A very old, bearded man who appeared on the late night talk show LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN/NBC/1993-2009. Oldie’s character was so frail looking that almost anything he did was funny to watch.
He appeared in numerous comedy spots (from 1994-1998) playing such roles as a high school street tough, a rock singer, a vampire, the world’s oldest baseball player, and an erotic Pilgrim.
William Preston, who played Carl “Oldy” Olson, was an established stage and film actor. Among his many movie roles, he played John, the bum, from The Fisher King (1991), a blacksmith in Far and Away (1992), and the flask mourner in Family Business (1989). He later appeared in Waterworld (1995), Reckless (1995), Blue in the Face (1995), and The Crucible (1996).
Born on August 26, 1921 in Columbia, Pennsylvania, William Preston (Carl “Oldy” Olson) died at the age of 76 on July 10, 1998 in New York City, New York.