Carl “Oldy” Olson

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.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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