Richard Widmark in Panic in the Streets
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Copyright by Flora Breen Robison
This is a poem I wrote a while back on a different site.
Richard Widmark was born in 1914, retired in 1992, and died in 2008 at 93 years.
In a career that spanned 45 years, he amassed 75 credits in movies and television
Connecticut was his home away from Hollywood – he died there quietly in Roxbury
Hating the Hollywood circus, he stayed home with his wife and daughter after work
Acted in westerns, film noir, dramas, adventures, crimes, war pics and comedies
Richard was married to one woman for 55 years until her death – Jean Hazelwood
Debuting as evil Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death, he overcame his early typecasting
Widmark didn’t care for the limelight – actors should be seen only when working
Initially a theatre actor in romantic comedies, he was often killed off in movies
Didn’t want an Honorary Oscar – he was retired and didn’t want to give a speech
Married Susan Blanchard after becoming a widower – she was Hank Fonda’s ex
Anne Heath Widmark, his daughter, was once married to pitcher Sandy Kofax
Raised in Sunrise, Minnesota, he wanted to act on Broadway for his entire career
Kiss of Death changed his plans – he had to sign a contract to appear in the film.