Biography and 10 The Best William Holden Movies

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10 .Union Station

William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1950

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

Union Station is a 1950 crime drama, directed by Rudolph Maté. The drama features William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald, and Nancy Olson, among others..

9.The Wild Bunch

William Holden, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing “modern” world..

8.The Man from Colorado

William Holden, Glenn Ford

Released: 1948

Directed by: Henry Levin

The Man from Colorado is a 1948 American western-psychological drama film directed by Henry Levin and produced by Jules Schermer for Columbia Pictures. It stars Glenn Ford as a..

7. Texas

William Holden, Glenn Ford

Released: 1941

Directed by: George Marshall

Texas is a 1941 Western film directed by George Marshall and starring Glenn Ford and William..

6.The Earthling

William Holden, Ricky Schroder

Released: 1980

Directed by: Peter Collinson

The Earthling is a drama film starring William Holden and Ricky Schroder. It was filmed in 1979 in Australia, and released there in 1980. Peter Collinson directed this film and died of cancer..

5.Golden Boy

Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden

Released: 1939

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Golden Boy is a 1939 black-and-white Columbia Pictures drama film based on the Clifford Odets play of the same name. It features William Holden in his film debut, the role that made him a..

4.Sunset Boulevard

William Holden, Buster Keaton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named..

3.The Towering Inferno

O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by…

2.Sunset Boulevard

William Holden, Buster Keaton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named..

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1.The Bridge on the River Kwai

Alec Guinness, William Holden

Released: 1957

Directed by: David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the…
William Holden, original name William Franklin Beedle, Jr., (born April 17, 1918, O’Fallon, Illinois, U.S.—found dead November 16, 1981, Santa Monica, California), American film star who perfected the role of the cynic who acts heroically in spite of his scorn or pessimism.

Beedle grew up in South Pasadena, California. While attending Pasadena Junior College, he acted in local radio plays and became involved with the Pasadena Playhouse. He was discovered by a Paramount Pictures talent scout and given the more glamorous surname “Holden.” Drawing on his muscular build and good looks, the studio assigned him the lead in the boxing melodrama Golden Boy (1939). The role was a challenge for the inexperienced young actor, who was tutored by costar Barbara Stanwyck in the basics of performing before a camera.

Columbia Pictures picked up half of his contract, and Holden alternated between the two studios, appearing in several forgettable movies before serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. His service included acting in training films. After the war, he continued to perform in what he referred to as “smiling Jim” parts. In later years, Holden bitterly resented the studios’ exploitation of his physical appearance at the expense of his development as an actor.

 

In later years Holden appeared in few films of quality. Disillusioned with Hollywood, he spent much of his time and money supporting conservation efforts in Africa. The roles that do stand out from his later career—those of Pike Bishop in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), TV executive Max Schumacher in Network (1976; his last Oscar nomination), and hard-drinking film producer Tim Culley in Blake Edwards’s S.O.B. (1981; Holden’s final film)—captured a bit of Holden’s real-life bitterness and depression and added a tinge of melancholy to his screen image.

 

Holden’s death was especially unfortunate and probably quite unnecessary. Evidence suggests that after an evening of drinking, Holden slipped and fell, suffering a severe laceration to his forehead. He remained conscious for at least half an hour after the accident but did not realize the severity of his injury and did not make the phone call that would surely have saved his life. He subsequently passed out and bled to death; his body was discovered some four days later.

 

 

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