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John Nicholas 'Dick' Foran (June 18, 1910 – August 10, 1979) was an American actor, known for his performances in western musicals and for playing supporting roles in dramatic pictures.

Foran was still billed as Nick Foran when he signed a contract with Fox in 1934. In 1935, Foran, who stood 6-foot-2 and had red hair, was hired by Warner Bros. as a supporting actor, changing his first name to Dick. He would also croon when called upon in films such as Change of Heart (1934) with Janet Gaynor, made for Fox Film Corporation. His handsome appearance and good-natured personality made him a natural choice for the supporting cast. He first appeared as a singing cowboy in his first starring role, in Moonlight on the Prairie (1935). Other singing cowboy features included Song of the Saddle (1936), Guns of the Pecos (1937), Empty Holsters (1937) and Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938).

In 1938 Foran moved to Universal Studios, where he acted in many different genres of film from horror to comedies with Abbott and Costello such as Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942). In 1942, Foran starred as Lon Prentice in a 68-minute war support film, Private Buckaroo. Foran starred in The Petrified Forest (1936), The Sisters (1938), Rangers of Fortune (1940), The Mummy's Hand (1940) and Keep 'Em Flying (1941).

One of his last film roles was a small one in Donovan's Reef (1963), starring his longtime friend John Wayne. His final film appearance was as the prospector "Old Timer" in the sentimental film Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1967) with Joseph Cotten, Pat Conway and Karl Swenson

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Nicholas 'Dick' Foran (June 18, 1910 – August 10, 1979) was an American actor, known for his performances in western musicals and for playing supporting roles in dramatic pictures.

Foran was still billed as Nick Foran when he signed a contract with Fox in 1934. In 1935, Foran, who stood 6-foot-2 and had red hair, was hired by Warner Bros. as a supporting actor, changing his first name to Dick. He would also croon when called upon in films such as Change of Heart (1934) with Janet Gaynor, made for Fox Film Corporation. His handsome appearance and good-natured personality made him a natural choice for the supporting cast. He first appeared as a singing cowboy in his first starring role, in Moonlight on the Prairie (1935). Other singing cowboy features included Song of the Saddle (1936), Guns of the Pecos (1937), Empty Holsters (1937) and Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938).

In 1938 Foran moved to Universal Studios, where he acted in many different genres of film from horror to comedies with Abbott and Costello such as Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942). In 1942, Foran starred as Lon Prentice in a 68-minute war support film, Private Buckaroo. Foran starred in The Petrified Forest (1936), The Sisters (1938), Rangers of Fortune (1940), The Mummy's Hand (1940) and Keep 'Em Flying (1941).

One of his last film roles was a small one in Donovan's Reef (1963), starring his longtime friend John Wayne. His final film appearance was as the prospector "Old Timer" in the sentimental film Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1967) with Joseph Cotten, Pat Conway and Karl Swenson

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 130

Birthday 1910-06-18

Day of Death 1979-08-10

Place of Birth Flemington, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

  • John Nicholas Foran
  • Nick 'Dick' Foran
  • Nick Foran
  • Richard Foran
  • Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy
  • The Singing Cowboy Dick Foran

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2008 Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge as Dick Foran
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1968 Adam-12 (1 episode)
1966 Brighty of the Grand Canyon as The Prospector
1965 O.K. Crackerby (17 episodes)
1965 Taggart as Adam Stark
1964 Daniel Boone (2 episodes)
1963 The Great Adventure (1 episode)
1963 Donovan's Reef as Australian Navy Officer Sean O'Brien
1963 The Dakotas (1 episode)
1962 Should I Marry Outside My Faith?
1962 The Virginian (3 episodes)
1961 Dr. Kildare (1 episode)
1960 Studs Lonigan as Patrick Lonigan
1960 The Big Night as Ed
1959 The Atomic Submarine as Cmdr. Dan Wendover
1959 The Swamp Fox (8 episodes)
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 Yancy Derringer (1 episode)
1958 The Fearmakers as Jim McGinnis
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (2 episodes)
1958 Violent Road as Frank 'Sarge' Miller
1958 Thundering Jets as Lt. Col. Henry Spalding
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (3 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 Chicago Confidential as Arthur 'Artie' Blaine
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1957 Sierra Stranger as Bert Gaines
1956 State Trooper (2 episodes)
1956 Please Murder Me as Joe Leeds
1955 The Miracle on 34th Street as Thomas Mara
1955 Matinee Theater (2 episodes)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 Treasure Of Ruby Hills as Alan Doran
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Lassie (4 episodes)
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 The Kill as Jeff Clark
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1 episode)
1951 Al Jennings of Oklahoma as Frank Jennings
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1949 Deputy Marshal as Joel Benton
1949 El Paso as Sheriff La Farge
1949 Suspense (1 episode)
1948 Studio One (6 episodes)
1948 Fort Apache as Sgt. Quincannon
1947 Hollywood Wonderland as Singing Cowboy
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go as Dale Whipple
1946 Movieland Magic
1946 Blow-Ups of 1946 as Himself
1945 Guest Wife as Christopher Price
1943 He's My Guy as Van Moore
1943 Hi, Buddy as Dave O'Connor
1942 Behind the Eight Ball as Bill Edwards
1942 The Mummy's Tomb as Stephen Banning
1942 Private Buckaroo as Lon Prentice
1942 Butch Minds the Baby as Dennis Devlin
1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy as Bronco Bob Mitchell
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
1941 Road Agent as Duke Masters
1941 Keep 'Em Flying as Jinx Roberts
1941 Mob Town as Sgt. Frank Conroy
1941 The Kid from Kansas as Kansas
1941 Unfinished Business as Frank
1941 Riders of Death Valley as Jim Benton
1941 In the Navy as Dynamite Dugan
1941 Horror Island as Bill Martin
1941 Four Mothers as Ernest Talbot
1940 Rangers of Fortune as Johnny Cash
1940 The Mummy's Hand as Steve Banning
1940 Winners of the West as Jeff Ramsay
1940 The House of the Seven Gables as Matthew Maule
1940 My Little Chickadee as Wayne Carter
1940 The Fighting 69th as Lt. 'Long John' Wynn
1939 Four Wives as Ernest Talbot
1939 Private Detective as Jim Rickey
1939 I Stole a Million as Atty. Paul Carver
1939 Daughters Courageous as Eddie Moore
1938 Heart of the North as Sergeant Alan Baker
1938 Secrets of a Nurse as Killer Lee Burke
1938 The Sisters as Tom Knivel
1938 Boy Meets Girl as Larry Toms
1938 Four Daughters as Ernest
1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn as Sam Thorne
1938 Out Where the Stars Begin as Dick Foran
1938 Over The Wall as Jerry Davis
1938 Love, Honor and Behave as Pete Martin
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1937 She Loved a Fireman as James "Red" Tyler
1937 The Perfect Specimen as Jink Carter
1937 Prairie Thunder as Rod Farrell (as Dick Foran {the Singing Cowboy})
1937 The Devil's Saddle Legion as Tal Holladay
1937 Empty Holsters as Clay Brent
1937 Blazing Sixes as Red Barton
1937 The Cherokee Strip as Dick Hudson
1937 Land Beyond the Law as Charles "Chip" Douglas
1937 Black Legion as Ed Jackson
1937 Breakdowns of 1937 as Himself
1937 Guns of the Pecos as Steve Ainslee
1936 Breakdowns of 1936 as Himself
1936 California Mail as Bill Harkins
1936 The Sunday Round-Up as Parson Ted Burke
1936 Trailin' West as Lieut. Red Colton
1936 Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs
1936 Public Enemy's Wife as Thomas Duncan McKay
1936 Earthworm Tractors as Emmet McManus
1936 The Big Noise as Don Andrews
1936 The Golden Arrow as Tommy Blake
1936 Treachery Rides the Range as Captain Red Taylor
1936 Song of the Saddle as Frank Wilson, Jr., aka The Singing Kid
1936 The Petrified Forest as Boze Hertzlinger
1935 Dangerous as Teddy
1935 Moonlight on the Prairie as Ace Andrews (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
1935 Shipmates Forever as Gifford
1935 Accent on Youth as Butch (as Nick Foran)
1935 It's A Small World as Motor Cop
1935 One More Spring as Park Policeman (as Nick Foran)
1935 The Lottery Lover as Cadet
1934 Gentlemen Are Born as Smudge Casey
1934 Student Tour as Assistant Manager
1934 Change of Heart as Nick
1934 Stand Up and Cheer! as Nick Foran (as Nick Foran)

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