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William Holden (I) (1918–1981)


William Holden came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. His father William Franklin Beedle was an industrial chemist and his mother Mary Blanche Ball a teacher. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College, he was signed to a film contract by Paramount. His first starring role ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1981 S.O.B.
Tim Culley
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Shelby Gilmore
 1979 Ashanti
Jim Sandell
 1979 Escape to Athena
Prisoner smoking a cigar in prison camp (uncredited)
 1976 21 Hours at Munich (TV Movie)
Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
 1974 Open Season
Hal Wolkowski
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie)
Bumper Morgan
 1973 The Devil's Daughter (TV Movie)
 1972 The Revengers
John Benedict
 1971 Wild Rovers
Ross Bodine
 1969 The Christmas Tree
Laurent Ségur
 1966 Alvarez Kelly
Alvarez Kelly
 1962 The Lion
Robert Hayward
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
Eric Erickson
 1962 Satan Never Sleeps
Father O'Banion
 1956 Toward the Unknown
Maj. Lincoln Bond
 1956 The Proud and Profane
Lt. Col. Colin Black
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Intermission Guest
- Love Letters (1955) ... Intermission Guest
 1954/I Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
Narrator in original US version (uncredited)
 1954 Executive Suite
McDonald Walling
 1953 Escape from Fort Bravo
Capt. Roper
 1953 Forever Female
Stanley Krown
 1953 Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach
Tourist (uncredited)
 1952 The Turning Point
Jerry McKibbon
 1952 Boots Malone
Boots Malone
 1951 Submarine Command
Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
 1951 Force of Arms
Sgt. Joe 'Pete' Peterson
 1950 Union Station
Lt. William Calhoun
 1950 Father Is a Bachelor
Johnny Rutledge
 1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond
Dick Richmond
 1948 The Dark Past
Al Walker
 1948 Apartment for Peggy
Jason Taylor
 1948 Rachel and the Stranger
David Harvey
 1948 The Man from Colorado
Capt. Del Stewart
 1947 Variety Girl
William Holden
 1947 Blaze of Noon
Colin McDonald
 1943 Reconnaissance Pilot (Documentary short)
William Holden
 1943 Young and Willing
Norman Reese
 1942 Meet the Stewarts
Michael Stewart
 1942 The Remarkable Andrew
Andrew Long
 1942 The Fleet's In
Casey Kirby
 1941 Texas
Dan Thomas
 1941 I Wanted Wings
Al Ludlow
 1940 Those Were the Days!
P.J. 'Petey' Simmons
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Tim Taylor
 1939 Golden Boy
Joe Bonaparte
 1939 Million Dollar Legs
Graduate Who Says 'Thank You' (uncredited)
 1938 Prison Farm
Prisoner (uncredited)
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Other Works:

guested on the radio program "M-G-M Theater of the Air" starring in "Kid Glove Miller". See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Holden

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

I made "Toward the Unknown" as an actor by day and, by night, a caster, a cuter, and a producer. I'll never do anything like that again. See more »

Trivia:

Was originally cast for the lead in The Rainmaker (1956), role eventually played by Burt Lancaster. See more »

Trademark:

Often infused his parts, even the more serious ones, with sardonic humor See more »

Nickname:

The Golden Boy See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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