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DiedSeptember 5, 1982, Newport Beach, California, United States
SpouseDinah Washington
MarkYelled "Whooooaaaah Nellie" everytime something happened during his announcing of Hot Rod Derby, Roller Derby, and Wrestling.
FactDick also starred on KTLA's weekly variety show, Dixieland Showboat, as the interlocutor/master of ceremonies.

Richard Lane, nicknamed “Night Train”, was an American football cornerback. He played college football for the San Francisco 49ers, where he was a two-time All-Pro. He was drafted in the first round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played for the Rams from 1952 to 1953, and for the Chicago Cardinals from 1954 to 1959. He was selected to four Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro. He had 52 interceptions in his career, which is tied for ninth all-time. He died in 2002 at the age of 74.

Lane was born in Austin, Texas, on December 28, 1927. His parents were John and Emma Lane. He had four brothers and sisters. He attended Austin High School, where he played football and basketball. He graduated from high school in 1945.

Lane played college football at the University of San Francisco. He was a two-time All-American and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1949 Cotton Bowl Classic. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

Lane was drafted in the first round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played for the Rams from 1952 to 1953, and for the Chicago Cardinals from 1954 to 1959. He was selected to four Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro. He had 52 interceptions in his career, which is tied for ninth all-time.

Lane died in 2002 at the age of 74.

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Full NameNight Train Lane
DiedSeptember 5, 1982, Newport Beach, California, United States
Height1.86 m
Weight88 kg
ProfessionAmerican football player
EducationWestern Nebraska Community College


SpouseDinah Washington
ChildrenRichard Andrew Walker, Richard Ladimir Lane
ParentsElla Lane


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Personality
MoviesArabian Nights, Meet Boston Blackie, Alias Boston Blackie, The Jackie Robinson Story, Kansas City Bomber, The Bullfighters, Confessions of Boston Blackie, Union Pacific, A-Haunting We Will Go, The Phantom Thief, The Biscuit Eater, The Return of the Whistler, Before They Were Stars - Gung Ho, Time Ou...

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1Yelled "Whooooaaaah Nellie" everytime something happened during his announcing of Hot Rod Derby, Roller Derby, and Wrestling.


1Began his career in show business as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville. On screen, he often played tough cops or reporters. He had a recurring role as a police inspector in Columbia's Boston Blackie series of the 1940's. He joined Paramount after a wartime stint as emcee for the USO.
2In the early 1940s, while working at Paramount Pictures, Dick Lane watched as television genius Klaus Landsberg worked on the studio's experimental TV station, W6XYZ. On January 22, 1947, KTLA became the first commercial TV station west of the Mississippi and Dick was one its first on-camera personalities. On the Spade Cooley Show, he wore cowboy chaps and became known as "Leather Britches", accentuating each Chevrolet commercial by slapping the fender.
3Dick also starred on KTLA's weekly variety show, Dixieland Showboat, as the interlocutor/master of ceremonies.
4As a wrestling announcer during the 50s and 60s, Lane made up names for numerous wrestling moves on the spur of the moment, most of which are still in common use today.
5Dick Lane is remembered as the voice of local roller derby and midget car racing in the Los Angeles area, throughout the 1950s and 60s, most notably the Los Angeles Thunderbirds roller derby team.




Crashing Hollywood1938Hugo Wells
The Dummy Owner1938Short voice, uncredited
Wise Girl1937Detective
Hitting a New High1937Owner of the Chez Suzette Nightclub (uncredited)
Danger Patrol1937Bill
Many Unhappy Returns1937Short
Saturday's Heroes1937Red Watson
Should Wives Work?1937Short
The Life of the Party1937Hotel Manager
Flight from Glory1937Mr. Hanson
New Faces of 19371937Broker Harry Barnes
You Can't Beat Love1937Iceman (uncredited)
There Goes My Girl1937Editor Tim J. Whelan
You Can't Buy Luck1937Detective Mac McGrath
The Outcasts of Poker Flat1937High-Grade
The Woman I Love1937Florence's boyfriend (uncredited)
Shake, Mr. Shakespeare1936ShortMr. Smith (uncredited)
Punch and Beauty1936ShortRuss Biff
For the Love of Pete1936ShortMcSwat's Cornerman
Shop Talk1936ShortBill Hobbs
They're Off1936ShortAnnouncer
The One and Only1978uncredited
The Shaggy D.A.1976Roller Rink Announcer (as Dick Lane)
Kansas City Bomber1972TV Spokesman Len (as Dick Lane)
The Munsters1965TV SeriesThe Announcer
Dear Brigitte1965Racetrack Announcer (uncredited)
The Killers1964Demolition Derby Announcer (uncredited)
Visit to a Small Planet1960Superbo Television Spokesman (uncredited)
Leave It to Beaver1959TV SeriesMarshal Moran
Crossroads1956TV SeriesManager
I Can Get It for You Wholesale1951Kelley
The Admiral Was a Lady1950Marty Gruber
The Jackie Robinson Story1950Clay Hopper
Everybody's Dancin'1950Colonel Ed Harrison
Quicksand1950Lt. Nelson
Hold That Monkey1950ShortDick
There's a Girl in My Heart1949Sergeant Mullin
The Big Wheel1949Reno Riley (as Dick Lane)
That Midnight Kiss1949Radio D.J. (uncredited)
Mighty Joe Young1949City Attorney (uncredited)
Flung by a Fling1949ShortSgt. Dick Lane
Take Me Out to the Ball Game1949Michael Gilhuly
Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture1949Inspector William R. Farraday
Miss Mink of 19491949Herbert Pendelton
He's in Again1949ShortDick
The Creeper1948Insp. Fenwick
The Babe Ruth Story1948Boston Braves' coach
Pardon My Lamb Chop1948ShortDick, Shell-shocked Veteran
Trapped by Boston Blackie1948Inspector Farraday
The Return of the Whistler1948Gaylord Traynor
Tenth Avenue Angel1948Street Vendor
Two Nuts in a Rut1948ShortRichard Lane, producer
Devil Ship1947Capt. 'Biff' Brown
Wedding Belle1947ShortDick Lane
Training for Trouble1947ShortRichard Lane
Out of the Blue1947Detective Noonan
Hit Parade of 19471947Serial Director
Song of Scheherazade1947Lieutenant
KTLA Premiere1947TV MovieAnnouncer
Boston Blackie and the Law1946Insp. John Farraday
Sioux City Sue1946/IJeff Lang
Gentleman Joe Palooka1946Phillips
Pardon My Terror1946ShortDick
Hot Water1946ShortDick
Monkey Businessmen1946ShortMr. Jordan (voice, uncredited)
Ain't Love Cuckoo?1946ShortDick Lane
The Phantom Thief1946Inspector John Farraday
Talk About a Lady1946Duke Randall
A Close Call for Boston Blackie1946Inspector Farraday
Girl on the Spot1946'Weepy' McGurk
High Blood Pleasure1945ShortDick
Boston Blackie's Rendezvous1945Inspector John Farraday
Wonder Man1945Asst. District Attorney
The Bullfighters1945'Hot Shot' Coleman
Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion1945Insp. John Farraday
The Horn Blows at Midnight1945Furness - Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Two O'Clock Courage1945Al Haley
Here Come the Co-eds1945Near-sighted Man at Ballroom
What a Blonde1945Pomeroy
Brazil1944Edward Graham
Bowery to Broadway1944Walter Rogers
One Mysterious Night1944Inspector Farraday
A Wave, a WAC and a Marine1944Marty Allen
Mr. Winkle Goes to War1944Sgt. 'Alphabet' Czeidrowski
Louisiana Hayride1944J. Huntington McMasters
Take It Big1944Eddie Hampton
Bermuda Mystery1944Detective Sergeant Donovan
Slightly Terrific1944Mike Hamilton
'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders1943Capt. Dunphy
The Chance of a Lifetime1943Insp. John Farraday
Crazy House1943S. E. Hanley
Corvette K-2251943Vice Admiral
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943Barney Johnson (uncredited)
Fired Wife1943Orin Tracy
Swing Your Partner1943/IMr. Lane
After Midnight with Boston Blackie1943Inspector Farraday
It Ain't Hay1943Slicker
Air Force1943Maj. W.G. Roberts
Arabian Nights1942Corporal
Time to Kill1942Lt. Breeze
Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood1942Inspector Farraday
A-Haunting We Will Go1942Phillips
Dr. Broadway1942Police Sgt. Patrick Doyle
Drums of the Congo1942Coutlass
Alias Boston Blackie1942Inspector Farraday
Junior G-Men of the Air1942Agent Don Ames
To the Shores of Tripoli1942Lieutenant
Butch Minds the Baby1942Harry the Horse
Ride 'Em Cowboy1942Pete Conway (uncredited)
Confessions of Boston Blackie1941Inspector Farraday
Riders of the Purple Sage1941Steve Oldring
Man at Large1941Editor Grundy
Navy Blues1941'Rocky' Anderson
San Antonio Rose1941Charles J. Willoughby
Tight Shoes1941Allan McGrath
For Beauty's Sake1941Mr. Jackman
Time Out for Rhythm1941Mike Armstrong
The Cowboy and the Blonde1941Gilbert
I Wanted Wings1941Flight Commander
The Penalty1941Craig
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob1941Recruiting Officer
Meet Boston Blackie1941Inspector Faraday
Meet the Chump1941Slugs Bennett
Ride, Kelly, Ride1941Dan Thomas
Respect the Law1941ShortGeorge Johnson
Youth Will Be Served1940Mr. Hewitt
Yesterday's Heroes1940Cleats Slater
The Bride Wore Crutches1940Bill Daly
Hired Wife1940McNab
Margie1940Mr. Dixon
Boom Town1940Ass't. District Attorney
Brother Orchid1940Mugsy O'Day
The Biscuit Eater1940Harvey McNeil
Sandy Is a Lady1940Philip Jarvis
Two Girls on Broadway1940Buddy Bartell
Free, Blonde and 211940Lieutenant Lake
City of Chance1940Marty Connors
Nick Carter, Master Detective1939Sam Vaughn (uncredited)
The Amazing Mr. Williams1939Reagan (uncredited)
Main Street Lawyer1939Ballou, Marco's Lawyer
Drunk Driving1939ShortRick
Sued for Libel1939Smiley Dugan
Hero for a Day1939Abbott
The Escape1939David Clifford
The Day the Bookies Wept1939Ramsey Firpo
Mutiny on the Blackhawk1939Kit Carson
News Is Made at Night1939Barney Basely
Stronger Than Desire1939Jerry Brody
Unexpected Father1939Leo Murphy - Booking Agent
It Could Happen to You1939District Attorney Gibson
For Love or Money1939Foster
Union Pacific1939Sam Reed
While America Sleeps1939ShortAgent Carmichael
Mr. Moto in Danger Island1939Commissioner Gordon
Charlie Chan in Honolulu1938Joe Arnold
The Last Warning1938Steve Felson
His Exciting Night1938Homer Carslake
Exposed1938Tony Mitchell
Mr. Doodle Kicks Off1938Assistant Coach 'Offsides' Jones
Carefree1938Henry - Country Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
I'm from the City1938Captain Oliver 'Ollie' Fitch
Hunting Trouble1938ShortDick
The Jitters1938Short
Blind Alibi1938Bowers
Joy of Living1938Harvey (uncredited)
Go Chase Yourself1938Nails
This Marriage Business1938Joe Selby
Maid's Night Out1938Barker for Octopus Concession (uncredited)
Bringing Up Baby1938Circus Manager (uncredited)
Radio City Revels1938Crane
Ears of Experience1938ShortThe Boss
Everybody's Doing It1938Steve Devers


Mr. Winkle Goes to War1944performer: "Sweet Genevieve" - uncredited
Take It Big1944performer: "Take it Big"
Go Chase Yourself1938performer: "I'm from the City" 1938


An Evening at the Inn1962TV MovieHimself - Host (as Dick Lane)
Jalopy Derby1959TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
66th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade1955TV MovieHimself - Host
Movietown USA1950TV SeriesHimself - MC
The Hoffman Hayride1948TV SeriesHimself
Championship Wrestling1942TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television1986TV MovieHimself
Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies1982TV Movie documentaryActor in 'The Mad Miss Manton' (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesRoller Rink Announcer
Columbia Laff Hour1956


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6317 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1951Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsMost Outstanding Personality

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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