Born: April 17, 1918, O'Fallon, Illinois
Died: November 12, 1981 (age 63), Santa Monica, California
Holden (William Franklin Beedle, Jr.) was an Academy Award-winning
American film actor. He was named one of the "Top 10 stars of the
year" six times (1954-1958, 1961) and appeared on the American Film
Institute's AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list as #25.
What do you know about William Holden? Take this quick quiz.
1. Arizona is a 1940 western film starring Jean Arthur,
William Holden and Warren William. It was directed by Wesley Ruggles.
The story is set in the pioneer days of Tucson, Arizona in 1860. Life
there is fit only for tough men and one very tough woman, Phoebe Titus
(Jean Arthur). She catches the eye of Peter Muncie (William Holden), a
handsome young man with a wagon train through Arizona but he soon leaves
for California. What is the location of the filming site known as today?
- Old Tucson
2. In Texas (1941), two Virginians are heading for a new life
in Texas when they witness a stagecoach being held up. They decide to
rob the robbers and make off with the loot. To escape a posse, they
split up and don't see each other again for a long time. When they do
meet up again, they find themselves on different sides of the law. This
leads to the increasing estrangement of the two men, who once thought of
themselves as brothers. William Holden plays Dan Thomas. Who plays Tod
- Edgar Buchanan
- George Bancroft
- Glenn Ford
3. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air
Forces during World War II, where he acted in training films. What was
- 2nd Lieutenant
4. In The Man from Colorado (1948), two friends return home
after their discharge from the army after the Civil War. However, one of
them has had deep-rooted psychological damage due to his experiences
during the war, and as his behavior becomes more erratic--and
violent--his friend desperately tries to find a way to help him. The
Western reunites William Holden and Glenn Ford.
5. Texas, 1878: cheerful outlaw-buddies Jim, Lorn and Wahoo rescue
spunky orphan Rannie Carter from rustling racketeers, then are forced to
separate. Lorn goes on to bigger and better robberies, while Jim and
Wahoo are (at first reluctantly) maneuvered into joining the Texas
Rangers. F or friendship's sake, the three try to keep out of direct
conflict, but a showdown begins to look inevitable. And Rannie, now
grown into lovely young womanhood, must choose between Lorn and Jim.
What was this 1949 William Holden Western?
- Streets of Laredo
- San Antonio
- Alamo Station
6. The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 western film, set in the
American Civil War, directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne, William
Holden and Constance Towers. Who does William Holden play?
- Maj. Henry 'Hank' Kendall
- Col. John Marlowe
- Gen. U.S. Grant
7. Cattleman (William Holden) is contracted to deliver a herd to the
Union army in Virginia. However, as he nears the end of his long cattle
drive, he is kidnapped by Confederate raiders led by Colonel Tom
Rossiter (Richard Widmark). The Confederacy desperately needs the beef
to feed its soldiers besieged in Richmond. What is the movie?
- Alvarez Kelly
- The Blue Cattle
8. The Wild Bunch (1969) is a Western film about an aging
outlaw gang at the Texas-Mexico border trying to exist in the modern
world of 1913. Pike Bishop (William Holden), the leader of a gang of
aging outlaws, is seeking an elusive retirement with one final score,
beginning with the robbery of a bank containing a payload of silver. Who
directed the film?
- Sam Peckinpah
- John Ford
- Ted Knight
9. The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict (William Holden) is
torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws
and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean, lawless convicts
to act as his posse as he pursues the gang responsible for the deaths of
his loved ones.
- The Revengers
- The Devil's Brigade
- Open Season
10. His younger brother, Robert W. "Bobbie" Beedle, was a
Navy fighter pilot who was killed in action in World War II, on January
5, 1945. After The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955) was released, Beedle
was remembered by his squadron-mates as having been very much like
Holden's character Lt. Harry Brubaker.
11. Holden died as the result of a fall in his high-rise apartment on
the seaside cliffs of Santa Monica, California, in November 1981. He was
alone and heavily intoxicated when he apparently slipped on a throw rug,
severely lacerated his head on a night table, and bled to death.
Evidence suggests he was conscious for at least half-an-hour after the
fall but may not have realized the severity of the injury and did not
summon aid or was unable to call for help. His body was found on
November 16, but forensic and other evidence suggested he had been dead
for several days and most likely died on November 12.
12. Where is William Holden buried?
- Cremated, ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean
- Cremated, ashes scattered over Santa Catalina's Emerald Bay,
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park , Youngstown, Ohio