Thursday, 25 July 2013

Richard Widmark

Born in Sunrise Township, Minnesota, Richard Widmark (1914 – 2008) was an American film, stage and television actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death, for which he also won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Early in his career Widmark specialized in similar villainous or anti-hero roles in films noir, but he later branched out into more heroic leading and support roles in westerns, mainstream dramas and war films, among others.

Despite having spent most of his career appearing countless times in gun-toting roles such as cowboys, policemen, gangsters and military men, Widmark actually loathed real-life gunplay, and he got involved in several gun-control initiatives and drives. In 1976, he famously stated:

    "I know I've made kind of a half-assed career out of violence, but I abhor violence. I am an ardent supporter of gun control. It seems incredible to me that the United States are the only civilized nation that does not put some effective control on guns."

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Widmark has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2002, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Wikipedia)

Kiss of Death (1947)

Road House (1948)

The Street With No Name (1948)

Yellow Sky (1948)

Halls of Montezuma (1950) German poster

Night and the City (195)

Night and the City (1950)

Panic in the Streets (1950)

Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Destination Gobi (1953)

Pickup on South Street (1953)

Garden of Evil (1954)

Hell and High Water (1954)

The Cobweb (1955)

Backlash (1956)

Backlash (1956) Belgian poster

The Last Wagon (1956)

The Last Wagon (1956) Spanish poster

The Law and Jake Wade (1958)

The Trap (1959)

Warlock (1959) Belgian poster

The Alamo (1960) Italian poster

The Secret Ways (1961)

Two Rode Together (1961)

Cheyenne Autumn (1964) French poster

The Long Ships (1964)

The Bedford Incident (1965)

Alvarez Kelly (1966)

The Way West (1967)

Madigan (1968) French poster

Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

The Swarm (1978)

Bear Island (1979)

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