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J.A. Preston

James Allen Preston Sr. (born November 13, 1932) is an American actor. Preston is best known for his role as Ozzie Cleveland on the NBC primetime television series Hill Street Blues which originally aired from 1981 until 1987. Preston was born November 13 (1932) in Washington, D.C. In addition to his role on Hill Street Blues, Preston is also known for his roles as Leo Daltry in Dallas, Richard Matthews in Santa Barbara, court-martial judge Col. J. A. Randolph, USMC in the 1992 film A Few Good Men, and the minor but important role of a USAF Major General in Air Force One (1997). He was a series regular in the short-lived CBS sitcom All's Fair which ran just one season (1976-77). In it he played an assistant to conservative newspaper columnist Richard Barrington (played by Richard Crenna). Preston also appeared on the NBC television series The A-Team as a judge (Col. Thomas Milo) presiding over a military tribunal convened to try the A-Team. He also appeared in 3 episodes of Martin as Gina’s (Tisha Campbell-Martin) father Dr. Cliff Waters.

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Nov 13, 1932 In Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series All in the Family 1971-01-12
Latest Project:
Movie Black Cop 2022
Known For
Poster of Black Cop
Poster of A Few Good Men
Poster of Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Poster of Body Heat
Movie Black Cop Narrator 2022
Movie Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door Unknown 2011-01-01
Movie Contact Senator 1997-07-11
Series The Sentinel Mel Wilkenson 1996-03-20
Movie Harvest of Fire Sheriff Garrison 1996-04-21
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Man 1994-05-10
Movie The Gifted Jacob (Adult) 1993-01-21
Series seaQuest DSV Charles 1993-09-12
Movie A Few Good Men Judge Randolph 1992-12-11
Movie Captain Ron Magistrate 1992-09-18
Series Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
Movie Steel Justice Jeremiah J. Jones 1992-11-11
Series Law & Order Congressman Ronald Eaton 1990-09-13
Movie The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Wendell Smith 1990-10-15
Movie Narrow Margin Martin Larner 1990-09-21
Movie The George McKenna Story Mr. McKenna 1988-01-12
Series 21 Jump Street Principal George Messiah 1987-04-12
Movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Conn MacCleary 1985-10-11
Series Punky Brewster Unknown 1984-09-16
Series The A-Team Judge 1983-01-23
Series Gimme a Break! Unknown 1981-10-29
Movie Body Heat Oscar Grace 1981-08-28
Movie High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Alonzo 1980-11-15
Movie Real Life Dr. Ted Cleary 1979-03-02
Series Dallas Leo Daltry 1978-04-02
Series Carter Country Unknown 1977-09-15
Movie Two-Minute Warning Policeman 1976-11-12
Movie Silver Streak Waiter (uncredited) 1976-12-03
Series The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Series Good Times Unknown 1974-02-08
Movie The Spook Who Sat by the Door Dawson 1973-09-21
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12