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William Holden

Actor
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Born Apr 17, 1918
Died Nov 12, 1981
Political Party Republican Party
Alma Mater Pasadena City Col...
Other Names Beedle, William F...

William Holden was an American actor. Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1954 and the Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1974. One of the most popular and well known movie stars of all time, Holden was one of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s, he was named one of the "Top 10 Stars of the Year" six times (1954–1958, 1961) and appeared on the American Film Institute's AFI's 100 Years…100 Stars list as number 25.… Read More

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William Holden
William Holden
d.1981

parents

  • William Franklin Beedle, Sr.
    William Franklin Beedle, Sr.
    Father
  • Mary Blanche Ball
    Mary Blanche Ball
    Mother

siblings

  • Richard P. Beedle
    Richard P. Beedle
    Brother, Age 91
  • Robert Westfield Beedle
    Robert Westfield Beedle
    Brother, d.1945

children

  • Peter Westfield Holden
    Peter Westfield Holden
    Son, Age 72
  • Scott Porter Holden
    Scott Porter Holden
    Son, Age 70

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CHILDHOOD

1918 Birth Born on April 17, 1918.

TEENAGE

1937 19 Years Old Rather, he was spotted by a talent scout from Paramount Pictures in 1937 while playing the part of an 80-year-old man, Marie Curie's father-in-law, in a play at the Playbox, a separate and private theatre owned by Pasadena Playhouse director Gilmor Brown. … Read More

TWENTIES

1941 23 Years Old Holden was married to actress Ardis Ankerson (stage name Brenda Marshall) from 1941 until their divorce (after many long separations) in 1971. … Read More
1944 26 Years Old …  His younger brother, Robert W. "Bobbie" Beedle, became a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and was killed in action in World War II, over New Ireland, on January 5, 1944. … Read More

THIRTIES

1950 32 Years Old Beginning in 1950, his career took off when Billy Wilder tapped him to star as the down-at-the-heels screenwriter Joe Gillis, who is taken in by faded silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard, for which Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination. … Read More
1952 34 Years Old Holden was best man at the marriage of his friend Ronald Reagan to Nancy Davis in 1952; however, he never involved himself in politics. … Read More
1954 36 Years Old …  In 1954, Holden was featured on the cover of Life magazine.
1955 37 Years Old On February 7, 1955, Holden appeared as a guest star on I Love Lucy as himself.
1957 39 Years Old His career peaked in 1957 with the enormous success of The Bridge on the River Kwai, but Holden spent the next several years starring in a number of films that rarely succeeded commercially or critically. … Read More

FORTIES

1966 48 Years Old While in Italy in 1966, Holden killed another driver in a drunk driving incident. … Read More

FIFTIES

1969 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, Holden made a comeback when he starred in director Sam Peckinpah's graphically violent Western The Wild Bunch, winning much acclaim.
1972 54 Years Old In 1972, Holden began a nine-year relationship with actress Stefanie Powers, which sparked her interest in animal welfare. … Read More
1974 56 Years Old 1 More Event
For television roles in 1974, Holden won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his portrayal of a cynical, tough veteran LAPD street cop in the television film The Blue Knight, based upon the best-selling Joseph Wambaugh novel of the same name.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1980 62 Years Old In 1980, Holden appeared in The Earthling with popular child actor Ricky Schroder, playing a loner dying of cancer who goes to the Australian outback to end his days, meets a young boy whose parents have been killed in an accident, and teaches him how to survive. … Read More
In 1981 Holden was offered the role of Coach Daniel B. Delaney in That Championship Season. … Read More
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