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William Holden was born as William Franklin Beedle, Jr. on the 17th April 1918 in O’Fallon, Illinois USA, and was an actor, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Joe Gillis in the film “Stalag 17” (1953), playing Bumper Morgan in the TV film “The Blue Knight” (1973), and as Max Schumacher in the film “Network” (1976). His career was active from 1938 to 1981, when he passed away.

So, have you ever wondered how rich William Holden was? According to authoritative sources, it was estimated that the total size of William’s net worth was $20 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry.

William Holden Net Worth $20 Million

William Holden was raised with two younger brothers in a wealthy family, the son of Mary Blanche, who worked as a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., who was an industrial chemist. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Pasadena, California, where he attended South Pasadena High School. Upon matriculation, he enrolled at Pasadena Junior College to study chemistry. Then he began to perform in local radio plays, and was soon spotted by talent scout Harold Winston.

Thus, William’s professional acting career began in 1938, when he made his debut appearance in a small role in the film “Prison Farm”, which was followed by the role of Joe Bonaparte in the 1939 film “Golden Boy”, starring alongside Barbara Stanwyck. In 1940, he won the role of George Gibbs in “Our Town”, and starred as Peter Muncie in “Arizona”, which added a considerable amount to his net worth.

During World War 2 Holden served in the US Army Air Corps, producing training film, then returned to Hollywood, and by the 1950s, he had appeared in a number of film titles, including in the title role in “The Remarkable Andrew” (1942), playing Lt. William Seacroft in “Dear Ruth” (1947), and as Jim Dawkins in “Streets Of Ladero” (1949). His net worth had resumed its rise.

With the beginning of the 1950s, his career reached a whole new level, as he earned new notable roles. He starred as Joe Gillis in “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) directed by Billy Wilder, after which he was cast as Paul Verrall in “Born Yesterday”. Three years later came his next major role, when he was chosen to play Sgt. J.J. Sefton in the film “Stalag 17”. During the decade, he also starred in other film and TV titles as “Sabrina” (1954), appearing with Audrey Hepburn, “Picnic” (1955), “The Bridges at Toko Ri” with Grace Kelly, the highly acclaimed “The Bridge on the River Kwai”co-starring with Alec Guinness, and “The Horse Soldiers” (1959) with John Wayne, among others, all of which increased his net worth by a large margin.

In 1960, William won the role of Robert Lomax in “The World Of Suzie Wong”, and later he appeared in the title role in “Alvarez Kelly” (1966), played Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick in “The Devil’s Brigade” (1968), as Laurent Segur in “The Christmas Tree” (1969), and the same year in Sam Peckinpah’s iconic western “The Wild Bunch”, all contributing significantly to his wealth.

To speak further about his acting career, William also featured as John Benedict in the 1972 film “The Revengers”, followed by the very commercially successful “The Towering Inferno” (1974) with Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, then portrayed Max Schumacher in “Network” in 1976 written by Paddy Chayefsky, and was cast as Richard Thorn in “Damien: Omen II” (1978). His last role was in the 1981 film “S.O.B.”.

Thanks to his accomplishments in the film industry, William earned a number of recognitions and awards, including the 1953 Academy Award for Best Actor for his work on “Stalag 17”, the Venice Film Festival Special Award for Ensemble Acting in 1954 for his work on “Executive Suite”, and he had three nominations for his role in “Network”. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Speaking about his personal life, William Holden was married to actress Brenda Marshall from 1941 to 1971; the couple had two children together. He was known for affairs with actresses Audrey Hepburn and Capucine, and after divorce, he was in a relationship with actress Stefanie Powers from 1972 until his death. He passed away of injuries received in a fall at the age of 63 on the 12th November 1981 in Santa Monica, California,


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
S.O.B. 1981 Tim Culley
The Earthling 1980 Patrick Foley
When Time Ran Out... 1980 Shelby Gilmore
Ashanti 1979 Jim Sandell
Escape to Athena 1979 Prisoner smoking a cigar in prison camp (uncredited)
Damien: Omen II 1978 Richard Thorn
Fedora 1978 Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler
Network 1976 Max Schumacher
21 Hours at Munich 1976 TV Movie Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
The Towering Inferno 1974 Jim Duncan
Open Season 1974 Hal Wolkowski
Breezy 1973 Frank Harmon
The Blue Knight 1973 TV Movie Bumper Morgan
The Revengers 1972 John Benedict
Wild Rovers 1971 Ross Bodine
The Christmas Tree 1969 Laurent Ségur
The Wild Bunch 1969 Pike Bishop
The Devil's Brigade 1968 Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Casino Royale 1967 Ransome
Alvarez Kelly 1966 Alvarez Kelly
The 7th Dawn 1964 Major Ferris
Paris When It Sizzles 1964 Richard Benson / Rick
The Lion 1962 Robert Hayward
The Counterfeit Traitor 1962 Eric Erickson
Satan Never Sleeps 1962 Father O'Banion
The World of Suzie Wong 1960 Robert Lomax
The Horse Soldiers 1959 Maj. Henry Kendall
The Key 1958 Capt. David Ross
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 Shears
Toward the Unknown 1956 Maj. Lincoln Bond
The Proud and Profane 1956 Lt. Col. Colin Black
Picnic 1955 Hal Carter
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 1955 Mark Elliott
I Love Lucy 1955 TV Series William Holden
Lux Video Theatre 1955 TV Series Intermission Guest
The Country Girl 1954 Bernie Dodd
The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 Lt. Harry Brubaker
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto 1954/I Narrator in original US version (uncredited)
Sabrina 1954 David Larrabee
Executive Suite 1954 McDonald Walling
Escape from Fort Bravo 1953 Capt. Roper
Forever Female 1953 Stanley Krown
Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach 1953 Tourist (uncredited)
The Moon Is Blue 1953 Donald Gresham
Stalag 17 1953 Sgt. J.J. Sefton
The Turning Point 1952 Jerry McKibbon
Boots Malone 1952 Boots Malone
Submarine Command 1951 Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
Force of Arms 1951 Sgt. Joe 'Pete' Peterson
Born Yesterday 1950 Paul Verrall
Union Station 1950 Lt. William Calhoun
Sunset Blvd. 1950 Joe Gillis
Father Is a Bachelor 1950 Johnny Rutledge
Dear Wife 1949 Bill Seacroft
Miss Grant Takes Richmond 1949 Dick Richmond
Streets of Laredo 1949 Jim Dawkins
The Dark Past 1948 Al Walker
Apartment for Peggy 1948 Jason Taylor
Rachel and the Stranger 1948 David Harvey
The Man from Colorado 1948 Del Stewart
Variety Girl 1947 William Holden
Dear Ruth 1947 Lt. William Seacroft
Blaze of Noon 1947 Colin McDonald
Reconnaissance Pilot 1943 Documentary short Lt. 'Packy' Cummings (uncredited)
Young and Willing 1943 Norman Reese
Meet the Stewarts 1942 Michael Stewart
The Remarkable Andrew 1942 Andrew Long
The Fleet's In 1942 Casey Kirby
Texas 1941 Dan Thomas
I Wanted Wings 1941 Al Ludlow
Arizona 1940 Peter Muncie
Those Were the Days! 1940 P.J. 'Petey' Simmons
Our Town 1940 George Gibbs
Invisible Stripes 1939 Tim Taylor
Golden Boy 1939 Joe Bonaparte
Million Dollar Legs 1939 Graduate Who Says 'Thank You' (uncredited)
Prison Farm 1938 Prisoner (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Rovers 1971 performer: "Ballad of the Wild Rovers" - uncredited
Picnic 1955 performer: "Moonglow" - uncredited
Sunset Blvd. 1950 performer: "La Cumparsita" 1916 - uncredited
Variety Girl 1947 "HARMONY"
Arizona 1940 performer: "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" 1854, "Kiss Me Quick and Go" 1856 - uncredited
Golden Boy 1939 performer: "Lullaby Cradle Song", "Funiculi, Funicula"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Bike 2009 Short acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning America 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Movie Actress
The Mike Douglas Show 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971-1976 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
Donahue 1976 TV Series Himself
The Annual National Sports Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Dean Martin Show 1968-1973 TV Series Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show 1971-1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Moviemakers 1971 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Adventures at the Jade Sea 1969 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
Et par ord om Danmark 1960 Documentary Speaker, English version
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Opening Greeting
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Floyd Patterson Heavyweight Champion of the World versus Ingemar Johansson Heavyweight Champion of Europe 1959 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant 1958 Documentary short Himself (as Bill Holden)
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Guest
Salute to Show Business 1957 TV Movie Himself
Lux Video Theatre 1954-1956 TV Series Himself - Intermission guest / Himself - Host
What's My Line? 1956 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The Jack Benny Program 1956 TV Series Himself - Guest
Producers' Showcase 1955 TV Series Himself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Person to Person 1955 TV Series documentary Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954-1955 TV Series Himself - Actor
Sheilah Graham in Hollywood 1955 TV Series Himself
The 26th Annual Academy Awards 1954 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life 1952 Short Himself
You Can Change the World 1950 Documentary short Himself
Wings Up 1943 Documentary short
The First Motion Picture Unit: When Hollywood Went to War 2014 Documentary Himself
Mysteries of the Sea 1980 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Merv Griffin Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
The American Movie Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Bing Crosby: His Life and Legend 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Film Editing

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Swan Song: The Story of Billy Wilder's Fedora 2014 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2008-2009 TV Series documentary Himself
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism 2009 Documentary Himself
Il falso bugiardo 2008 Himself
Billy Wilder Speaks 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Himself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special 2001 TV Movie documentary
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows 2001 TV Movie Himself
The Making of 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' 2000 Video documentary Himself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Audrey Hepburn Story 2000 TV Movie Himself
Biography 1998-1999 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Actor
The Lady with the Torch 1999 Documentary Himself
Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Commandos 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years 1997 TV Movie documentary Mark Elliott (uncredited)
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
Oscar's Greatest Moments 1992 Video documentary Himself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker 1991 Documentary Donald Gresham (uncredited)
Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
When the Applause Died 1990 Video documentary Himself
Hollywood Mavericks 1990 Documentary Pike Bishop (uncredited)
Grace Kelly: The American Princess 1987 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown 1986 Short Charlie Brown
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... 1965 TV Series documentary
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Himself
Lykke og krone 1962 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Zwischen Glück und Krone 1959 Documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series The Blue Knight (1973)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1651 Vine Street.
1955 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actor
1955 Most Popular Male Star Photoplay Awards
1954 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Stalag 17 (1953)
1954 Most Popular Male Star Photoplay Awards
1954 Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival Executive Suite (1954) · Mary Adams, June Allyson, Virginia Brissac, Louis Calhern, Tim Considine, Paul Douglas, Nina Foch, Dean Jagger, Lucy Knoch, Fredric March, William Phipps, Walter Pidgeon, Harry Shannon, Barbara Stanwyck, Edgar Stehli, Shelley Winters
1951 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actor Together with John Derek

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Network (1976)
1977 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Network (1976)
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 13th place.
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 14th place.
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 12th place.
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 5th place.
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 7th place.
1959 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 5th place.
1958 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 4th place.
1957 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor Picnic (1955)
1951 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Sunset Blvd. (1950)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Network (1976)
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Dramatic Performance The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1953 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Stalag 17 (1953)

TitleSalary
The Towering Inferno (1974) $750,000
The Wild Bunch (1969) $250,000
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) $750,000
The Horse Soldiers (1959) $750,000 + 20% of profits
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) $250,000 + 10% of the gross (World-wide)
Sabrina (1954) $150,000
Sunset Blvd. (1950) $30,000
The Towering Inferno (1974) $750,000
The Wild Bunch (1969) $250,000
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) $750,000
The Horse Soldiers (1959) $750,000 + 20% of profits
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) $250,000 + 10% of the gross (World-wide)
Sabrina (1954) $150,000
Sunset Blvd. (1950) $30,000

#Fact
1 Appeared in nine films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Our Town (1940), Born Yesterday (1950), Sunset Blvd. (1950), The Country Girl (1954),Picnic (1955), Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Network (1976). Of those, only The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) won in the category.
2 Holden bequeathed $250,000 to girlfriend Stephanie Powers, $50,000 to former co-star Capucine, and $50,000 to socialite friend Patricia Stauffer. The bulk of his estate was divided between ex-wife Brenda Marshall, their two actor sons, his step-daughter, his sister, and his mother.
3 "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.
4 Billy Wilder on Holden's death: "If someone had said to me, 'Holden's dead,' I would have assumed that he had been gored by a water buffalo in Kenya, that he had died in a plane crash approaching Hong Kong, that a crazed, jealous woman had shot him, and he drowned in a swimming pool. But to be killed by a bottle of vodka and a night table - what a lousy fade-out of a great guy!".
5 For a time in 1943, Holden shared an apartment in Ft. Worth, Texas with baseball superstar Hank Greenberg while both of them were serving stateside in WWII.
6 Was a Boy Scout.
7 He was a favorite actor of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy but disappointed her immensely when she discovered he was a Republican.
8 Holden did not legally change his name from Beedle until he joined the USAF in 1942.
9 Holden was vice-president of the Screen Actors Guild and Parks Commissioner for Los Angeles.
10 Holden acted with wife Brenda Marshall professionally for the only time in a "Theater Guild on the Air" production of "The Lost Weekend.".
11 Toward the Unknown (1956) was the only movie made by his production company, "Toluca Productions".
12 Felt he didn't deserve the Academy Award for Best Actor for Stalag 17 (1953), and that the award should have gone to Burt Lancaster for From Here to Eternity (1953). His wife also felt that the honor was just a belated apology for snubbing his nomination for Sunset Blvd. (1950).
13 Was considered for the role of "Maurice Novak" in Career (1959).
14 Was originally cast for the lead in The Rainmaker (1956), role eventually played by Burt Lancaster.
15 In the last years of his life he increasingly suffered from emphysema.
16 Although married to Brenda Marshall for over 30 years, they were actually separated for most of their marriage. At the time of his death, he was the companion of Stefanie Powers.
17 Held a press conference in late 1980 to deny newspaper reports that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
18 A Japanophile, someone preoccupied with Japanese culture, he befriended actor Toshirô Mifune on a visit to Japan in 1954. After seeing the film Mifune was working on at that time, Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954), Holden offered to distribute the film in America. The producers agreed to let Holden record a narration to explain the film when it was released in America. This addition led American critics to wrongly think that Holden had recut the film for American distribution.
19 Died one day before his eldest son Peter's 38th birthday.
20 Turned down Marlon Brando's role in Sayonara (1957) in order to make The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
21 For The Horse Soldiers (1959) both Holden and John Wayne received $775,000, plus twenty per cent of the overall profits, an unheard-of sum for that time. The final contract, heralded as marking the beginning of mega-deals for Hollywood stars, involved six companies and numbered twice the pages of the movie's script. The film, however, was a critical and commercial failure, with no profits to be shared in the end.
22 Father of Scott Holden, Arlene Holden and Peter Holden.
23 Was the Top Box Office Star of 1956, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors, The Top Ten Money-Making Stars, the definitive list of movie stars' pull at the box office.
24 He appeared among the top ten box office stars six times, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors, The Top Ten Money-Making Stars, the definitive list of movie stars' pull at the box office. He actually topped the list in 1956, two years after entering it at #7 in 1954, the year he won the Best Actor Oscar with his performance in Stalag 17 (1953). In 1955, he was ranked #4, then hit #1 for the first and only time in 1956, and then dropped to #7 in 1957 before rebounding slightly to #6 in 1958. After five straight years in the Top 10, he dropped off the list in 1959 and 1960, but reappeared in the Top Ten in 1961, ranked in eighth place. His 1961 appearance among the Top Ten Box Office stars was his last.
25 Moved to Switzerland for tax reasons in 1959, and did not return to live in Hollywood until 1967.
26 He had a daughter, Arlene, in 1937 with actress Eva May Hoffman. Arlene was raised by her mother and her stepfather, composer Emil Newman.
27 Starred alongside Grace Kelly in The Country Girl (1954) and Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina (1954). Both actresses were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for their performances in these films. Kelly won.
28 Starred alongside Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd. (1950) and Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (1950). Both actresses were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for their performances in these films. Holliday won.
29 He was so grateful to Barbara Stanwyck for her insistence on casting him in Golden Boy (1939), his first big role, that he reportedly sent her flowers every year on the anniversary of the first day of the filming.
30 Holden was cast as Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969) after the role had been turned down by Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Sterling Hayden, Richard Boone and Robert Mitchum. Marvin actually accepted the role but pulled out after he was offered a larger pay deal to star in Paint Your Wagon (1969).
31 Turned down The Guns of Navarone (1961) because producer Carl Foreman wouldn't meet his fee of $750,000 + 20% of the gross.
32 He enjoyed firework displays.
33 Turned down Henry Fonda's role in Mister Roberts (1955).
34 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 391-397. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
35 Was involved in a serious road accident in Italy in July 1966.
36 He was of mostly English, with more distant Irish and French, ancestry.
37 Was an avid art collector. His private collection at his exclusive hilltop home in Palm Springs featured antique Asian art. Upon his death, the priceless collection was donated to the Palm Springs Museum of Art, where it is proudly displayed today.
38 His younger brother, Robert Beedle, was actually a Navy fighter pilot who was killed in action in World War II, and after The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) was released, he was remembered by his squadron-mates as having been very much like Holden's character of Lt. Harry Brubaker in that movie.
39 Made two films with Audrey Hepburn: Sabrina (1954) and Paris When It Sizzles (1964).
40 In the song "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega, the lyrics "I open up the paper / there's a story of an actor / who died while he was drinking / he was no one I had heard of" refer to Holden, whose death was indeed reported in the New York Post on November 18, 1981, when the song was written. Vega has subsequently expressed embarrassment at these lyrics.
41 Is portrayed by Gabriel Macht in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
42 Was friends with photographer Peter Beard.
43 Was named #25 Actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the AFI
44 Considered himself to be a moderate Republican, although he was never involved in any political campaigns and never endorsed a candidate. In 1947 he joined the Committee for the First Amendment to oppose blacklisting in Hollywood, and was later very upset by the blacklisting of his close friends Dalton Trumbo and Larry Parks.
45 He was voted the 63rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
46 Holden said that, at some point, he lost his passion for acting and that it eventually just became a job so that he could support himself.
47 Won Best Actor for his role in Stalag 17 (1953). When accepting his statue at the Acadamy Awards, simply stated, "Thank you" and walked off.
48 Although it is thought by some that J.D. Salinger got the name for his hero Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye" when he saw a marquee for Dear Ruth (1947), starring William Holden and Joan Caulfield, Salinger's first Holden Caulfield story, "I'm Crazy," appeared in Collier's on December 22, 1945, a year and a half before this movie came out.
49 Immortalized in [Canadian band], Blue Rodeo's song "Floating" with the lyric: "I need love and it's you, And I feel like William Holden floating in a pool" - Greg Keelor, the writer of the song, said this: "That sort of quiet desperation at the end of a relationship when nothing's really making sense and I sort of had the image of William Holden at the beginning of Sunset Blvd. (1950) in my head, and I'd always sort of related to that character floating in that pool. I was always hoping for the opportunity to play the gigolo for some wealthy woman. This is a song about identifying with that sort of compromised existence."
50 Family: Mother: Mary Beedle (nee Ball). Father: William Franklin Beedle, born 1892. Brother: Robert Westfield Beedle, born 1921; died January 1, 1944. Brother: Richard P. Beedle, born 1925.
51 Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
52 A hygiene fanatic, he reportedly showered up to four times daily.
53 He was very instrumental in animal preservation in Africa. In the 1970s he purchased a large acreage of land with his own money and began an animal sanctuary. His love of the wild animal was shared with his then companion Stefanie Powers (from Hart to Hart (1979)). He would appear on talk shows to promote the saving of animals and to spread the word of anti-poaching and illegal animal trade.
54 Brian Donlevy was his best man when Holden married Brenda Marshall in 1941. A Congregationalist Church service was planned in Las Vegas. Since William and Brian were still filming The Remarkable Andrew (1942), there were delays and it was 3am before they arrived for the ceremony. By that time the minister had long gone to bed. It was 4pm Sunday before another preacher could be found to perform the wedding. After they were married, they had a champagne breakfast and hopped a plane back to Los Angeles so he and Brian could wrap up shooting, and Brenda was off to Canada to film some location footage that she was still working on. It would be three more months before they would have a real honeymoon (one mishap after another postponed it ... including the TWO of them having to undergo emergency appendectomies)!
55 Not to be confused with the character actor William Holden.
56 Adopted his stepdaughter, Virginia Holden (Virginia Gaines), from Ardis Ankerson's (Brenda Marshall's) first marriage. He and Marshall had two sons together, Peter Westfield "West" Holden, born November 17, 1943, and Scott Holden (Scott Porter Holden, born May 2, 1946.
57 He suffered a laceration to his forehead and bled to death, after he slipped on a throw rug and hit his head on a table. Claims that he was intoxicated at the time are disputed.
58 Was the best man at Ronald Reagan's and Nancy Reagan' wedding in 1952.
59 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#57).
60 Appeared in nine films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Our Town (1940), Born Yesterday (1950), Sunset Blvd. (1950), The Country Girl (1954),Picnic (1955), Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Network (1976). Of those, only The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) won in the category.
61 Holden bequeathed $250,000 to girlfriend Stephanie Powers, $50,000 to former co-star Capucine, and $50,000 to socialite friend Patricia Stauffer. The bulk of his state was dived among ex-wife Brenda Marshall, their two actor sons, his step-daughter, his sister, and his mother.
62 "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.
63 Billy Wilder on Holden's death: "If someone had said to me, 'Holden's dead,' I would have assumed that he had been gored by a water buffalo in Kenya, that he had died in a plane crash approaching Hong Kong, that a crazed, jealous woman had shot him, and he drowned in a swimming pool. But to be killed by a bottle of vodka and a night table - what a lousy fade-out of a great guy!".
64 For a time in 1943, Holden shared an apartment in Ft. Worth, Texas with baseball superstar Hank Greenberg while both of them were serving stateside in WWII.
65 Was a Boy Scout.
66 He was a favorite actor of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy but disappointed her immensely when she discovered he was a Republican.
67 Holden did not legally change his name from Beedle until he joined the USAF in 1942.
68 Holden was vice-president of the Screen Actors Guild and Parks Commissioner for Los Angeles.
69 Holden acted with wife Brenda Marshall professionally for the only time in a "Theater Guild on the Air" production of "The Lost Weekend.".
70 Toward the Unknown (1956) was the only movie made by his production company, "Toluca Productions".
71 Felt he didn't deserve the Academy Award for Best Actor for Stalag 17 (1953), and that the award should have gone to Burt Lancaster for From Here to Eternity (1953). His wife also felt that the honor was just a belated apology for snubbing his nomination for Sunset Blvd. (1950).
72 Was considered for the role of "Maurice Novak" in Career (1959).
73 Was originally cast for the lead in The Rainmaker (1956), role eventually played by Burt Lancaster.
74 In the last years of his life he increasingly suffered from emphysema.
75 Although married to Brenda Marshall for over 30 years, they were actually separated for most of their marriage. At the time of his death, he was the companion of Stefanie Powers.
76 Held a press conference in late 1980 to deny newspaper reports that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
77 A Japanophile, someone preoccupied with Japanese culture, he befriended actor Toshirô Mifune on a visit to Japan in 1954. After seeing the film Mifune was working on at that time, Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954), Holden offered to distribute the film in America. The producers agreed to let Holden record a narration to explain the film when it was released in America. This addition led American critics to wrongly think that Holden had recut the film for American distribution.
78 Died one day before his eldest son Peter's 38th birthday.
79 Turned down Marlon Brando's role in Sayonara (1957) in order to make The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
80 For The Horse Soldiers (1959) both Holden and John Wayne received $775,000, plus twenty per cent of the overall profits, an unheard-of sum for that time. The final contract, heralded as marking the beginning of mega-deals for Hollywood stars, involved six companies and numbered twice the pages of the movie's script. The film, however, was a critical and commercial failure, with no profits to be shared in the end.
81 Father of Scott Holden, Arlene Holden and Peter Holden.
82 Was the Top Box Office Star of 1956, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors, The Top Ten Money-Making Stars, the definitive list of movie stars' pull at the box office.
83 He appeared among the top ten box office stars six times, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors, The Top Ten Money-Making Stars, the definitive list of movie stars' pull at the box office. He actually topped the list in 1956, two years after entering it at #7 in 1954, the year he won the Best Actor Oscar with his performance in Stalag 17 (1953). In 1955, he was ranked #4, then hit #1 for the first and only time in 1956, and then dropped to #7 in 1957 before rebounding slightly to #6 in 1958. After five straight years in the Top 10, he dropped off the list in 1959 and 1960, but reappeared in the Top Ten in 1961, ranked in eighth place. His 1961 appearance among the Top Ten Box Office stars was his last.
84 Moved to Switzerland for tax reasons in 1959, and did not return to live in Hollywood until 1967.
85 He had a daughter, Arlene, in 1937 with actress Eva May Hoffman. Arlene was raised by her mother and her stepfather, composer Emil Newman.
86 Starred alongside Grace Kelly in The Country Girl (1954) and Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina (1954). Both actresses were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for their performances in these films. Kelly won.
87 Starred alongside Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd. (1950) and Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (1950). Both actresses were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for their performances in these films. Holliday won.
88 He was so grateful to Barbara Stanwyck for her insistence on casting him in Golden Boy (1939), his first big role, that he reportedly sent her flowers every year on the anniversary of the first day of the filming.
89 Holden was cast as Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969) after the role had been turned down by Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Sterling Hayden, Richard Boone and Robert Mitchum. Marvin actually accepted the role but pulled out after he was offered a larger pay deal to star in Paint Your Wagon (1969).
90 Turned down The Guns of Navarone (1961) because producer Carl Foreman wouldn't meet his fee of $750,000 + 20% of the gross.
91 He enjoyed firework displays.
92 Turned down Henry Fonda's role in Mister Roberts (1955).
93 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 391-397. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
94 Was involved in a serious road accident in Italy in July 1966.
95 He was of mostly English, with more distant Irish and French, ancestry.
96 Was an avid art collector. His private collection at his exclusive hilltop home in Palm Springs featured antique Asian art. Upon his death, the priceless collection was donated to the Palm Springs Museum of Art, where it is proudly displayed today.
97 His younger brother, Robert Beedle, was actually a Navy fighter pilot who was killed in action in World War II, and after The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) was released, he was remembered by his squadron-mates as having been very much like Holden's character of Lt. Harry Brubaker in that movie.
98 Made two films with Audrey Hepburn: Sabrina (1954) and Paris When It Sizzles (1964).
99 In the song "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega, the lyrics "I open up the paper / there's a story of an actor / who died while he was drinking / he was no one I had heard of" refer to Holden, whose death was indeed reported in the New York Post on November 18, 1981, when the song was written. Vega has subsequently expressed embarrassment at these lyrics.
100 Is portrayed by Gabriel Macht in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
101 Was friends with photographer Peter Beard.
102 Was named #25 Actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the AFI
103 Considered himself to be a moderate Republican, although he was never involved in any political campaigns and never endorsed a candidate. In 1947 he joined the Committee for the First Amendment to oppose blacklisting in Hollywood, and was later very upset by the blacklisting of his close friends Dalton Trumbo and Larry Parks.
104 He was voted the 63rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
105 Holden said that, at some point, he lost his passion for acting and that it eventually just became a job so that he could support himself.
106 Won Best Actor for his role in Stalag 17 (1953). When accepting his statue at the Acadamy Awards, simply stated, "Thank you" and walked off.
107 Although it is thought by some that J.D. Salinger got the name for his hero Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye" when he saw a marquee for Dear Ruth (1947), starring William Holden and Joan Caulfield, Salinger's first Holden Caulfield story, "I'm Crazy," appeared in Collier's on December 22, 1945, a year and a half before this movie came out.
108 Immortalized in [Canadian band], Blue Rodeo's song "Floating" with the lyric: "I need love and it's you, And I feel like William Holden floating in a pool" - Greg Keelor, the writer of the song, said this: "That sort of quiet desperation at the end of a relationship when nothing's really making sense and I sort of had the image of William Holden at the beginning of Sunset Blvd. (1950) in my head, and I'd always sort of related to that character floating in that pool. I was always hoping for the opportunity to play the gigolo for some wealthy woman. This is a song about identifying with that sort of compromised existence."
109 Family: Mother: Mary Beedle (nee Ball). Father: William Franklin Beedle, born 1892. Brother: Robert Westfield Beedle, born 1921; died January 1, 1944. Brother: Richard P. Beedle, born 1925.
110 Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
111 A hygiene fanatic, he reportedly showered up to four times daily.
112 He was very instrumental in animal preservation in Africa. In the 1970s he purchased a large acreage of land with his own money and began an animal sanctuary. His love of the wild animal was shared with his then companion Stefanie Powers (from Hart to Hart (1979)). He would appear on talk shows to promote the saving of animals and to spread the word of anti-poaching and illegal animal trade.
113 Brian Donlevy was his best man when Holden married Brenda Marshall in 1941. A Congregationalist Church service was planned in Las Vegas. Since William and Brian were still filming The Remarkable Andrew (1942), there were delays and it was 3am before they arrived for the ceremony. By that time the minister had long gone to bed. It was 4pm Sunday before another preacher could be found to perform the wedding. After they were married, they had a champagne breakfast and hopped a plane back to Los Angeles so he and Brian could wrap up shooting, and Brenda was off to Canada to film some location footage that she was still working on. It would be three more months before they would have a real honeymoon (one mishap after another postponed it ... including the TWO of them having to undergo emergency appendectomies)!
114 Not to be confused with the character actor William Holden.
115 Adopted his stepdaughter, Virginia Holden (Virginia Gaines), from Ardis Ankerson's (Brenda Marshall's) first marriage. He and Marshall had two sons together, Peter Westfield "West" Holden, born November 17, 1943, and Scott Holden (Scott Porter Holden, born May 2, 1946.
116 He suffered a laceration to his forehead and bled to death, after he slipped on a throw rug and hit his head on a table. Claims that he was intoxicated at the time are disputed.
117 Was the best man at Ronald Reagan's and Nancy Reagan' wedding in 1952.
118 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#57).

#Quote
1 Let's face it, it's pretty difficult to kiss someone who is a stranger. I don't think anyone in movies enjoys playing a love scene. Kissing someone is an intimate act, and when you have to do it in front of other people it's not easy.
2 The other day I drove into the garage of my Palm Springs house with some groceries. Suddenly one of those tour buses pulled up and a voice said, "This is William Holden's house, and I think I just saw him pull in." I flattened myself against the garage wall - the garage was separate from the house - and tried to hide. But the bags got heavy so I finally thought to hell with it, and walked out. And the voice said, "There he is, folks, I told you he'd come out sooner or later."
3 [on Toni and Ralph Helfer] Years after our initial meeting in Africa, I visited Ralph and Toni at Africa USA in Sangus, California, and there I was even more amazed at the rapport the two of them had with their wildlife. Toni is an absolutely fearless human being who is totally loved by every animal she has ever touched. She is undaunted by any endeavor or undertaking. A remarkable painter, naturalist, zoologist, conservationist, and now author. Toni Helfer has the courage and the curiosity we all should have. For the sake of the world I wish Ralph and Toni a long, rich, and productive life.
4 I made Toward the Unknown (1956) as an actor by day and, by night, a caster, a cuter, and a producer. I'll never do anything like that again.
5 I found the jungle a beautiful and fascinating place to be, I like to come here because I want to stay away from the jungle as much as I can.
6 [on Humphrey Bogart] I hated that bastard.
7 [on working with Clint Eastwood on Breezy (1973)] He's even-tempered -- a personality trait not much in evidence among directors. The crew is totally behind him and that really helps things go smoothly.
8 [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.
9 I'm a whore, all actors are whores. We sell our bodies to the highest bidder.
10 I don't really know why, but danger has always been an important thing in my life - to see how far I could lean without falling, how fast I could go without cracking up.
11 Movie acting may not have a certain kind of glory as true art, but it is damn hard work.
12 Take any picture you can. One out of four will be good, one out of ten will be very good, and one out of 15 will get you an Academy Award.
13 For me, acting is not an all-consuming thing, except for the moment when I am actually doing it.
14 Let's face it, it's pretty difficult to kiss someone who is a stranger. I don't think anyone in movies enjoys playing a love scene. Kissing someone is an intimate act, and when you have to do it in front of other people it's not easy.
15 The other day I drove into the garage of my Palm Springs house with some groceries. Suddenly one of those tour buses pulled up and a voice said, "This is William Holden's house, and I think I just saw him pull in." I flattened myself against the garage wall - the garage was separate from the house - and tried to hide. But the bags got heavy so I finally thought to hell with it, and walked out. And the voice said, "There he is, folks, I told you he'd come out sooner or later."
16 [on Toni and Ralph Helfer] Years after our initial meeting in Africa, I visited Ralph and Toni at Africa USA in Sangus, California, and there I was even more amazed at the rapport the two of them had with their wildlife. Toni is an absolutely fearless human being who is totally loved by every animal she has ever touched. She is undaunted by any endeavor or undertaking. A remarkable painter, naturalist, zoologist, conservationist, and now author. Toni Helfer has the courage and the curiosity we all should have. For the sake of the world I wish Ralph and Toni a long, rich, and productive life.
17 I made Toward the Unknown (1956) as an actor by day and, by night, a caster, a cuter, and a producer. I'll never do anything like that again.
18 I found the jungle a beautiful and fascinating place to be, I like to come here because I want to stay away from the jungle as much as I can.
19 [on Humphrey Bogart] I hated that bastard.
20 [on working with Clint Eastwood on Breezy (1973)] He's even-tempered -- a personality trait not much in evidence among directors. The crew is totally behind him and that really helps things go smoothly.
21 [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.
22 I'm a whore, all actors are whores. We sell our bodies to the highest bidder.
23 I don't really know why, but danger has always been an important thing in my life - to see how far I could lean without falling, how fast I could go without cracking up.
24 Movie acting may not have a certain kind of glory as true art, but it is damn hard work.
25 Take any picture you can. One out of four will be good, one out of ten will be very good, and one out of 15 will get you an Academy Award.
26 For me, acting is not an all-consuming thing, except for the moment when I am actually doing it.

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1 Dimpled chin
2 Often infused his parts, even the more serious ones, with sardonic humor
3 Gravelly, smoke-burnished voice
4 Dimpled chin
5 Often infused his parts, even the more serious ones, with sardonic humor
6 Gravelly, smoke-burnished voice

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