Thursday, 27 March 2008


Film noir and suspense icon Richard Widmark passed away this week at the age of 93. He exploded into movies in 1947 at the age of 33 after years of working in radio, theatre, and as a drama teacher with the role of a deranged gangster Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death.

He then worked steady for the next 40+ years playing killers, cops, cowboys, crooks, and commanders. He also refused to "go Hollywood" shunning all but the most necessary publicity, preferring the work to speak for itself, and spending most of his time away from Hollywood in Connecticut.


Abby Mann
, writer of prominent "social dramas" of the 1950s like Judgement at Nuremberg (which co-starred Widmark) and the creator of TV crime classic Kojak also passed away this week at 84.

It's sad to say, but these things usually happen in threes...

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