|William Holden Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10½ in|
|Date of Birth||April 17, 1918|
|Date of Death||November 12, 1981|
William Holden was an American actor who had starred in several critically-acclaimed films during the Golden Age of Hollywood including Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Sabrina (1954), Stalag 17 (1953), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Country Girl (1954), Network (1976), The Horse Soldiers (1959), etc.
William Franklin Beedle Jr.
He was born on April 17, 1918.
On November 12, 1981, Holden bled to death after hitting his head on a bedside table while being heavily intoxicated in his California home. He was 63 years old at the time.
O’Fallon, Illinois, United States
- Father – William Beedle (Industrial Chemist)
- Mother – Mary Ball (School Teacher)
- Siblings – Robert Beedle (Younger Brother) (U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot), Richard Beedle (Younger Brother)
William’s net worth was $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm
81 kg or 178.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
He had dated –
- Lucille Ball – RUMOR
- Silvana Pampanini
- Jacqueline Kennedy
- Eva May Hoffman – Daughter named Arlene Holden (b. 1937)
- Barbara Stanwyck (1939-1940)
- Brenda Marshall (1940-1971) – Married actress Brenda Marshall on July 12, 1941; daughter Virginia Holden (adopted) (b. November 17, 1937), sons Peter Holden (b. November 17, 1943-June 2014) and Scott Holden (b. born May 2, 1946-2005); divorced in 1971
- Audrey Hepburn (1953-1954)
- Grace Kelly (1954-1955)
- Shelley Winters (1954-1955)
- Erica Beer (1958-1960)
- China Machado (1959)
- Capucine (1962-1964)
- Stefanie Powers (1972-1981)
- Patricia Morgan – RUMOR
Race / Ethnicity
He had English, Irish, and French ancestry.
William Holden Facts
- He was named in Empire Magazine‘s 1995 list of the ‘100 Sexiest Stars in Film History’ at the 57th spot.
- Holden was the best man at President Ronald Reagan’s wedding to Nancy Reagan in 1952.
- He was a passionate art collector, especially of antique Asian art. After his death, his precious art collection found a home at the Palm Springs Museum of Art.
- In 1954, Holden was awarded the Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ for his role in Stalag 17 (1953). His acceptance speech was short and only included the words “Thank you”.
- He became an animal activist in his later life. In 1982, his partner Stefanie opened the William Holden Wildlife Foundation at the actor’s Mount Kenya Game Ranch.
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