William Holden
American actor
William Holden
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.
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Bold exits; Designer knockoffs; An era ends - South Coast Today
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A screenwriter (William Holden) becomes the kept man of a deranged silent film star (Gloria Swanson) in director Billy Wilder's 1950 Hollywood satire “Sunset Boulevard” (8 pm Saturday, TCM). Death of a superhero on “Hawaii Five-0” (8 pm, CBS, r,
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8 P.M. (HBO) MEGAMIND (2010) Will Ferrell lends his voice to this movie's blue-tinted, egg-headed title character, above, a hypersensitive brainiac who faces an existential crisis after one of his grandiose, evil schemes to vanquish his nemesis, the Elvis-coiffed Metro Man (Brad Pitt), actually works. Jonah Hill is Hal, the nerdy redheaded
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'Explosive' Kennedy tapes to reveal all - Hindustan Times
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According to ABC sources, the tapes will even reveal about Jacqueline's own affairs, one with Hollywood star William Holden and another with Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli. Jackie was convinced that her husband's successor was plotting to murder her
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Around Town: Steven Spielberg and a rare 'Trip to the Moon' - Los Angeles Times
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Screening Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the romance set in Kansas stars William Holden and Kim Novak. http://www.lacma.org Skirball kicks off its free Tuesday matinee series of Alfred Hitchcock classics this month with
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Men caught selling drugs in Basildon police operation - Essex Echo
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Ashley Grandfield, William Holden and William Rickard were arrested earlier this year after getting caught selling a mixture of class A and class C drugs to an undercover officer during Operation Cumulus. The undercover operation, which has now
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Love nest that became rendezvous of the rich - The Standard
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The hotel sits on the equator and it is said William Holden, its founder, boasted that he could dine in the Northern hemisphere and dance in the Southern hemisphere, all in one evening. Its early history reads like the script of a Mexican soap opera
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Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Tapes Reveal First Lady Thought LBJ Did It - DBKP - Death By 1000 Papercuts
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Oh, and Jackie slept with William Holden. That's the highlights–or lowlights, if you will–of some audio tapes which Jackie O recorded after leaving the White House. The tapes' contents were made public and the revelations are sure to delight dirt ... -
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Robert Ryan's Quiet Furies
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BORN to play beautifully tortured, angry souls, the actor Robert Ryan was a familiar movie face for more than two decades in Hollywood's classical years, his studio ups and downs, independent detours and outlier adventures paralleling the arc of American cinema as it went from a national pastime to near collapse. A little prettier and he might have
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Son recalls dad's service legacy - Alton Telegraph
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William Holden, Mickey Rooney and Grace Kelly starred in a later movie about the strikes. "My dad and his squadron mates were all given tickets for the premiere and my mom said it was a big deal back then," Mike Maguire said. "It really is a good movie
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Veteran helped produce American military films during WWII - Agoura Hills Acorn
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MILITARY TACTICS—Actor William Holden gives a lesson in a World War II instructional film. Thousand Oaks resident Gene Marks helped produce many films for the troops during the war. The studio mogul helped the Marks family, and apparently the favor
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Loni Ackerman Will Be Norma Desmond in Gateway's Sunset Boulevard - Playbill.com
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William Holden played Gillis in the film, which was directed by the late Billy Wilder. Swanson, Holden and Wilder all received Academy Award nominations for their work. Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone created the role of Norma Desmond for
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New in Local Theaters 07/28/11 - Bloomington Pantagraph
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... 8/13-14; Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011), a look at the aftermath of Conan's "Tonight Show" debacle, 8/18-21; Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), with Bette vs. Joan, 8/25-26; and Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden
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Around Town: Westerns, disco movies and LACMA films - Los Angeles Times
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... Mitchum has his second leading role in the low-budget 1945 western "West of the Pecos," screening Thursday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater along with the 1948 romantic western "Rachel and the Stranger," with Loretta Young and William Holden
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Capitol releases upcoming classic shows - Tampa Bay Newspapers
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Starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden, Sabrina is the story of a young chauffer's daughter who falls in love with the family employer's son David an oft-married, idle playboy, crazy for women, who has never noticed her
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Holden
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 62
    According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's autopsy report, Holden was alone and intoxicated in his apartment in Santa Monica, California, on November 12, 1981, when he slipped on a rug, severely lacerated his forehead on a teak bedside table, and bled to death.
    More Details Hide Details Evidence suggests he was conscious for at least half an hour after the fall. It is probable that he may not have realized the severity of the injury and did not summon aid, or was unable to call for help. His body was found four days later. The causes of death were given as "Exsanguination" and "Blunt Laceration of Scalp". He had dictated in his will that the Neptune Society cremate him and scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. In accordance with his wishes, no funeral or memorial service was held. For his contribution to the film industry, Holden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1651 Vine Street. He also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. His death was noted by singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, whose 1987 song Tom's Diner (about a sequence of events one morning in 1981) included a mention of reading a newspaper article about "an actor who had died while he was drinking"; Vega subsequently confirmed that this was a reference to Holden.
    In 1981 Holden was offered the role of Coach Daniel B. Delaney in That Championship Season.
    More Details Hide Details He became very depressed when filming was delayed, and drank even more heavily.
  • 1980
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During his last years, Holden also appeared in his second Irwin Allen film, When Time Ran Out, a critical and commercial failure and heavily disliked by Holden himself; his final film, Blake Edwards's S.O.B., was more successful and a Golden Globe-nominated picture.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1974
    Age 55
    Also in 1974, Holden starred with Paul Newman and Steve McQueen in the critically acclaimed disaster film The Towering Inferno, which became a box office smash and one of the highest-grossing films of Holden's career.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later he was praised for his Oscar-nominated leading performance in Sidney Lumet's classic Network (1976), a examination of the media written by Paddy Chayefsky, playing an older version of the character type he had become iconic for in the 1950s, only now more jaded and aware of his own mortality.
  • 1973
    Age 54
    In 1973, Holden starred with Kay Lenz in movie directed by Clint Eastwood called Breezy, which was considered a box office flop.
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  • 1972
    Age 53
    In 1972, Holden began a nine-year relationship with actress Stefanie Powers, which sparked her interest in animal welfare.
    More Details Hide Details After his death, Powers set up the William Holden Wildlife Foundation at Holden's Mount Kenya Game Ranch.
  • 1969
    Age 50
    Also in 1969, Holden starred in director Terence Young's family film L'Arbre de Noël, co-starring Italian actress Virna Lisi and French actor Bourvil, based on the novel of the same name by Michel Bataille.
    More Details Hide Details This film was originally released in the United States as The Christmas Tree and on home video as When Wolves Cry. 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.
    In 1969, Holden made a comeback when he starred in director Sam Peckinpah's graphically violent Western The Wild Bunch, winning much acclaim.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1966
    Age 47
    While in Italy in 1966, Holden killed another driver in a drunk driving incident.
    More Details Hide Details He received an eight-month suspended sentence for vehicular manslaughter. Holden maintained a home in Switzerland and also spent much of his time working for wildlife conservation as a managing partner in an animal preserve in Africa. His Mount Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki (founded 1959) became a mecca for the international jet set. On a trip to Africa, he fell in love with the wildlife and became increasingly concerned with the animal species that were beginning to decrease in population. With the help of his partners, he created the Mount Kenya Game Ranch and inspired the creation of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation. The Mount Kenya Game Ranch works to assist in Kenya with the wildlife education of its youth.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details By the mid-1960s, the quality of his roles and films had noticeably diminished. A heavy drinker most of his life, Holden descended into alcoholism in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • 1955
    Age 36
    On February 7, 1955, Holden appeared as a guest star on I Love Lucy as himself.
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  • 1954
    Age 35
    In 1954, Holden was featured on the cover of Life magazine.
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  • 1952
    Age 33
    Holden was best man at the wedding of his friend Ronald Reagan to Nancy Davis in 1952; however, he never involved himself in politics.
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  • 1950
    Age 31
    His career took off in 1950 when Billy Wilder tapped him to star in Sunset Boulevard, where he played a down-at-the-heels screenwriter who gets taken in by a faded silent-screen star, played by Gloria Swanson.
    More Details Hide Details Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination with the part. Getting the part, however, was a lucky break for Holden, as the role was initially cast with Montgomery Clift, who backed out of his contract. Swanson later said, "Bill Holden was a man I could have fallen in love with. He was perfection on- and off-screen." And Wilder himself commented, "Bill was a complex guy, a totally honorable friend. He was a genuine star. Every woman was in love with him." Following this breakthrough film, his career quickly grew in stature as Holden played a series of roles that combined good looks with cynical detachment, including a prisoner-of-war entrepreneur in Stalag 17 (1953), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, a pressured young engineer/family man in Executive Suite (1954), an acerbic stage director in The Country Girl (1954) with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, a conflicted jet pilot in the Korean War film The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), a wandering college football star in Picnic (1955), a dashing war correspondent in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), his most widely recognized role as an ill-fated prisoner in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) with Alec Guinness, a World War II tug boat captain in The Key (1958), and an American Civil War military surgeon in John Ford's The Horse Soldiers (1959) opposite John Wayne.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 25
    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, a Japanese-occupied island in the South Pacific, on January 5, 1944.
    More Details Hide Details His family moved to South Pasadena when he was three. After graduating from South Pasadena High School, Holden attended Pasadena Junior College, where he became involved in local radio plays. Contrary to legend and theatre publicity, he did not study at the Pasadena Playhouse, nor was he discovered in a play there.
  • 1941
    Age 22
    Holden was married to actress Ardis Ankerson (stage name Brenda Marshall) from 1941 until their divorce in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details They had two sons, Peter "West" Westfield (born November 17, 1943 – died June 2014) and Scott Porter (born May 2, 1946 – died January 21, 2005, San Diego, California). He adopted his wife's daughter, Virginia, from her first marriage. Holden met French actress Capucine in the early 1960s. The two starred in the films The Lion (1962) and The 7th Dawn (1964). They began a two-year affair, which is alleged to have ended due to Holden's alcoholism.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His first film role was in Prison Farm the following year. A version of how he obtained his stage name "Holden" is based on a statement by George Ross of Billboard magazine: "William Holden, the lad just signed for the coveted lead in “Golden Boy”, used to be Bill Beadle. And here is how he obtained his new movie tag. On the Columbia lot is an assistant director and scout named Harold Winston. Not long ago he was divorced from the actress, Gloria Holden, but carried the torch after the marital rift. Winston was one of those who discovered the “Golden Boy” newcomer and who renamed him — in honor of his former spouse! " Holden's first starring role was in Golden Boy (1939), costarring Barbara Stanwyck, in which he played a violinist-turned-boxer. He was still an unknown actor at the time, while Stanwyck was already a film star. She liked Holden and went out of her way to help him succeed, devoting her personal time to coaching and encouraging him, which made them into lifelong friends. When she received her Honorary Oscar at the 1982 Academy Award ceremony, Holden had died in an accident just a few months prior. At the end of her acceptance speech, she paid him a personal tribute: "I loved him very much, and I miss him. He always wished that I would get an Oscar.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1918
    Born
    Born on April 17, 1918.
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