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William Holden (William Franklin Beedle Jr.)

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Biography

O'Fallon, Illinois, USA
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College, he was signed to a film contract by Paramount. His first starring role was as a young man torn between the violin and boxing in Golden Boy (1939). From then on he was typecast as the boy-next-door. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Peter Muncie

Arizona 1940

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Character: Casey Kirby

The Fleet's In 1942

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Character: Del Stewart

The Man from Colorado 1948

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Character: Bill Seacroft

Dear Wife 1949

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Character: Joe Gillis

Sunset Blvd. 1950

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Character: Sgt. J.J. Sefton

Stalag 17 1953

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Character: Capt. Roper

Escape from Fort Bravo 1953

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Character: McDonald Walling

Executive Suite 1954

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Character: Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

The 26th Annual Academy Awards 1954

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Character: Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role

The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955

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Character: Lt. Col. Colin Black

The Proud and Profane 1956

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Character: Maj. Lincoln Bond

Toward the Unknown 1956

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Character: Maj. Henry Kendall

The Horse Soldiers 1959

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Character: Himself - Opening Greeting

The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959

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Character: Robert Lomax

The World of Suzie Wong 1960

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Character: Eric Erickson

The Counterfeit Traitor 1962

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Character: Father O'Banion

Satan Never Sleeps 1962

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Character: Richard Benson / Rick

Paris - When It Sizzles 1964

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Character: Major Ferris

The 7th Dawn 1964

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Character: Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick

The Devil's Brigade 1968

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Character: Pike Bishop

The Wild Bunch 1969

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Character: Hal Wolkowski

Open Season 1974

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Character: Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Film Editing

The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977

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Character: Patrick Foley

The Earthling 1980

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Character: Himself

Il falso bugiardo 2008

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Character: Himself

Donahue 1967

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Character: Himself

Producers' Showcase 1954

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Character: Himself - Actor

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950

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Character: Bumper Morgan

The Blue Knight 1973

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Character: Himself - Guest

The Dean Martin Show 1965

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Character: Lt. Harry Brubaker

The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954

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Character: Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing

The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978

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Character: Himself - Narrator

Bing Crosby: His Life and Legend 1978

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Character: Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber

21 Hours at Munich 1976

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Character: Stanley Krown

Forever Female 1953

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Character: Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler

Fedora 1978

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Character: Tim Culley

S.O.B. 1981

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Character: Capt. David Ross

The Key 1958

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Character: Jim Dawkins

Streets of Laredo 1949

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