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Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark (born December 26, 1914 in Sunrise, Minnesota) is an American film actor. He grew up in Princeton, Illinois and attended Lake Forest College, where he studied acting. He taught acting at the college after graduation, before debuting on radio in 1938 in Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories. He appeared on Broadway in 1943 in Kiss and Tell. He was unable to join the military during World War II because of a perforated eardrum.

Widmark first appeared in movies in 1947's Kiss of Death (in which he giggles as he pushes a wheelchair-bound old woman down a flight of stairs), which started his seven year contract with 20th Century Fox. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the performance.

Widmark became so popular, so fast, that it was only two years later that he had his handprints cast in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater. In the intervening two years, he had appeared in Slattery's Hurricane, Down to the Sea in Ships, Yellow Sky, Road House and The Street with No Name.

Other starring roles were in Panic in the Streets, No Way Out, Halls of Montezuma, Pickup on South Street, Take the High Ground!, Warlock, The Alamo, Judgment at Nuremberg, How the West Was Won, The Bedford Incident, Murder on the Orient Express, Coma and Madigan (he also starred in the television series which was based on the latter movie).

In 2002, Widmark was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Richard Widmark Facts

BirthdayDecember 26, 1914
BirthplaceSunrise, Minnesota, USA
Date of deathMarch 24, 2008 (age 93)
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Richard Widmark compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Against All Odds (1984)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
The Long Ships (1964)
How the West Was Won (1963)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
The Alamo (1960)
Warlock (1959)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
The Street with No Name (1948)
The Frogmen
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