Richard Widmark (1914–2008)

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Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death (1947), in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer Tommy Udo. Kiss of Death (1947) and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new generation of American movie actors who became ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

The Alamo Col. Jim Bowie
Kiss of Death Tommy Udo
Coma Dr. Harris


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 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Ward Hill Lamon (voice)
 1991 True Colors
Sen. James Stiles
 1989 Cold Sassy Tree (TV Movie)
Enoch Rucker Blakeslee
 1988 Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie)
Captain Owen Hayes
 1987 A Gathering of Old Men (TV Movie)
Sheriff Mapes
 1985 Blackout
Joe Steiner
 1984 Against All Odds
Ben Caxton
 1982 The Final Option
Secretary of State
 1982 Hanky Panky
 1982 Movie Madness
Stan Nagurski ("Municipalians")
 1981 A Whale for the Killing (TV Movie)
Tom Goodenough
 1980 All God's Children (TV Movie)
Judge Parke Denison
 1979 Bear Island
Otto Gerran
 1979 Mr. Horn (TV Movie)
Al Sieber
 1978 The Swarm
Gen. Slater
 1978 Coma
Dr. Harris
 1977 Rollercoaster
 1977 The Domino Principle
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Gen. Martin MacKenzie - Commanding General SA
 1976 The Sell-Out
Sam Lucas
 1976 To the Devil a Daughter
John Verney
 1975 The Last Day (TV Movie)
Will Spence
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
Benjamin Franklin
- The Statesman (1975) ... Benjamin Franklin
- The Rebel (1975) ... Benjamin Franklin
- The Ambassador (1974) ... Benjamin Franklin
 1973 Brock's Last Case (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Max Brock
 1972-1973 Madigan (TV Series)
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
 1972 When the Legends Die
Red Dillon
 1971 Vanished (TV Mini-Series)
President Paul Roudebush
- Part II (1971) ... President Paul Roudebush
- Part I (1971) ... President Paul Roudebush
 1970 The Moonshine War
Dr. Emmett Taulbee
 1969 A Talent for Loving
Maj. Patten
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter
Marshal Frank Patch
 1968 Madigan
Det. Daniel Madigan
 1967 The Way West
Lije Evans
 1966 Alvarez Kelly
Col. Tom Rossiter
 1965 The Bedford Incident
Capt. Eric Finlander U.S.N.
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn
Capt. Thomas Archer
 1964 Flight from Ashiya
L:t. Col. Glenn Stevenson
 1964 The Long Ships
 1962 How the West Was Won
Mike King
 1961 Judgment at Nuremberg
Col. Tad Lawson
 1961 Two Rode Together
First Lt. Jim Gary
 1961 The Secret Ways
Michael Reynolds
 1960 The Alamo
Col. Jim Bowie
 1959 Warlock
Johnny Gannon
 1959 The Trap
Ralph Anderson
 1958 The Tunnel of Love
August 'Augie' Poole
 1958 The Law and Jake Wade
Clint Hollister
 1957 Time Limit
Col. William Edwards
 1957 Saint Joan
The Dauphin, Charles VII
 1956 The Last Wagon
Comanche Todd
 1956 Run for the Sun
Michael 'Mike' Latimer
 1956 Backlash
Jim Slater
 1955 A Prize of Gold
Sgt. Joe Lawrence
 1955 The Cobweb
Dr. Stewart 'Mac' McIver
 1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Richard Widmark
- The Tour (1955) ... Richard Widmark
 1954 Broken Lance
Ben Devereaux
 1954 Garden of Evil
 1954 Hell and High Water
Capt. Adam Jones
 1953 Take the High Ground!
Sgt. Thorne Ryan
 1953 Pickup on South Street
Skip McCoy
 1953 Destination Gobi
CPO Samuel T. McHale
 1952 My Pal Gus
Dave Jennings
 1952 O. Henry's Full House
Johnny Kernan (segment "The Clarion Call")
 1952 Don't Bother to Knock
Jed Towers
 1952 Red Skies of Montana
Cliff Mason
 1951 The Frogmen
Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence
 1951 Halls of Montezuma
Lt. Anderson
 1950 No Way Out
Ray Biddle
 1950 Panic in the Streets
Lt. Cmdr. Clinton Reed
 1950 Night and the City
Harry Fabian
 1949 Slattery's Hurricane
Lt. Will Slattery USNR
 1949 Down to the Sea in Ships
First Mate Dan Lunceford
 1948 Yellow Sky
 1948 Road House
Jefferson T. 'Jefty' Robbins
 1948 The Street with No Name
Alec Stiles
 1947 Kiss of Death
Tommy Udo
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(3/29/41) Radio: Appeared (as "Tommy Udo") in a "Screen Guild Theatre" broadcast of "Kiss of Death". See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 5 Interviews | 35 Articles | 11 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[In a 1971 N.Y. Times interview] I don't care how well known an actor is - he can still live a normal life, if he wants to. I still believe it. That's the trouble with actors. If they're not recognized, they think it's all over. See more »


Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003). See more »



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