- 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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