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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Norman Foster (December 13, 1903 - July 7, 1976) was an American film director and actor.

Born John Hoeffer in Richmond, Indiana, Foster originally became a cub reporter on a local newspaper in Indiana before going to New York in the hopes of getting a better newspaper job but there were no vacancies. He tried a number of theatrical agencies before getting stage work and later appeared on Broadway in the George S. Kaufman / Ring Lardner play June Moon in 1929. He has also acted in London, England.

He started working in crowd scenes in films before moving to bigger parts. His film acting credits include Prosperity (1932), Pilgrimage (1933), Rafter Romance (1933) with Ginger Rogers and State Fair (1933). He has written several plays. He gave up acting in the late 1930s to pursue directing, although he occasionally appeared in movies and television programs.

Some of Foster's directorial efforts include The Sign of Zorro (1958), and the stylish films noir Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948), Woman on the Run (1950) and Journey into Fear (1943). Foster directed Rachel and the Stranger and the Davy Crockett segments of Disneyland that were edited into feature films Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates where he did not accept any interference from Walt Disney.

In 1967, he directed Brighty of the Grand Canyon, based on a children's novel by Marguerite Henry about a burro in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The film starred Joseph Cotten, Karl Swenson, Dick Foran, and Pat Conway.

It was rumored that Orson Welles took over direction of Journey Into Fear, which Welles later denied. Foster was the director of the "My Friend Bonito" segment of Orson Welles' Pan-American anthology film It's All True until RKO aborted the project.

Foster directed a number of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto mysteries, including Charlie Chan in Panama (1940), Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939), Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938), Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938), Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937), and Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937).

Foster was married to Claudette Colbert from 1928 until their divorce in 1935. In 1937, he wed actress Sally Blane, an older sister of Loretta Young. The couple remained married until his death in 1976 from cancer in Santa Monica at the age of 75. They had two children, Robert and Gretchen.

He is buried in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Norman Foster, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Norman Foster (December 13, 1903 - July 7, 1976) was an American film director and actor.

Born John Hoeffer in Richmond, Indiana, Foster originally became a cub reporter on a local newspaper in Indiana before going to New York in the hopes of getting a better newspaper job but there were no vacancies. He tried a number of theatrical agencies before getting stage work and later appeared on Broadway in the George S. Kaufman / Ring Lardner play June Moon in 1929. He has also acted in London, England.

He started working in crowd scenes in films before moving to bigger parts. His film acting credits include Prosperity (1932), Pilgrimage (1933), Rafter Romance (1933) with Ginger Rogers and State Fair (1933). He has written several plays. He gave up acting in the late 1930s to pursue directing, although he occasionally appeared in movies and television programs.

Some of Foster's directorial efforts include The Sign of Zorro (1958), and the stylish films noir Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948), Woman on the Run (1950) and Journey into Fear (1943). Foster directed Rachel and the Stranger and the Davy Crockett segments of Disneyland that were edited into feature films Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates where he did not accept any interference from Walt Disney.

In 1967, he directed Brighty of the Grand Canyon, based on a children's novel by Marguerite Henry about a burro in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The film starred Joseph Cotten, Karl Swenson, Dick Foran, and Pat Conway.

It was rumored that Orson Welles took over direction of Journey Into Fear, which Welles later denied. Foster was the director of the "My Friend Bonito" segment of Orson Welles' Pan-American anthology film It's All True until RKO aborted the project.

Foster directed a number of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto mysteries, including Charlie Chan in Panama (1940), Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939), Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938), Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938), Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937), and Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937).

Foster was married to Claudette Colbert from 1928 until their divorce in 1935. In 1937, he wed actress Sally Blane, an older sister of Loretta Young. The couple remained married until his death in 1976 from cancer in Santa Monica at the age of 75. They had two children, Robert and Gretchen.

He is buried in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Norman Foster, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 93

Birthday 1903-12-13

Day of Death 1976-07-07

Place of Birth Richmond, Indiana

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1993 It's All True Director
1974 The Green Hornet Director
1974 The Deathhead Virgin Director
1968 The Legend of Custer Director
1967 Custer (4 episodes)Director
1966 Brighty of the Grand Canyon Director
1966 The Green Hornet (1 episode)Director
1966 The Monroes (5 episodes)Director
1966 Batman (4 episodes)Director
1965 The Loner (2 episodes)Director
1965 Indian Paint Director
1962 The New Loretta Young Show (18 episodes)Director
1962 Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates: Part 2 Director
1962 Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates Director
1961 The Wonderful World of Disney (2 episodes)Director
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)Director
1958 The Sign of Zorro Director
1958 Bat Masterson (2 episodes)Director
1957 Tombstone Territory (1 episode)Director
1957 Zorro (13 episodes)Director
1956 Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Director
1955 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Director
1955 Davy Crockett Goes To Congress Director
1954 Davy Crockett (2 episodes)Director
1954 Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter Director
1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (7 episodes)Director
1953 Letter to Loretta (20 episodes)Director
1953 Sombrero Director
1952 Sky Full of Moon Director
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)Director
1952 Navajo Director
1950 Woman on the Run Director
1950 Father Is a Bachelor Director
1949 Tell It to the Judge Director
1948 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Director
1948 Rachel and the Stranger Director
1944 La Fuga Director
1943 Santa Director
1943 Journey Into Fear Director
1941 Scotland Yard Director
1941 Ride, Kelly, Ride Director
1940 Viva Cisco Kid Director
1940 Charlie Chan in Panama Director
1939 20,000 Men a Year Assistant Director
1939 Charlie Chan at Treasure Island Director
1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Director
1939 Charlie Chan in Reno Director
1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning Director
1938 Mysterious Mr. Moto Director
1938 Mr. Moto Takes a Chance Director
1938 Walking Down Broadway Director
1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto Director
1937 Think Fast, Mr. Moto Director
1937 Fair Warning Director
1936 I Cover Chinatown Director

Acting

2018 The Other Side of the Wind as Billy Boyle
2018 They'll Love Me When I'm Dead as Himself (archive footage)
1971 Cannon (2 episodes)
1963 Espionage (1 episode)
1938 Mysterious Mr. Moto as Hoodlum in Tavern
1936 I Cover Chinatown as Eddie Barton
1936 Fatal Lady as Phillip Roberts
1936 High Tension as Eddie Mitchell
1936 The Leavenworth Case as Detective Bob Grice
1935 Suicide Squad as Larry Barker
1935 The Fire-Trap as Bill Farnsworth
1935 The Bishop Misbehaves as Donald Meadows
1935 Ladies Crave Excitement as Don Phelan
1935 The Hoosier Schoolmaster as Ralph Hartsook
1935 Behind the Green Lights as Detective Lt. Dave Britten
1935 Behind the Evidence as Tony Sheridan
1934 Elinor Norton as Bill Foster
1934 Strictly Dynamite as Fleming
1934 Orient Express as Carlton Myatt
1933 Rafter Romance as Jack
1933 Pilgrimage as Jim 'Jimmy' Jessop (Hannah's son)
1933 Professional Sweetheart as Jim Davey
1933 State Fair as Wayne Frake
1932 Prosperity as John Warren
1932 Strange Justice as Wally Baker
1932 Skyscraper Souls as Tom Shepherd
1932 Week-End Marriage as Ken Hayes
1932 Steady Company as Jim
1932 Play Girl as Wallace 'Wally' Dennis
1932 Alias the Doctor as Stephan Brenner
1932 Girl of the Rio as Johnny Powell
1931 Confessions of a Co-Ed as Hal Evans
1931 Up Pops the Devil as Steve Merrick
1931 Men Call It Love as Jack
1931 It Pays to Advertise as Rodney Martin
1931 No Limit as Douglas Thayer
1931 Under Eighteen as Alf
1930 Young Man of Manhattan as Toby McLean
1929 Love at First Sight
1929 Gentlemen Of The Press as Ted Hanley

Writing

1966 Brighty of the Grand Canyon Writer
1965 Indian Paint Screenplay
1958 The Sign of Zorro Screenplay
1956 Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Writer
1953 Sombrero Screenplay
1952 Sky Full of Moon Writer
1952 Navajo Writer
1950 Woman on the Run Screenplay
1939 Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Writer
1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning Screenplay
1938 Mysterious Mr. Moto Screenplay
1938 Mr. Moto Takes a Chance Original Story
1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto Screenplay
1937 Think Fast, Mr. Moto Writer
1937 Fair Warning Screenplay

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