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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Richard Widmark Dies

Actor Richard Widmark has died at the age of 93. BBC:

    Hollywood star Richard Widmark has died at the age of 93 after a long illness, his wife has announced.

    The prolific actor, who often portrayed killers and gunslingers, made a memorable big-screen debut in 1947 as a giggling psychopath in Kiss of Death.

    He went on to star in such 50s classics as Night and the City, Pickup on South Street and the western Broken Lance.

    The craggy-faced actor died at his home in Connecticut on Monday, according to his wife Susan Blanchard.

    His last film role came in the 1991 thriller True Colors, although he made occasional appearances afterwards in TV documentaries.

    "I now find the whole moviemaking process irritating," he said in 1987. "I don't have the patience anymore."

    Born in Minnesota in 1914, Widmark began his career in radio and theatre before playing cackling killer Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death.

    The film landed him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for best newcomer - but he was not entirely enamoured with fame.

    "That damned laugh of mine!" he said in 1961. "For two years after that picture, you couldn't get me to smile.

    "I played the part the way I did because the script struck me as funny and the part I played made me laugh."

Full filmography here.

Richard Widmark from the classic "Kiss Of Death"

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