William Holden (I) (1918–1981)


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Billy Wilder proclaimed William Holden to be "the ideal motion picture actor". For almost four decades, the handsome, affable 'Golden Holden' was among Hollywood's most durable and engaging stars. He was born William Franklin Beedle Jr., one of three sons to a high school English teacher, Mary Blanche (Ball), and a chemical and fertilizer analyst,... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Stalag 17 Sgt. J.J. Sefton
(1953)
Sabrina David Larrabee
(1954)
Sunset Blvd. Joe Gillis
(1950)
Network Max Schumacher
(1976)

Filmography

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 1981 S.O.B.
Tim Culley
 1980 The Earthling
Patrick Foley
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Shelby Gilmore
 1979 Ashanti
Jim Sandell
 1979 Escape to Athena
Sgt. J.J. Sefton (uncredited)
 1978 Damien: Omen II
Richard Thorn
 1978 Fedora
Barry Detweiler
 1976 Network
Max Schumacher
 1976 21 Hours at Munich (TV Movie)
Polizeichef Manfred Schreiber
 1974 The Towering Inferno
Jim Duncan
 1974 Open Season
Hal Wolkowski
 1973 Breezy
Frank Harmon
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie)
Bumper Morgan
 1972 The Revengers
John Benedict
 1971 Wild Rovers
Ross Bodine
 1969 The Christmas Tree
Laurent Ségur
 1969 The Wild Bunch
Pike
 1968 The Devil's Brigade
Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
 1967 Casino Royale
Ransome
 1966 Alvarez Kelly
Alvarez Kelly
 1964 The 7th Dawn
Major Ferris
 1964 Paris When It Sizzles
Richard Benson / Rick
 1962 The Lion
Robert Hayward
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
Eric Erickson
 1962 Satan Never Sleeps
Father O'Banion
 1960 The World of Suzie Wong
Robert Lomax
 1959 The Horse Soldiers
Maj. Henry Kendall
 1958 The Key
Captain David Ross
 1956 Toward the Unknown
Maj. Lincoln Bond
 1956 The Proud and Profane
Lt. Col. Colin Black
 1955 Picnic
Hal Carter
 1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Mark Elliott
 1954 The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Lt. Harry Brubaker
 1954 The Country Girl
Bernie Dodd
 1954 Sabrina
David Larrabee
 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)
 1953 The Moon Is Blue
Donald Gresham
 1953 Stalag 17
Sgt. J.J. Sefton
 1952 The Turning Point
Jerry McKibbon
 1952 Boots Malone
Boots Malone
 1951 Submarine Command
Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
 1951 Force of Arms
Sgt. John 'Pete' Peterson
 1950 Born Yesterday
Paul Verrall
 1950 Union Station
Lt. William Calhoun
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
Joe Gillis
 1950 Father Is a Bachelor
Johnny Rutledge
 1949 Dear Wife
Bill Seacroft
 1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond
Dick Richmond
 1949 Streets of Laredo
Jim Dawkins
 1948 The Man from Colorado
Del Stewart
 1948 The Dark Past
Al Walker
 1948 Apartment for Peggy
Jason Taylor
 1948 Rachel and the Stranger
Big Davey
 1947 Variety Girl
William Holden
 1947 Dear Ruth
Lt. William Seacroft
 1947 Blaze of Noon
Colin McDonald
 1943 Reconnaissance Pilot (Documentary short)
Lt. Packard A. Cummings (uncredited)
 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 Arizona
Peter Muncie
 1940 Our Town
George Gibbs
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

(11/8/76) Guested on the daytime news talk program "Midday" with Mike McGrady. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 14 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Bill Holden

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouse:

Brenda Marshall  (divorced)  (2 children)

Children:

Arlene Holden | See more »

Parents:

William Franklin Beedle, Sr. | Mary Blanche Ball

Relatives:

Robert Westfield Beedle (sibling) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Barbara Stanwyck] Thirty-nine years ago this month, we were working in a film together called Golden Boy (1939). It wasn't going so well and I was going to be replaced. But due to this lovely human being and her encouragement and above all her generosity, I'm here tonight. See more »

Trivia:

"Hollwood Reporter" reported that Holden had signed to play the coach in That Championship Season (1982), but his death precluded that, and he was replaced by Robert Mitchum. Holden had also agreed to co-star with old friend Glenn Ford in "Dime Novel Sunset", which was never made. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Bill See more »

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