TCM salutes legendary actor Richard Widmark

Apr 4, 2008 at 4:27 p.m. ET

Turner Classic Movies pays tribute to Richard Widmark. The actor that recently passed away is considered a legend.

Tonight, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of Richard Widmark, the Oscarnominated actor who died March 24 at the age of 93. 

The network will present a marathon of three films featuring this charismatic Broadway actor whose early roles in features were often as tough guys or heavies.  Widmark earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and instant stardom for 1947 screen debut in the gangster saga "Kiss of Death," in which he played a giggling, psychopathic killer.  Widmark is also noted for his performances in "Madigan" (1968), "Pickup on South Street" (1953) and two of John Ford's later films, "Two Rode Together" (1961) and "Cheyenne Autumn" (1964). 

Schedule: Friday, April 4


8 p.m.          "Alvarez Kelly" (1966) – Widmark plays a ruthless Southerner determined to strike a blow against the North during the Civil War.  His plan involves kidnapping a cattle baron and forcing him to steal Yankee cattle. William Holden co-stars in this film from director Edward Dmytryk.

10 p.m.        "Take the High Ground!" (1953) – This taut military drama follows grueling infantry basic training, shot on location at Fort Bliss, Texas. Widmark stars with Karl Malden under the direction of Richard Brooks.

12 a.m.       "The Tunnel of Love" (1958) – Playing one of his few comic roles, Widmark co-stars with Doris Day in the story of a couple enduring mountains of red tape in order to adopt a child. Gene Kelly directed in this adaptation of a play by Joseph Fields and Peter de Vries. Gig Young and Gia Scala co-star.