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Norman Foster

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Norman Foster (December 13, 1903 - July 7, 1976) was an American film director and actor. Born John Hoeffer in Richmond, Indiana, Foster originally became a cub reporter on a local newspaper in Indiana before going to New York in the hopes of getting a better newspaper job but there were no vacancies. He tried a number of theatrical agencies before getting stage work and later appeared on Broadway in the George S. Kaufman / Ring Lardner play June Moon in 1929. He has also acted in London, England. He started working in crowd scenes in films before moving to bigger parts. His film acting credits include Prosperity (1932), Pilgrimage (1933), Rafter Romance (1933) with Ginger Rogers and State Fair (1933). He has written several plays. He gave up acting in the late 1930s to pursue directing, although he occasionally appeared in movies and television programs. Some of Foster's directorial efforts include The Sign of Zorro (1958), and the stylish films noir Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948), Woman on the Run (1950) and Journey into Fear (1943). Foster directed Rachel and the Stranger and the Davy Crockett segments of Disneyland that were edited into feature films Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates where he did not accept any interference from Walt Disney. In 1967, he directed Brighty of the Grand Canyon, based on a children's novel by Marguerite Henry about a burro in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The film starred Joseph Cotten, Karl Swenson, Dick Foran, and Pat Conway. It was rumored that Orson Welles took over direction of Journey Into Fear, which Welles later denied. Foster was the director of the "My Friend Bonito" segment of Orson Welles' Pan-American anthology film It's All True until RKO aborted the project. Foster directed a number of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto mysteries, including Charlie Chan in Panama (1940), Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939), Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939), Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938), Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938), Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937), and Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937). Foster was married to Claudette Colbert from 1928 until their divorce in 1935. In 1937, he wed actress Sally Blane, an older sister of Loretta Young. The couple remained married until his death in 1976 from cancer in Santa Monica at the age of 75. They had two children, Robert and Gretchen. He is buried in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery. Description above from the Wikipedia article Norman Foster, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Dec 13, 1903 In Richmond, Indiana
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Gentlemen Of The Press 1929-05-04
Latest Project:
Movie The Other Side of the Wind 2018-11-02
Known For
Poster of The Other Side of the Wind
Poster of They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
Poster of Play It as It Lays
Poster of Love at First Sight
Movie They'll Love Me When I'm Dead Himself (archive footage) 2018-08-31
Movie The Other Side of the Wind Billy Boyle 2018-11-02
Movie Der Reichstag Himself 2017-12-19
Movie Urbanized Himself 2011-09-09
Movie Play It as It Lays Abortionist 1972-10-19
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie The Love Goddesses 1965-03-03
Series Espionage Unknown 1963-10-02
Movie The Disneyland Story Unknown 1954-10-27
Movie Mysterious Mr. Moto Hoodlum in Tavern 1938-09-17
Movie Fatal Lady Phillip Roberts 1936-05-15
Movie The Leavenworth Case Detective Bob Grice 1936-01-20
Movie High Tension Eddie Mitchell 1936-07-10
Movie I Cover Chinatown Eddie Barton 1936-10-01
Movie The Hoosier Schoolmaster Ralph Hartsook 1935-05-14
Movie Behind the Green Lights Detective Lt. Dave Britten 1935-03-11
Movie Behind the Evidence Tony Sheridan 1935-01-08
Movie Ladies Crave Excitement Don Phelan 1935-06-21
Movie The Bishop Misbehaves Donald Meadows 1935-09-13
Movie Suicide Squad Larry Barker 1935-12-02
Movie The Fire-Trap Bill Farnsworth 1935-11-26
Movie Escape from Devil's Island Andre Dion 1935-11-24
Movie Orient Express Carlton Myatt 1934-02-28
Movie Strictly Dynamite Fleming 1934-05-11
Movie Elinor Norton Bill Foster 1934-11-02
Movie Professional Sweetheart Jim Davey 1933-06-09
Movie State Fair Wayne Frake 1933-02-10
Movie Rafter Romance Jack 1933-09-01
Movie Pilgrimage Jim 'Jimmy' Jessop (Hannah's son) 1933-07-12
Movie Steady Company Jim 1932-03-13
Movie Girl of the Rio Johnny Powell 1932-01-15
Movie The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Maurice Cohen 1932-03-27
Movie Alias the Doctor Stephan Brenner 1932-03-06
Movie Play Girl Wallace 'Wally' Dennis 1932-03-12
Movie Week-End Marriage Ken Hayes 1932-06-18
Movie Strange Justice Wally Baker 1932-10-07
Movie Prosperity John Warren 1932-11-18
Movie Skyscraper Souls Tom Shepherd 1932-07-16
Movie No Limit Douglas Thayer 1931-01-15
Movie Under Eighteen Alf 1931-01-02
Movie It Pays to Advertise Rodney Martin 1931-02-18
Movie Men Call It Love Jack 1931-03-14
Movie Confessions of a Co-Ed Hal Evans 1931-07-11
Movie Up Pops the Devil Steve Merrick 1931-05-19
Movie Young Man of Manhattan Toby McLean 1930-04-19
Movie Gentlemen Of The Press Ted Hanley 1929-05-04
Movie Love at First Sight Unknown 1929-12-15