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Tough guy actor dies aged 93.

HOLLYWOOD actor Richard Widmark, pictured, who often portrayed killers, cops and Western gunslingers, has died after a long illness. He was 93.

His widow, Susan Blanchard, said he died at his farm home in Connecticut on Monday.

He made his film debut in 1947 as a killer in Kiss of Death and became a leading man in Broken Lance, Two Rode Together and 40 other films.

He also starred in Madigan, a 1968 film with Widmark as a loner detective that became a short-lived TV series.

The performance in Kiss of Death won him an Academy Award nomination as supporting actor, his only mention for an Oscar. A quiet, shy man, Widmark was an ardent supporter of gun control.

He was born on December 26, 1914, in Sunrise, Minnesota, where his father ran a store before settling in Princeton. Two years out of college, Widmark reached New York in 1938 during the heyday of radio. His mellow Midwest voice made him a favourite in soap operas and he found himself racing from studio to studio.

Rejected by the Army because of a punctured eardrum, he began appearing in theatre and films, including The Alamo with John Wayne.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2008
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