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Dick Foran

Nick Foran
John Nicholas Foran
"The Singing Cowboy"

Film Actor, Singer

(1910 - 1979)

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Dick Foran was the son of a senator from New Jersey. He began working in Hollywood films as a supporting actor in 1934. In 1935 Warner Brothers starred him in a successful series of B westerns, and he became known as “Dick Foran, the Singing Cowboy.”

After moving to Universal he starred in a number of westerns, appeared in three Abbott and Costello comedies including Ride ‘em Cowboy (1942) where he introduced the jazz standard “I’ll Remember April.” Foran was also featured with the Andrews Sisters and Harry James Orchestra in Private Buckaroo (1942) and hosted a popular radio show from 1943-1945.

Foran continued his acting career into the ‘60s, appearing with his good friend, John Wayne, in Donovan’s Reef (1963) and as father to the leading lady in Taggart (1965), which earned him third billing.

His career in television was equally prolific. From 1948 to 1968 he appeared in almost 100 shows. His versatility is apparent in the roles he played--from Studio One and Kraft Theater to Gunsmoke, Science Fiction Theater, and Mayberry R.F.D.

- Sandra Burlingame

A Time of Hope: Broadway 1935-1946

Various Artists including Dick Foran

Collector's Rodgers and Hart

Various artists including Dick Foran

A Time of Hope: Broadway 1935-1946

Various Artists including Dick Foran
Reading and Viewing

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Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart

The Petrified Forest

Warner Home Video


John Wayne, Jack Warden, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero, Dick Foran

Donovan's Reef (1963)


John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz, Ward Bond

Fort Apache

RKO Radio Pictures


Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Dick Foran

Dangerous (1935)


Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ella Fitzgerald, Dick Foran

Ride 'Em Cowboy

Universal Studios


The Andrews Sisters, Harry James, Dick Foran

Private Buckaroo (1942)


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