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William Holden

William Holden


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Also Known As: Died: November 16, 1981
Born: April 17, 1918 Cause of Death: injuries resulting from a fall
Birth Place: O'Fallon, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

William Holden: The Golden Boy (1989)
A documentary about the life and career of actor William Holden. Included are clips from many of his films as well as interviews with friends, family and colleagues, as well as an interview with Holden himself.
S.O.B. (1981) as Tim Culley
A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production.
Earthling, The (1981)
Diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer, Patrick Foley has returned to his native Australia to die in the peace and quiet of the wilderness. His simple plan is complicated, however, when he meets Shawn Daley, a young boy who has just lost his parents in an accident, and takes him under his wing. Located far from any civilization, Patrick continues on his mission, but decides to teach Shawn the skills that he'll need to survive after his mentor is dead.
When Time Ran Out (1980)
A group of tourists are staying in a hotel on a remote Pacific island. When warnings of an impending volcanic eruption are issued, they are advised to wait for a rescue team. But with the lava flowing directly toward the hotel, a small group of guests choose instead to head for higher ground and safety on the other side of the island.
Ashanti (1979) as Jim Sandell
Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task...
Escape to Athena (1979)
During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain.
Damien - Omen II (1978)
Seven years later, Damien is just discovering who he really is, and what he is destined to do. Now living with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin, Damien is anxious to inherit everything. Can Richard Thorn finish the job that Damien's father (Ambassador Thorn) started?
Fedora (1978)
Fedora, an aging and reclusive film star, dies in Paris, struck by a train. At her funeral, a film producer thinks back over the past two weeks and the part he might have played in her death. He'd gone to Corfu to track her down, pushing himself into her island villa, where she lived with a nurse, an old countess, and the plastic surgeon who's success at keeping her looking young is amazing. We see her mental stability fail as the producer offers her a script for "Anna Karenina;" soon she's locked away in a Parisian asylum and the producer is in the hospital with a concussion. His reverie ended, the countess takes up the narration and completes Fedora's story.
21 Hours At Munich (1976) as Chief Of Police Manfred Schreiber
A dramatization of the events surrounding the 1972 Olympics massacre when eight Arab terrorists killed eleven Israeli athletes. A well-made, thoughtful film that had the dubious distinction of premiering opposite the initial TV showing of "Gone With the Wind," gathering virtually no audience, but re
Network (1976)
Television programmers turn a deranged news anchor into ''''the mad prophet of the airwaves.''''
The Towering Inferno (1974)
A fire chief and an architect join forces to save victims of a burning skyscraper.
Open Season (1974) as Wolkowski
Three Vietnam vets have become so conditioned to violence that they have developed psychotic tendencies. They kidnap people, brutalize them, then turn them loose and hunt them like animals. However the father of one of their earlier victims is plotting a vicious revenge against them.
Breezy (1973) as Frank Harmon
Breezy is a teen-aged hippy with a big heart. After taking a a ride with a man who only wants her for sex, Breezy manages to escape. She runs to hide on a secluded property where stands the home of a middle-aged divorced man, Frank Harmon. Frank reluctantly takes Breezy in only to fall unexpectedly in love with her.
The Revengers (1972) as John Benedict
The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict (William Holden) is torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean, lawless convicts to act as his posse as he pursues the gang responsible for the deaths of his loved ones.
Wild Rovers (1971) as Ross Bodine
An aging cowboy joins up with a beginner to rob banks.
The Wild Bunch (1969) as Pike Bishop
A group of aging cowboys look for one last score in a corrupt border town.
The Christmas Tree (1969) as Laurent
Since the death of his mother, Pascal, ten years old, spends his holidays with his father, the rich Laurent Segur. One day, when diving near the shores of Corse, an aircraft falls into the sea. The holiday goes on happily with Catherine, the young and pretty girlfriend of Laurent. But soon blue marks appear on the face of Pascal. He has been contaminated by a nuclear weapon carried by the destroyed plane, and he won't survive more than six months. There is nothing Laurent can do, except give his son the best six months he has ever lived.
The Devil's Brigade (1968) as Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick
Experienced soldiers and misfits join forces to create a World War II commando unit.
Casino Royale (1967) as Ransome
A retired James Bond goes back into action to infiltrate a nest of enemy spies.
Alvarez Kelly (1966) as Alvarez Kelly
A suave Mexican cattleman inadvertently gets involved in the Civil War.
Paris When It Sizzles (1964) as Richard Benson
A Hollywood producer hires a beautiful secretary to keep his drunken screenwriter on track.
The 7th Dawn (1964) as Ferris
A World War II veteran stays behind in Malaya to fight off Communist insurgents.
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) as Eric Erickson
Eric Erickson, a Swedish oil trader, agrees to spy for the allies against the Nazis. His friends all turn away from him as the image of the collaborator colors all of his business and personal dealings. The action increases as he needs to escape before he is found out.
Satan Never Sleeps (1962) as Father O'Banion
A priest (William Holden) arrives at a mission-post in China accompanied by a young native girl who has joined him along the way. His job is to relieve the existing priest (Clifton Webb), who is now too old and weak to continue with the upkeep of the church. However, Communist soldiers arrive at the mission and seize it as a command post. Their leader rapes the native girl and impregnates her, only later to realise that Communism is no good for him. In the end, the foursome flee to the border, but are pursued by Communist forces along the way.
The Lion (1962) as Robert Hayward
A man visits his daughter on an African wildlife reserve to make sure she's not growing up too wild.
The World of Suzie Wong (1961) as Robert Lomax
A Hong Kong streetwalker tries modeling and falls for the artist who''''s painting her.
The Horse Soldiers (1959) as Maj. Henry Kendall
A Union cavalry officer leads his men on a vital mission behind Confederate lines.
The Key (1958) as David Ross
The key to a woman's apartment may hold bad luck for her lovers.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) as Shears
The Japanese Army forces World War II POWs to build a strategic bridge in Burma.
Toward the Unknown (1956) as Maj. Lincoln Bond
A dishonored pilot who is no longer allowed to fly attempts to clear his name.
The Proud and Profane (1956) as Lt. Col. Colin Black
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955) as Lt. Harry Brubaker
Two jet pilots forge a lasting friendship while fighting the Korean War.
The Country Girl (1955) as Bernie Dodd
While trying to help her husband make a comeback, an alcoholic singer''''s wife fights her love for another man.
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) as Mark Elliott
A Eurasian doctor in Hong Kong falls in love with a war correspondent.
Picnic (1955) as Hal Carter
A handsome drifter ignites passions at a small-town Labor Day picnic.
Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) as Narration
A young man dreams of becoming a master samurai warrior and must overcome his humble, poverty-stricken roots to achieve that goal.
Executive Suite (1954) as McDonald Walling
When a business magnate dies, his board of directors fights over who should run the company.
Forever Female (1954) as Stanley Krown
An aspiring playwright gets an opportunity to see his play produced but is forced to make significant changes in the script so that the producer can cast his middle-aged ex-wife in the ingenue leading role.
Sabrina (1954) as David Larrabee
Two wealthy brothers fall for the chauffeur's daughter.
Stalag 17 (1953) as Sgt. J. J. Sefton
A cynical serviceman in a World War II POW camp has to prove he''''s not an informer.
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) as Capt. Roper
The Civil War complicates the Cavalry''''s battle against Indians.
The Moon Is Blue (1953) as Donald Gresham
Two womanizers fall for a woman determined to keep her virginity.
Boots Malone (1952) as Boots Malone
A broken-down sports agent tries to use a promising jockey as his ticket back to the top.
The Turning Point (1952) as Jerry McKibbon
Special prosecutor John Conroy hopes to combat organized crime in his city, and appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator. John doesn't understand why Matt is reluctant, but cynical reporter Jerry McKibbon thinks he knows: he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan. Jerry's friendship for John is tested by the question of what to do about Matt, and by his attraction to John's girl Amanda. Meanwhile, the threatened racketeers adopt increasingly violent means of defense.
Submarine Command (1951) as Commander Ken White
A Naval commander torments himself over a crewman''''s death.
Force of Arms (1951) as "Pete" Peterson
An Army sergeant romances a WAC in World War II Italy.
Born Yesterday (1950) as Paul Verrall
A newspaper reporter takes on the task of educating a crooked businessman's girlfriend.
Father Is a Bachelor (1950) as Johnny Rutledge
Five orphans ''''adopt'''' a loner and set out to find him a wife.
Dear Wife (1950) as Bill Seacroft
Teenaged Miriam starts a political campaign to nominate Bill Seacroft, her brother-in-law, for state senator in opposition to the local political machine. Unknown to Miriam, said machine nominates her father, Judge Wilkins. As support grows for Bill, the presence of rival candidates under one roof poses problems, especially for Ruth, wife to Bill and daughter of the judge.
Sunset Blvd. (1950) as Joe [C.] Gillis
A failed screenwriter falls into a mercenary romance with a faded silent-film star.
Union Station (1950) as Lt. William Calhoun
A secretary gets caught up in the hunt for kidnappers.
Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) as Dick Richmond
An inept secretary goes to work for a bogus real estate firm thinking it's for real.
Streets of Laredo (1949) as Jim Dawkins
Texas, 1878: cheerful outlaw-buddies Jim, Lorn and Wahoo rescue spunky orphan Rannie Carter from rustling racketeers, then are forced to separate. Lorn goes on to bigger and better robberies, while Jim and Wahoo are (at first reluctantly) maneuvered into joining the Texas Rangers. For friendship's sake, the three try to keep out of direct conflict, but a showdown begins to look inevitable. And Rannie, now grown into lovely young womanhood, must choose between Lorn and Jim.
The Dark Past (1949) as Al Walker
A psychologist tries to analyze the criminal who's taken him hostage.
The Man from Colorado (1948) as Captain Del Stewart
A Civil War veteran becomes a judge so he can take out his bitterness on the world.
Apartment for Peggy (1948) as Jason Taylor
A war veteran and his young wife attempt to adjust to the boom years of the late 1940s.
Rachel and the Stranger (1948) as Big Davey
A mail-order bride finds herself attracted to a handsome drifter.
Blaze of Noon (1947) as Colin McDonald
In the 1920s, the four McDonald brothers leave the uncertain life of carnival stunt fliers for steady jobs with the U.S. Air Mail. They've agreed that "guys like us don't have a right to get married," but that's before Colin meets nurse Lucille Stewart and, in a whirlwind courtship, weds her. Can this marriage, or indeed any of the brothers, survive the dangers of their new profession?
Variety Girl (1947) as
Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio.
Dear Ruth (1947) as Lieut. William Seacroft
A soldier shows up at the doorstep of his romantic pen pal who has no recollection of ever writing him.
Young and Willing (1943) as Norman Reese
Aspiring actors sharing a New York apartment follow a strict "no romance" policy.
Meet the Stewarts (1942) as Michael "Mike" Stewart
A socialite struggles to live on her blue-collar husband''''s salary.
The Remarkable Andrew (1942) as Andrew Long
When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in danger of being blamed himself. In his trouble, the spirit of Andrew Jackson, whom he idolizes, visits him, and in turn, summons much high-powered talent from American history...which only Andrew can see. Can he get out of trouble before too many people think he's crazy?
The Fleet's In (1942) as Casey Kirby
Sailors bet on a shy shipmate''''s ability to romance an aloof nightclub singer.
Texas (1941) as Dan Thomas
Friendly cowhands end up on opposite sides of the law.
I Wanted Wings (1941) as Al Ludlow
Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female photographer and a sultry blonde.
Our Town (1940) as George Gibbs
Small town lovers search for happiness.
Those Were the Days! (1940) as P. J. "Petey" Simmons
Arizona (1940) as Peter Muncie
A tough pioneer woman needs a young man's help in fighting land grabbers and finding love.
Golden Boy (1939) as Joe Bonaparte
A crooked promoter lures a young violinist to give up music for boxing.
Invisible Stripes (1939) as Tim Taylor
On his release from prison, a crook tries to stop his brother from following in his footsteps.

Editing (feature film)

Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
A young man dreams of becoming a master samurai warrior and must overcome his humble, poverty-stricken roots to achieve that goal.

Cast (special)

Operation Entertainment (1954)
A tribute to the soldiers in greasepaint; the many members of show business who gave their services and time to the USO overseas during World War II and the Korean War.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Blue Knight, The (1973)
Veteran actor William Holden made his dramatic debut on TV in the role of Bumper Morgan, a twenty-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department on his last few days on the force before his retirement, and won an Emmy Award for his performance. The miniseries form as subsequently established bega

Cast (short)

The Moviemakers (1971)
This promotional short film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "Wild Rovers" (1971).

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