RICHARD WIDMARK Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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NAME: Richard Widmark
  BORN: 26/12/1914
  BIRTH PLACE: Sunrise, Minnesota, USA


American actor Richard Widmark was born the son of a travelling salesman, in Minnesota.


As a result, he journeyed widely across the mid-West as a child, before enrolling in Illinois’ Lake Forest College, majoring in law. Whilst there, he made a second home of the drama department, staying on after graduation as a drama instructor.


His brief teaching career was cut short by his moving to New York, where he soon found himself a radio star. For 9 years, from 1938, Widmark was a prolific radio presence.


So successful was he in radio that he quipped, regarding his switch to film: “I am the only actor who left a mansion and swimming pool to head to Hollywood.”