William Holden

Oscar Nominee

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William was born under the official name Beedle Jr., William Franklin on April 17th, 1918. He died on November 16th, 1981 in Santa Monica, California, USA (injuries from a fall). Known to his close friends as The Golden Boy, he has been a credited actor since the 1940 film Arizona.

William Holden was a bankable leading actor on the silver screen. He has starred in eight films including the 1978 drama film Fedora as the character Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler, the 1978 horror movie Damien: Omen II playing Richard Thorn and the 1969 action release The Wild Bunch cast as Pike Bishop.

William was a recognizable supporting cast member who's acting range makes him the top choice for a variety of roles. He has appeared in six films including: the 1980 action film When Time Ran Out... as the character Shelby Gilmore, the 1976 drama movie Network playing Max Schumacher and the 1974 action release The Towering Inferno cast as Jim Duncan.

William Holden has earned salaries up to $750,000 for his acting and also participates in back end. His most commercially successful project to date has been the 1974 action film The Towering Inferno, which brought in $116,000,000 at the box office.

William has garnered moderate media attention, having been featured on the cover of at least three magazines, captured in more than three pictorials and featured in four magazine articles. He has been the subject of at least four books.

As an actor William Holden has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences on one occasion. He was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor In A Leading Role for his role as Max Schumacher in the 1976 movie Network.


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Not to be confused with the character actor William Holden (II) .
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