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Cowboy actor Dick Foran appeared in 200 feature films and was probably best known for his role in "The Petrified Forest" with Humphrey Bogart.
Foran was active in film work for almost 45 years, from 1935 when he starred in "Moonlight on the Prairie" to the '70s when he appeared in commercials in Hawaii and elsewhere.
He reached his peak popularity in the 1940s, appearing in a large number of westerns that starred contemporaries such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.
He was born John Foran in Flemington, N.J., on June 18, 1910. After playing football at Princeton, “Nick,” as he was then known, went West and was signed by Warner Bros. One of the studio’s first publicity announcements about its new star was that his name would be changed to “Dick.”
Foran’s first marriage, to the former Ruth Piper Hollingsworth, was the first of several and generated grist for the Hollywood gossip mills for several years. The marriage ended in divorce in 1940 after a highly publicized trial.
Foran, who was 6 feet, 3 inches tall and had distinctive red hair, similarly found himself in the public eye in August 1940, when he tangled physically with two sheriff’s deputies who were attempting to arrest him for drunk driving. Foran lost the encounter, then good-naturedly paid his $250 fine and was freed.
Among the best known of his films were “The Fighting 69th,” “Fort Apache” and “Donovan’s Reef.”
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