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Dick Foran (1910–1979)

Dick Foran was the matinée idol of the B movies. He started as a band singer and then sang on the radio. He was hired by Warner Brothers as a supporting actor who could croon a tune when called upon. His good looks and good natured personality made him a natural choice for the supporting cast. His first starring role was in the western Treachery ... See full bio »

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 1969 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
King Beaumont
- Palm Springs Cowboy (1969) ... King Beaumont
 1966-1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Simon Doggett / Jeremiah
- The Allies (1969) ... Simon Doggett
- Dan'l Boone Shot a B'ar (1966) ... Jeremiah
 1968 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Fred Haines
 1964-1968 The Virginian (TV Series)
Adam Burnside / Frank Devereaux / Mayor / ...
- Big Tiny (1968) ... Adam Burnside
- The Reckoning (1967) ... Frank Devereaux
- Requiem for a Country Doctor (1967) ... Mayor
- A Man Called Kane (1964) ... Duggan
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Attorney Ed Geltner
- Mark of Guilt (1968) ... Attorney Ed Geltner
 1967 Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Old Timer, the Prospector
 1966 Off We Go (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Casey Slade
 1966 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Lieutenant Casey Slade
- Off We Go! (1966) ... Lieutenant Casey Slade
 1965-1966 O.K. Crackerby! (TV Series)
Slim
- Operation Susan (1966) ... Slim
- 3+1=1 (1965) ... Slim
- Bitter Ravioli (1965) ... Slim
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Major Taggert
- The Testing Post (1965) ... Major Taggert
 1962-1965 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Will Melville / Bill Franklin / Ferguson
- Kate Melville and the Law (1965) ... Will Melville
- The Holy Terror (1963) ... Bill Franklin
- Pioneer Doctor (1963)
- The Breaking Point (1962) ... Ferguson
 1964 Taggart
Adam Stark
 1961-1964 Lassie (TV Series)
Fire Chief Ed Washburne
- Horse Thief (1964) ... Fire Chief Ed Washburne
- Lassie's Gift of Love: Part 2 (1963) ... Fire Chief Ed Washburne
- Three Alarm (1963) ... Fire Chief Ed Washburne
- Lassie's Fish Story (1963) ... Fire Chief Ed Washburne
- Howling Hero (1962) ... Fire Chief Ed Washburne
 1963 Lassie: A Christmas Tail
Ed Washburne
 1963 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Colton
- The Great Diamond Mountain (1963) ... Colton
 1963 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Sheriff
- With a Smile (1963) ... Sheriff
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Matt Kendrick
- Requiem at Dancer's Hill (1963) ... Matt Kendrick
 1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Sheriff Bigelow
- Wanted for the Murder of Cheyenne Bodie (1962) ... Sheriff Bigelow
 1960-1962 Laramie (TV Series)
Joe Farley / Milt Lane / Billy Jacobs / ...
- Double Eagles (1962) ... Joe Farley
- The Killer Legend (1961) ... Milt Lane
- Bitter Glory (1961) ... Billy Jacobs
- A Sound of Bells (1960) ... Tom
 1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Lt. Ellison
- The Gang's All Here (1962) ... Lt. Ellison
 1956-1962 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Howard Snyder / Mr. Crankie / Gambler / ...
- Best Man Blues (1962) ... Howard Snyder
- Nothing But the Tooth (1962) ... Mr. Crankie
- Freddie in Las Vegas (1960) ... Gambler
- Episode #8.26 (1959) ... Harold - Freddie's Brother-in-Law
- Dance Marathon (1956) ... Convention Delegate
 1958-1962 Lawman (TV Series)
Frank Jesse / Ed Kelly
- The Wanted Man (1962) ... Frank Jesse
- The Outcast (1958) ... Ed Kelly
 1961 Five's a Family (TV Series)
Bill Hewitt
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Paul Adams
- Hit and Run (1961) ... Paul Adams
 1959-1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Harlan Merrill / Steve Benton / Dr. David Craig
- The Case of the Renegade Refugee (1961) ... Harlan Merrill
- The Case of the Garrulous Gambler (1959) ... Steve Benton
- The Case of the Bedeviled Doctor (1959) ... Dr. David Craig
 1961 Westinghouse Preview Theatre (TV Series)
Bill Hewitt
- Five's a Family (1961) ... Bill Hewitt
 1961 Dante (TV Series)
Vance Mitchell
- Aces and Eights (1961) ... Vance Mitchell
 1961 The Deputy (TV Series)
Clint Hammer
- The Dream (1961) ... Clint Hammer
 1959-1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Frank Koster / Sheriff D. Wilkes
- The Choice (1960) ... Frank Koster
- The Spurs (1959) ... Sheriff D. Wilkes
 1960 Studs Lonigan
Patrick Lonigan
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Jerry Dockstone
- The Frank Nitti Story (1960) ... Jerry Dockstone
 1960 The Big Night
Ed
 1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
David Steele
- The Adjuster (1959) ... David Steele
 1959 The Atomic Submarine
Cmdr. Dan Wendover
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Brady
- The Sounds of Eden (1959) ... Brady
 1959 The Dennis O'Keefe Show (TV Series)
Major
- Moon Man (1959) ... Major
 1957-1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Gabe Beiler / George Larkin
- While Jerome Burned (1959) ... Gabe Beiler
- Fury on Fremont Street (1957) ... George Larkin
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Mr. Halligan
- Two of a Kind (1959) ... Mr. Halligan
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Roy Calvert
- Young Gun (1958) ... Roy Calvert
 1958 The Fearmakers
Jim McGinnis
 1957-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Green Shores (1957)
- Molly Morgan (1957)
 1958 Violent Road
Frank 'Sarge' Miller
 1958 Thundering Jets
Lt. Col. Henry Spalding
 1958 Maverick (TV Series)
Sheriff Edwards
- The Third Rider (1958) ... Sheriff Edwards
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Hugh Waring
- The Hugh Waring Story (1957) ... Hugh Waring
 1957 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Tuck Degan
- Final Payment (1957) ... Tuck Degan
 1957 Chicago Confidential
Arthur 'Artie' Blaine
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Father Joseph F. Brophy / Father James Lorgan / Reverend John Evans
- Coney Island Wedding (1957) ... Father Joseph F. Brophy
- Boom Town Padre (1957) ... Father James Lorgan
- The Singing Preacher (1956) ... Reverend John Evans
 1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Newcombe
- A Case of Sudden Death (1957) ... Newcombe
 1957 Sierra Stranger
Bert Gaines
 1955-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Bob / Scoop Donnelly / Glenn B. Cochrane / ...
- Broken Barrier (1957) ... Bob
- Sweet Charlie (1957) ... Scoop Donnelly
- The Lady in His Life (1956) ... Glenn B. Cochrane
- Cardboard Casanova (1955) ... William 'Bill' Trent
 1957 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Burt
- Carnival (1957) ... Burt
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Buck
- The Kidnapper (1957) ... Buck
 1956 The Forest Ranger (TV Movie)
Will Roberts
 1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Wells / Dr. Don Stewart / Dr. Vincent Milhurst / ...
- The Miracle Hour (1956) ... Jim Wells
- Death at My Fingertips (1956) ... Dr. Don Stewart
- The Missing Waveband (1956) ... Dr. Vincent Milhurst
- The Long Sleep (1956) ... Dr. Samuel Willard
 1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- A Bed of Roses (1956)
 1956 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
- The Awful Truth (1956)
 1956 Please Murder Me
Joe Leeds
 1955-1956 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Ace
- The Pigeon Gets Plucked (1956) ... Ace
- Small Town Caper (1955)
 1955-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Luke Bradshaw / Robert Maxwell
- The Secret of River Lane (1956) ... Luke Bradshaw
- Night of Execution (1955) ... Robert Maxwell
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
John Turner
- When the Wise Men Appeared (1955) ... John Turner
 1955 Hour of Stars (TV Series)
Thomas Mara
- The Miracle on 34th Street (1955) ... Thomas Mara
 1955 My Favorite Husband (TV Series)
- The Tea Room (1955)
 1954-1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Will Foster / Brit Murdock / Esau Hepburn
- Face of Danger (1955) ... Will Foster
- A Kiss for Mr. Lincoln (1955) ... Brit Murdock
- Detective's Holiday (1954) ... Esau Hepburn
 1955 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Matt Clements
- Old Cowboys Never Die (1955) ... Matt Clements
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Bill Cole / Archie Peters
- The Hayfield (1955) ... Bill Cole
- Billy and the Bride (1955) ... Archie Peters
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Harvey Howell
- All-Star Line-Up (1955)
- Burlesque (1955) ... Harvey Howell
 1955 Public Defender (TV Series)
Ed McGrath
- Operation Cleat (1955) ... Ed McGrath
- Condemned (1955) ... Ed McGrath
 1955 Treasure of Ruby Hills
Alan Doran
 1955 Waterfront (TV Series)
Bill Borden
- The Rivals (1955) ... Bill Borden
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
 1951-1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Kidnapped (1954)
- Irish Eyes (1951)
 1950-1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Larry / Jeff Clark / Russ Adams
- The Magic Monday (1954) ... Larry
- The Kill (1952) ... Jeff Clark
- Tremolo (1951)
- Screwball (1951) ... Russ Adams
 1953 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Phil
- Thanksgiving in Beaver Run (1953) ... Phil
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Matt / Bob
- The Twinkle in Her Eye (1951) ... Matt
- The Treasure Trove (1951) ... Bob
 1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Over the Fence (1951)
 1951 Al Jennings of Oklahoma
Frank Jennings
 1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Hart to Heart (1950)
 1950 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Ledge (1950)
 1949 Deputy Marshal
Joel Benton / Jed Northey
 1949 El Paso
Sheriff La Farge
 1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
Dale Whipple
 1945 Guest Wife
Christopher Price (as Richard Foran)
 1943 Hi, Buddy
Dave O'Connor
 1942 Behind the Eight Ball
Bill Edwards
 1942 Keeping Fit (Short)
Dick
 1942 Butch Minds the Baby
Dennis Devlin
 1941 Keep 'Em Flying
Jinx Roberts
 1941 Unfinished Business
Frank
 1941 In the Navy
Dynamite Dugan
 1940 Winners of the West
Jeff Ramsay
 1940 The House of the Seven Gables
Matthew Holgrave
 1940 My Little Chickadee
Wayne Carter
 1940 The Fighting 69th
Lt. 'Long John' Wynn
 1939 Private Detective
Jim Rickey
 1939 Hero for a Day
Brainy Thornton
 1939 I Stole a Million
Atty. Paul Carver
 1939 Daughters Courageous
Eddie Moore
 1938 Secrets of a Nurse
Killer Lee Burke
 1938 The Sisters
Tom Knivel
 1938 Boy Meets Girl
Larry Toms
 1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
Sam Thorne
 1938 Out Where the Stars Begin (Short)
Dick Foran (uncredited)
 1938 Love, Honor and Behave
Pete Martin
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Jink Carter
 1937 Sunday Night at the Trocadero (Short)
Dick Foran
 1937 Prairie Thunder
Rod Farrell (as Dick Foran {the Singing Cowboy})
 1937 The Devil's Saddle Legion
Tal Holladay (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
 1937 Empty Holsters
Clay Brent (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
 1937 Blazing Sixes
Red Barton
 1937 The Cherokee Strip
Dick Hudson
 1937 Land Beyond the Law
Charles Chip Douglas (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
 1936 California Mail
Bill Harkins (as Dick Foran {the Singing Cowboy})
 1936 The Sunday Round-Up (Short)
Parson Ted Burke
 1936 Trailin' West
Lieut. Red Colton
 1936 Earthworm Tractors
Emmet McManus
 1936 Public Enemy's Wife
Thomas Duncan McKay
 1936/I The Big Noise
Don Andrews
 1936 The Golden Arrow
Tommy Blake
 1936 Treachery Rides the Range
Capt. Red Taylor
 1936 Song of the Saddle
Frank Wilson, Jr., aka The Singing Kid
 1935 Dangerous
Teddy
 1935 Moonlight on the Prairie
Ace Andrews (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
 1935 Shipmates Forever
Gifford
 1935 Ladies Love Danger
Sergeant Bender (as Nick Foran)
 1935 Accent on Youth
Butch (as Nick Foran)
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Walt Lansing (uncredited)
 1935 It's a Small World
Cop
 1935 One More Spring
Park Policeman (as Nick Foran)
 1935 The Lottery Lover
Cadet (as Nick Foran)
 1934 Gentlemen Are Born
Smudge Casey (as Nick Foran)
 1934 Student Tour
Assistant Manager (uncredited)
 1934 Change of Heart
Nick (as Nick Foran)
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer!
Nick Foran (as Nick Foran)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: He co-starred with Joe E. Brown in a pilot for a comedy series called "Five's a Family" in which Brown played a retired detective who is forced to move in his daughter and family and can't stop solving crimes. See more »

Alternate Names:

Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy | Dick Foran {the Singing Cowboy} | Nick 'Dick' Foran | Nick Foran | Richard Foran | the Singing Cowboy Dick Foran | The Singing Cowboy Dick Foran

Height:

6' 2¼" (1.89 m)
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Trivia:

Four sons: Michael & Patrick by his first marriage to Ruth Piper Hollingsworth; Sean by his marriage to Carole Gallagher; Thomas by his marriage to Susanne Rosser. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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