Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Richard Widmark, 1915-2008: RIP

The old fellow was 93. I had no idea he was still alive. I remember him in a couple of John Wayne movies; he played Jim Bowie in The Alamo.

A quiet, inordinately shy man, Widmark often portrayed killers, cops and Western gunslingers. But he said he hated guns.

"I know I've made kind of a half-assed career out of violence, but I abhor violence," he remarked in a 1976 Associated Press interview. "I am an ardent supporter of gun control. It seems incredible to me that we are the only civilized nation that does not put some effective control on guns."

Hmm. Well, if you believe in an afterlife, maybe there won't be guns there. Bye.

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