Richard Widmark Biography (1914-)

Born December 26, 1914, in Sunrise, MN; raised in Illinois; son of Carl H. and Ethel Mae (Barr) Widmark; married Ora Jane Hazlewood, April 5, 1942; children: Anne Heath. Addresses: Agent--International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Birth Details
December 26, 1914
Sunrise, Minnesota, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Tommy Udo, Kiss of Death, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1947.
  • Alec Stiles, The Street with No Name, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948.
  • Dude, Yellow Sky, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948.
  • Jefty Robbins, Roadhouse, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948.
  • First mate Dan Lanceford, Down to the Sea in Ships, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949.
  • Ray Biddle, No Way Out, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949.
  • Will Slattery, Slattery's Hurricane, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949.
  • Harry Fabian, Night and the City, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950.
  • Dr. Clinton Reed, Panic in the Streets, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950.
  • Lieutenant Carl Anderson, The Halls of Montezuma, Twentieth Century-Fox,1950.
  • Lieutenant Commander John Lawrence, The Frogmen, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950.
  • Cliff Mason, Red Skies of Montana (also known as Smoke Jumpers), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Jed Towers, Don't Bother to Knock, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Johnny Kernan, "The Clarion Call," O. Henry's Full House (also known as Full House), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Dave Jennings, My Pal Gus, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Chief Petty Officer Sam McHale, Destination Gobi, Twentieth Century-Fox,1953.
  • Skip McCoy, Pickup on South Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953.
  • Sergeant Thorne Ryan, Take the High Ground, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953.
  • Adam Jones, Hell and High Water, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • Ben Devereaux, Broken Lance, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • Fiske, Garden of Evil, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • Sergeant Joe Lawrence, A Prize of Gold, Columbia, 1955.
  • Dr. Stewart McIver, The Cobweb, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955.
  • Himself, The 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Club, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955.
  • Jim Slater, Backlash, Universal, 1956.
  • Comanche Todd, The Last Wagon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
  • Mike Latimer, Run for the Sun, United Artists, 1956.
  • The dauphin, Saint Joan, United Artists, 1957.
  • Colonel William Edwards, Time Limit, United Artists, 1957.
  • Augie Poole, The Tunnel of Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958.
  • Clint Hollister, The Law and Jake Wade, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958.
  • Johnny Gannon, Warlock, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959.
  • Kingdom of Man, 1959.
  • Ralph Anderson, The Trap (also known as The Baited Trap), Paramount, 1959.
  • Jim Bowie, The Alamo, United Artists, 1960.
  • Colonel Tad Lawson, Judgment at Nuremberg, United Artists, 1961.
  • Michael Reynolds, The Secret Ways, Universal, 1961.
  • Lieutenant Jim Gary, Two Rode Together, Columbia, 1961.
  • Mike King, How the West Was Won, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962.
  • Captain Thomas Archer, Cheyenne Autumn, Warner Bros., 1963.
  • Captain Eric Finlander, The Bedford Incident, Columbia, 1964.
  • Rolfe, The Long Ships, Columbia, 1964.
  • Colonel Glenn Stevenson, Flight from Ashiya (also known as Ashiya kara nohiko), United Artists, 1964.
  • Colonel Tom Rossiter, Alvarez Kelly, Columbia, 1965.
  • Laszlo Szabo, Made in U.S.A., Athos, 1966.
  • Lije Evans, The Way West, United Artists, 1967.
  • Detective Daniel Madigan, Madigan, Universal, 1968.
  • Dr. Emmett Taulbee, The Moonshine War, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969.
  • Marshal Frank Patch, Death of a Gunfighter, Universal, 1969.
  • A Talent for Loving (also known as Gun Crazy), 1969.
  • Red Dillon, When the Legends Die, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972.
  • Ratchett, Murder on the Orient Express, Paramount, 1974.
  • John Verney, To the Devil a Daughter (also known as Child of Satan and Die Braut des Satans), EMI, 1975.
  • Sam Lucas, The Sellout (also known as The Setup), RKO Radio Pictures, 1975.
  • Stacco (also known as The Perfect Killer and The Satanic Mechanic), 1975.
  • General Martin MacKenzie, Twilight's Last Gleaming (also known as NuclearCountdown), Allied Artists, 1977.
  • Tagge, The Domino Principle (also known as The Domino Killings), Avco-Embassy, 1977.
  • Agent Hoyt, Rollercoaster, Universal, 1977.
  • Dr. George A. Harris, Coma, United Artists, 1978.
  • General Slater, The Swarm, Warner Bros., 1978.
  • Dinero maldito (also known as Il braccio violento delle mala), 1978.
  • Otto Gerran, Bear Island (also known as Alistair MacLean's Bear Island),Columbia, 1980.
  • Stan Nagurski, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (also known as National Lampoon's Movie Madness), United Artists, 1981.
  • Ransom, Hanky Panky, Columbia, 1982.
  • The secretary of state, The Final Option, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983.
  • Ben Caxton, Against All Odds, Columbia, 1984.
  • Senator James B. Stiles, True Colors, Paramount, 1991.
  • Himself, Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A.Wellman (documentary), Wild Bill Pictures, 1995.
  • Credits; Film Work; Producer
  • Time Limit, United Artists, 1957.
  • The Secret Ways, Universal, 1961.
  • The Bedford Incident, Columbia, 1964.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Sergeant Dan Madigan (title role), Madigan (based on film role of the same name), NBC, 1972-73.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • President Roudebush, Vanished, NBC, 1970.
  • Benjamin Franklin, 1974.
  • Will Spence, The Last Day, NBC, 1975.
  • Judge Parke Denison, All God's Children, ABC, 1980.
  • A Whale for the Killing, ABC, 1981.
  • Joe Steiner, Blackout, HBO, 1985.
  • Sheriff Mapes, A Gathering of Old Men (also known as Murder on the Bayou), CBS, 1987.
  • Captain Oren Hayes, Once upon a Texas Train (also known as Texas Guns), CBS, 1988.
  • E. Rucker Blakeslee, Cold Sassy Tree, TNT, 1989.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
  • Al Sieber, Mr. Horn, CBS, 1978.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn, PBS, 1986.
  • Narrator, Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend, Cinemax, 1986.
  • Passion and Memory, PBS, 1986.
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Gregory Peck (also known as The 17th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Gregory Peck), NBC, 1989.
  • Narrator, The Best of Us, PBS, 1991.
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Sidney Poitier (also known as The 20th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award), NBC, 1992.
  • Voice of Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln, ABC, 1992.
  • Interviewee, Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western, TNT, 1997.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Himself, "The Tour," I Love Lucy, CBS, 1955.
  • The Story of Hollywood (also known as Talking Pictures), TNT, 1988.
  • Narrator, "Film Noir," American Cinema, PBS, 1995.
  • Interviewee, "Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997.
  • Credits; Other Television Appearances
  • Brock's Last Case (pilot), NBC, 1973.
  • Narrator, The Leopards of Kora, 1986.
  • Narrator, Survival: Gentle Giants of the Pacific, HBO, 1987.
  • Presenter, Golden Globe Awards, 1989.
  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • The Bo Tree, summer stock production, 1939.
  • Kiss and Tell, Broadway production, 1943.
  • Get Away Old Man, Broadway production, 1943.
  • Trio, Broadway production, 1944.
  • Kiss Them for Me, Broadway production, 1944.
  • Dunnigan's Daughter, Broadway production, 1945.
  • Dream Girl, Broadway production, 1946-47.
  • Joan of Lorraine, summer stock production, 1947.
  • Credits; Radio Appearances
  • Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories, 1938.
  • Also appeared in the radio programs Big Sister, Stella Dallas, Front PageFarrel, The March of Time, Suspense, Inner Sanctum, Gangbusters, and Kate Smith's Program.
  • Writings
  • Contributor to the magazine Films and Filming.

Further Reference


  • Holston, Kim, Richard Widmark: A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1990.
  • Hunter, Allen, Richard Widmark, the Man and His Movies, St. Martin's Press (New York City), 1985.

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