William Holden was born in O'Fallon, Illinois, to a teacher mother and a chemist father. Moving to South Pasadena at the age of three, William Franklin Beedle Jr grew up in this city. William Holden, who started acting in radio plays during his college years, drew an acting career for himself, perhaps far from the thought that he would be one of the most famous actors of his generation.
Stepping into his professional career in 1938, William Holden's first feature film was “Golden Boy” in 1939. William Holden, now known as Golden Boy, took part in the same project with George Raft and Humphrey Bogart that same year. William Holden, who took part in successive projects, served in the Air Force throughout the World War II. He returned to Hollywood after the war with the 1947 film “Blaze of Noon”, a film about aviation.
His performance in “Sunset Boulevard” in 1950 provided the second boost in William Holden's career, nicknamed Golden Holden, and was nominated for an Oscar for the first time. In 1953, William Holden, who starred in “Stalag 17”, one of the best war films of all time, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his magnificent performance. Reaching the pinnacle of his career, William Holden took part in legendary productions such as “Sabrina” and “Picnic”.
William Holden gave a magnificent performance with Alec Guinness in the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” in 1957 and became one of the highest-paid actors of his time with the fee he received from this movie. William Holden, who managed to make a name for himself with almost every movie he took part in, continued his career at the highest level for many years. William Holden, who managed to be nominated for an Oscar once again with the movie “Network”, which was released in 1976, took part in more than 70 movies in his 44-year professional career and succeeded in taking each production to the next level. William Holden died on November 12, 1981, at his home in Santa Monica, California.
Notes from William Holden's career
William Holden, who was nominated for an Oscar for the first time at the 1951 Academy Awards, was nominated for an Oscar for the third time 26 years later for the movie “Network”.
The short speech he gave after receiving the Oscar statuette he won at the Academy Awards Ceremony in 1954 went down in history. After accepting the award, William Holden said “Thank you” and left the stage.