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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,

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 17, 1918
Birth place: O'Fallon, Illinois, United States
Height:1.8 m
Profession:Actor
Education:South Pasadena High School, Pasadena City College
Nationality:American
Spouse:Brenda Marshall
Children:Scott Porter Holden, Virginia Holden, Peter Westfield Holden, Arlene Holden
Parents:William Franklin Beedle, Sr., Mary Blanche Ball
Siblings:Richard P. Beedle Brother, Westfield Beedle
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Appeared 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.
2Holden 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.
4Billy 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!".
5For 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.
6Was a Boy Scout.
7He was a favorite actor of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy but disappointed her immensely when she discovered he was a Republican.
8Holden did not legally change his name from Beedle until he joined the USAF in 1942.
9Holden was vice-president of the Screen Actors Guild and Parks Commissioner for Los Angeles.
10Holden acted with wife Brenda Marshall professionally for the only time in a "Theater Guild on the Air" production of "The Lost Weekend.".
11Toward the Unknown (1956) was the only movie made by his production company, "Toluca Productions".
12Felt 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).
13Was considered for the role of "Maurice Novak" in Career (1959).
14Was originally cast for the lead in The Rainmaker (1956), role eventually played by Burt Lancaster.
15In the last years of his life he increasingly suffered from emphysema.
16Although 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.
17Held a press conference in late 1980 to deny newspaper reports that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
18A 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.
19Died one day before his eldest son Peter's 38th birthday.
20Turned down Marlon Brando's role in Sayonara (1957) in order to make The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
21For 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.
22Father of Scott Holden, Arlene Holden and Peter Holden.
23Was 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.
24He 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.
25Moved to Switzerland for tax reasons in 1959, and did not return to live in Hollywood until 1967.
26He had a daughter, Arlene, in 1937 with actress Eva May Hoffman. Arlene was raised by her mother and her stepfather, composer Emil Newman.
27Starred 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.
28Starred 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.
29He 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.
30Holden 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).
31Turned down The Guns of Navarone (1961) because producer Carl Foreman wouldn't meet his fee of $750,000 + 20% of the gross.
32He enjoyed firework displays.
33Turned down Henry Fonda's role in Mister Roberts (1955).
34Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 391-397. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
35Was involved in a serious road accident in Italy in July 1966.
36He was of mostly English, with more distant Irish and French, ancestry.
37Was 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.
38His 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.
39Made two films with Audrey Hepburn: Sabrina (1954) and Paris When It Sizzles (1964).
40In 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.
41Is portrayed by Gabriel Macht in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
42Was friends with photographer Peter Beard.
43Was named #25 Actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the AFI
44Considered 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.
45He was voted the 63rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
46Holden 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.
47Won Best Actor for his role in Stalag 17 (1953). When accepting his statue at the Acadamy Awards, simply stated, "Thank you" and walked off.
48Although 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.
49Immortalized 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."
50Family: 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.
51Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
52A hygiene fanatic, he reportedly showered up to four times daily.
53He 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.
54Brian 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)!
55Not to be confused with the character actor William Holden.
56Adopted 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.
57He 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.
58Was the best man at Ronald Reagan's and Nancy Reagan' wedding in 1952.
59Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#57).
60Appeared 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.
61Holden 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.
63Billy 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!".
64For 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.
65Was a Boy Scout.
66He was a favorite actor of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy but disappointed her immensely when she discovered he was a Republican.
67Holden did not legally change his name from Beedle until he joined the USAF in 1942.
68Holden was vice-president of the Screen Actors Guild and Parks Commissioner for Los Angeles.
69Holden acted with wife Brenda Marshall professionally for the only time in a "Theater Guild on the Air" production of "The Lost Weekend.".
70Toward the Unknown (1956) was the only movie made by his production company, "Toluca Productions".
71Felt 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).
72Was considered for the role of "Maurice Novak" in Career (1959).
73Was originally cast for the lead in The Rainmaker (1956), role eventually played by Burt Lancaster.
74In the last years of his life he increasingly suffered from emphysema.
75Although 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.
76Held a press conference in late 1980 to deny newspaper reports that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
77A 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.
78Died one day before his eldest son Peter's 38th birthday.
79Turned down Marlon Brando's role in Sayonara (1957) in order to make The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
80For 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.
81Father of Scott Holden, Arlene Holden and Peter Holden.
82Was 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.
83He 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.
84Moved to Switzerland for tax reasons in 1959, and did not return to live in Hollywood until 1967.
85He had a daughter, Arlene, in 1937 with actress Eva May Hoffman. Arlene was raised by her mother and her stepfather, composer Emil Newman.
86Starred 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.
87Starred 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.
88He 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.
89Holden 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).
90Turned down The Guns of Navarone (1961) because producer Carl Foreman wouldn't meet his fee of $750,000 + 20% of the gross.
91He enjoyed firework displays.
92Turned down Henry Fonda's role in Mister Roberts (1955).
93Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 391-397. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
94Was involved in a serious road accident in Italy in July 1966.
95He was of mostly English, with more distant Irish and French, ancestry.
96Was 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.
97His 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.
98Made two films with Audrey Hepburn: Sabrina (1954) and Paris When It Sizzles (1964).
99In 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.
100Is portrayed by Gabriel Macht in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
101Was friends with photographer Peter Beard.
102Was named #25 Actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the AFI
103Considered 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.
104He was voted the 63rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
105Holden 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.
106Won Best Actor for his role in Stalag 17 (1953). When accepting his statue at the Acadamy Awards, simply stated, "Thank you" and walked off.
107Although 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.
108Immortalized 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."
109Family: 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.
110Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
111A hygiene fanatic, he reportedly showered up to four times daily.
112He 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.
113Brian 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)!
114Not to be confused with the character actor William Holden.
115Adopted 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.
116He 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.
117Was the best man at Ronald Reagan's and Nancy Reagan' wedding in 1952.
118Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#57).


Net Worth & Salary

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


Trademarks

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


Quotes

#Quote
1Let'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.
2The 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.
4I 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.
5I 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.
9I'm a whore, all actors are whores. We sell our bodies to the highest bidder.
10I 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.
11Movie acting may not have a certain kind of glory as true art, but it is damn hard work.
12Take 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.
13For me, acting is not an all-consuming thing, except for the moment when I am actually doing it.
14Let'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.
15The 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.
17I 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.
18I 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.
22I'm a whore, all actors are whores. We sell our bodies to the highest bidder.
23I 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.
24Movie acting may not have a certain kind of glory as true art, but it is damn hard work.
25Take 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.
26For me, acting is not an all-consuming thing, except for the moment when I am actually doing it.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Lead Actor in a Limited SeriesThe Blue Knight (1973)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1651 Vine Street.
1955Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1955Most Popular Male StarPhotoplay Awards
1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleStalag 17 (1953)
1954Most Popular Male StarPhotoplay Awards
1954Special Jury PrizeVenice Film FestivalExecutive 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
1951Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative ActorTogether with John Derek

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorNetwork (1976)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleNetwork (1976)
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star13th place.
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star14th place.
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star12th place.
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star5th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star7th place.
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star5th place.
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star4th place.
1957BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorPicnic (1955)
1951OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleSunset Blvd. (1950)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorNetwork (1976)
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceThe World of Suzie Wong (1960)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1953NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorStalag 17 (1953)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Damien: Omen II1978Richard Thorn
Fedora1978Barry Detweiler
Network1976Max Schumacher
21 Hours at Munich1976TV MovieChief of Police Manfred Schreiber
The Towering Inferno1974Jim Duncan
Open Season1974Hal Wolkowski
Breezy1973Frank Harmon
The Blue Knight1973TV MovieBumper Morgan
The Revengers1972John Benedict
Wild Rovers1971Ross Bodine
L'arbre de Noël1969Laurent Ségur
The Wild Bunch1969Pike Bishop
The Devil's Brigade1968Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Casino Royale1967Ransome
Alvarez Kelly1966Alvarez Kelly
The 7th Dawn1964Major Ferris
Paris When It Sizzles1964Richard Benson Rick
The Lion1962Robert Hayward
The Counterfeit Traitor1962Eric Erickson
Satan Never Sleeps1962Father O'Banion
The World of Suzie Wong1960Robert Lomax
The Horse Soldiers1959Maj. Henry Kendall
The Key1958Capt. David Ross
The Bridge on the River Kwai1957Shears
Toward the Unknown1956Maj. Lincoln Bond
The Proud and Profane1956Lt. Col. Colin Black
Picnic1955Hal Carter
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing1955Mark Elliott
I Love Lucy1955TV SeriesWilliam Holden
Lux Video Theatre1955TV SeriesIntermission Guest
The Country Girl1954Bernie Dodd
The Bridges at Toko-Ri1954Lt. Harry Brubaker
Sabrina1954David Larrabee
Executive Suite1954McDonald Walling
Escape from Fort Bravo1953Capt. Roper
Forever Female1953Stanley Krown
Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach1953Tourist (uncredited)
The Moon Is Blue1953Donald Gresham
Stalag 171953Sgt. J.J. Sefton
The Turning Point1952Jerry McKibbon
Boots Malone1952Boots Malone
Submarine Command1951Lt. Cmdr. Ken White
Force of Arms1951Sgt. Joe 'Pete' Peterson
Born Yesterday1950Paul Verrall
Union Station1950Lt. William Calhoun
Sunset Blvd.1950Joe Gillis
Father Is a Bachelor1950Johnny Rutledge
Dear Wife1949Bill Seacroft
Miss Grant Takes Richmond1949Dick Richmond
Streets of Laredo1949Jim Dawkins
The Dark Past1948Al Walker
Apartment for Peggy1948Jason Taylor
Rachel and the Stranger1948Big Davey
The Man from Colorado1948Del Stewart
Variety Girl1947William Holden
Dear Ruth1947Lt. William Seacroft
Blaze of Noon1947Colin McDonald
Reconnaissance Pilot1943Documentary shortLt. 'Packy' Cummings (uncredited)
Young and Willing1943Norman Reese
Meet the Stewarts1942Michael Stewart
The Remarkable Andrew1942Andrew Long
The Fleet's In1942Casey Kirby
Texas1941Dan Thomas
I Wanted Wings1941Al Ludlow
Arizona1940Peter Muncie
Our Town1940George Gibbs
Those Were the Days!1940P.J. 'Petey' Simmons
Invisible Stripes1939Tim Taylor
Golden Boy1939Joe Bonaparte
Million Dollar Legs1939Graduate Who Says 'Thank You' (uncredited)
Prison Farm1938Prisoner (uncredited)
S.O.B.1981Tim Culley
The Earthling1980Patrick Foley
When Time Ran Out...1980Shelby Gilmore
Ashanti1979Jim Sandell
Escape to Athena1979Prisoner smoking a cigar in prison camp (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Rovers1971performer: "Ballad of the Wild Rovers" - uncredited
Picnic1955performer: "Moonglow" - uncredited
Sunset Blvd.1950performer: "La Cumparsita" 1916 - uncredited
Variety Girl1947"HARMONY"
Arizona1940performer: "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" 1854, "Kiss Me Quick and Go" 1856 - uncredited
Golden Boy1939performer: "Lullaby Cradle Song", "Funiculi, Funicula"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Bike2009Short acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mysteries of the Sea1980TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Merv Griffin Show1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The American Movie Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Bing Crosby: His Life and Legend1978TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Film Editing
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Movie Actress
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1977TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
Donahue1976TV SeriesHimself
The Annual National Sports Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Dean Martin Show1968-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The David Frost Show1971-1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself / John Benedict from REVENGERS / Himself - Actor
The Moviemakers1971Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Adventures at the Jade Sea1969TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Et par ord om Danmark1960DocumentarySpeaker, English version
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Opening Greeting
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Floyd Patterson Heavyweight Champion of the World versus Ingemar Johansson Heavyweight Champion of Europe1959Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant1958Documentary shortHimself (as Bill Holden)
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Salute to Show Business1957TV MovieHimself
Lux Video Theatre1954-1956TV SeriesHimself - Intermission guest / Himself - Host
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1956TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Jack Benny Program1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesHimself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1954-1955TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Sheilah Graham in Hollywood1955TV SeriesHimself
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life1952ShortHimself
You Can Change the World1950Documentary shortHimself
Wings Up1943Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How to Win the US Presidency2016DocumentaryHimself
Million Dollar American Princesses2016TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The First Motion Picture Unit: When Hollywood Went to War2014Documentary
Swan Song: The Story of Billy Wilder's Fedora2014DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2008-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism2009DocumentaryHimself
Il falso bugiardo2008Himself
Girl 272007DocumentaryJoe Gillis
Billy Wilder Speaks2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows2001TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Making of 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'2000Video documentaryHimself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Audrey Hepburn Story2000TV MovieHimself
Biography1998-1999TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Actor
The Lady with the Torch1999DocumentaryHimself
Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Commandos1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHimself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991DocumentaryDonald Gresham (uncredited)
Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
When the Applause Died1990Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryPike Bishop (uncredited)
Grace Kelly: The American Princess1987Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown1986ShortCharlie Brown
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images1986TV MovieMan Saying 'Virgins' (uncredited)
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At...1965TV Series documentary
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
Lykke og krone1962DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Zwischen Glück und Krone1959DocumentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHimself

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