William Holden
William Holden
Celebrated Name: William Holden
Real Name/Full Name: William Franklin Beedle Jr.
Gender: Male
Age at the time of death: 63 years old
Birth Date: 17 April 1918
Date of Death: 12 November 1981
Birth Place: O’Fallon, Illinois, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.80 M
Weight: 89
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Wife/Spouse (Name): Brenda Marshall (m. 1941–1971)
Children: Yes (Scott Porter Holden, Peter Westfield Holden, Virginia Holden, Arlene Holden)
Profession: Actor
Net Worth in 2024: $20 Million
Last Updated: February 2024

William Holden was a widely popular American actor. He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s. He won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the 1953 movie “Stalag 17”. He was also the recipient of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the television film, “The Blue Knight” (1973). He has starred in some of Hollywood’s most well-received cinemas such as “Sunset Boulevard,” “Sabrina,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “The Wild Bunch,” “Picnic,” and “Network.” Also, he has been named as one of the “Top 10 Stars of the Year” six times (1954–1958, 1961).

Maybe you know about William Holden very well, But do you know how old was he at the time of his death and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of William Holden’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

William Holden, whose real name is William Franklin Beedle, Jr., was born on 17th of April 1918 in O’Fallon, Illinois, the U.S. to parents, Mary Blanche Beedle (formerly, Ball, 1898–1990) and William Franklin Beedle (1891–1967). His mother, Mary, worked as a schoolteacher while his father worked as an industrial chemist.

He had two younger brothers, Robert Westfield Beedle (1921–1944) and Richard P. Beedle (1924–1964). His younger brother, Robert, was a U.S. Navy fighter pilot who was killed in action during World War II. William’s family moved to South Pasadena when he was just three years old. When it comes to William’s education, he had attended South Pasadena High School, and Pasadena Junior College, where he became involved in local radio plays.

Personal Life

William Holden married popular actress, Ardis Ankerson (stage name, Brenda Marshall) in 1941. They stayed married for 30 years until their divorce in 1971. Together, they had two sons, Peter Westfield “West” Holden (1943–2014) and Scott Porter Holden. Also, he adopted his wife’s daughter, Virginia, from her previous marriage to actor Richard Gaines.  William had a brief affair with actress and co-star Audrey Hepburn during the filming of the movie “Sabrina” (1954).

He had a two-year affair with an actress, Capucine, in the 1960s who was his co-star in the movies “The Lion” (1962) and “The 7th Dawn” (1964). The relationship allegedly ended because of William’s alcoholism. However, both of them remained friends until William died in 1981. He also had a relationship with popular actress Stefanie Powers for the period between 1972 and 1981. He died in his apartment in Santa Monica, California, on November 12, 1981, after he hit a bedside table while he was intoxicated and, as a result, bled to death.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 17 April 1918, William Holden was 63 years old at the time of his death. His height was 1.8 m tall and weighed 89 kg.


William Holden’s career began with an uncredited role in the movies, “Prison Farm” and “Million Dollar Legs” in 1939. His first starring role was in the movie “Golden Boy” (1939). Over the next few years, he starred in the movies, “Arizona” (1940), “I Wanted Wings” (1941), “The Remarkable Andrew” (1942), and “Young and Willing” (1943).  William then served as a second and then a first lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

After his return from serving in the U.S. Army Air force, he starred in the 1947 movie “Blaze of Noon.” Over the next few years, he starred in the movies “The Dark Past” (1948), “Miss Grant Takes Richmond” (1949), and “Father Is a Bachelor” (1950). He rose to prominence with his role in the movie “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), which landed him his first Best Actor Oscar nomination. He starred in the 1953 movie, “Stalag 17,” which brought him an Academy Award for Best Actor.

He starred in the 1953 sex-comedy movie “The Moon Is Blue,” which was a huge commercial success.  He starred in the 1955 movies, “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” and “Picnic,” both of which were successful at the box-office. His most popular role was in the 1957 movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” which brought him great commercial success and recognition. His performance in the 1969 movie “The Wild Bunch” was very well-received as well.

For his role in the TV film, “The Blue Knight” (1974), he secured a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. His performance in 1976 movie “Network” brought him an Oscar nomination too. His final role was in the 1981 movie, “S.O.B..”

Awards & Achievements

William Holden has been showered with numerous Awards & Achievements over the years. Here is a list covering some of those:

  • He was nominated for Best Actor in a leading role Oscar Award in 1951 for his performance in the movie “Sunset Boulevard” (1950).
  • He was the winner of the Best Actor in a leading role Oscar Award in 1954 for his performance in the movie “Stalag 17” (1953).
  • He was the winner of the Primetime Emmy Award in 1974 in the category of Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his role in the TV movie, “The Blue Knight” (1973).
  • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Net Worth & Salary of William Holden in 2024

William Holden Net Worth
William Holden Net Worth

As of February 2024, William Holden has gathered a net worth of $20 Million. He has garnered most of his earnings from his acting career. He has excelled in both commercial and critical movies and has even won the Best Actor Oscar in a leading role for his performance in the movie, “Stalag 17”.He was the recipient of the Primetime Emmy Award in 1974 for his role in the TV movie, “The Blue Knight.” He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s.

William Holden was undoubtedly one of the greatest and most versatile actors of his generation. The role he played and the way he brought his characters to life will always have a special place in the hearts of his fans. He had a great career, and we thank him for the entertainment and the moments he gave us over the years.



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