William Holden possessed a handsome face and an easy, masculine manner that made him the quintessential American in many movies.
He acted in several radio plays in college and in 1939 a talent scout got him a small part in the movie "Million Dollar Legs."
The camera liked his face and his next role, in "Golden Boy" (1939), made him a star.
He made more than 50 movies, including "The Wild Bunch," "Bridge On the River Kwai" and "Picnic."
Holden won an Academy Award for his 1953 role as an American airman in a German prisoner of war camp in "Stalag 17." He also received Oscar nominations for his parts in "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) and "Network" (1976).
Additionally, the actor was the best man at the 1952 wedding of Ronald and Nancy Reagan and remained friends with them over the years.
[Coroner's officials eventually determined that Holden bled to death after a drunken fall in his Santa Monica home.]
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