Morning Man Classic: Richard Widmark!
It’s not many actors who have managed to land an Academy Award nomination for their very first film.
Richard Widmark is one of them.
The late actor, who died in 2008 at the age of 93, was Oscar nominated for Kiss Of Death in 1947. Subsequent films were Yellow Sky, Panic in the Streets, Night and the City, The Street with No Name, Don’t Bother to Knock, Pickup on South Street, The Cobweb, The Bedford Incident, The Alamo, Judgment at Nuremberg, How the West Was Won, Cheyenne Autumn, and Murder on the Orient Express.
I Love Lucy fans, like me, remember Widmark portraying himself when a star-struck Lucy trespasses onto his property to steal a souvenir grapefruit. Widmark finds Lucy sprawled out on his living room floor underneath a bear skin rug.
Widmark’s long career focused in television in the 70s and 80s.
He received an Emmy nomination for his performance as the U.S. President in the TV movie Vanished and he reprised his detective role from the 1968 film Madigan with six 90-minute episodes on the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie in the early 70s.