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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 September 1928Delhi, Louisiana, USA
Birth NameHenry Earl Holliman
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Louisiana-born actor Earl Holliman, after a stint in the Navy, studied at UCLA and the Pasadena Playhouse before earning his break in the Martin/Lewis comedy Scared Stiff (1953). He gained clout after portraying a variety of young, manly characters in rugged westerns and war drama, ranging from dim and/or good-natured to overly impulsive and/or threatening. He won a Golden Globe for his support performance as a girl-crazy brother in The Rainmaker (1956), holding his own against stars Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn. He distinguished himself in a number of "A" grade films around the same time, including Broken Lance (1954) with Spencer Tracy, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), again with Lancaster, Giant (1956) with Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, Visit to a Small Planet (1960), again with Jerry Lewis, Summer and Smoke (1961) with Geraldine Page and The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) with John Wayne.

When the film offers started drying up in the 60s, he found TV a more welcoming medium, scoring in a number of westerns. His virile stance was perfect for a series of crime yarns. It all culminated with a four-year stint as the macho partner to sexy Angie Dickinson in Police Woman (1974), a role that helped make him a household name. Holliman operated the Fiesta Dinner Theatre for many years in San Antonio, Texas.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trade Mark (2)

Distinctive soft, high resonant voice
Portrayed adventurous men, macho types, and often simple souls.

Trivia (13)

Mr. Holliman had an entire host segment of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (found in episode 418 - Attack of the Eye Creatures) dedicated to him and his career wherein Joel Hodgson stated, "Earl Holliman: who would have been William Shatner, had there not already been one.".
Played the main character in the very first "Twilight Zone" episode to be telecast, "Where is Everybody?" (October 2, 1959).
He is a staunch conservative Republican.
In 2015, he appeared in the documentary 'Children of Giant', which took an in depth look into the making of of the motion picture Giant (1956).
Out of all his movie roles, he cites The Rainmaker (1956) as being his personal favorite.
For over 25 years, he was president of Actors and Others for Animals.
Once visited the Vatican with former actress turned Nun Dolores Hart.
He has never been married and has no children.
He is a resident of Studio City, California.
In a July 1998 fan letter response, he said that if he hadn't gone into acting he would've either become a schoolteacher, a writer, or even both.
He is one of the few former Hollywood performers who, even in retirement, takes great care, thought, and pride in replying to every piece of fan mail he receives.
For his work in The Rainmaker (1956), he's one of only 6 actors to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture without receiving an Oscar nomination for the same performance. The other 5 are, in chronological order: Millard Mitchell in My Six Convicts (1952), Stephen Boyd in Ben-Hur (1959), Oskar Werner in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Richard Attenborough, The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Doctor Dolittle (1967) and Richard Benjamin in The Sunshine Boys (1975).

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