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William Holden

William Holden (April 17, 1918 - November 16, 1981 was an American actor. Born in O'Fallon, Illinois, he moved with his wealthy family to Pasadena, California when he was young. In 1937, while still in college, he was signed to a movie contract. His first role was in Prison Farm[?] the following year.

His first starring role was in 1939's Golden Boy[?], in which he played a boxer who wants to be a violinst. After serving in World War II, he returned to several major roles -- as the narrator in Sunset Blvd.[?], as the cynical soldier in Stalag 17, as the tutor in Born Yesterday and as the dangerous wanderer in Picnic.

Holden spent much of his time owning and managing an animal preserve in Africa. He died of a fall at his home in Santa Monica, California.

Academy Awards and Nominations

Holden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1651 Vine Street.

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