April 17: Actor William Holden would have been 100 today

William_HoldenWilliam Holden (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 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 BoulevardSabrinaThe Bridge on the River KwaiThe Wild BunchPicnic, 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 Cinema.

Stars no longer with us, born on this day…

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German bandleader, James Last (1929-2015)

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English singer, Billy Fury (1940-1983)

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Wrestler & actor, Roddy Piper (1954-2015)
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