William Holden

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 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 Cinema.

Career Highlights

  • Golden Boy (1939)
  • Invisible Stripes (1939)
  • Our Town (1940)
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • Born Yesterday (1950)
  • Stalag 17 (1953)
  • The Moon Is Blue (1953)
  • Forever Female (1953)
  • The Country Girl (1954)
  • Executive Suite (1954)
  • Sabrina (1954)
  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
  • Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
  • Picnic (1955)
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  • The Key (1958)
  • The Horse Soldiers (1959)
  • The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)
  • The Blue Knight (TV, 1973)
  • The Towering Inferno (1974)
  • Network (1976)
  • S.O.B. (1981)
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