Norman Foster

Director, Actor
Actor and director Norman Foster began his film career in 1929. Quickly earning starring roles, Foster appeared with his first wife, Claudette Colbert, in 1930's "Young Man of Manhattan", and with leading lady Clara Bow ... Read more »
Born: 12/13/1900 in Richmond, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Director (24)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Director

Zorro 1957 - 1959 (Tv Show)

Director

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Navajo 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (Movie)

(Director)

Charlie Chan in Reno (Movie)

(Director)

Fair Warning (Movie)

(Director)

Father Is a Bachelor (Movie)

(Director)

Journey into Fear (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss the Blood off My Hands (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (Movie)

(Director)

Mysterious Mr. Moto (Movie)

(Director)

Rachel and the Stranger (Movie)

(Director)

Ride, Kelly, Ride (Movie)

(Director)

Scotland Yard (Movie)

(Director)

Sky Full of Moon (Movie)

(Director)

Sombrero (Movie)

(Director)

Tell It to the Judge (Movie)

(Director)

Thank You, Mr. Moto (Movie)

(Director)

Think Fast, Mr. Moto (Movie)

(Director)

Woman on the Run (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (18)

Behind the Green Lights 1934 (Movie)

Detective Lt. Dave Britten (Actor)

City Streets (Movie)

Extra on Midway (Actor)

Confessions of a Co-Ed (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Elinor Norton (Movie)

Bill Carroll (Actor)

Fatal Lady (Movie)

Phillip Roberts (Actor)

Hoosier Schoolmaster (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

It Pays to Advertise (Movie)

Rodney Martin (Actor)

Journey into Fear (Movie)

(Actor)

Ladies Crave Excitement (Movie)

Don Phelan (Actor)

No Limit (Movie)

Douglas Thayer (Actor)

Pilgrimage (Movie)

Jim Jessop (Actor)

Professional Sweetheart (Movie)

Jim Davey (Actor)

Rafter Romance (Movie)

Jack Bacon (Actor)

Skyscraper Souls (Movie)

Tom Shepherd (Actor)

State Fair (Movie)

Wayne Frake (Actor)

Strictly Dynamite (Movie)

Nick Montgomery (Actor)

The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood (Movie)

Melville Cohen (Actor)

Under Eighteen (Movie)

Alf (Actor)
Writer (13)

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Navajo 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Davy Crockett (TV Show)

Writer

Fair Warning (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Mysterious Mr. Moto (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Sky Full of Moon (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Sombrero (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Thank You, Mr. Moto (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Think Fast, Mr. Moto (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Woman on the Run (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (1)

The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones 1975 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Actor and director Norman Foster began his film career in 1929. Quickly earning starring roles, Foster appeared with his first wife, Claudette Colbert, in 1930's "Young Man of Manhattan", and with leading lady Clara Bow in "No Limit" in 1931. After starring in dozens of films, Foster turned to directing in 1936, writing, directing, and starring in "I Cover Chinatown". Focusing mostly on directing, he also wrote his first film in the Mr. Moto series, "Think Fast, Mr. Moto", starring Peter Lorre as the Japanese-American detective. Making five films in the series, he then began directing films about the most famous Asian-American detective of all, Charlie Chan. With Sidney Toler in the title role, Foster directed three Chan films in total, beginning with "Charlie Chan in Reno" in 1939. In the '40s Foster began branching out, making several Westerns and dramas, and even three Mexican films during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. His best-known films of this time are the classic film noir dramas "Journey Into Fear" starring Orson Welles, "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands", and "Woman on the Run". In 1948 Foster directed the frontier drama "Rachel and the Stranger", with a WGA Award-nominated script by Waldo Salt. In the '50s Foster began directing the classic television series "Zorro", "Batman", and "The Green Hornet". He also worked with his sister-in-law Loretta Young on both of her own television shows.

Relationships

Sally Blane

Companion

Claudette Colbert Actor

Companion
Married in 1927 she did not live with Foster and kept marriage a secret for many years divorced in August 1935 in Mexico

Milestones

1936

film director

1926

Broadway actor

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