Sad news for fans of film noir: Actor Richard Widmark passed away today at the age of 93. Widmark became an instant star with his Oscar-nominated debut role in 1947's Kiss Of Death, where he played—as the compendium A Panorama of American Film Noir: 1941-1953 notes—"a nasty little creep with the wild eyes and high-pitched laugh, neurotic to the core" who memorably pushes a wheelchair-bound woman down a flight of stairs. The role had a lasting effect on Widmark's career, leading him to play countless more killers and gunslingers despite the actor's own oft-stated abhorrence of violence. With more than 75 films on his résumé, we're bound to leave a few out, but a small sampling of his credits includes: Night And The City, Panic In The Streets, No Way Out, Don't Bother To Knock, Pickup On South Street, Garden Of Evil, The Alamo (Widmark played Jim Bowie), Judgment At Nuremberg, How The West Was Won, Madigan (later adapted into a TV series), and Murder On The Orient Express. Widmark had a refreshing candor about his chosen profession, telling Parade in 1987, "I've discovered in my dotage that I now find the whole moviemaking process irritating. I don't have the patience anymore. I've got a few more years to live, and I don't want to spend them sitting around a movie set for 12 hours to do two minutes of film." His wife, Susan Blanchard, shares that same matter-of-fact sensibility: About his death, she said simply, "It was a big shock, but he was 93." RIP Mr. Widmark, you devilish bastard.

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