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Years active
  
1938–2001

Children
  
Anne Koufax

Height
  
1.78 m

Role
  
Film actor

Name
  
Richard Widmark


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Full Name
  
Richard Weedt Widmark

Born
  
December 26, 1914 (
1914-12-26
)
Sunrise Township, Minnesota, U.S.

Died
  
March 24, 2008, Roxbury, Connecticut, United States

Spouse
  
Susan Blanchard (m. 1999–2008), Jean Hazlewood (m. 1942–1997)

Movies
  
Kiss of Death, The Alamo, Pickup on South Street, Night and the City, Judgment at Nuremberg

Similar People
  
Victor Mature, Henry Fonda, Susan Blanchard, Burt Lancaster, Henry Hathaway

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Richard Weedt Widmark (December 26, 1914 – March 24, 2008) was an American film, stage and television actor and producer.

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He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death, for which he also won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Early in his career Widmark was typecast in similar villainous or anti-hero roles in film noirs, but he later branched out into more heroic leading and support roles in westerns, mainstream dramas and horror films, among others.

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For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Widmark has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2002, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Early life

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Widmark was born in Sunrise Township, Minnesota, the son of Ethel Mae (née Barr) and Carl Henry Widmark. His father was of Swedish descent, and his mother was of English and Scottish ancestry. Widmark grew up in Princeton, Illinois, and also lived in Henry, Illinois for a short time, moving frequently because of his father's work as a traveling salesman. He attended Lake Forest College, where he studied acting and also taught acting after he graduated.

Radio

Widmark made his debut as a radio actor in 1938 on Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories. In 1941 and 1942, he was heard daily on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the title role of the daytime serial Front Page Farrell, introduced each afternoon as "the exciting, unforgettable radio drama... the story of a crack newspaperman and his wife, the story of David and Sally Farrell." Farrell was a top reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle. When the series moved to NBC, Widmark turned the role over to Carleton G. Young and Staats Cotsworth.

During the 1940s, Widmark was also heard on such network radio programs as Gang Busters, The Shadow, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Joyce Jordan, M.D., Molle Mystery Theater, Suspense and Ethel and Albert. In 1952 he portrayed Cincinnatus Shryock in an episode of Cavalcade of America titled "Adventure on the Kentucky." He returned to radio drama decades later, performing on CBS Radio Mystery Theater (1974–82), and was also one of the five hosts on Sears Radio Theater (as the Friday "adventure night" host) from 1979–81.

Broadway and films

Widmark appeared on Broadway in 1943 in F. Hugh Herbert's Kiss and Tell. He was unable to join the military during World War II because of a perforated eardrum. He was in Chicago appearing in a stage production of Dream Girl with June Havoc when 20th Century Fox signed him to a seven-year contract.

Widmark's first movie appearance was in Kiss of Death (1947), as the giggling, sociopathic villain Tommy Udo. In his most notorious scene, Udo pushed a wheelchair-bound woman (played by Mildred Dunnock) down a flight of stairs to her death. Widmark was almost not cast. He said, "The director, Henry Hathaway, didn't want me. I have a high forehead; he thought I looked too intellectual." Hathaway was overruled by studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck. "Hathaway gave me kind of a bad time," recalled Widmark. Kiss of Death was a commercial and critical success: Widmark won the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actor, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. Widmark played "Dude" in the Western film Yellow Sky (1948), with Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter. His name was billed third, above the title.

Widmark then co-starred with Gene Tierney and Googie Withers in Jules Dassin's Night and the City and with Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance and Zero Mostel in Elia Kazan's Panic in the Streets (both 1950). They are considered classic examples of film noir. Around the same time, Widmark starred with Sidney Poitier in the gripping racial melodrama No Way Out (also 1950).

In 1952, Widmark had his handprints cast in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. During his stint at Fox, he appeared in The Street with No Name (1948), Don't Bother to Knock (1952) with Marilyn Monroe, and Samuel Fuller's Pickup on South Street (1953). Widmark appeared in two Fox westerns: Garden of Evil opposite Gary Cooper, and Broken Lance (both 1954) with Spencer Tracy. He also appeared in Vincente Minnelli's film The Cobweb (1955) with Lauren Bacall.

Widmark starred in, and also produced, a naval drama set during the Cold War, The Bedford Incident (1965), modelled loosely on the Herman Melville novel Moby Dick. He is also credited with producing his films Time Limit (1957) and The Secret Ways (1961). Other films in this period were The Alamo (1960) with John Wayne as Davy Crockett and Widmark as Jim Bowie, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), John Ford's Two Rode Together (1961) and Cheyenne Autumn (1964) and, in Madigan (1968), as a police detective in the title role, which he later reprised in a television series of the same name. During the 1970s, Widmark's films included Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Michael Crichton's Coma (1978), and The Swarm (1978). In all, Widmark appeared in over 60 films before making his final movie appearance in True Colors (1991).

In an interview with Michael Shelden in 2002, Widmark complained that "movie-making has lost a lot of its magic." He thought that it had become "mostly a mechanical process . . . All they want to do is move the camera around like it was on a rollercoaster. A great director like John Ford knew how to handle it. Ford didn't move the camera, he moved the people."

Television

Widmark was a guest on What's My Line? in 1954. The following year, he made a rare foray into comedy on I Love Lucy, portraying himself when a starstruck Lucy trespasses onto his property to steal a souvenir. Widmark finds Lucy sprawled out on his living room floor underneath a bearskin rug.

Returning to television in the early 1970s, Widmark received an Emmy nomination for his performance as Paul Roudebush, the President of the United States, in the TV movie Vanished! (1971), a Fletcher Knebel political thriller. In 1972–73, he reprised his detective role from Don Siegel's Madigan (1968) with six 90-minute episodes on the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie. The next year, he participated in a mini-series about Benjamin Franklin, transmitted in 1974, which was a unique experiment of four 90-minute dramas, each with a different actor impersonating Franklin: Widmark, Beau Bridges, Eddie Albert, Melvyn Douglas, and, portraying Franklin at age twelve, Willie Aames. The series won a Peabody Award and five Emmys. During the 1980s, Widmark returned to TV with a half-dozen TV movies.

Personal life

Widmark was married to screenwriter Jean Hazlewood from 1942 until her death in 1997. They had a daughter, Anne Heath Widmark, an artist and author who was married to baseball player Sandy Koufax from 1969 to 1982. In 1999, Widmark married Susan Blanchard, the daughter of Dorothy Hammerstein and stepdaughter of Oscar Hammerstein II; she had been Henry Fonda's third wife.

Green City, Missouri, is the site of Widmark Airport (FAA LID: MO83) in northeastern Missouri. Towns the size of Green City, whose population numbered only 688 inhabitants in 2000, usually do not have airports, but Widmark owned a cattle ranch in the area during the 1950s and 1960s. Widmark contributed funds to the construction of an airport which led to its being named in his honor.

Despite having spent a substantial part of his career appearing in gun-toting roles such as cowboys, policemen, gangsters and military men, Widmark disliked firearms and was involved in several gun-control initiatives. In 1976 he stated:

"I know I've made kind of a half-assed career out of violence, but I abhor violence. I am an ardent supporter of gun control. It seems incredible to me that the United States are the only civilized nation that does not put some effective control on guns."

Death

Retiring in 2001, Widmark died after a long illness on March 24, 2008, at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut at the age of 93. Widmark's ailing health in his final years being aggravated by a fall he had suffered in 2007. At the 2009 Academy Awards, he was honored in the Memorial Tribute. His body was buried at Roxbury Center Cemetery.

Short films:

Television

  • I Love Lucy – episode – "The Tour" – Richard Widmark (1955)
  • Madigan – 6 episodes – Sgt. Dan Madigan (1972–1973)
  • The Lives of Benjamin Franklin – episode – The Rebel – Benjamin Franklin (1975)
  • Filmography

    Actor
    1992
    Lincoln (TV Movie) as
    Ward Hill Lamon (voice)
    1991
    True Colors as
    Sen. James Stiles
    1989
    Cold Sassy Tree (TV Movie) as
    Enoch Rucker Blakeslee
    1988
    Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie) as
    Capt. Owen Hayes
    1987
    A Gathering of Old Men (TV Movie) as
    Sheriff Mapes
    1985
    Blackout (TV Movie) as
    Joe Steiner
    1984
    Against All Odds as
    Ben Caxton
    1982
    The Final Option as
    Secretary of State
    1982
    Hanky Panky as
    Ransom
    1982
    Movie Madness as
    Stan Nagurski ("Municipalians")
    1981
    A Whale for the Killing (TV Movie) as
    Tom Goodenough
    1980
    All God's Children (TV Movie) as
    Judge Parke Denison
    1979
    Bear Island as
    Otto Gerran
    1979
    Mr. Horn (TV Mini Series) as
    Al Sieber
    1978
    The Swarm as
    Gen. Slater
    1978
    Coma as
    Dr. George Harris
    1977
    Rollercoaster as
    Hoyt
    1977
    The Domino Principle as
    Tagge
    1977
    Twilight's Last Gleaming as
    Gen. Martin MacKenzie - Commanding General SA
    1976
    The Sell-Out as
    Sam Lucas
    1976
    To the Devil a Daughter as
    John Verney
    1975
    The Last Day (TV Movie) as
    Will Spence
    1974
    The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini Series) as
    Benjamin Franklin
    - The Rebel (1975) - Benjamin Franklin
    - The Ambassador (1974) - Benjamin Franklin
    1974
    Murder on the Orient Express as
    Ratchett
    1973
    Brock's Last Case (TV Movie) as
    Lt. Max Brock
    1972
    Madigan (TV Series) as
    Sgt. Dan Madigan
    - The Park Avenue Beat (1973) - Sgt. Dan Madigan
    - The Naples Beat (1973) - Sgt. Dan Madigan
    - The Lisbon Beat (1973) - Sgt. Dan Madigan
    - The London Beat (1972) - Sgt. Dan Madigan
    - The Midtown Beat (1972) - Sgt. Dan Madigan
    - The Manhattan Beat (1972) - Sgt. Dan Madigan
    1973
    A Talent for Loving as
    Maj. Patten
    1972
    When the Legends Die as
    Red Dillon
    1971
    Vanished (TV Mini Series) as
    President Paul Roudebush
    - Part II (1971) - President Paul Roudebush
    - Part I (1971) - President Paul Roudebush
    1970
    The Moonshine War as
    Dr. Emmett Taulbee
    1969
    Death of a Gunfighter as
    Marshal Frank Patch
    1968
    Madigan as
    Det. Daniel Madigan
    1967
    The Way West as
    Lije Evans
    1966
    Alvarez Kelly as
    Col. Tom Rossiter
    1965
    The Bedford Incident as
    Capt. Eric Finlander U.S.N.
    1964
    Cheyenne Autumn as
    Capt. Thomas Archer
    1964
    Flight from Ashiya as
    Lt. Col. Glenn Stevenson
    1964
    The Long Ships as
    Rolfe
    1962
    Exercise No. One (Short)
    1962
    How the West Was Won as
    Mike King
    1961
    Judgment at Nuremberg as
    Col. Tad Lawson
    1961
    Two Rode Together as
    First Lt. Jim Gary
    1961
    The Secret Ways as
    Michael Reynolds
    1960
    The Alamo as
    Col. Jim Bowie
    1959
    Warlock as
    Johnny Gannon
    1959
    The Trap as
    Ralph Anderson
    1958
    The Tunnel of Love as
    August 'Augie' Poole
    1958
    The Law and Jake Wade as
    Clint Hollister
    1957
    Time Limit as
    Col. William Edwards
    1957
    Saint Joan as
    The Dauphin, Charles VII
    1956
    The Last Wagon as
    Comanche Todd
    1956
    Run for the Sun as
    Michael 'Mike' Latimer
    1956
    Backlash as
    Jim Slater
    1955
    A Prize of Gold as
    Sgt. Joe Lawrence
    1955
    Boy with a Knife (Short) as
    Narrator
    1955
    The Cobweb as
    Dr. Stewart 'Mac' McIver
    1955
    I Love Lucy (TV Series) as
    Richard Widmark
    - The Tour (1955) - Richard Widmark
    1954
    Broken Lance as
    Ben Devereaux
    1954
    Garden of Evil as
    Fiske
    1954
    Hell and High Water as
    Capt. Adam Jones
    1953
    Take the High Ground! as
    Sgt. Thorne Ryan
    1953
    Pickup on South Street as
    Skip McCoy
    1953
    Destination Gobi as
    CPO Samuel T. McHale
    1952
    My Pal Gus as
    Dave Jennings
    1952
    O. Henry's Full House as
    Johnny Kernan (segment "The Clarion Call")
    1952
    Don't Bother to Knock as
    Jed Towers
    1952
    Red Skies of Montana as
    Cliff Mason
    1951
    The Frogmen as
    Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence
    1951
    Halls of Montezuma as
    Lt. Anderson
    1950
    No Way Out as
    Ray Biddle
    1950
    Panic in the Streets as
    Lt. Cmdr. Clinton Reed
    1950
    Night and the City as
    Harry Fabian
    1949
    Slattery's Hurricane as
    Lt. Will Slattery USNR
    1949
    Down to the Sea in Ships as
    First Mate Dan Lunceford
    1948
    Yellow Sky as
    Dude
    1948
    Road House as
    Jefferson T. 'Jefty' Robbins
    1948
    The Street with No Name as
    Alec Stiles
    1947
    Kiss of Death as
    Tommy Udo
    Producer
    1965
    The Bedford Incident (producer)
    1961
    The Secret Ways (producer - produced by)
    1957
    Time Limit (producer)
    Director
    1961
    The Secret Ways (uncredited)
    Soundtrack
    1952
    O. Henry's Full House (performer: "Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)" (1850) - uncredited)
    1949
    Slattery's Hurricane (performer: "Home on the Range", "Dolores" - uncredited)
    Thanks
    1991
    Blood and Concrete (the filmmakers wish to express their gratitude to)
    Self
    2002
    Dobe and a Company of Heroes (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1999
    Biography (TV Series documentary) as
    Self / Self - Actor
    - Jack Palance: From Grit to Grace (2001) - Self
    - Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters (2000) - Self
    - Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel (1999) - Self - Actor
    - Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait (1999) - Self - Actor
    1997
    Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1995
    Le club (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Richard Widmark - Self
    1995
    Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (Documentary) as
    Self
    1995
    American Cinema (TV Series documentary) as
    Narrator
    - Film Noir (1995) - Narrator
    1973
    AFI Life Achievement Award (TV Series) as
    Self / Self - Audience Member / Speaker
    - AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier (1992) - Self
    - AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck (1989) - Self
    - AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish (1984) - Self
    - AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire (1981) - Self - Audience Member (uncredited)
    - AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980) - Self / Speaker (uncredited)
    - AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (1978) - Self
    - AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford (1973) - Self
    1991
    Wogan (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Wogan with Gloria Hunniford (1991) - Self
    1989
    Moving Image Salutes Sidney Poitier (TV Special) as
    Self - Speaker
    1989
    The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Presenter
    1988
    Los Angeles History Project (TV Series documentary) as
    Narrator
    - Trouble in Angel City (1988) - Narrator (voice)
    1988
    Talking Pictures (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - The Inmates Take Over the Asylum (1988) - Self
    - Hollywood and the Western (1988) - Self
    1987
    Champs-Elysées (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 7 November 1987 (1987) - Self
    1987
    Ein Aufstand alter Männer (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1986
    Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (TV Movie documentary) as
    Narrator
    1986
    The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1985
    The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly (TV Special) as
    Self
    1984
    The Moviemakers (TV Series) as
    Self
    - The Classic Westerner (1984)
    - The Art of Acting (1984) - Self
    1984
    The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Presenter
    1983
    Cinéma cinémas (TV Series documentary) as
    Self (episode 'Richard Widmark: Hollywood mai 1983')
    - Episode dated 2 November 1983 (1983) - Self (episode 'Richard Widmark: Hollywood mai 1983')
    1978
    Talking Film (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Stars of the Cinema (1983) - Self
    - The Cinema of Henry Hathaway (1981) - Self
    - A Portrait of John Ford (1978) - Self
    1979
    Ingrid Bergman: An All-Star Salute (TV Movie) as
    Self
    1977
    The Manipulators (Documentary short) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1974
    V.I.P.-Schaukel (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Episode #4.3 (1974) - Self
    1974
    Bicentennial Minutes (TV Series short) as
    Self - Narrator
    - Episode #1.2 (1974) - Self - Narrator
    1973
    A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle (TV Special) as
    Self
    1970
    Shooting the Moonshine War (Documentary short) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1964
    Freedom Spectacular (TV Movie) as
    Self
    1963
    Delta Kappa Alpha Silver Anniversary Banquet (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1962
    Here's Hollywood (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #3.47 (1962) - Self
    - Episode #2.98 (1962) - Self
    1961
    The 33rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Presenter
    1961
    The 18th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Presenter
    1960
    Spirit of the Alamo (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1960
    Eröffnung der X. Internationalen Filmfestspiele (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1957
    The Making of 'Saint Joan' (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1957
    Today (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 21 October 1957 (1957) - Self
    1957
    The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #10.23 (1957) - Self
    1956
    The World of Mosaic (Documentary short) as
    Narrator (voice)
    1955
    1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (Short documentary) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1954
    What's My Line? (TV Series) as
    Self - Mystery Guest
    - Richard Widmark (1954) - Self - Mystery Guest
    1952
    Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (Short) as
    Self
    1951
    Screen Snapshots: Hopalong in Hoppy Land (Documentary short) as
    Self
    Archive Footage
    2020
    Das Kino ist tot, es lebe das Kino: Berlinale-Beobachtungen (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    2019
    The Directors (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - John Sturges (2019) - Self (uncredited)
    2018
    Making Montgomery Clift (Documentary) as
    Col. Tad Lawson (uncredited)
    2018
    Dark Arts: Inside 'To the Devil a Daughter' (Video documentary short) as
    John Verney (uncredited)
    2016
    I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary) as
    Ray Biddle
    2015
    Compression (TV Series documentary)
    - Compression Don't bother to knock de Roy Ward Baker (2016)
    - Compression Night and the City de Jules Dassin (2015)
    2015
    Discovering Film (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Albert Finney (2015) - Self
    2009
    The 81st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Memorial Tribute
    2009
    The Orange British Academy Film Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Memorial Tribute
    2009
    15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - In Memoriam
    2008
    The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special documentary) as
    Self - In Memoriam
    2008
    Empire State Building Murders (TV Movie) as
    Stan
    2007
    Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery (Video documentary) as
    Ratchett (in 'Murder on the Orient Express')
    2007
    Classified X (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    2005
    Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe (TV Special)
    2004
    Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (Documentary)
    2003
    Images of Indians: How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native American (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self / Capt. Thomas Archer (from Cheyenne Autumn (1964)) (uncredited)
    2003
    Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self (uncredited)
    2002
    The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller (TV Movie documentary) as
    Skip McCoy
    2002
    The Kid Stays in the Picture (Documentary) as
    Self (uncredited)
    2000
    Hollywood Remembers (TV Series documentary)
    - Richard Widmark
    1997
    Twentieth Century Fox: The First 50 Years (TV Movie documentary) as
    Actor 'Kiss of Death' (uncredited)
    1995
    Century of Cinema (TV Series documentary) as
    actor 'Pickup on South Street'
    - A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) - actor 'Pickup on South Street' (uncredited)
    1994
    The World of Hammer (TV Series documentary) as
    John Verney
    - Hammer Stars: Christopher Lee (1994) - John Verney
    1992
    John Wayne's 'the Alamo' (Video documentary short) as
    Jim Bowie
    1991
    Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (Documentary) as
    Self
    1990
    Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths (Video documentary)
    1990
    Hollywood Mavericks (Documentary) as
    Skip McCoy (uncredited)
    1989
    Foutaises (Short) as
    Tommy Udo (uncredited)
    1987
    James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson (TV Movie) as
    First Lt. Jim Gary (clip from Two Rode Together (1961))
    1984
    The Moviemakers (TV Series) as
    Self
    - A Portrait of John Ford (1984) - Self
    1981
    Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1980
    Fade to Black as
    Tommy Udo (uncredited)
    1971
    Directed by John Ford (Documentary)
    1953
    The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #6.26 (1953) - Self

    References

    Richard Widmark Wikipedia