A passionate liberal Democrat, Widmark played a bigot who baits a black doctor in Joseph Mankiewicz's "No Way Out" (1950). He was so embarrassed by the character that after every scene he apologized to the young actor he was required to torment, Sidney Poitier.
In 1990, when Widmark was given the D.W. Griffith Career Achievement Award by the National Board of Review, it was Poitier who presented it to him.
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