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William Holden

Best known for his roles in Sunset Blvd., Sabrina, Born Yesterday and The Bridge on the River Kwai.

William Holden

Filmography

1938      

Prison Farm

 

1939      

Million Dollar Legs

Golden Boy

Invisible Stripes

 

1940      

Those Were the Days!

Our Town

Arizona

 

1941      

I Wanted Wings

Texas

 

1942      

The Fleet’s In

The Remarkable Andrew

Meet the Stewarts

 

1943      

Young and Willing

 

1947      

Blaze of Noon

Dear Ruth

Variety Girl

 

1948      

The Man from Colorado

Rachel and the Stranger

Apartment for Peggy

The Dark Past

 

1949      

Streets of Laredo

Miss Grant Takes Richmond

Dear Wife

 

1950      

Father Is a Bachelor

Sunset Boulevard

Union Station

Born Yesterday

 

1951      

Force of Arms

Submarine Command

 

1952      

Boots Malone

The Turning Point

 

1953      

Stalag 17

The Moon Is Blue

Forever Female

Escape from Fort Bravo

 

1954      

Executive Suite

Sabrina

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

The Country Girl

 

1955      

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Picnic

 

1956      

The Proud and Profane

Toward the Unknown

 

1957      

The Bridge on the River Kwai

 

1958      

The Key

 

1959      

The Horse Soldiers

 

1960      

The World of Suzie Wong

 

1962      

Satan Never Sleeps

The Counterfeit Traitor

The Lion

 

1964      

Paris When It Sizzles

The 7th Dawn

 

1966      

Alvarez Kelly

 

1967      

Casino Royale

 

1968      

The Devil’s Brigade

 

1969      

The Wild Bunch

The Christmas Tree

 

1971      

Wild Rovers

 

1972      

The Revengers

 

1973      

Breezy

 

1974      

Open Season

The Towering Inferno

 

1976      

Network

 

1978      

Fedora

Damien: Omen II

 

1979      

Ashanti

 

1980      

When Time Ran Out

The Earthling

 

1981      

S.O.B.

Awards

William Holden was nominated for three Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Awards and won one.

 

Aging is an inevitable process. I surely wouldn’t want to grow younger. The older you become, the more you know; your bank account of knowledge is much richer. ~William Holden

William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr., (April 17, 1918 – November 12, 1981) in O’Fallon, Illinois, son of William Franklin Beedle, an industrial chemist, and his wife Mary Blanche Ball, a schoolteacher. He had two younger brothers, Robert Westfield Beedle and Richard P. Beedle.

His family moved to South Pasadena when he was three. After graduating from South Pasadena High School, Holden attended Pasadena Junior College, where he became involved in local radio plays.

Holden’s first starring role was in Golden Boy (1939), costarring Barbara Stanwyck, in which he played a violinist-turned-boxer. He was still an unknown actor at the time, while Stanwyck was already a film star. She liked Holden and went out of her way to help him succeed, devoting her personal time to coaching and encouraging him, which made them into lifelong friends.

(L to R) William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou in Golden Boy