Dick Foran

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Dick Foran
Dick Foran in Public Enemy's Wife.JPG
from the trailer for the film Public Enemy's Wife (1936).
Born
John Nicholas Foran

(1910-06-18)June 18, 1910
Flemington, New Jersey, US
DiedAugust 10, 1979(1979-08-10) (aged 69)
Panorama City, California , US
Resting place San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
Years active1934–1969
Spouse(s)Ruth Piper Hollingsworth (1937–1940; divorced)
Carole Gallagher (1943–1944; divorced)
Susanne Rosser (1951–1979; his death)
Children4

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.

Actor Person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

Western (genre) Multimedia genre of stories set primarily in the American Old West

Western is a genre of fiction incorporating Western lifestyle which tell stories set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse. Cowboys and gunslingers typically wear Stetson hats, neckerchief bandannas, vests, spurs, cowboy boots and buckskins. Recurring characters include the aforementioned cowboys, Native Americans, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, outlaws, gamblers, soldiers, and settlers. The ambience is usually punctuated with a Western music score, including American and Mexican folk music such as country, Native American music, New Mexico music, and rancheras.

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Early years

Foran was born in Flemington, New Jersey, the first of five sons to Arthur F. Foran and Elizabeth Foran. His father was a Republican member of the New Jersey Senate, [1] as was Dick Foran's younger brother, Walter E. Foran.

Flemington, New Jersey Borough in New Jersey

Flemington is a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,581, reflecting an increase of 381 (+9.1%) from the 4,200 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 153 (+3.8%) from the 4,047 counted in the 1990 Census. It is the county seat of Hunterdon County. Most of the borough is in the Amwell Valley, but northwest portions of the borough sit on the Hunterdon Plateau.

Arthur Francis Foran was an American Republican Party politician from New Jersey. He served in the New Jersey Senate where he was Senate President.

Republican Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party.

He attended Mercersburg Academy, where he competed on the track team under Scots-American athletics coach Jimmy Curran. [2] After graduation he attended the Hun School, a college preparatory school in nearby Princeton, and then enrolled at Princeton University, pursuing a degree in geology. He played on the football team while taking courses in the arts, where he developed an interest in the theater. [1]

Mercersburg Academy Private, boarding, prep school in Mercersburg, PA, USA

Mercersburg Academy is a selective private, independent, coed college preparatory boarding school of approximately 435 students in grades 9-12, including postgraduates, located in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. The school, which was founded in 1893, is set on 300 acres and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Jimmy Curran

James Michael Curran was an athletics coach, best known for training five Olympic gold medallists. From 1900-1902 he fought with the Highland Light Infantry in the Second Boer War, serving much of that time under Major General Sir Hector MacDonald. When based at Port Elizabeth after hostilities had ended, he discovered the sprinter Wyndham Halswelle. After the war Curran trained Halswelle, who went on to compete in the 1906 Intercalated Games in Athens, and at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, winning silver and bronze medals at the former, and a controversial gold at the latter.

Princeton, New Jersey Borough in New Jersey, United States

Princeton is a municipality with a borough form of government in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, that was established in its current form on January 1, 2013, through the consolidation of the Borough of Princeton and Princeton Township. As of the 2010 United States Census, the municipality's population was 28,572, reflecting the former township's population of 16,265, along with the 12,307 in the former borough.

Foran studied music at the Leibling Studio in New York before singing on radio. [1] As Nick Foran, he went on to become a lead singer with a band [3] and later form his own orchestra.

Film

Foran was still billed as Nick Foran when he signed a contract with Fox in 1934. [4] 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. [1] 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). [5]

Warner Bros. American entertainment company

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Film Sequence of images that give the impression of movement

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<i>Change of Heart</i> (1934 film) 1934 film by John G. Blystone

Change of Heart is a 1934 American pre-Code drama film starring Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, James Dunn, and Ginger Rogers. The movie, about a quartet of college chums who all move to 1934 New York City, was written by James Gleason and Sonya Levien from Kathleen Norris's novel, Manhattan Love Song and directed by John G. Blystone.

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). [5] 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).

Horror film Film genre

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A comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement and most often work by exaggerating characteristics for humorous effect. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending. One of the oldest genres in film – and derived from the classical comedy in theatre –, some of the very first silent movies were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound. When sound films became more prevalent during the 1920s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue.

Abbott and Costello American comedy duo

Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine "Who's on First?" is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time, and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits.

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.

Foran in The Petrified Forest (1936) Dick Foran in The Petrified Forest film trailer cropped.jpg
Foran in The Petrified Forest (1936)

Stage

In 1943, Foran starred on Broadway in the Rodgers and Hart musical comedy A Connecticut Yankee , based on Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court . [6]

Television

Foran appeared in at least four episodes of Science Fiction Theatre (1955). One of these, "The Miracle Hour" (aired December 22, 1956), is about a man who never gives up hope that his fiancée's blind six-year-old son won't have to spend the holidays in darkness. The show featured Jean Byron as the fiancée and Charles Herbert as the child. Foran appeared three times (1955–1956) as Father Brophy on the ABC anthology series Crossroads . He guest starred in the syndicated crime drama Sheriff of Cochise , starring John Bromfield. He was cast as a lawman in the episode "The Third Rider" in the first season (1957) of the ABC/Warner Brothers Western series Maverick , with Jack Kelly.

Foran portrayed the character Tuck Degan in the 1957 episode "Final Payment" of another ABC/WB Western series, Colt .45 , starring Wayde Preston. [7] In the January 1959 episode of "The Spur", he portrayed Sheriff Wilkes on "Wanted: Dead or Alive" with Steve McQueen. In 1959, Foran portrayed defendant Dr. David Craig on CBS's Perry Mason , in the episode "The Case of the Bedeviled Doctor." Later that year, he played defendant Steve Benton in another Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Garrulous Gambler." He was also featured as Perry Mason's client in the 1961 episode "The Case of the Renegade Refugee."

In 1962, Foran appeared with Marie Windsor in the roles of Frank and Ann Jesse in the episode "The Wanted Man" of the ABC/Warner Brothers Western series Lawman , starring John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. In the story line, Ann dies in childbirth, and Frank, who is wanted and frequently absent from their farm, orders their grown son, Ben (Jan Stine), to turn him over to Marshal Troop in order to collect the $5,000 reward and thus be able to rear his surviving infant brother, whom he names Frank. Meanwhile, Troop counters Joe Street (Alan Baxter), a bounty hunter seeking the same reward. [8]

In 1954, Foran guest starred on NBC's Justice , a legal drama starring Dane Clark and Gary Merrill, on CBS's The Public Defender starring Reed Hadley and Hugh Beaumont, and on NBC's The Martha Raye Show , a comedy/variety show starring comedian Martha Raye. He also appeared as Burt, a carnival hustler, in 1957 on NBC's Father Knows Best , with Robert Young.

In 1959, Foran was cast as David Steele in the episode "The Adjuster" of the NBC crime drama series Richard Diamond, Private Detective , starring David Janssen. Dabbs Greer and DeForest Kelley also appear in this episode. [9]

Foran later appeared as Gabriel Marion, brother of title character Francis Marion (Leslie Nielsen), in the Walt Disney Presents miniseries The Swamp Fox . In 1965–1966 he had his only regular role on a TV series playing "Slim" on O.K. Crackerby! . In 1968 Foran was cast in the role of "Fred Haines" in Season 1, Episode 13, of the NBC television series Adam-12 .

Death

On August 10, 1979, Foran died aged 69 of respiratory ailments and pneumonia in Burbank, California. He was buried in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. [10]

Recognition

Foran has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television, at 1600 Vine Street. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960. [11]

Selected filmography

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