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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:||Cast ... actor Army lieutenant|
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).
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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