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William Holden (I) (1918–1981)

William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College, he was signed ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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
 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
 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 Father Is a Bachelor
Johnny Rutledge
 1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond
Dick Richmond
 1948 Apartment for Peggy
Jason Taylor
 1948 Rachel and the Stranger
David Harvey
 1947 Variety Girl
William Holden
 1943 Reconnaissance Pilot (Documentary short)
Lt. 'Packy' Cummings (uncredited)
 1943 Young and Willing
Norman Reese
 1942 Meet the Stewarts
Michael Stewart
 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:

(11/26/50) Radio: Appeared in an "M-G-M Theater of the Air" broadcast of "Kid Glove Killer". See more »

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

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Bill Holden


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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For me, acting is not an all-consuming thing, except for the moment when I am actually doing it. See more »


Holden did not legally change his name from Beedle until he joined the USAF in 1942. See more »


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


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