosteen Sergeant
Albuquerque, NM
July 20, 2009
Dear Presnell Family,
Im so sorry for your loss. Stephanie was my camp counselor @ church camp many years ago. I remember her telling me all about Harve. It was very touching. My deepest condolences.
Melissa(missy) Jaggard
July 19, 2009
The first time I heard "that" voice, I wondered who was behind it? Harve Presnell! I made a comment to him that I loved his voice and he should be a radio announcer. He told me he is a singer and an actor and that he has narrated for films. I will miss him but have fond memories of our talks about animals. My sympathy to his wife,Veeva his family and Charlie.
Helen Melillo
July 18, 2009
I always will remember "Paint Your Wagon", the first time I saw Harve perform. I too lost track of him during the years but my ears always perked up at any mention of this talented individual. Greatly missed I'm sure. I wish the family my deepest sympathy
Margo Johnson
Former Modesto resident & Class of D.H.S. 1957
Sandpoint, Idaho
July 17, 2009
Harve was a patient in the dental office I work at part time. His wife
Veeva, and their romance, was beautiful. He always came in holding a dog, chatting with all of us about his work and the plane he flew to his Montana home. He told me that he was a trained singer, before becoming an actor, so I rented the movie (Unsinkable Molly Brown) and ordered the opera cd he suggested I listen to. The cd is somewhere here but I can't find it now...I suggest that his fans search him on iTunes to find it. So missed
Eve Bushman
July 16, 2009
I lost track of Harvey in later years, but my youth is filled with fond memories as we swamped peaches together and later as teens unloading grain cars at the Grange Co. I only got to see him perform live once in Bakersfield and he invited me and my dad (his mothers cousin) back stage. The last time I had any contact with him was when he gave me and my mom a ride in his hopped up Corvett. I remember standing on one side of the car and could clearly see his belt over the roof of the car. Harvey was a big man in so many ways and will be sorely missed. The world has lost a truly great man.
Wayne Mize/Miceli
July 15, 2009
I was introduced to his daughter, who I have always known as Laura. My father was the manager of the Home Lumber Supply in Mammoth Lakes. I never really got to meet him, but I did know his daughter as we did play together and lived just a few houses down the road from each other. I moved from Mammoth Lakes in 1976 to Ohio and have never forgotten my playmate. My sincere condolences to the family at this time of loss.
Loay Nordyke-Turner
July 14, 2009
Mr. Presnell enjoyed a proud moment when his visited Oregon to see his grandson perform as Daddy Warbucks in a sensational elementary school production of Annie. It was a time to treasure and as the principal of Highland Elementary School it was quite an honor to share with Harve and his family. My sympathies to the family on their loss.
Dan Wood
July 14, 2009
Dear family & friends,

This man was such an artist. I am sorry to say that I only saw him play the role of "Mr. Parker". I learned a little more about him by watching interviews with the other actors and producers- that he was a lot of fun, much loved and such a fantastic human being- that alone is a testament to what a great actor he was because Mr. Parker was NOT Mr. Presnell.

My sympathy and prayers are with you,

[email protected]
Steve Cooper
July 14, 2009
my dad use to go to harves dads ranch on tulley road in modesto california . On one day when my dad was there he said carl,I wont be working for my dad anymore Im going to Hollywood. Harve was always singing while he was working my dad use to tell us sorry for your loss
marc soderstrom
July 13, 2009
July 9, 2009
Please accept my prayers for the Presnell family. I hope that your memories will sustain you through this difficult time.
Through his music, Mr. Presnell has been a part of my life for 45 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to have seen him in a stage performance twice. He was very gracious to a couple of teenage girls who met him in Detroit after a performance in Carousel in 1965.
Thank you to the Presnell family for sharing this wonderful spirit with the rest of the world.
Betsy Colvin
July 9, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you. The world has truly lost a shining star. May your memories hold a special place in your hearts as you deal with this very difficult loss.
~lots of love~
Angela Mangen
July 8, 2009
Nobody's dead who's truly been loved.

We'll miss you dearly!
July 7, 2009
Presnel family,
I had the great pleasure to met and have a relationship with your father in my teen years. Although he was large in stature he was a loving gentle and kind man. I used to love the one on one talks we had when I came over to visit. I always felt welcome in his home. I have always admired his great love and respect for your Mom and what a great Dad he was to all his kids.
If I could say one thing to your father it would be thank you and sorry for eating all your food.

Steve Hensler
Steve Hensler
July 7, 2009
I met Harve's daughter, Raine, in 2nd grade. We instantly became lifelong friends. Our families became lifelong friends too. Over the years we've shared so many memories together - vacations, birthdays, weddings. What I remember about Harve was that he was bigger than life. His energy filled the whole room. At the same time, he always made you feel like the party just started because you arrived. He had that wonderful ability to make you feel special. But he was the one that was special. I feel honored to have known him and continue to know his beautiful, talented family.
Kristina Engel
July 7, 2009
I was lucky to know the Presnell family for many years - Harve had a huge impact on my life. Seeing plays backstage, flying to Florida for Annie, many life lessons. He will always be a part of my life.
Kenny Mike Woods
July 7, 2009
Thank you Mr. Presnell for giving me such a wonderful friend in Raine. I will always remember the opportunity you gave me to join Raine backstage at "Annie" and hear you two sing in New York City. You were a wonderful talent and will be greatly missed by many! RIP.
Dana Lasher
July 6, 2009
A noble, warm, and engaging gentleman. It was a true pleasure meeting you, sir! A real star in the very best sense of the word. You made me proud to be an American.
Robert Leonhard
July 6, 2009
I always loved it when I would discover a "Harve sighting" when he was in a movie or tv show that I didn't know he was going to be in. I remember when I saw him in Evan Almighty and called Harve to happily talk to him about my seeing him in the movie. We talked and laughed about it...he always had this wonderful way of making my phone calls to him seem as if they "made his day". It made me feel special - what an amazing human being he was. I will miss him so much.
Jennifer Walker
July 6, 2009
Harve was one of the best friends anyone could ever have, but more importantly, he was one of the best GRANDFATHERS. I was able to be there his last few days and, although it was hard, it was also wonderful. I will ALWAYS remember him whenever I see bourbon, and whenever I hear a belly-laugh. I can almost hear him saying "If I felt any better, I'd be dangerous." Although he will be missed SOOOOOOO much, we are also glad he is in a better place. I love you, Dub!
Isabeau Hickman
July 6, 2009
I was lucky enough to spend time with the Presnell family when they lived here in Mammoth Lakes--one of my happiest memories of Harve was a concert he gave at the then-brand new Mammoth High School. One of the first movie musicals I ever saw was "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," so my whole family was thrilled to have the family as neighbors. I am lucky and blessed to have shared part of life with all of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Anita Hatter
July 6, 2009
My condolences to the Presnell family. I remember Harve vividly while we spent a year in Am. Hist. in Mr. Steele's class at Modesto High. Harve sat behind me. He was a very pleasant and good student.

I enjoyed all the school operettas and music performances. Harve, Bill Dooley and Loretta were such talents. Harve is a 1950 graduate to be remembered as one of our "CELEBRITIES" Such a talent!!
Shirley Starr Jacobs
July 5, 2009
To the Presnell family

He will be missed. He was a great addition to the acting world.
Gone but not forgotten through all his work.

A sad Pretender fan.
Tori Starchild
July 5, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Lee O'Malley
July 5, 2009
To the Presnell family

My sympathies to you on your loss.
We have lost a great talent and a man who seemed to enjoy life. In any interviews I remember seeing of him he seemed to enjoy working where in drama,musicals or comedies...He will be missed.
Luke Randles
July 5, 2009
Goodbye Mr Parker.
You will be sorely missed.
July 5, 2009
I'm sorry for your loss, and for the loss to the acting community and the many fans he touched over his career. I know I enjoyed his performances in everything I've seen him do. He was a great talent and a class act.
Katherine Simson
July 5, 2009
Dear Presnell Family

I have been one of the biggest fans of Harves since I was 12 years old and he was in the Movie Unsinkable Molly Brown with Debbie Reynolds. I fell in love with his voice and his eyes. I would love to be able to tell you a couple of stories but it would take to long. But I did want you to know that no celebrities death has hit me this hard since Elvis died. That should tell you how much I admired him, his voice and his acting. God Bless your family and know he is in no more pain, but up their with the angels with his beautiful voice. God needed another Baritone.

With heart felt sympathy,
Kathi Corey
July 4, 2009
Dear Presnell Family,

i am a big fan of the pretender series and harve was a step above the rest. he was the glue, i believe that held that show together.
And the world has lost a great man. first Michael Jackson, then Farrah Fossets, now Mr.Harve Presnell
i simple would like to say that i know he loved you, and we(pretender fans) everywhere will be praying for your family through. i personally will be thinking and praying for you. I would like it if you could e-mail me back at [email protected] and i will hope to hear from u at a more convinenet time. and again i'm sorry for your loss.

sadenly yours,
mike schneck
michael schneck
July 4, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss! I am a big fan of the Pretender and he stood out above the crowd as Mr. Parker. I am sorry to say that I never saw him other things, but if his performance on the Pretender is any indication, he will be sadly missed in the acting world.
C Deyarmin
July 4, 2009
I loved watching him act. He presented much to his craft with his entire being. In a world where so little is given Harve reached deep within himself and delighted us all. I knew him first through watching the Pretender but then recalled this gifted man in other movies.

He will be deeply missed by many, my condolences to his family and many friends.
P Herbert
July 4, 2009
I shall miss "Mr. Parker" the character Mr. Presnell played with such brilliance and flair on "The Pretender". RIP
Antoinette S
July 4, 2009
You now forever will be among the stars shining as brightly as you did on earth. Rest in Peace.
LaVaughn Powers
July 4, 2009
Too young to have gone - his beautiful speaking voice, intelligence and dry wit will be missed. Though I only got to really watch him as Mr. Parker on THE PRETENDER and in FARGO, I can only say that those performances were so well-rounded and well-done, I can't imagine anyone else in the roles. He made the parts his own. And from the few interviews I saw, he seemed like a really great guy, funny, caring and sharing. My condolences to his family and friends for their loss.
Kelly DeWitt
July 4, 2009
Though my first introduction to Mr. Presnell was through his wonderful character on "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," I will always think of him as the delightful baddie Mr. Parker on "The Pretender." His talent will be missed.
Christy McDougall
July 4, 2009
July 3, 2009
Mischelle {mize,hasley} rico
July 3, 2009
I was saddened to hear that Mr. Presnell had passed away and will think of him everytime I watch an episode of The Pretender. Goodbye Mr. Parker, you were a great villian.
T. Lynch
July 3, 2009
I was greatly saddened to hear the news of Harve Presnell's passing. I loved his role in "The Pretender" and will remember him fondly. To his family and friends I give my deepest condolences.
Anna Lancaster
July 3, 2009
How lucky we are that this tremendous talent has been preserved for the enjoyment of many generations to come. With greatest respect and thanks for a wonderful life shared.
Julie H
July 3, 2009
My heart and thoughts go out the family, this is such a great loss. I first discovered Mr Presnell as Mr Parker on the Pretender and was impressed. I later sought out some of his earlier works and am always delighted when I come across a show in which he appears.
I will never forget the night my husband and I saw him sing and later meet him briefly. He was very kind and patience with our questions re: the Pretender. He will be sorely missed.
Patricia Soranno
July 3, 2009
It was with shock and dismay that I read of Harve's death. Harve and I sat next to each other in the band building at Modesto High. Harve was learning to play the trombone and I was hacking away on the trumpet - a long, long time ago!

Harve shared all of his talants with all of us at Modesto High, especially those of us in the class of 1950.

We will all miss Harve and express our deepest condolences to all of his family.
Bill Oates
July 3, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Presnell's death. He was all that an actor should be on screen. I wish I knew him as a person because I've never heard or read anything negative about him. I knew of him first by watching The Pretender and then learned of his older works and watched them on dvds.

He will be missed by many.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Rusty Bliss
July 3, 2009
July 2, 2009
Mr Presnell, {I will address this letter as though I know you can see & hear it as I don't believe people's spirits die, only their bodies]
You were an EXCELLENT actor as the characters you played, you made them you're own, so very real & genuine, like Parker's father in The Pretender'
I hope you can see & know how much you're talent was loved & appreciated by so many~ No one can replace you & you'll be sorely missed~
Christine Lamb
July 2, 2009
With love and respect, I have admired Mr. Presnell for years. My mum and her sisters attended Modesto High with Mr. Presnell and I remember my mother remembering those days in the fifties and having fond memories and pride that Mr. Presnell was from this area.

I, in fact, attended a showing that Mr. Presnell was involved in at the Central Catholic gym when I was in high school.

To Mr. Presnell, thank you for the very fond memories and the love and admiration you showed your home-town citizens.

You will be missed.

Blessings, Syndi Ibarra McLeland
July 2, 2009
I grew up hearing his voice in some of my favorite musicals, and seeing his face on some of my favorite tv shows. His presence in this world will be greatly missed.
Tracy Cummins
July 2, 2009
Mr. Presnell was a great inspiration at Modesto High when I was going there. He will be greatly missed.
Jim Cearley, class of 1962
July 2, 2009
Our hearts break. Our love to all of you. Harve and Veeva have been wonderful friends and neighbors. Harve, we will miss you dearly.

Fred and Anita
Anita Paoli
July 2, 2009
Not just a wonderful actor and singer, but a lovely human being. I'm so glad I got to spend at least one evening listening to him tell his stories about Hollywood and Broadway. Hugs to all his family and especially to his beautiful daughter Raine. I'm so grateful to him for bringing her into this world so that she could bless my life and the lives of my family.
Suzanne Leonhard
July 2, 2009
I had the honor to work with Harve on The Pretender for 3 years...Not only was he a talented actor, opera singer, and pilot, to name a few of his MANY talents, but he was also a decent and kind human being...That being said, there was always something deliciously naughty about Harve...I had a terrible crush on him and will miss his presence in the world. He was a big man with an even bigger heart...We'll miss you...

Gretchen Dalton
July 2, 2009

Dearest Nan,

Rick and I are so sorry to hear about your uncle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

All of our Love,

Jo and Rick Jones, Diamond Springs, Ca
July 2, 2009
You will be greatly missed as will your talents onscreen and in Broadway. I never saw anything from your younger days, to me you will always be Mr Parker on the Pretender. You ar a talentd actor and will be dearly missed. My love to your family, RIP.
K Lake
July 2, 2009
I remember watching Mr. Presnell with my family in musicals and then found him lately in a show called the Pretender. I enjoyed how he could say so much with just a look. He took acting to a level that involved every part of his being. His facial reactions, his posture and of course his voice.

He will be missed by many, his acting was enjoyed by generations of people - both young and old it spanned musicals to drama and touched us all.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends, my it comfort you to know your loss is shared by so many.
Bucky LaFontaine
July 1, 2009
Harve Presnell brought much joy into the hearts of so many people by his acting. Many of us first learned of us name by the Pretender show, and made a point of watching his older works and were amazed at how varied and accomplished he was as an actor.

He has a large family out here, that will always have a fond place in their hearts for all that he has accomplished and the enjoyment he brought.

Our thoughts and fondest wishes are with his family.

He will be missed.
Night Owl
July 1, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. For myself, I will always remember Mr. Presnell as the young man in "Molly Brown", with a voice that was a show stopper. He will be greatly missed.
R. Mack
July 1, 2009
HARVE WE LOVE/LOVED YOU. Condolences to your family. I remember when your Sister married my neighbor on Pearl Steet.
Harve, thanks for all the great performances you gave us at Modesto High School, and to the world afterwards. I always liked seeing you and getting to talk about your Movie and Broadway rolls, and about flying when we ran into one another at the local airports. I will never forget you, and Buck for the rest of my life. You and him are right up there with Lucas as Modesto natives. Our Modesto High friends, Chester, Buck, and now you are gone, may you all R.I.P.
Mel B. Echelberger
July 1, 2009
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