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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, and 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 7,239,438 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia. William Holden is the 316th most popular actor (down from 267th in 2019), the 575th most popular biography from United States (down from 516th in 2019) and the 158th 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 316 out of 9,996Before him are Doris Day, Deborah Kerr, Gene Kelly, Martin Landau, Harold Lloyd, and Walter Matthau. After him are Virna Lisi, Reese Witherspoon, Sonny Chiba, Kevin Spacey, Mia Farrow, and Ed Harris.

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Among people born in 1918, William Holden ranks 21Before him are Frederick Sanger, Gertrude B. Elion, Alberto Ascari, Katherine Johnson, Jørn Utzon, and Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. After him are Billy Graham, Chaim Herzog, Rosalia Lombardo, Franco Modigliani, W. Eugene Smith, and Frederick Reines. Among people deceased in 1981, William Holden ranks 13Before him are Natalie Wood, William Wyler, Max Euwe, Soong Ching-ling, Frederica of Hanover, and Hans Adolf Krebs. After him are Hideki Yukawa, René Clair, Béla Guttmann, Marcel Breuer, Odd Hassel, and Joe Louis.

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Among people born in United States, William Holden ranks 575 out of 18,182Before him are William P. Murphy (1892), Henry Mancini (1924), Walter Matthau (1920), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), D. B. Cooper (1931), and Richard Meier (1934). After him are Robert Kardashian (1944), Reese Witherspoon (1976), Mark Zuckerberg (1984), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), John Deere (1804), and Kevin Spacey (1959).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, William Holden ranks 158Before him are Farrah Fawcett (1947), Doris Day (1922), Gene Kelly (1912), Martin Landau (1928), Harold Lloyd (1893), and Walter Matthau (1920). After him are Reese Witherspoon (1976), Kevin Spacey (1959), Mia Farrow (1945), Ed Harris (1950), Kim Novak (1933), and Lon Chaney (1883).

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