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Subject: ARCHIVE: November 12, 1981 ~WILLIAM HOLDEN, 63, Hollywood star and Academy Award-winning actor, whose film career includes "Sunset Blvd", "Stalag 17", "Sabrina", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "The Wild Bunch", and Network", earning 3 Oscar nods in nearly 40+ year career, dies in drunken fall in his home. ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, November 12, 11:21:51am

William Holden
[ William Franklin Beedle Jr. ]
(April 17, 1918 November 12, 1981)

American actor who was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s. He won the Oscar for Best Actor for the film Stalag 17 (1953), and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the television film The Blue Knight (1973). Holden starred in some of Hollywood's most popular and critically acclaimed films, including Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Picnic, and Network. He was named one of the "Top 10 Stars of the Year" six times (19541958, 1961), and appeared as 25th on the American Film Institute's list of 25 greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

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(Not so) FUN FACT: Bill Holden's real-life brother Robert Westfield Beedle (true family name) was killed in WWII at age 23, piloting a Hellcat fighter aircraft when he went down into the waters off New Guinea during air fight. ...Holden is among few celebs to lose sibling in combat -siblings of Tab Hunter, JFK, Scotty Bower, among others.Thursday, November 12, 11:35:53am
His death was referenced in Suzanne Vega's hit "Tom's Diner"Recorded in the 1980s, it would become a surprise hit in 1991.Thursday, November 12, 01:32:37pm

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