Richard Widmark

  • Birth Name: Richard Weedt Widmark
  • Birth Place: Sunrise, Minnesota, United States
  • Died: March 24, 2008
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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  • Attended college on a full scholarship intending to study law; after graduation he stayed on for two years as an acting instructor in the drama department.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1943 in Kiss and Tell.
  • Received his only Oscar nomination for his first film, Kiss of Death (1947), making one of the most memorable debuts in film history as a sadistic killer who giggles maniacally as he pushes a wheelchair-bound old woman down a flight of stairs.
  • Madigan (1972) was his only TV series, a short-lived six-episode cop show based on his 1968 movie of the same name, despite the fact that his character died at the end of the film.
  • Married his college sweetheart in 1942 and stayed married to her until her death in 1997; his second wife was once married to Henry Fonda.
  • His daughter, Anne Heath Widmark, was formerly married to baseball legend Sandy Koufax.


  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1948, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Carl H. Widmark — Father
  • Ethel Mae Widmark — Mother
  • Anne Heath Widmark — Daughter
  • Jean Hazlewood — Wife (deceased)
  • Susan Blanchard — Wife


  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, United States (1936)

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