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"I think a performer should do his work and then shut up."

Richard Weedt Widmark (December 26, 1914 March 24, 2008) was an American actor whose career on film and television stretched from the late '40s to the early '90s.

Born in Minnesota and raised in Illinois, Widmark appeared on the stage and in radio  where he was an occasional supporting player on the iconic program The Shadow  prior to making his film debut as the giggling, psychotic criminal Tommy Udo in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death, a role which earned him an Academy Award nomination and left such an indelible impression on audiences (and producers) that he would continue to get typecast as heavies throughout the early part of his career.

Widmark was married to screenwriter Jean Hazlewood from 1942 until her death in 1997, and then to socialite Susan Blanchard from 1999 until his death in 2008. He had one daughter with Hazlewood.


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