William Holden (born William Franklin Beedle Jr.; April 17,
1918 – November 12, 1981) was an American actor who was one of
the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and 1960s. He won the
Academy Award for Best Actor
Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in Stalag 17, and a
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the
1973 television film The Blue Knight.
Holden starred in some of Hollywood's most popular and critically
acclaimed films, including such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina,
The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Picnic, and Network. He
was named one of the "Top 10 Stars of the Year" six times
(1954–1958, 1961), and appeared as 25th on the American Film
Institute's list of 25 greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood
1 Early life and career
3 Later career
4 Personal life
4.1 Marriage and relationships
5.1 Box office ranking
6 Television credits
7 Radio performances
9 External links
Early life and career
Holden was born William Franklin Beedle Jr. on April 17, 1918, in
O'Fallon, Illinois, son of William Franklin Beedle (1891–1967), an
industrial chemist, and his wife Mary Blanche Ball (1898–1990), a
schoolteacher. He had two younger brothers, Robert Westfield Beedle
(1921–January 5, 1944) and Richard P. Beedle (1924–1964). One of
his father's grandmothers, Rebecca Westfield, was born in
1817, while some of his mother's ancestors settled in Virginia's
Lancaster County after emigrating from
England in the 17th century.
His younger brother, Robert W. "Bobbie" Beedle, became a U.S. Navy
fighter pilot and was killed in action in World War II, over New
Ireland, a Japanese-occupied island in the South Pacific, on January
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. A version of
how he obtained his stage name "Holden" is based on a statement by
George Ross of Billboard: "William Holden, the lad just signed for the
coveted lead in Golden Boy, used to be Bill Beadle. And here is how he
obtained his new movie tag. On the Columbia lot is an assistant
director and scout named Harold Winston. Not long ago he was divorced
from the actress, Gloria Holden, but carried the torch after the
marital rift. Winston was one of those who discovered the Golden Boy
newcomer and who renamed him—in honor of his former spouse!"
Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb (right) in Holden's first starring role in a film,
Golden Boy (1939)
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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. When she received her Honorary
Oscar at the 1982 Academy Award ceremony, Holden had died in an
accident just a few months prior. At the end of her acceptance speech,
she paid him a personal tribute: "I loved him very much, and I miss
him. He always wished that I would get an Oscar. And so tonight, my
golden boy, you got your wish".
Next he starred with
George Raft and
Humphrey Bogart in the Warner
Bros. gangster epic
Invisible Stripes later the same year, followed
by the role of George Gibbs in the film adaptation of Our Town.
Columbia Pictures picked up half of his contract, he alternated
between starring in several minor pictures for Paramount and Columbia
before serving as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air
Force during World War II, where he acted in training films for the
First Motion Picture Unit. His career took off in 1950 when Billy
Wilder tapped him to star in Sunset Boulevard, in which he played a
down-at-heel screenwriter taken in by a faded silent-screen star,
played by Gloria Swanson. Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar
nomination with the part.
Getting the part was a lucky break for Holden, as the role was
initially cast with Montgomery Clift, who backed out of his
contract. Swanson later said, "Bill Holden was a man I could have
fallen in love with. He was perfection on- and off-screen." And
Wilder himself commented, "Bill was a complex guy, a totally honorable
friend. He was a genuine star. Every woman was in love with him."
Following this breakthrough film, his career quickly grew as Holden
played a series of roles that combined his good looks with cynical
detachment, including a prisoner-of-war entrepreneur in Stalag 17
(1953), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, a
pressured young engineer/family man in
Executive Suite (1954), an
acerbic stage director in The Country Girl (1954) with
Bing Crosby and
Grace Kelly, a conflicted jet pilot in the Korean War film The
Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), a wandering college football star in
Picnic (1955), a dashing war correspondent in Love Is a
Many-Splendored Thing (1955), his most widely recognized role as
an ill-fated prisoner in
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) with Alec
Guinness, a World War II tug boat captain in The Key (1958),
and an American Civil War military surgeon in John Ford's The Horse
Soldiers (1959) opposite John Wayne. He played a number of sunnier
roles in light comedy, such as the handsome architect pursuing
Maggie McNamara in the controversial Production Code-breaking
The Moon Is Blue
The Moon Is Blue (1953), as Judy Holliday's tutor in Born Yesterday
(1950), and as a playwright captivated by Ginger Rogers' character
Forever Female (1953).
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina (1954)
He co-starred as Humphrey Bogart's younger brother, a carefree
playboy, in Sabrina (1954), played by Audrey Hepburn. It was
Holden's third film with director Billy Wilder. Holden and Hepburn
became romantically involved during the filming, unbeknown to Wilder:
"People on the set told me later that Bill and Audrey were having an
affair, and everybody knew. Well, not everybody! I didn't
know.":174 The interactions between Bogart, Hepburn, and Holden
made shooting less than pleasant, as Bogart had wanted his wife,
Lauren Bacall, to play Sabrina. Bogart was not especially friendly
toward Hepburn, who had little Hollywood experience, whilst Holden's
reaction was the opposite, wrote biographer Michelangelo Capua.
Holden recalls their romance:
Before I even met her, I had a crush on her, and after I met her, just
a day later, I felt as if we were old friends, and I was rather
fiercely protective of her, though not in a possessive way.
Their relationship did not last much beyond the completion of the
film. Holden, who was at this point dependent on alcohol, said, "I
really was in love with Audrey, but she wouldn't marry me." Rumors
at the time had it that Hepburn wanted a family, but when Holden told
her that he'd had a vasectomy and having children was impossible, she
moved on. A few months later, Hepburn met Mel Ferrer, whom she would
In 1954, Holden was featured on the cover of Life. On February 7,
1955, Holden appeared as a guest star on
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy as himself.
His career peaked in 1957 with the enormous success of The Bridge on
the River Kwai, but Holden spent the next several years starring in a
number of films that rarely succeeded commercially or critically. By
the mid-1960s, the quality of his roles and films had noticeably
diminished. A heavy drinker most of his life, Holden descended into
alcoholism in the 1960s and 1970s.
Holden in The Revengers (1972)
In 1969, Holden made a comeback when he starred in director Sam
Peckinpah's graphically violent Western The Wild Bunch, winning
much acclaim. Also in 1969, Holden starred in director Terence Young's
family film L'Arbre de Noël, co-starring Italian actress Virna Lisi
and French actor Bourvil, based on the novel of the same name by
Michel Bataille. This film was originally released in the United
States as The Christmas Tree and on home video as When Wolves Cry.
For television roles in 1974, Holden won a Primetime Emmy Award for
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his
portrayal of a cynical, tough veteran
LAPD street cop in the
television film The Blue Knight, based upon the best-selling Joseph
Wambaugh novel of the same name.
In 1973, Holden starred with
Kay Lenz in movie directed by Clint
Eastwood called Breezy, which was considered a box-office flop.
Also in 1974, Holden starred with
Paul Newman and
Steve McQueen in the
critically acclaimed disaster film The Towering Inferno, which
became a box-office smash and one of the highest-grossing films of
Holden's career. Two years later, he was praised for his
Oscar-nominated leading performance in Sidney Lumet's classic Network
(1976), an examination of the media written by Paddy Chayefsky,
playing an older version of the character type for which he had become
iconic in the 1950s, only now more jaded and aware of his own
mortality. In 1980, Holden appeared in
The Earthling with popular
child actor Ricky Schroder, playing a loner dying of cancer who
goes to the Australian outback to end his days, meets a young boy
whose parents have been killed in an accident, and teaches him how to
During his last years, he appeared in his second
Irwin Allen film,
When Time Ran Out, a critical and commercial failure and heavily
disliked by Holden himself. Blake Edwards' S.O.B., was more
successful. In 1981, Holden was offered the role of Coach Daniel B.
Delaney in That Championship Season. He became very depressed when
filming was delayed, and drank even more heavily.
Matron of honor
Brenda Marshall (left) and best man William Holden,
sole guests at
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan's wedding in 1952
Holden was best man at the wedding of his friend
Ronald Reagan to
Nancy Davis in 1952; however, he never involved himself in politics.
While in Italy in 1966, Holden killed another driver in a
drunk-driving incident. He received an eight-month suspended sentence
for vehicular manslaughter.
Holden maintained a home in
Switzerland and also spent much of his
time working for wildlife conservation as a managing partner in an
animal preserve in Africa. His Mount
Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki
(founded 1959) became a mecca for the international jet set. On a
trip to Africa, he fell in love with the wildlife and became
increasingly concerned with the animal species that were beginning to
decrease in population. With the help of his partners, he created the
Kenya Game Ranch and inspired the creation of the William Holden
Wildlife Foundation. The Mount
Kenya Game Ranch works to assist in
Kenya with the wildlife education of its youth. Within the Mount
Kenya Game Ranch, is the Mount
Kenya Conservancy which runs an animal
orphanage as well as the Bongo Rehabilitation Program in collaboration
Kenya Wildlife Service. The orphanage provides shelter and
care for orphans, injured and neglected animals found in the wild,
with the aim of releasing these animals back into the wild whenever
possible. The conservancy is home to the critically endangered East
African mountain bongo, and aims to prevent its extinction by
Marriage and relationships
Holden was married to actress Ardis Ankerson (stage name Brenda
Marshall) from 1941 until their divorce 30 years later, in 1971.
They had two sons, Peter Westfield "West" Holden and Scott Porter
Holden. He adopted his wife's daughter, Virginia, from her
first marriage with actor Richard Gaines. During the filming of the
film Sabrina (1954), costar
Audrey Hepburn and he had a brief but
passionate affair. Holden met French actress
Capucine in the early
1960s. The two starred in the films The Lion (1962) and The 7th Dawn
(1964). They reportedly began a two-year affair, which is alleged to
have ended due to Holden's alcoholism.
Capucine and Holden
remained friends until his death in 1981.
In 1972, Holden began a nine-year relationship with actress Stefanie
Powers, and sparked her interest in animal welfare. After his
death, Powers set up the
William Holden Wildlife Foundation
William Holden Wildlife Foundation at
Kenya Game Ranch.
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's autopsy report, Holden
was alone and intoxicated in his apartment in Santa Monica,
California, on November 12, 1981, when he slipped on a rug, severely
lacerating his forehead on a teak bedside table, and bled to death.
Evidence suggests he was conscious for at least half an hour after the
fall. He likely may not have realized the severity of the injury and
did not summon aid, or was unable to call for help. His body was found
four days later. The causes of death were given as "exsanguination"
and "blunt laceration of scalp". Rumors existed that he was suffering
from lung cancer, which Holden himself had denied at a 1980 press
conference. His death certificate made no mention of any
cancer. He had dictated in his will that the Neptune Society
cremate him and scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. In accordance
with his wishes, no funeral or memorial service was held.
When Holden died, President
Ronald Reagan released a statement,
saying, "I have a great feeling of grief. We were close friends for
many years. What do you say about a longtime friend - a sense of
personal loss, a fine man. Our friendship never waned." 
For his contribution to the film industry, Holden has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1651 Vine Street. He also has a
star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. His death was noted by
singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, whose 1987 song "Tom's Diner" (about a
sequence of events one morning in 1981) included a mention of reading
a newspaper article about "an actor who had died while he was
drinking". Vega subsequently confirmed that this was a reference to
Uncredited, (film debut)
Million Dollar Legs
Graduate Who Says 'Thank You'
Those Were the Days!
P.J. "Petey" Simmons
I Wanted Wings
The Fleet's In
The Remarkable Andrew
Meet the Stewarts
Young and Willing
Blaze of Noon
Lt. William Seacroft
The Man from Colorado
Capt. Del Stewart
Rachel and the Stranger
Apartment for Peggy
The Dark Past
Streets of Laredo
Miss Grant Takes Richmond
Father Is a Bachelor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Lt. William Calhoun
Force of Arms
Sgt. Joe "Pete" Peterson
LCDR Ken White
The Turning Point
Sgt. J.J. Sefton
Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
The Moon Is Blue
Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach
Escape from Fort Bravo
Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Special Award for Ensemble Acting
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
LT Harry Brubaker, USNR
The Country Girl
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
The Proud and Profane
Lt. Col. Colin Black
Toward the Unknown
Maj. Lincoln Bond
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Capt. David Ross
The Horse Soldiers
Major Henry Kendall
The World of Suzie Wong
Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance
Satan Never Sleeps
The Counterfeit Traitor
Paris When It Sizzles
Richard Benson / Rick
The 7th Dawn
The Devil's Brigade
Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
The Wild Bunch
The Christmas Tree
The Towering Inferno
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Barry "Dutch" Detweiler
Damien: Omen II
Escape to Athena
Prisoner smoking a cigar in prison camp
When Time Ran Out
(final film role)
Box office ranking
Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina (1954)
For a number of years exhibitors voted Holden among the most popular
stars in the country:
1954 – 7th (US)
1955 – 4th (US)
1956 – 1st (US)
1957 – 7th (US)
1958 – 6th (US), 6th (UK)
1959 – 12th (US)
1960 – 14th (US)
1961 – 8th (US)
1962 – 15th (US)
Lux Video Theatre
episode: Love Letters
I Love Lucy
episode: Hollywood at Last
The Jack Benny Program
episode: William Holden/Frances Bergen Show
The Blue Knight
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a
21 Hours at Munich
Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
Lux Radio Theatre
Miss Susie Slagle's
Lux Radio Theatre
Hollywood Star Playhouse
The Joyful Beggar
Lux Radio Theatre
Appointment with Danger
Lux Summer Theatre
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Henry Fonda (1981)
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Michael Douglas (1987)
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Jeremy Irons (1990)
Anthony Hopkins (1991)
Al Pacino (1992)
Tom Hanks (1993)
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Jack Nicholson (1997)
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Kevin Spacey (1999)
Russell Crowe (2000)
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Daniel Day-Lewis (2012)
Matthew McConaughey (2013)
Eddie Redmayne (2014)
Leonardo DiCaprio (2015)
Casey Affleck (2016)
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