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Born: William Franklin Beedle, Jr
April 17, 1918
William Holden was an accomplished actor whose career began in the late 1930s and spanned six decades. After having appeared in over 25 films, Holden’s “big break” came with his performance as a struggling screenwriter in Sunset Blvd. (1950), which earned him his first of three Academy Award nominations. Appearing in over 70 motion pictures, and winning an Oscar for Best Actor in Stalag 17 (1953), Holden appeared in five films on the 1001 list, including: Sunset Blvd.(1950), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Towering Inferno (1974), and Network (1976).