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William Holden
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William Franklin Beedle, Jr.

(1918-04-17)April 17, 1918
Died November 12, 1981(1981-11-12) (aged 63)
Cause of death bleeding following a fall
Occupation Actor, wildlife conservationist
Years active 1938–81
Political party Republican
Brenda Marshall (m. 1941–1971)

William Holden (April 17, 1918 - November 12, 1981) was an American actor.

He was born in O'Fallon, Illinois and moved to South Pasadena, California when he was three. He was a star during the golden age of Hollywood. He began his career western movies, including Arizona and Texas. Holden starred in The Man from Colorado and Rachel and the Stranger. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in Stalag 17. He was also nominated twice more for Sunset Boulevard (1951) and Network (1976). Among his best works in film highlights Submarine Command (1951), Sabrina (1954), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). He starred with John Wayne in The Horse Soldiers (1957), and with Richard Widmark in Alvarez Kelly (1966). In 1969, he played an outlaw leader, in the Sam Peckinpah film, The Wild Bunch. In the 1970s, Holden worked in The Towering Inferno (1974), and When Time Ran Out (1980). He played the role of Richard Thorn, the adoptive father of a child possessed by the devil, in the second film of The Omen, Damien: Omen II (1978).

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