Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Richard Widmark Takes His Kiss of Death

Scoring Update! The points change, death remains the same...

Richard Widmark, an actor whose first movie role as a sneering psychopathic killer overshadowed his six-decade career playing gunfighters, lawmen, doctors and even a president, has died. He was 93. Widmark died Monday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, the New York Times reported, citing his wife, Susan Blanchard. She told the newspaper that Widmark had broken a vertebrae and his health had deteriorated in recent months.

Throughout his movie career, Widmark largely shunned publicity. He gave few interviews and supported favorite charities with little fanfare.

He established a scholarship fund at Lake Forest College in 1999 to help finance the education of students interested in theater. He created the Jean and Richard Widmark Foundation, which has funded Alzheimer's and cancer research, environmental conservation and efforts to combat handgun violence and nuclear weapons. He also donated land and a one-room schoolhouse to a local trust in Roxbury, Connecticut, to further the local preservation efforts.
Congratulations and 18 points each awarded to Remains to Be Seen and M"h By You Buddy. The Rosters and Standings have been updated.


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