Richard Widmark

Birth Name: Richard Weedt Widmark

Date of Birth: December 26, 1914

Place of Birth: Sunrise Township, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Death: March 24, 2008

Place of Death: Roxbury, Connecticut, U.S.

*25% Swedish
*25% Norwegian
*25% English
*25% Irish

Richard Widmark was an American actor and producer.

Richard was the son of Ethel Mae/May (Barr) and Carl Henry Widmark. His father was of Swedish and Norwegian descent. His mother had English and Irish ancestry. Richard was married to screenwriter Jean Hazlewood, until her death, and to socialite, lyricist, and producer Susan Blanchard, until his death. He had a daughter with Jean. Susan was the daughter of interior designer Dorothy Hammerstein.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Salomon/Solomon Samuel/Olofsson Vidmark (the son of Olof Olofsson Vidmark and Gustava Gustavasdotter). Solomon was born in Gummark, Sweden. Olof was the son of Olof Olofsson and Ulrika Persdotter.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was named Carrie. Carrie was born in Norway.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Charles Barr (the son of Charles Barr and Eleanor/Elenor/Ellen Blackford). Richard’s grandfather Charles was born in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, England. Richard’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Joseph Barr. Eleanor was the daughter of Frederick Blackford and Elizabeth Millward/Milward/Millwood.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Mary Gorman (the daughter of Lawrence Gorman and Margaret Broderick/Brodarick). Mary was born in Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, to Irish parents, with her father being from Clare and her mother being from Donegal.

Source: Genealogy of Richard Widmark (focusing on his father’s side) –


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5 Responses

  1. madman says:

    His grandparents were also each born in a different country, if you don’t count England and Scotland both as the UK.

  2. sadie says:

    He was an awesome and handsome actor.

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