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Also Known As: Will Holden, William Franklin Beedle Jr. Died: November 16, 1981
Born: April 17, 1918 Cause of Death: injuries resulting from a fall
Birth Place: O'Fallon, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, Army lieutenant

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Few Hollywood actors have conveyed spiritual and physical pain with the charismatic authority of William Holden. This scion of a wealthy family in the chemical business first registered in films as a clean-cut, affably handsome lead in the 1940s and he matured into more rough and tumble roles. Along the way his earnest qualities yielded to cynicism, perhaps most notably for writer-director Billy Wilder in "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) and in his Oscar-winning performance in "Stalag 17" (1953). Over the years, the rigors of life and drink re-sculpted his features into an expressive leather that gave testimony to the ravages of the moral ambiguity that had characterized many of his best roles. This quality may have been most eloquently expressed by his central performance as the desperado cowboy Pike in Sam Peckinpah's violent autumnal Western classic, "The Wild Bunch" (1969).

Few Hollywood actors have conveyed spiritual and physical pain with the charismatic authority of William Holden. This scion of a wealthy family in the chemical business first registered in films as a clean-cut, affably handsome lead in the 1940s and he matured into more rough and tumble roles. Along the way his earnest qualities yielded to cynicism, perhaps most notably for writer-director Billy Wilder in "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) and in his Oscar-winning performance in "Stalag 17" (1953). Over the years, the rigors of life and drink re-sculpted his features into an expressive leather that gave testimony to the ravages of the moral ambiguity that had characterized many of his best roles. This quality may have been most eloquently expressed by his central performance as the desperado cowboy Pike in Sam Peckinpah's violent autumnal Western classic, "The Wild Bunch" (1969).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Earthling, The (1981) Patrick Foley
3.
 S.O.B. (1981) Tim Culley
4.
 When Time Ran Out (1980) Shelby Gilmore
5.
 Escape To Athena (1979) Prisoner
6.
 Ashanti (1979) Jim Sandell
7.
 Damien - Omen II (1978) Richard Thorn
8.
 Fedora (1978) Barry Detweiler
9.
 Network (1976) Max Schumacher
10.
 21 Hours At Munich (1976) Chief Of Police Manfred Schreiber
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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting as college student
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Recruited by Paramount talent scout
1938:
Debut as extra in "Prison Farm"
1939:
Film acting debut in "Golden Boy"
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Served in WWII; returned as lieutenant in Army
1950:
Cast in Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" and George Cukor's "Born Yesterday"
1956:
Top grossing box office star of the year
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Immigrated to Switzerland
1973:
Debut in a TV miniseries, "The Blue Knight"
1976:
TV-movie debut, "21 Hours at Munich"
1976:
Starred in "Network"; one of his last notable film roles
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Education

Pasadena Junior College: Pasadena , California -

Notes

From the 1950s on, Holden's interests ranged beyond film to include travel and business. He settled in Switzerland after a lengthy spell in the Far East and spent a great deal of time in Africa, where he was co-owner of the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Following his death in 1981, the William Holden Wildlife Foundation (which operates a Wildlife Education Center on land near Mount Kenya) was founded.

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wife:
Brenda Marshall. Actor. Born in 1917; formerly married to actor Richard Gaines; married to Holden in 1941; divorced in 1970.
companion:
Stefanie Powers. Actor.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Mary Beedle.
father:
William Franklin Beedle. Born in 1892.
brother:
Robert Westfield Beedle. Born in 1921; died on January 1, 1944.
brother:
Richard Beedle. Born c. 1925.
son:
Peter Westfield Holden. Businessman. Born on November 17, 1943.
son:
Scott Porter Holden. Actor. Born on May 2, 1946; began career early 70s; appeared as a veterinarian in "Breezy" (1973), starring his father.
step-daughter:
Virginia Holden. Actor. Daughter of Holden's wife, Brenda Marshall, by her previous marriage to actor Richard Gaines; Holden adopted her after marrying Marshall.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Complete Films of William Holden" Carol Publishing Group
"Golden Boy: The Untold Story of William Holden"
"William Holden" Pyramid Books

Contributions

Lorraine Chandler ( 2006-01-23 )

Source: IMDB movie data base.

William Holden`s son Scott Porter Holden passed away on January 21, 2005.Cause of death was cancer.

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