William Holden

1918 - 1981

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William Holden (born William Franklin Beedle Jr.; April 17, 1918 – November 12, 1981) was an American actor, one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s. Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film Stalag 17 (1953) and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the television film The Blue Knight (1973). Holden starred in some of Hollywood's most popular and critically acclaimed films, including Sunset Boulevard (1950), Sabrina (1954), Picnic (1955), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Network (1976). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Holden has received more than 5,856,234 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). William Holden is the 267th most popular actor (up from 319th in 2019), the 516th most popular biography from United States (up from 636th in 2019) and the 140th most popular American Actor.

William Holden is most famous for his portrayal of the lead character in the film "Sunset Boulevard."

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Among actors, William Holden ranks 267 out of 10,030Before him are Bill Murray, George Peppard, Silvana Mangano, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kris Jenner, and Thespis. After him are Michael Landon, Jodie Foster, Richard Widmark, Giuliano Gemma, Tyrone Power, and Farrah Fawcett.

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Among people born in 1918, William Holden ranks 20Before him are Helmut Schmidt, Ken Miles, Katherine Johnson, Frederick Sanger, Alberto Ascari, and Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. After him are Gertrude B. Elion, Billy Graham, James Tobin, Maurice Druon, Rosalia Lombardo, and Muriel Spark. Among people deceased in 1981, William Holden ranks 13Before him are William Wyler, Hans Adolf Krebs, Marcel Breuer, Frederica of Hanover, Soong Ching-ling, and Natalie Wood. After him are A. J. Cronin, Béla Guttmann, Joe Louis, Harold Urey, René Clair, and Samuel Barber.

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Among people born in United States, William Holden ranks 516 out of 15,968Before him are Jack Kilby (1923), Robert A. Heinlein (1907), Kris Jenner (1955), George A. Romero (1940), Dennis Ritchie (1941), and Allen Ginsberg (1926). After him are Babe Ruth (1895), Jim Jones (1931), Michael Landon (1936), Lou Reed (1942), Frank Herbert (1920), and Ellen G. White (1827).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, William Holden ranks 140Before him are Natalie Wood (1938), Demi Moore (1962), Bill Murray (1950), George Peppard (1928), Michelle Pfeiffer (1958), and Kris Jenner (1955). After him are Michael Landon (1936), Jodie Foster (1962), Richard Widmark (1914), Tyrone Power (1914), Farrah Fawcett (1947), and Dwayne Johnson (1972).

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