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Richard Widmark

This Minnesota born tough guy worked in radio & on Broadway before making a big screen impression with his chilling Oscar nominated performance as Tommy Udo in the classic crime thriller “Kiss Of Death”. Starring roles followed for Richard in films such as “The Alamo”, “The Long Ships” & “Madigan”.

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Birth Name
Richard Widmark

Date Of Birth:
26th December 1914

Place Of Birth:
Sunrise, Minnesota, USA

Height: 5’ 10”

Jean Hazlewood
(1942-1997 her death)
Susan Blanchard
(1999 - Present)

Film Debut:
Kiss Of Death (1947)

Signature Film Role:
Det. Daniel Madigan in “Madigan” (1968)

Academy Award Nomination:
Best Supporting Actor Nomination for “Kiss Of Death” (1947).

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Richard Widmark’s Top 5 Movies on DVD

Halls Of Montezuma [DVD](1951) DVD
Top-notch Marine Corps WWII drama, centering on a squadron's dangerous mission to capture a Japanese-held post and learn the location of an enemy rocket site. Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Robert Wagner, Richard Boone, Jack Webb and Karl Malden star, under the direction of Lewis Milestone. 113 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access; interactive menus.

Don't Bother To Knock [DVD](1952) DVD
Taut psychological thriller that benefits by the offbeat casting of Marilyn Monroe as an emotionally disturbed woman hired to babysit at a hotel. Richard Widmark is a hotel guest whose chance encounter with Monroe leads to a desperate fight to save a child's life. With Lurene Tuttle, Jim Backus and Anne Bancroft (her film debut). 76 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English stereo and mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.

The Alamo [DVD](1960) DVD
Rousing battle scenes and some larger-than-life heroes highlight director/star John Wayne's thrilling salute to Texas' battle for independence from Mexico and the fateful last stand at the Alamo. Wayne plays Davy Crockett, with Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie, Laurence Harvey as William Travis, and Richard Boone as Sam Houston. 162 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English 5.1 Surround, French stereo, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer; scene access.

The Long Ships [DVD](1964) DVD
Thrilling seafaring saga in which Viking warrior Richard Widmark and Moorish chieftain Sidney Poitier race to find a fabled treasure known as the Golden Bell. With Russ Tamblyn, Oscar Homolka, Lionel Jeffries. 126 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, French; theatrical trailers; interactive menus; scene access.

Alvarez Kelly [DVD](1966) DVD
A climactic stampede sequence sparks this Civil War western with William Holden as a mercenary adventurer hired to drive cattle from Mexico to Union forces in Virginia, only to be waylaid en route by sadistic Confederate officer Richard Widmark. With Patrick O'Neal, Janice Rule. 109 min. Widescreen and Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; production notes; biographies; theatrical trailers; scene access.


Richard Widmark’s Top 5 Movies on VHS

Kiss Of Death(1947) VHS
Superior "noir" crime thriller stars Victor Mature as a crook who turns state's evidence when his gang betrays him and leaves him to rot in jail. Richard Widmark, in his screen debut, is unforgettable as a sadistically giggling killer with an affinity for wheelchair-bound ladies and staircases. With Coleen Gray, Brian Donlevy, Karl Malden. 99 min.

Broken Lance(1954) VHS
Frontier cattle ranch patriarch Spencer Tracy's harsh, unemotional upbringing of his four sons leads to violent confrontation between siblings in this emotional Western drama that is part "King Lear" and part "Bonanza." Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark, Hugh O'Brian and Earl Holliman are the brothers; with Katy Jurado, Jean Peters. 96 min.

The Law And Jake Wade(1958) VHS
Intense Western drama starring Robert Taylor as a former bank robber who now works as a lawman in a New Mexico town. When he discovers that ex-partner Richard Widmark is about to be hung, he stops the execution, but a less-than-grateful Widmark forces Taylor to help him find loot hidden years earlier. Henry Silva, Patricia Owens, DeForest Kelley co-star; John Sturges ("The Magnificent Seven") directs. 86 min.

The Tunnel Of Love(1958) VHS
This sparkling romantic comedy teams Doris Day and Richard Widmark as a married couple whose experiences adopting a child result in a series of hilarious episodes. Gig Young, Gia Scala, Elizabeth Wilson and Doodles Weaver star. 98 min.

Cheyenne Autumn(1964) VHS
The final Western from director John Ford, this powerful, sweeping drama follows a band of Cheyenne Indians' perilous trek as they leave a squalid Oklahoma reservation to return to their ancestral land in Wyoming, an odyssey threatened by the U.S. Calavry. Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Ricardo Montalban, Edward G. Robinson and James Stewart star. Uncut, 158-minute version.


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Richard Widmark: A Bio-Bibliography

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This first-ever book on actor Richard Widmark focuses on the life of the durable leading man whose career has spanned four decades. Respecting his subject's reputation for privacy, Holston directs his study toward the professional events in Widmark's life, providing complete credits for work in radio, on stage, on film, and in television. Also included are a biographical sketch, a listing of works available on video, a chronology, and an annotated bibliography of works about Widmark. Click the link below for more details:

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