Mostly Credited As: Richard Widmark
Birth Name: Richard Weedt Widmark
Date Of Birth: December 26, 1914 (Age 93)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Sunrise Township, Minnesota
Date Of Death: March 24, 2008
Cause Of Death: complications following a fall (Roxbury, Connectic
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Richard Widmark, an entertainment business veteran, was born in Sunrise, Minnesota. Widmark made his debut into the entertainment industry in 1938 when he was hired as the host of the "Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories" radio show in New York. In 1943, Widmark made his first acting appearance in the Broadway production of Kiss and Tell. It wasn't until 1947 that Widmark got his big break; he was cast as Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death, which landed him a contract with 20th Century-Fox, a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination, and his hand prints were cast in cement in front of the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1949. From there, Widmark appeared in several films, including The Street With No Name, Road House, and Yellow Sky, and was often type-cast for a majority of his roles.
Once Widmark's Fox contract expired, Widmark transitioned from acting in films to producing them from 1950-1970. In the mid-1970s, Widmark's film career started to wind down and he only appeared in a few films and TV movies.
Currently, Widmark is married to wife Susan Blanchard.
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Widmark has been married twice: he was married to Jean Hazlewood from April 5, 1942 until her death in March 2, 1997, and is currently married to Susan Blanchard.
Widmark's daughter, Anne Heath Widmark, married baseball icon Sandy Koufax.
- Oscar: Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for Kiss of Death (1948)
- Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role nomination for Vanished (1971)
- Golden Globe: Most Promising Newcomer - Male win for Kiss of Death (1948)
- Star on the Walk of Fame: 6800 Hollywood Blvd.
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