Why Famous: One of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s through the 1970s.
Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in "Stalag 17", and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the 1973 television film "The Blue Knight".
- 1941-07-12 Actor William Holden (23) weds actress Brenda Marshall (25) in Las Vegas
- 1950-08-10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
- 1954-03-25 26th Academy Awards: "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor, actress
- 1957-10-02 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)
- 1969-06-18 "The Wild Bunch", directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, is released
- 1976-11-14 "Network", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch - Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)