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Norman Foster

actor , director , producer , writer

Born Norman Hoeffer, Norman Foster became a stage actor in 1926 and by the end of the decade was acting in films.

Background

Foster, Norman was born on December 13, 1903 in Richmond, Indiana, United States. Son of Charles Foster and Blanche M. (Cummings) Hoeffer.

Career

He switched to directing in 1936, and helmed six of the eight "Mr. Moto" mysteries starring Peter Lorre. In 1942 he

completed (and signed) Orson Welles'' stylish thriller Journey Into Fear. He was then made director of the "My Friend Bonito" segment of Welles' Pan-American anthology film It's All True until RKO aborted the project. From his genre work of the next twenty-five years, Foster is most fondly remembered for his westerns Rachel and The Stranger and Navajo, and the crime thriller Woman on The Run. He turned his attention to television in the '60s and in the

mid '70s had his final acting role in Welles' as-yet-unreleased Hollywood satire, The Other Side of the Wind.

Achievements

  • Actor:

    Prosperity (1932)

    Pilgrimage (1933)

    Rafter Romance (1933)

    State Fair (1933)

    Strictly Dynamite (1934)

    Ladies Crave Excitement (1935)

    Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

    Director:

    The Sign of Zorro (1958)

    Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

    Woman on the Run (1950)

    Journey into Fear (1943)

    Brighty of the Grand Canyon(1967)

    Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto mysteries:

    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).

Connections

Married Sally Blane; children: Gretchen, Robert.

father:
Charles Foster

mother:
Blanche M. (Cummings) Hoeffer

1st wife:
Claudette Colbert

2-nd wife:
Sally Blane - actor

Son:
Robert Foster

Son:
Gretchen Foster