Dick Foran

Dick Foran


Also Known As
John Nicholas Foran, Nick Foran, Richard Foran
Birth Place
Flemington, New Jersey, USA
June 18, 1910


The "Cowboy from Brooklyn" was actually from New Jersey in real life... but close enough. Dick Foran began his career crooning his way through musical Westerns like "Cowboy from Brooklyn," the story of a singer who has to pretend he's a cowboy in order to secure a job, and "Song of the Saddle," in which he plays a son who grows up to avenge his father's death. Warner Bros. was grooming F...


The "Cowboy from Brooklyn" was actually from New Jersey in real life... but close enough. Dick Foran began his career crooning his way through musical Westerns like "Cowboy from Brooklyn," the story of a singer who has to pretend he's a cowboy in order to secure a job, and "Song of the Saddle," in which he plays a son who grows up to avenge his father's death. Warner Bros. was grooming Foran to compete with the already famous singing cowboy Gene Autry. In the early 1940s, Foran took a break from serenading the savannah and moseyed on over to Universal Studios. There he dipped his toes into the horror genre, playing Steve Banning in "The Mummy's Hand" (in which he and a fellow archaeologist accidentally unearth the undead) and its sequel, "The Mummy's Tomb." Foran's flirtation with embalmed corpses was brief, however; he returned to the Old West in "Fort Apache," a John Wayne/Henry Fonda vehicle. "Fort Apache" was a solemn, authentic look at the Old West, in stark contrast to the nostalgic and hagiographic depictions of cowboys seen in Foran's earlier work. The era of the singing cowboy was over, but Dick Foran demonstrated he could adapt with grace to the changing times.



Cast (Feature Film)

Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1966)
Old timer
Taggart (1964)
Donovan's Reef (1963)
Australian Navy officer
Studs Lonigan (1960)
Patrick Lonigan
The Big Night (1960)
Editor Robelo
The Atomic Submarine (1960)
Cmdr. Dan Wendover
Thundering Jets (1958)
Lt. Col. Spalding
The Fearmakers (1958)
Jim McGinnis
Violent Road (1958)
Frank Miller, also known as Sarge
Sierra Stranger (1957)
Bert Gaines
Chicago Confidential (1957)
[Artie] Blane
Please Murder Me (1956)
Joe Leeds
Treasure of Ruby Hills (1955)
Allan Doran
Al Jennings of Oklahoma (1951)
Frank Jennings
Deputy Marshal (1949)
Joel Benton, also known as Jed Northey
El Paso (1949)
Sheriff La Farge
Fort Apache (1948)
Tim Quincannon
Easy Come, Easy Go (1947)
Dale Whipple
Guest Wife (1945)
Christopher Price
Hi, Buddy (1943)
Dave O'Connor
He's My Guy (1943)
Van Moore
Private Buckaroo (1942)
Lon Prentice
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
Stephen [A.] Banning
Butch Minds the Baby (1942)
Dennis Devlin
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)
["Bronco"] Bob Mitchell
Behind the Eight Ball (1942)
Bill Edwards
In the Navy (1941)
Dynamite Dugan
Unfinished Business (1941)
Four Mothers (1941)
Ernest Talbot
Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
Jinx Roberts
The Kid from Kansas (1941)
Mob Town (1941)
[Sergeant] Frank Conroy
Horror Island (1941)
Bill [Martin]
Road Agent (1941)
Duke [Masters, also known as "Douglas"]
Riders of Death Valley (1941)
The Fighting 69th (1940)
Lieutenant Long John Wynn
Rangers of Fortune (1940)
Johnny Cash
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
Steve Banning
The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
Matthew Holgrave [alias of Matthew Maule]
My Little Chickadee (1940)
Wayne Carter
Four Wives (1939)
Ernest Talbot
Daughters Courageous (1939)
Eddie Moore
Private Detective (1939)
Jim Rickey
Hero for a Day (1939)
"Brainy" Thornton
Inside Information (1939)
Danny Blake
I Stole a Million (1939)
Paul Carver
The Sisters (1938)
Tom Knivel
Four Daughters (1938)
Boy Meets Girl (1938)
Larry Toms
Love, Honor and Behave (1938)
Pete Martin
Heart of the North (1938)
Sgt. Alan Baker
Over the Wall (1938)
Jerry Davis
Secrets of a Nurse (1938)
["Killer"] Lee Burke
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938)
Sam Thorne
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Jink Carter
Black Legion (1937)
Editor Jackson
Prairie Thunder (1937)
Rod Farrell
Blazing Sixes (1937)
Red Barton
Guns of the Pecos (1937)
Steve Ainslee
The Cherokee Strip (1937)
Dick Hudson
The Devil's Saddle Legion (1937)
Tal Holladay
She Loved a Fireman (1937)
Red Tyler
Land Beyond the Law (1937)
Chip Douglas
Empty Holsters (1937)
Clay Brent
Public Enemy's Wife (1936)
Thomas Duncan McKay
Treachery Rides the Range (1936)
Capt. Red Taylor
California Mail (1936)
Bill Harkins
Song of the Saddle (1936)
Frank Wilson, Jr.
Trailin' West (1936)
Lieut. Red Colton
The Petrified Forest (1936)
Boze Hertzlinger
Earthworm Tractors (1936)
Emmet McManus
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Tommy Blake
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Tommy Blake
The Big Noise (1936)
Don Andrews
Dangerous (1935)
Shipmates Forever (1935)
Moonlight on the Prairie (1935)
Ace Andrews
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
Lottery Lover (1935)
Cadet Allen Taylor
Accent on Youth (1935)
It's a Small World (1935)
Motor cop
Ladies Love Danger (1935)
Sergeant Bender
One More Spring (1935)
Gentlemen Are Born (1934)
Smudge [Casey]
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
Change of Heart (1934)

Cast (Special)

Five's a Family (1961)
Bill Hewitt
Miracle on 34th Street (1955)
Thomas Mara
The Philadelphia Story (1954)
George Kittredge

Cast (Short)

Wagon Wheels West (1943)
Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)
A Vitaphone Pictorial Review No. 2-6 (1937)
The Sunday Round-Up (1937)
Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937)
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs (1936)
Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)

Life Events


Movie Clip

Black Legion (1936) — (Movie Clip) How’d You Like The Picture Betty (Ann Sheridan) after the movies steamrolls factory worker Ed (Dick Foran) into the proposal for which she’s been angling, at the soda shop, Pat C. Flick the proprietor Nick, and Helen Flint as the brassy widow at the counter, in the progressive Warner Bros. melodrama Black Legion, 1937.
Violent Road (1958) -- (Movie Clip) You Get Nervous And Jumpy We infer here that Dick Foran as military veteran Frank (a.k.a. Sarge) works at the nearby rocket company that has to move in a hurry due to a series of accidents, and he has problems at home, implied by his troubled wife Edith (Ann Doran), the first scene for both, in Warner Bros.’ Violent Road, 1958, starring Brian Keith.
Violent Road (1958) -- (Movie Clip) Felt Like An Earthquake Feels like Henri-Geoge Clouzot’s Wages Of Fear from a few years earlier, Brian Keith as head trucker Mitch gets help from partner Joe (Perry Lopez) getting their rocket fuel through a tight spot, Dick Foran and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. the second crew, Sean Garrison and Arthur Batanides going last, in Violent Road, 1958.
Fort Apache (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Who And What Are You? En route to her father's new post, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple) meets disrobed Michael (John Agar, his first scene), who offends Colonel Thursday (Henry Fonda), before the escort (Pedro Armendariz, Victor McLaglen, Jack Pennick, Dick Foran) arrives, early in John Ford's Fort Apache, 1948.
Fort Apache (1948) -- (Movie Clip) You Know How Children Are Colonel Thursday (Henry Fonda), Captain York (John Wayne) and director John Ford are together in their disgust with Indian agent Meacham (Grant Withers), Victor McLaglen, Pedro Armendariz supporting, in Fort Apache, 1948.
Petrified Forest, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Old Time Desperado Squire (Leslie Howard) returns to the cafe, telling Gaby (Bette Davis) that Duke Mantee (Humphrey Bogart) and his gang are nearby, which is not news to her or the delighted Gramp (Charley Grapewin), in The Petrified Forest, 1936.
Boy Meets Girl (1938) -- (Movie Clip) Baby In The Rockies Studio waitress Susie (Marie Wilson) has just passed out and revealed her (un-wed) pregnancy, executive Friday (Ralph Bellamy) flipping as screenwriters Benson & Law (Pat O'Brien, James Cagney) are inspired with a story for cowboy actor Larry (Dick Foran), in Boy Meets Girl, 1938.
Black Legion (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Meet Our New Foreman Factory worker Frank (Humphrey Bogart) with wife (Erin O'Brien-Moore) and son (Dickie Jones) anticipating a promotion, then at work, shocked when immigrant rival Joe (Henry Brandon) gets the gig, in Black Legion, 1936.
Petrified Forest, The (1936) -- (Movie Ciip) Tourist Afoot Gaby (Bette Davis), waitress at her father's desert cafe, fending off gas attendant Boze (Dick Foran), when literate wanderer Squire (Leslie Howard) arrives, early in The Petrified Forest, 1936, directed by Archie Mayo.
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Some Guy Named Cash Rapid comedy and exposition, Abbott and Costello employed at the "Greater New York Rodeo," with Dick Foran (Bronco Bob), Anne (Anne Gwynne) and Ruby (Ella Fitzgerald!) introduced, early in Ride 'Em Cowboy, 1942.