Photo of Richard Widmark Richard Widmark

Born Dec. 26, 1914, in Sunrise, Minn., Richard Widmark was a stage actor who taught drama before skyrocketing to fame and copping an Oscar nod as a giggling maniacal killer in Kiss of Death (1947).

Though Widmark memorably portrayed the villain again in Road House (1948), he played an impressive range of parts throughout his career. Among his most notable movies are the Westerns Two Rode Together (1961), How the West Was Won (1962) and Cheyenne Autumn (1964); Judgment at Nuremberg (1961); The Bedford Incident (1965); and Madigan (1968). In subsequent years, his roles ebbed, but he remained prominent in films such as Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Coma (1978) and Against All Odds (1984).

Widmark earned considerable buzz for his performance in the 1989 made-for-cable movie Cold Sassy Tree (opposite Faye Dunaway) and later appeared as a powerful senator in True Colors (1991). He died at age 93 on March 24, 2008.

Richard Widmark in Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

1961 NR

This Academy Award-winning film by Stanley Kramer stars Spencer Tracy as American judge Dan Haywood, who's chosen to guide a 1948 tribunal that's trying Germans suspected of engaging in atrocities during World War II. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, Haywood must obtain justice in a case with raised stakes and mixed emotions. Maximilian Schell co-stars in an Oscar-lauded performance as defense counsel for the Nazi prisoners.

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  • Richard Widmark in Hell and High Water Hell and High Water
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  • Richard Widmark in The Law and Jake Wade The Law and Jake Wade
  • Richard Widmark in The Long Ships The Long Ships
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  • Richard Widmark in Night and the City Night and the City
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  • Richard Widmark in True Colors True Colors
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