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Overview (4)

Born in Flemington, New Jersey, USA
Died in Panorama City, California, USA
Birth NameJohn Nicholas Foran
Height 6' 2¼" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (2)

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 Rides the Range (1936) which was Warner Brothers answer to Gene Autry. In the westerns that followed, he would sing the tune while riding the horse or romancing the gal. Whether it was Song of the Saddle (1936) or California Mail (1936), his character name may be different, but 'The Singing Cowboy' tag was always the same. While at Warner's he also played straight dramatic roles, supporting the star. In 1940, Dick headed for Universal where he was, again, in the supporting cast. He worked in serials, Rangers of Fortune (1940); horror, The Mummy's Hand (1940); to comedy, Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942). His signature theme "I'll Remember April" was introduced in Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942). After that, roles were sporadic. He made a half dozen films in the late fifties and did some Television. His last film role was in Donovan's Reef (1963) with his longtime friend John Wayne.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

American light leading man of musical Westerns and supporting player dramatic films. The son of New Jersey senator Arthur Foran, he attended the Hunn School and Princeton University, where he pursued a degree in geology. He was a splendid athlete and singer and while at Princeton developed an interest in the theatre. After college, he worked aboard freighter, then as a special investigator for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He abruptly quit that job and made his way to Hollywood, where he got work as a band vocalist. This led to small singing roles in films beginning in 1934. After several pictures in which he was billed as Nick Foran, he was signed by Warner Bros. His name was changed to Dick Foran and he began a series of musical Westerns. His strong, pleasant voice and friendly demeanor made him reasonably popular, and he began branching out into (mainly) supporting roles in non-Westerns. He was a very familiar presence in films, particularly at Warners, throughout the 1930s and '40s. In the 1950s, he played frequently on television and continued to make occasional film appearances into the 1960s. He died in 1979.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (3)

Susanne Rosser (15 September 1951 - 10 August 1979) (his death) (1 child)
Carole Gallagher (1 January 1943 - 18 May 1945) (divorced) (1 child)
Ruth Piper Hollingsworth (6 June 1937 - 19 December 1940) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

His divorce trial from his first wife in 1940 received considerable publicity and was the source of much gossip.
Buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, CA.
Four sons: Michael and Patrick by his first marriage to Ruth Piper Hollingsworth; Sean by his marriage to Carole Gallagher; Thomas by his marriage to Susanne Rosser.
In the last decade of his life he worked almost exclusively in television commercials.
His father was the President of the New Jersey State Senate.
Was originally cast as the doomed Larry Talbot in The Wolf Man (1941), but was replaced by Lon Chaney Jr. before filming began.
Although he played John Hubbard's father in The Mummy's Tomb (1942), he was only four years his senior in real life.

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