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Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark


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Also Known As: Died: March 24, 2008
Born: December 26, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sunrise, Minnesota Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) as Interviewee
Interviews and film clips re-create the glorious history of the American western.
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1995) as Himself
Presented by an impressive lineup of collegues and admirers, a documentary about the long-underrated talent of the late legendary action director William A. Wellman (1896-1975), one of Hollywood''s most distinguished journeymen helmers. William A. Wellman drew on his experiences as a fighter pilot during World War I to create a series of films about men of action as rugged, sentimental, raucous and tender as the director himself. He was equally noted for his off-screen battles with executives; and after building his career at Paramount and Warner Bros., Wellman vowed never to sign another long-term studio contract, and went on his way, refusing to take guff from anybody!
True Colors (1991) as Senator James B Stiles
After they graduate from law school, best friends Peter Burton and Tim Gerrity find themselves working against each other. Burton stands for justice while Gerrity is out to accrue as much power as he can, however he can get it.
Cold Sassy Tree (1989) as E Rucker Blakeslee
An independent woman from the North creates a scandal when she decides to marry a Southern general-store owner.
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) as Captain Oren Hayes
An aging outlaw is looking to live out his fantasies as a railway bandit despite being behind bars for twenty years. A former Texas ranger who feels responsible for letting his adversary out plans to go after him one more time.
Gathering of Old Men, A (1987) as Mapes
A group of acquiescent old black men find sudden courage when faced with the need to defend a beloved fellow black in danger of being lynched for the murder of a white racist tenant farmer.
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1986) as Narration
An intimate portrait of actress Marilyn Monroe, including interviews with celebrities who knew her, and selected film clips.
The Spencer Tracy Legacy (1986)
Katharine Hepburn pays tribute to one of the screen''''s most natural actors, Spencer Tracy.
Blackout (1985) as Joe Steiner
A suspense thriller about a seven-year-old murder case, the ex-policeman who is obsessed by it, and the amnesiac who may hold the key to its solution.
Against All Odds (1984) as Ben Caxton
A shady nightclub owner and part-time bookie sends a down-and-out ex-pro football player to Mexico to find the former's girlfriend who has run out on him. But, once he tracks her down, the ex-jock falls for her and then tries to cover it up by saying he can't find her.
National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982) as Stan Nagurski ("Municipalians")
A lawyer has a midlife crisis, quits his job, leaves his wife and has an affair with a teen girl all in the name of personal growth. Then, a stripper is raped by a group of businessmen and becomes head of the corporation to get revenge. Finally, two inept policemen hunt a serial killer.
Final Option, The (1982) as Secretary Of State
Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard Widmark, Robert Webber, Edward Woodward, Tony Doyle, Ingrid Pitt. An agent for Britain''s Special Air Services infiltrates a group of international terrorists who are plotting to seize the American Embassy in London. Although he receives third billing, Richard Widmark''s role, as the U.S. Secretary of State, is practically a cameo. Based on the novel THE TIPTOE BOYS by George Markstein.
Hanky-Panky (1982) as Ransom
When the beauty with whom he shared a taxi is murdered, a man is forced to go on the run.
Whale For The Killing, A (1981) as Tom Goodenough
Star and co-producer Peter Strauss is an outsider, stranded with his family in a Newfoundland coastal resort, where he flies in the face of custom and fights an entire community to prevent a trapped whale's slaughter with the support only of his wife and one of the locals, Richard Widmark. Emmy Awar
All God's Children (1980) as Judge Parke Denison
Richard Widmark is a big city judge involved in a forced busing dispute as the climax of his long career. The friendship between two families -- one white, one black -- and their sons, who are buddies, provides the microcosm of this major social issue that has been argued for several decades.
Bear Island (1979) as Professor Otto Gerran
A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery? Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave investigate.
Coma (1978) as Dr George A Harris
A lady doctor investigates a series of strange deaths and disappearing bodies at her hospital.
The Swarm (1978) as General Slater
Killer bees extend their territory into the U.S., with devastating effect.
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) as General Martin Mackenzie
A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President revels details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the then President's most trusted advisors.
Rollercoaster (1977) as Hoyt
A terrorist spreads a climate of fear by attacking amusement parks across the U.S.
Domino Principle, The (1977) as Tagge
Tucker is serving a prison sentence for murder. He was in Vietnam and became an excellent marksman. A secret agency helps him to escape so that he can murder a person in a latin-American country. But Tucker only wants to escape, not to kill somebody...
Sell Out, The (1976) as Sam Lucas
To the Devil, a Daughter (1976) as John Verney
An occult writer fights to save a friend┬┐s daughter from Satanists.
Last Day, The (1975) as Will Spence
A trim A. C. Lyles Western (like the type he made in the 1960s with a stellar cast of veteran actors) that has the Dalton gang riding again, forcing a retired gunman to use his weapons once more to put and end to the Daltons' reign of terror in the climactic battle at Coffeyville, Kansas.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) as Ratchett
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a mysterious businessman during a luxurious train ride.
Brock's Last Case (1973) as Lieutenant Max Brock
A comedy drama about a New York cop who retires to his small ranch in the West and is reluctantly drawn into a local case of an Indian accused of killing a sheriff with a bow and arrow. This pilot for a series that never materialized looked suspiciously like a reworking of "McCloud" in reverse.
When the Legends Die (1972) as Red Dillon
After the death of his parents, Ute Indian Tom Black Bull leaves his familiar world and moves into the world of the white men, working at a rodeo. When Red Dillon notices the young man's horse-wrangling abilities, Tom becomes a bronco-riding star, but he finally gets tired of being exploited and hea
The Moonshine War (1970) as Dr. Taulbee
A revenuer tries to destroy a sadistic bootlegger's still.
Talent For Loving, A (1969)
A distinguished Western family prospers financially while trying to live down the family curse which manifests itself in overactive libidos.
Death of a Gunfighter (1969) as Marshal Frank Patch
Even though Marshal Frank Patch has kept the peace in Cottonwood Springs for over twenty years, he is now the laughing stock of the town liberals who want some new blood in the Marshall's Office. When Patch shoots the drunken Luke Mills in self-defense they get the excuse they had been waiting for.
Madigan (1968) as Det. Daniel Madigan
NYC police detective Madigan has 72 hours to find the mobster who got away with his gun.
The Way West (1967) as Lije Evans
A senator hires a veteran scout to accompany a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon.
Alvarez Kelly (1966) as Col. Tom Rossiter
A suave Mexican cattleman inadvertently gets involved in the Civil War.
The Bedford Incident (1965) as Capt. Eric Finlander
An American destroyer, with a journalist on board, pursues a Russian submarine during the Cold War.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964) as Capt. Thomas Archer
A reluctant Cavalry Captain must track a defiant tribe of migrating Cheyennes.
Flight From Ashiya (1964) as Col. Glenn Stevenson
A rescue service goes after a sinking cargo ship off the Japanese coast.
The Long Ships (1964) as Rolfe
Viking seamen battle a Moorish prince for possession of a golden bell.
How the West Was Won (1963) as Mike King
Three generations of pioneers take part in the forging of the American West.
The Secret Ways (1961) as Michael Reynolds
Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist (Prof. Jansci) escape from Budapest. He and Julia, the professor's daughter, cross the boulder posing as journalists, but they encounter a problem. The staunch freedom fighter doesn't want to go!
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) as Col. Tad Lawson
An aging American judge presides over the trial of Nazi war criminals.
Two Rode Together (1961) as Lieut. Jim Gary
Two tough westerners bring home a group of settlers who have spent years as Comanche hostages.
The Alamo (1960) as Col. James Bowie
Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie join the fight for Texas'''' independence from Mexico.
The Trap (1959) as Ralph Anderson
Lawyer Ralph Anderson arrives in Tula, an amazingly remote town in the desert, as reluctant emissary of mob chief Victor Massonetti, who wants the airstrip clear for his unofficial exit from the country. Ralph's arrival has a profound effect on his estranged father, the sheriff; his brother Tip, an alcoholic deputy; and his ex-sweetheart Linda, now married to Tip. Tension builds as a small army of gangsters takes over the town. Then the situation abruptly changes...
Warlock (1959) as Johnny Gannon
A Western town hires a famous gunman to rid it of outlaws.
The Law and Jake Wade (1958) as Clint Hollister
An outlaw forces his reformed buddy to lead him to buried loot.
The Tunnel of Love (1958) as Augie Poole
A married couple endures endless red tape when they try to adopt a child.
Saint Joan (1957) as The Dauphin, later King Charles VII
A French peasant girl follows the advice of angels to lead her country against British invaders.
Time Limit (1957) as Col. [Bill] Edwards
An officer is court-martialed under suspicion of collaborating with the North Koreans.
Backlash (1956) as Jim Slater
Jim Slater's father (whom he never knew) died in the Apache ambush at Gila Valley, and Jim is searching for the one survivor, who supposedly went for help but disappeared with a lot of gold. In the process, he gets several people gunning for him, and he keeps meeting liberated woman Karyl Orton, who may be on a similar mission. Renewed Apache hostilities and an impending range war provide complications.
The Last Wagon (1956) as Comanche Todd
When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Tod, a white man who has lived with the Comanches most of his life and is wanted for the murder of three men.
Run for the Sun (1956) as Mike Latimer
A British traitor hunts humans in the jungles of Mexico.
The Cobweb (1955) as Dr. Stewart McIver
Inmates and staff at a posh asylum clash over love and lunacy.
A Prize of Gold (1955) as Joe Lawrence
A U.S. officer in postwar Berlin turns to crime to help a beautiful refugee.
Hell and High Water (1954) as Adam Jones
A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer (Widmark) to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics.
Broken Lance (1954) as Ben Devereaux
Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in prison. Matt dies from a stroke partly caused by his rebellious sons and when Joe gets out he plans revenge.
Garden of Evil (1954) as Fiske
A trio of soldiers of fortune on their way to the California gold rush are tempted with rewards by a woman who needs help in rescuing her husband from a goldmine cave-in in Mexico. They agree, but then find themselves the target of angry Indians who wish to protect the sacred hill on which the mine is located.
Pickup on South Street (1953) as Skip McCoy
A petty thief accidentally steals a communist spy''''s purse.
Take the High Ground! (1953) as Sgt. Thorne Ryan
A tough drill sergeant prepares green recruits for service in the Korean War.
Destination Gobi (1953) as Chief Bosun's Mate Sam McHale
A group of US Navy weathermen taking measurements in the Gobi desert in World War II are force to seek the help of Mongol nomads to regain their ship while under attack from the Japanese airforce. The Mongols are rewarded by an airlift of the finest saddles.
O. Henry's Full House (1952) as Johnny Kernan
Five stories reveal O. Henry''''s gift for the surprise ending.
Red Skies of Montana (1952) as Cliff Mason
My Pal Gus (1952) as Dave Jennings
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) as Jed Towers
A man with anger issues finds himself drawn to an unstable young beauty.
Halls of Montezuma (1951) as Lt. [Carl A.] Anderson
The marines attack a strongly held enemy island in the Pacific. We follow them from the beach to a Japanese rocket site through enemy infested jungle as their ex-school teacher leader is transformed into a battle veteran and his squad becomes a tight fighting unit.
The Frogmen (1951) as Lt. Commander John Lawrence
Panic in the Streets (1950) as Dr. Clinton Reed
A killer evades the police not knowing he has a deadly plague.
No Way Out (1950) as Ray Biddle
A racist gangster forces a black doctor to tend to his injuries.
Night and the City (1950) as Harry Fabian
A London hustler has ambitious plans that never work out.
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) as Dan Lunceford
A re-make of the 1922 silent film that details the lives of the people in a small Quaker community and the adventures of a whaling ship.
Slattery's Hurricane (1949) as Willard Francis Slattery
A pilot (Richard Widmark) wants a life of ease, flying for drug smugglers and looking the other way until his conscience is tweaked by a woman (Veronica Lake) he has misused. He flies into the eye of a hurricane, thereby saving Miami and redeeming himself. The story unfolds in flashbacks as the pilot battles the storm and recalls his failures, including a love affair with the wife (Linda Darnell) of his best friend.
Road House (1948) as Jefty Robbins
A nightclub owner frames a romantic rival for murder.
Yellow Sky (1948) as Dude
Outlaws on the run hide out in a ghost town.
The Street with No Name (1948) as Alec Stiles
A young FBI agent infiltrates a criminal mob.
Kiss of Death (1947) as Tommy Udo
An ex-con trying to go straight must face a crazed criminal out for revenge.

Producer (feature film)

The Bedford Incident (1965) as Co-producer
An American destroyer, with a journalist on board, pursues a Russian submarine during the Cold War.
The Secret Ways (1961) as Producer
Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist (Prof. Jansci) escape from Budapest. He and Julia, the professor's daughter, cross the boulder posing as journalists, but they encounter a problem. The staunch freedom fighter doesn't want to go!
Time Limit (1957) as Producer
An officer is court-martialed under suspicion of collaborating with the North Koreans.

Production Companies (feature film)

The Bedford Incident (1965) as Company
An American destroyer, with a journalist on board, pursues a Russian submarine during the Cold War.

Cast (special)

Jack Palance: From Grit to Grace (2001) as Interviewee
Profile of actor Jack Palance.
Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel (1999)
Profile of actress Linda Darnell.
Robert Wagner: Hollywood's Prince Charming (1999) as Interviewee
Chronicles the life of actor Robert Wagner. Includes family photographs, clips and trailers from his work, and interviews with family and friends.
Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One (1997) as Interviewee
Biographical documentary of actor Sidney Poitier.
Lincoln (1992) as Voice Of Ward Hill Lamon
A two-part, four-hour documentary special about Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War as told in the words of people who figured importantly in his life. Uses the voices of an all-star cast.
AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (1992)
A broadcast in which the American Film Institute (AFI) presents its twentieth annual Life Achievement Award to Sidney Poitier.
Best of Us, The (1991) as Narration
A documentary profiling six individuals from diverse backgrounds, positions and countries who have dedicated themselves to helping others.
American Film Institute Salute to Gregory Peck, The (1989)
The American Film Institute (AFI) presents its 17th Annual Distinguished Life Achievement Award to actor Gregory Peck. The special was taped on March 9, 1989 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Passion and Memory (1986) as Guest
A documentary that profiles the professional and personal lives of black entertainers Stepin Fetchit, Hattie McDaniel, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, and Sidney Poitier. By exploring the careers of these five black film stars, the film reveals how black film roles have changed in American movies
American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish, The (1984)
A tribute to actress Lilian Gish, winner of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.
Rebel, The (1975) as Benjamin Franklin
The third presentation of a special four-part series dramatizing the life of Benjamin Franklin. The program describes Franklin's activities as a leader of the independence movement in the early days of the Revolutionary War.
American Film Institute Salute to John Ford, The (1973)
The American Film Institute presents its first Life Achievement Award to director John Ford.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Vanished (1971)
A thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a senior presidential advisor. This first long-form TV movie, shown in two parts (actual running time minus commercials totaled three hours and ten minutes), paved the way for subsequent filmed miniseries. Both Richard Widmark, in his TV acting debut,

Cast (short)

The Moonshine War (Featurette) (1970)
This humorous promotional short offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of "The Moonshine War" (1970).
1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (International) (1955)
This short features theatrical trailers of original musicals released by MGM in 1955 and visits the sets of films still in production.
Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) (1955)
This short features theatrical trailers of original musicals released by MGM in 1955 and visits the sets of films still in production.

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