Richard Widmark Overview:

Legendary actor, Richard Widmark, was born Richard Weedt Widmark on Dec 26, 1914 in Sunrise Township, MN. Widmark died at the age of 93 on Mar 24, 2008 in Roxbury, CT and was laid to rest in Roxbury Center Cemetery in Roxbury, Litchfield County, CT.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Widmark was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best Supporting ActorKiss of Death (1947)Tommy UdoNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Richard Widmark's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #85 on Apr 24, 1949. In addition, Widmark was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum .

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Richard Widmark Quotes:

Col. Tom Rossiter: You used to have ten fingers. Now you have nine. Tomorrow, you'll have eight. You stay stubborn, the day after that then you'll have seven. The day after that... it's up to you. You decide whether you want to end up with a pair of stumps... or lend us your talent. You decide.


Sgt. Randolph Johnson: Wasn't there a comment by your General Sherman about war?
Lt. Butterfield: Yeah, he said, "War is Hell." What did he know, that eight-ball never left the States.


Estelle Novick: How would you deal with a child who won't eat?
August 'Augie' Poole: Send him to bed without any supper.
Estelle Novick: And how would you compare the problem of raising children from one to five, with those from five to seven? Which do you think is the more important period?
August 'Augie' Poole: [Somewhat tipsy, he whistles to himself for a few seconds while pondering her question] Five to seven.
Estelle Novick: Why?
August 'Augie' Poole: 'Cause that's the cocktail hour!
[laughs at his attempt at humor, while Ms. Novick remains unimpressed]


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Despite playing heartless killers and bigots on film, he personally denounced all kinds of violence and the usage of guns. He admitted that once he went fishing and regretted the fact he caught a trout and took its life. He also apologized profusely to Sidney Poitier during the shoot of the movie No Way Out (1950) after filming scenes together which called for Widmark to spew out racist remarks.

He has significantly contributed to the preservation of land and nature in his adopted hometown of Roxbury, Connecticut. As one of the founding members of the Roxbury Land Trust, he has tenaciously worked to preserve the pristine character of the Litchfield County town which has been the long-time home of celebrities the likes of Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, and artist Alexander Calder. Actor and Widmark's friend, Walter Matthau also owned property in bucolic Roxbury and at Widmark's urging, Matthau made a generous contribution of property to the trust shortly before his death.

Born to Carl Widmark, a salesman, and his wife Ethal Mae.

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