Recalling the Personal Life of Scott Porter Holden

William Holden’s son Scott Porter Holden was also an actor, just like his father. His acting credits include Padella calibro 38, The Revengers, and Breezy. Let’s read more in this article about him. Keep reading if you want to learn about his family background, education, and other things.

Who Was William Holden?

American actor William Holden was one of the 1950s’ wealthiest actors at the box office. He starred in The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Network, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, Picnic, and more critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies.

Early Life and Educational Details

William Franklin Beedle, who later became famous as William Holden, was born in O’Fallon, Illinois, on April 17, 1918. Robert, his brother who later joined the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot, lost his life over the South Pacific Island of New Ireland during World War II. William’s family moved to South Pasadena when he was three. Holden participated in the local radio plays there while attending Pasadena Junior College after graduating from South Pasadena High School.

Awards and Recognitions

Holden earned the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the television drama The Blue Knight and the Academy Award for Best Actor for the movie Stalag 17 in both categories. Six times he was designated one of the “Top 10 Stars of the Year,” and he was ranked number 25 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 25 male actors from Classical Hollywood films.

Family Background

He was the child of industrial chemist William Franklin Beedle and Mary Blanche Beedle, a teacher. Robert Westfield Beedle and Richard Porter Beedle were his two younger brothers. While some of his mother’s ancestors arrived in Virginia’s Lancaster County after migrating from England in the 17th century, one of his father’s grandmothers, Rebecca Westfield, was born there.

Acting Career During World War II

Holden participated in training movies for the First Motion Picture Unit, such as Reconnaissance Pilot, while serving as a second and subsequently a first lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Cause of Death

Holden died on November 12, 1981, after slipping on a rug and hitting his forehead on a bedside table while he was drunk. Four days later, his body was discovered. There were rumors that he had lung cancer, which he denied in a 1980 press conference. There is no mention of cancer on his death certificate. He specified in his will that his ashes be scattered in the Pacific Ocean by the Neptune Society after being cremated.

End of the Career

Fedora was Holden’s fourth and final film for Wilder. He later appeared in Damien: Omen II and Escape to Athena, both of which starred Stefanie Powers, his genuine love interest. In The Earthling, Holden played the character of a recluse who was dying of cancer while traveling with a young orphan boy in the Australian outback.


Holden provided financial support for his friend Ronald Reagan’s wedding to actress Nancy Davis. Despite being a registered Republican, he never participated in politics. He had a tragic end to his life, but he will be remembered forever.


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