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|Widmark as Max Brock, 1973|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Richard Weedt Widmark
(1914-12-26)December 26, 1914
Sunrise Township, Minnesota, U.S.
|Deceased||March 24, 2008(2008-03-24)
Roxbury, Connecticut, U.S.
(m. 1942; d. 1997)
Richard Widmark ( Richard Weedt Widmark : Sunrise, Minnesota, December 26, 1914 – Roxbury, Connecticut, March 24, 2008) was a film actor American. Started in the theater and on the radio, he went to the cinema in 1947, standing out for his extraordinary versatility, playing roles in black, western and adventure films.
Richard Widmark’s Biography
Richard Widmark grew up in the town of Princeton, Illinois. Because of the profession of his father, commercial representative, the young Richard resided in different populations during his childhood and adolescence. Finally, he went to Lake Forest University, where he would study interpretation. He debuted on the radio, in 1938, in the serial Aunt Jenny’s Real Life Stories. He started working on Broadway, in 1943, with the work Kiss and Tell. He was declared incapacitated during World War II, due to a perforated eardrum.
His magnificent performance in this play was much appreciated by the director Henry Hathaway, who had him to make it debut in the cinema with The Kiss of Death, in 1947. Widmark played the role of killer gangster Tommy Udo. The scene that will go down in the history of this film is the one in which Udo pushes an old woman in a wheelchair (role played by Mildred Dunnock) downstairs. The kiss of death was a resounding success and Widmark became a star overnight. In this way, the actor would get a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. He also won the award for best Golden Globes revelation, and was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor.
Richard Widmark was a cult actor who solidly portrayed tough, structured and monolithic characters, and also over-demanded, but at some point hints at a faint background of humanity.
During the decade of the 40s and the 50s, Widmark took part in many productions. Between its better titles, they emphasize Night in the city (1950), of Jules Dassin; A ray of light (1950), by Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Panic in the streets (1951), by Elia Kazan; Broken Lance (1954), by Edward Dmytryk; The spider’s web (1955), by Vincente Minnelli; The Law of the Talion (1956), by Delmer Daves and Challenge in the Dead City (1958), by John Sturges.
In the decade of the 60 it would carry out some of its more well-known titles, like the Alamo (1960), of John Wayne; Victors or losers (1961), by Stanley Kramer; Two ride together (1961), by John Ford or Homicidal Brigade (1968), directed by Don Siegel. Precisely the character of this latest film, Detective Madigan, also triumph in television during the 70s. One of the most notable films is the Incident Bedford (1965) where he starred with Sidney Poitier a war film of intense emotional tension.
Widmark was married to Jean Hazlewood, writer, from 1942 until her death, on March 2, 1997. In September 1999, Widmark would marry Susan Blanchard. Widmark lived since then removed from the screens, in Roxbury, Connecticut.
Richard Widmark Net Worth – $1.5 Million
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