Richard Widmark

Actor, Producer, Drama instructor
Tough, mean, devious and smart; all words that could be used to describe the sort of characters Richard Widmark was identified with. From his earliest roles, Widmark became an archetype, typically playing hoods, thugs ... Read more »
Born: 12/26/1914 in Sunrise, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

Jack Palance: From Grit to Grace 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Wagner: Hollywood's Prince Charming 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The Best of Us 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

Senator James B Stiles (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to Gregory Peck 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Passion and Memory 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackout 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

Ben Caxton (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Performer

Hanky Panky 1982 (Movie)

Ransom (Actor)

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies 1981 (Movie)

Stan Nagurski (Actor)

Who Dares Wins 1981 (Movie)

Secretary of State (Actor)

Bear Island 1978 (Movie)

Professor Otto Gerran (Actor)

Coma 1978 (Movie)

Dr George A Harris (Actor)

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

Hoyt (Actor)

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

General Slater (Actor)

The Domino Principle 1976 (Movie)

Tagge (Actor)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

General Martin MacKenzie (Actor)

The Rebel 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sell Out 1975 (Movie)

Sam Lucas (Actor)

To the Devil, a Daughter 1975 (Movie)

John Verney (Actor)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

Ratchett (Actor)

Madigan 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

When the Legends Die 1971 (Movie)

Red Dillon (Actor)

Death of a Gunfighter 1969 (Movie)

Marshal Frank Patch (Actor)

The Moonshine War 1969 (Movie)

Dr. Taulbee (Actor)

Madigan 1968 (Movie)

Dan Madigan (Actor)

Alvarez Kelly 1966 (Movie)

Colonel Tom Rossiter (Actor)

The Way West 1966 (Movie)

Lije Evans (Actor)

The Bedford Incident 1965 (Movie)

Capt Eric Finlander (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Capt Thomas Archer (Actor)

Flight From Ashiya 1964 (Movie)

Col Glen Stevenson (Actor)

The Long Ships 1963 (Movie)

Rolfe (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Mike King (Actor)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

Colonel Tad Lawson (Actor)

The Secret Ways 1961 (Movie)

Michael Reynolds (Actor)

Two Rode Together 1961 (Movie)

Lt Jim Gray (Actor)

The Alamo 1960 (Movie)

Colonel Jim Bowie (Actor)

The Trap 1959 (Movie)

Ralph Anderson (Actor)

The Law and Jake Wade 1958 (Movie)

Clint Hollister (Actor)

The Tunnel of Love 1958 (Movie)

Augie Poole (Actor)

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

Johnny Gannon (Actor)

Saint Joan 1957 (Movie)

Dauphin (Actor)

Time Limit! 1957 (Movie)

Colonel William Edwards (Actor)

Run For the Sun 1956 (Movie)

Mike Latimer (Actor)

The Last Wagon 1956 (Movie)

Todd (Actor)

Prize of Gold 1955 (Movie)

Sergeant Joe Lawrence (Actor)

The Cobweb 1955 (Movie)

Dr Stewart McIver (Actor)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Garden of Evil 1954 (Movie)

Fiske (Actor)

Hell and High Water 1954 (Movie)

Adam Jones (Actor)

Destination Gobi 1953 (Movie)

CPO Sam Mchale (Actor)

Pickup on South Street 1953 (Movie)

Skip McCoy (Actor)

Don't Bother to Knock 1952 (Movie)

Jed Towers (Actor)

O. Henry's Full House 1952 (Movie)

Johnny Kernan (Actor)

Halls of Montezuma 1950 (Movie)

Lt. Anderson (Actor)

A Gathering of Old Men (TV Show)

Actor

A Whale For the Killing (TV Show)

Actor

All God's Children (TV Show)

Actor

Blackout (Movie)

Joe Steiner (Actor)

Brock's Last Case (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Sassy Tree (TV Show)

Actor

Down to the Sea in Ships (Movie)

Dan Lunceford (Actor)

Mr. Horn (TV Show)

Actor

My Pal Gus (Movie)

Dave Jennings (Actor)

Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Show)

Actor

Panic in the Streets (Movie)

Dr. Clinton Reed (Actor)

Red Skies of Montana (Movie)

Cliff Mason (Actor)

Slattery's Hurricane (Movie)

Will Slattery (Actor)

Take the High Ground (Movie)

Sgt. Thorne Ryan (Actor)

The Frogmen (Movie)

Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence (Actor)

The Last Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Street with No Name (Movie)

Alec Stiles (Actor)

Yellow Sky (Movie)

Dude (Actor)
Producer (3)

The Bedford Incident 1965 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Secret Ways 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Time Limit! 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Tough, mean, devious and smart; all words that could be used to describe the sort of characters Richard Widmark was identified with. From his earliest roles, Widmark became an archetype, typically playing hoods, thugs, tough-minded cops or determined, flawed authority figures. Over the span of 50 years and 75 movies, he built a career of playing men capable of casual cruelty and offhand violence. Even the more positive roles he played tended towards a high-strung, neurotic intensity that became a trademark. Off-screen, though, the real Widmark was in complete contrast to the roles he excelled at.

Relationships

Carl H Widmark

Father

Ethel Mae Widmark

Mother

Susan Blanchard

Wife
Married September 1999 until his death March 24, 2008

Jean Hazelwood Screenplay

Wife
Married April 5, 1942 until her death March 2, 1997 of complications from Alzheimer's disease

Anne Widmark

Daughter
formerly married to baseball legend Sandy Koufax from 1969-1982

EDUCATION

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest , Illinois 1936

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest , Illinois 1936

Milestones

1995

Appeared as himself in the documentary, "Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman"

1991

Returned to feature films after a seven-year absence to play a Senator in "True Colors"

1984

Last feature film for seven years, "Against All Odds"

1976

Last received top billing in features in "The Sell Out" and "To the Devil, a Daughter"

1974

Cast in Sidney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express" based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie

1972

Recreated the role of Sergeant Don Madigan for the short-lived NBC television series, "Madigan"

1970

Made TV acting debut in the miniseries, "Vanished"

1968

Portrayed Sergeant Don Madigan opposite Henry Fonda in "Madigan"

1965

Last featuring producing credit, "The Bedford Incident"; also starred

1957

Served as vice president of Widmark Cattle Enterprises

1957

First film as co-producer (also actor), "Time Limit"; sole directorial effort for Karl Malden

1956

Last film at Twentieth Century-Fox for several years, "The Last Wagon"

1955

Formed production company, Heath Productions

1953

Appeared in "Take the High Ground"; first film not at Twentieth Century-Fox

1949

First films in which he received top billing, "Down to the Sea in Ships" and "Slattery's Hurricane"

1947

Feature debut, "Kiss of Death"; instantly achieve star status; also received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1942

Made Broadway debut in "Kiss and Tell"

1938

Moved to New York

1936

Taught drama at Lake Forest College

Signed by Twentieth Century-Fox

Worked in radio in New York City

Achieved success on Broadway in plays including "Get Away, Old Man" (1943), "Kiss Them for Me" (1944), "Dunnigan's Daughter" (1945) and "Dream Girl" (1946-1947)

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded honorary doctor of fine arts degree by alma mater Lake Forest College in 1973.

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