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Movie Star Richard Widmark dead at 93.


Rest In Peace, Richard Widmark, dead at 93.


Screen icon Richard Widmark, who’s film debut as the

giggling killer in “Kiss of Death” and became a leading man

in “Broken Lance,” “Two Rode Together” and 40 other films,

died Monday. He was 93.



Widmark’s wife, Susan Blanchard,

said he died at his home

in Roxbury after a long illness.

She would not provide details of his illness.



Widmark earned an Academy Award nomination

for best supporting actor for his role in the

1947 thriller

“Kiss of Death.”



He played Tommy Udo, who delighted

in pushing an old lady in a wheelchair

down a flight of stairs to her death.


A role which typecast  Widmark

as a psychopathic villian for years,

which he later overcame by sheer acting talent

and his well known reputation as a wonderful

caring human being.


It was Richard Widmarks’s only Oscar nomination.



A quiet, inordinately shy man,

Widmark often portrayed killers,

cops and Western gunslingers.

But he said he hated guns.



Rejected by the Army because of a punctured eardrum,

Widmark began appearing in Broadway plays in 1943.

His first was a comedy hit “Kiss and Tell.”


He was appearing in the Chicago company of “Dream Girl”

with June Havoc when 20th Century Fox signed him to a s

even-year contract.

He almost missed out on the “Kiss of Death” role.



Widmark appeared in 20 Fox films from 1957 to 1964.


After leaving Fox, Widmark’s career continued to flourish.

“Madigan,” a 1968 film with Widmark as a loner detective,

was converted to television and lasted one season in 1972-73.


It was Widmark’s only TV series.


He also was in some TV films,

including “Cold Sassy Tree” and “Once Upon a Texas Train.”


Richard Widmark was known to friends and family

as modest and kind, and Richard was never one

to let his star status go to his head.



Richard acted with Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne,

and so many others in his 42 year film career.


Hollywood icons like Richard Widmark

may pass on,

but he will live forever on the

silver screen and in our hearts.




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