Dick Foran was born in Flemington in 1910. Both his father (Arthur F. Foran) and younger brother (Walter E. Foran)  were Republican members of the New Jersey Senate. He enrolled at Princeton University, pursuing a degree in geology. He played on the football team while taking courses in the arts, where he developed an interest in the theater.

As an actor in Hollywood, he was cast as a 'singing cowboy' in such films as Moonlight on the Prairie (1935). Other singing cowboy features included Song of the Saddle (1936), Guns of the Pecos (1937), Empty Holsters (1937), and Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), in which he appeared with Ronald Reagan. 

Foran appeared in two films with the legendary comedy team of Abbott & Costello - Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and Keep 'Em Flying (1941). He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1600 Vine Street.