Died Today: November 12, 1981 - William Holden

William Holden (April 17, 1918 – ca. November 12, 1981) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. Born William Franklin Beedle Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, he was the eldest of three sons of William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist, and Mary Blanche Ball, a teacher. His first starring role was in Golden Boy (1939), in which he played a violinist turned boxer. After Columbia Pictures picked up half of his contract, he alternated between starring in several minor pictures for Paramount and Columbia before serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he acted in training films. Beginning in 1950, his career rebounded when Billy Wilder tapped him to star as the down-at-the-heels screenwriter Joe Gillis who is taken in by faded silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard, for which Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination. Read all about William Holden...

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  1. William Holden gives me such stiffness in the nether regions. Did you ever see him in Picnic? watta man