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DICK FORAN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Dick Foran was born on June 18th, 1910 in Flemington, New Jersey with the birth name John Nicholas Foran to parents, Arthur Foran, a New Jersey senator Elizabeth Foran.  He had five siblings and grew up in New Jersey attending the Hun School which was a college preparatory school.  As a teenager, Foran excelled in sports and also sang in the school choir.  After completing High School he went to study at the Princeton University earning a degree in geology. 
 
Foran then proceeded to study music at the Leibling Studio in New York and had developed an interest in acting while taking some acting classes during college.  He also supported himself by working aboard a freighter and as a special investigator for the Pennsylvania Railroad. 
 
Soon, he decided to relocate to California and pursue a singing career on the radio.  He first became a band leader and soon formed his own orchestra.  Warner Brothers took notice of him and signed him to a contract.
 
He began working on such films as "Change of Heart" (1934), "Moonlight on the Prairie" (1935), "Song of the Saddle" (1936), "Treachery Rides the Range" (1936), "Guns of the Pecos" (1937), "Empty Holsters" (1937) and "Cowboy from Brooklyn" (1938).  He was nicknamed "The Singing Cowboy" and was slightly limited to western films
 
However, as his career progressed to the mid 40's he was given the opportunity to play other types of supporting roles in non westerns films and also made a number of television appearances on such series as, "Science Fiction Theatre" (1955), "Crossroads" (1955-1956), "Maverick" (1957) and "Justice" (1954) amongst many others.
 
Some of his final film roles were in "Donovan's Reef" (1963) starring John Wayne and Lee Marvin and "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" (1967).  Dick was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the film industry.
 
Throughout his lifetime, Foran married three times, first to Ruth Piper Hollingsworth from 1937 through 1940 and they had two children together.  His second wife was Carole Gallagher in 1943 and they had one child before ending their marriage in 1945.  His third and final wife was Susanne Rosser whom he wed in 1951 and they had one child together and remained married until he passed away on August 10th, 1979 in Panorama City, California and is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery. 


Filmography

1967 Brighty of the Grand Canyon
1964 Taggart
1963 Lassie: A Christmas Tail
1963 Donovan's Reef
1960 Studs Lonigan
1960 The Big Night
1960 The Atomic Submarine
1958 The Fearmakers
1958 Thundering Jets
1958 Violent Road
1957 Chicago Confidential
1957 Sierra Stranger
1956 Please Murder Me
1955 Treasure of Ruby Hills
1951 Al Jennings of Oklahoma
1949 Deputy Marshal
1949 El Paso
1948 Fort Apache
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
1945 Guest Wife
1943 He's My Guy
1943 Hi, Buddy
1942 Behind the Eight Ball
1942 Keeping Fit
1942 The Mummy's Tomb
1942 Private Buckaroo
1942 Butch Minds the Baby
1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
1941 Road Agent
1941 Keep 'Em Flying
1941 Mob Town
1941 The Kid from Kansas
1941 Unfinished Business
1941 Riders of Death Valley
1941 In the Navy
1941 Horror Island
1941 Four Mothers
1940 The Mummy's Hand
1940 Rangers of Fortune
1940 Winners of the West
1940 The House of the Seven Gables
1940 My Little Chickadee
1940 The Fighting 69th
1939 Four Wives
1939 Private Detective
1939 Hero for a Day
1939 I Stole a Million
1939 Daughters Courageous
1939 Inside Information
1938 Heart of the North
1938 Secrets of a Nurse
1938 The Sisters
1938 Boy Meets Girl
1938 Four Daughters
1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
1938 Over the Wall
1938 Love, Honor and Behave
1937 She Loved a Fireman
1937 The Perfect Specimen
1937 Prairie Thunder
1937 The Devil's Saddle Legion
1937 Empty Holsters
1937 Blazing Sixes
1937 The Cherokee Strip
1937 Land Beyond the Law
1937 Black Legion
1937 Guns of the Pecos
1936 California Mail
1936 The Sunday Round-Up
1936 Trailin' West
1936 Earthworm Tractors
1936 Public Enemy's Wife
1936 The Big Noise
1936 The Golden Arrow
1936 Treachery Rides the Range
1936 Song of the Saddle
1936 The Petrified Forest
1935 Dangerous
1935 Moonlight on the Prairie
1935 Shipmates Forever
1935 Ladies Love Danger
1935 Accent on Youth
1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
1935 It's a Small World
1935 One More Spring
1935 The Lottery Lover
1934 Gentlemen Are Born
1934 Student Tour
1934 Change of Heart





Matinee Classics - Ride 'Em Cowboy starring Abbott and Costello - Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne, Johnny Mack Brown and Judd McMichael
Matinee Classics - Fort Apache
Matinee Classics - Fort Apache starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, John Agar, Harry Carey Jr. Ben Johnson, Dick Foran, Irene Rich, Guy Kibbee and Andrew MacLaglen
Matinee Classics - Donovan's Reef
Matinee Classics - Winners of the West starring Dick Foran, Anne Nagel, Tom Fadden and James Craig
Matinee Classics - Miracle on 34th Street starring Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright, Thomas Mitchell, Sandy Descher, Dick Foran, Hans Conried, Ray Collins, John Abbott, Don Beddoe and Whit Bissell
Matinee Classics - My Little Chickadee starring Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek, John Forrest 'Fuzzy' Knight and Willard Robertson
Matinee Classics - The Fighting 69th starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, George Brent, Jeffrey Lynn, Alan Hale Sr., Frank McHugh, Dennis Morgan, Dick Foran, William Lundigan, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Henry O'Neill, John Litel, Sammy Cohen, Harvey Stephens, William Hopper, Tom Dugan, Frank Wilcox, George Reeves, Frank Goghlan Jr., Herbert Anderson, Jack Boyle Jr., Richard Clayton, John Daheim and Eddie Dew
Matinee Classics - Please Murder Me starring Angela Lansbury, Raymond Burr, Dick Foran, John Dehner, Lamont Johnson, Robert Griffin, Denver Pyle and Alex Sharp
Matinee Classics - Private Buckaroo starring The Andrews Sisters, Dick Foran, Joe E. Lewis, Ernest Truex, Jennifer Holt, Shemp Howard, Richard Davies, Mary Wickes, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Huntz Hall and Harry James and his Orchestra


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