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William Holden
William Holden
(born William Franklin Beedle Jr.; April 17, 1918 – November 12, 1981) was an American actor who was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor
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. Holden starred in some of Hollywood's most popular and critically acclaimed films, including such classics as 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 (1954–1958, 1961), and appeared as 25th on the American Film Institute's list of 25 greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.


1 Early life and career 2 Career 3 Later career 4 Personal life

4.1 Marriage and relationships 4.2 Death

5 Filmography

5.1 Box office ranking

6 Television credits 7 Radio performances 8 References 9 External links

Early life and career[edit] Holden was born William Franklin Beedle Jr. on April 17, 1918, in O'Fallon, Illinois, son of William Franklin Beedle (1891–1967), an industrial chemist, and his wife Mary Blanche Ball (1898–1990), a schoolteacher.[2] He had two younger brothers, Robert Westfield Beedle (1921–January 5, 1944) and Richard P. Beedle (1924–1964). One of his father's grandmothers, Rebecca Westfield, was born in England
in 1817, while some of his mother's ancestors settled in Virginia's Lancaster County after emigrating from England
in the 17th century.[2] His younger brother, Robert W. "Bobbie" Beedle, became a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and was killed in action in World War II, over New Ireland, a Japanese-occupied island in the South Pacific, on January 5, 1944. His family moved to South Pasadena when he was three. After graduating from South Pasadena High School, Holden attended Pasadena Junior College, where he became involved in local radio plays. A version of how he obtained his stage name "Holden" is based on a statement by George Ross of Billboard: "William Holden, the lad just signed for the coveted lead in Golden Boy, used to be Bill Beadle. And here is how he obtained his new movie tag. On the Columbia lot is an assistant director and scout named Harold Winston. Not long ago he was divorced from the actress, Gloria Holden, but carried the torch after the marital rift. Winston was one of those who discovered the Golden Boy newcomer and who renamed him—in honor of his former spouse!"[3] Career[edit]

With Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb
(right) in Holden's first starring role in a film, Golden Boy (1939)

With Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
in Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Holden's first starring role was in Golden Boy (1939), costarring Barbara Stanwyck, in which he played a violinist-turned-boxer.[4] He was still an unknown actor at the time, while Stanwyck was already a film star. She liked Holden and went out of her way to help him succeed, devoting her personal time to coaching and encouraging him, which made them into lifelong friends. When she received her Honorary Oscar at the 1982 Academy Award ceremony, Holden had died in an accident just a few months prior. At the end of her acceptance speech, she paid him a personal tribute: "I loved him very much, and I miss him. He always wished that I would get an Oscar. And so tonight, my golden boy, you got your wish".[5][6] Next he starred with George Raft
George Raft
and Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
in the Warner Bros. gangster epic Invisible Stripes
Invisible Stripes
later the same year,[7] followed by the role of George Gibbs in the film adaptation of Our Town.[8] After Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
picked up half of his contract, he alternated between starring in several minor pictures for Paramount and Columbia before serving as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force during World War II, where he acted in training films for the First Motion Picture Unit. His career took off in 1950 when Billy Wilder tapped him to star in Sunset Boulevard, in which he played a down-at-heel screenwriter taken in by a faded silent-screen star, played by Gloria Swanson. Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination with the part.[9] Getting the part was a lucky break for Holden, as the role was initially cast with Montgomery Clift, who backed out of his contract.[10] Swanson later said, "Bill Holden was a man I could have fallen in love with. He was perfection on- and off-screen."[11] And Wilder himself commented, "Bill was a complex guy, a totally honorable friend. He was a genuine star. Every woman was in love with him."[11] Following this breakthrough film, his career quickly grew as Holden played a series of roles that combined his good looks with cynical detachment, including a prisoner-of-war entrepreneur in Stalag 17 (1953), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor,[4] a pressured young engineer/family man in Executive Suite (1954), an acerbic stage director in The Country Girl (1954) with Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
and Grace Kelly,[12] a conflicted jet pilot in the Korean War film The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954),[13] a wandering college football star in Picnic (1955),[14] a dashing war correspondent in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955),[15] his most widely recognized role as an ill-fated prisoner in The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) with Alec Guinness,[16] a World War II tug boat captain in The Key (1958),[17] and an American Civil War military surgeon in John Ford's The Horse Soldiers (1959) opposite John Wayne.[18] He played a number of sunnier roles in light comedy, such as the handsome architect pursuing virginal Maggie McNamara
Maggie McNamara
in the controversial Production Code-breaking The Moon Is Blue
The Moon Is Blue
(1953),[4] as Judy Holliday's tutor in Born Yesterday (1950),[4] and as a playwright captivated by Ginger Rogers' character in Forever Female
Forever Female

With Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
in Sabrina (1954)

He co-starred as Humphrey Bogart's younger brother, a carefree playboy, in Sabrina (1954),[20] played by Audrey Hepburn. It was Holden's third film with director Billy Wilder. Holden and Hepburn became romantically involved during the filming, unbeknown to Wilder: "People on the set told me later that Bill and Audrey were having an affair, and everybody knew. Well, not everybody! I didn't know."[11]:174 The interactions between Bogart, Hepburn, and Holden made shooting less than pleasant, as Bogart had wanted his wife, Lauren Bacall, to play Sabrina. Bogart was not especially friendly toward Hepburn, who had little Hollywood experience, whilst Holden's reaction was the opposite, wrote biographer Michelangelo Capua.[21] Holden recalls their romance:

Before I even met her, I had a crush on her, and after I met her, just a day later, I felt as if we were old friends, and I was rather fiercely protective of her, though not in a possessive way.[22]

Their relationship did not last much beyond the completion of the film. Holden, who was at this point dependent on alcohol, said, "I really was in love with Audrey, but she wouldn't marry me."[23] Rumors at the time had it that Hepburn wanted a family, but when Holden told her that he'd had a vasectomy and having children was impossible, she moved on. A few months later, Hepburn met Mel Ferrer, whom she would later marry.[24] In 1954, Holden was featured on the cover of Life. On February 7, 1955, Holden appeared as a guest star on I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
as himself.[25] His career peaked in 1957 with the enormous success of The Bridge on the River Kwai, but Holden spent the next several years starring in a number of films that rarely succeeded commercially or critically. By the mid-1960s, the quality of his roles and films had noticeably diminished. A heavy drinker most of his life, Holden descended into alcoholism in the 1960s and 1970s.[citation needed] Later career[edit]

Holden in The Revengers (1972)

In 1969, Holden made a comeback when he starred in director Sam Peckinpah's graphically violent Western The Wild Bunch,[4] winning much acclaim. Also in 1969, Holden starred in director Terence Young's family film L'Arbre de Noël, co-starring Italian actress Virna Lisi and French actor Bourvil, based on the novel of the same name by Michel Bataille. This film was originally released in the United States as The Christmas Tree and on home video as When Wolves Cry.[26] For television roles in 1974, Holden won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie[27] for his portrayal of a cynical, tough veteran LAPD
street cop in the television film The Blue Knight,[4] based upon the best-selling Joseph Wambaugh novel of the same name. In 1973, Holden starred with Kay Lenz
Kay Lenz
in movie directed by Clint Eastwood called Breezy, which was considered a box-office flop.[28] Also in 1974, Holden starred with Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
in the critically acclaimed disaster film The Towering Inferno,[29] which became a box-office smash and one of the highest-grossing films of Holden's career. Two years later, he was praised for his Oscar-nominated leading performance in Sidney Lumet's classic Network (1976),[30] an examination of the media written by Paddy Chayefsky, playing an older version of the character type for which he had become iconic in the 1950s, only now more jaded and aware of his own mortality. In 1980, Holden appeared in The Earthling
The Earthling
with popular child actor Ricky Schroder,[31] playing a loner dying of cancer who goes to the Australian outback to end his days, meets a young boy whose parents have been killed in an accident, and teaches him how to survive. During his last years, he appeared in his second Irwin Allen film, When Time Ran Out,[32] a critical and commercial failure and heavily disliked by Holden himself. Blake Edwards' S.O.B., was more successful. In 1981, Holden was offered the role of Coach Daniel B. Delaney in That Championship Season. He became very depressed when filming was delayed, and drank even more heavily.[33] Personal life[edit]

Matron of honor Brenda Marshall
Brenda Marshall
(left) and best man William Holden, sole guests at Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
and Nancy Reagan's wedding in 1952

Holden was best man at the wedding of his friend Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
to Nancy Davis in 1952; however, he never involved himself in politics. While in Italy in 1966, Holden killed another driver in a drunk-driving incident. He received an eight-month suspended sentence for vehicular manslaughter.[34] Holden maintained a home in Switzerland
and also spent much of his time working for wildlife conservation as a managing partner in an animal preserve in Africa. His Mount Kenya
Safari Club in Nanyuki (founded 1959) became a mecca for the international jet set.[35] On a trip to Africa, he fell in love with the wildlife and became increasingly concerned with the animal species that were beginning to decrease in population. With the help of his partners, he created the Mount Kenya
Game Ranch and inspired the creation of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation.[36] The Mount Kenya
Game Ranch works to assist in Kenya
with the wildlife education of its youth.[37] Within the Mount Kenya
Game Ranch, is the Mount Kenya
Conservancy which runs an animal orphanage as well as the Bongo Rehabilitation Program in collaboration with the Kenya
Wildlife Service. The orphanage provides shelter and care for orphans, injured and neglected animals found in the wild, with the aim of releasing these animals back into the wild whenever possible. The conservancy is home to the critically endangered East African mountain bongo, and aims to prevent its extinction by breeding.[38][39] Marriage and relationships[edit] Holden was married to actress Ardis Ankerson (stage name Brenda Marshall) from 1941 until their divorce 30 years later, in 1971.[4] They had two sons, Peter Westfield "West" Holden and Scott Porter Holden.[40][41] He adopted his wife's daughter, Virginia, from her first marriage with actor Richard Gaines. During the filming of the film Sabrina (1954), costar Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
and he had a brief but passionate affair. Holden met French actress Capucine
in the early 1960s. The two starred in the films The Lion (1962) and The 7th Dawn (1964). They reportedly began a two-year affair, which is alleged to have ended due to Holden's alcoholism.[42] Capucine
and Holden remained friends until his death in 1981. In 1972, Holden began a nine-year relationship with actress Stefanie Powers, and sparked her interest in animal welfare.[43] After his death, Powers set up the William Holden Wildlife Foundation
William Holden Wildlife Foundation
at Holden's Mount Kenya
Game Ranch.[44] Death[edit] According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's autopsy report, Holden was alone and intoxicated in his apartment in Santa Monica, California, on November 12, 1981, when he slipped on a rug, severely lacerating his forehead on a teak bedside table, and bled to death. Evidence suggests he was conscious for at least half an hour after the fall. He likely 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 four days later. The causes of death were given as "exsanguination" and "blunt laceration of scalp". Rumors existed that he was suffering from lung cancer, which Holden himself had denied at a 1980 press conference. His death certificate made no mention of any cancer.[35][45] He had dictated in his will that the Neptune Society cremate him and scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. In accordance with his wishes, no funeral or memorial service was held.[46] When Holden died, President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
released a statement, saying, "I have a great feeling of grief. We were close friends for many years. What do you say about a longtime friend - a sense of personal loss, a fine man. Our friendship never waned." [4] For his contribution to the film industry, Holden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
located at 1651 Vine Street.[47] He also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[48] His death was noted by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, whose 1987 song "Tom's Diner" (about a sequence of events one morning in 1981) included a mention of reading a newspaper article about "an actor who had died while he was drinking". Vega subsequently confirmed that this was a reference to Holden.[49] Filmography[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes

1938 Prison Farm Prisoner Uncredited, (film debut)

1939 Million Dollar Legs Graduate Who Says 'Thank You' Uncredited

Golden Boy Joe Bonaparte

Invisible Stripes Tim Taylor

1940 Those Were the Days! P.J. "Petey" Simmons

Our Town George Gibbs

Arizona Peter Muncie

1941 I Wanted Wings Al Ludlow

Texas Dan Thomas

1942 The Fleet's In Casey Kirby

The Remarkable Andrew Andrew Long

Meet the Stewarts Michael Stewart

1943 Young and Willing Norman Reese

1947 Blaze of Noon Colin McDonald

Dear Ruth Lt. William Seacroft

Variety Girl Himself

1948 The Man from Colorado Capt. Del Stewart

Rachel and the Stranger Big Davey

Apartment for Peggy Jason Taylor

The Dark Past Al Walker

1949 Streets of Laredo Jim Dawkins

Miss Grant Takes Richmond Dick Richmond

Dear Wife Bill Seacroft

1950 Father Is a Bachelor Johnny Rutledge

Sunset Boulevard Joe Gillis Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor

Union Station Lt. William Calhoun

Born Yesterday Paul Verrall

1951 Force of Arms Sgt. Joe "Pete" Peterson

Submarine Command LCDR Ken White

1952 Boots Malone Boots Malone

The Turning Point Jerry McKibbon

1953 Stalag 17 Sgt. J.J. Sefton Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

The Moon Is Blue Donald Gresham

Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach Tourist Uncredited

Forever Female Stanley Krown

Escape from Fort Bravo Capt. Roper

1954 Executive Suite McDonald Walling Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Award for Ensemble Acting

Sabrina David Larrabee

The Bridges at Toko-Ri LT Harry Brubaker, USNR

The Country Girl Bernie Dodd

1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Mark Elliott

Picnic Hal Carter Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor

1956 The Proud and Profane Lt. Col. Colin Black

Toward the Unknown Maj. Lincoln Bond

1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai Cmdr. Shears

1958 The Key Capt. David Ross

1959 The Horse Soldiers Major Henry Kendall

1960 The World of Suzie Wong Robert Lomax Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance

1962 Satan Never Sleeps Father O'Banion

The Counterfeit Traitor Eric Erickson

The Lion Robert Hayward

1964 Paris When It Sizzles Richard Benson / Rick

The 7th Dawn Major Ferris

1966 Alvarez Kelly Alvarez Kelly

1967 Casino Royale Ransome

1968 The Devil's Brigade Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick

1969 The Wild Bunch Pike Bishop

The Christmas Tree Laurent Ségur

1971 Wild Rovers Ross Bodine

1972 The Revengers John Benedict

1973 Breezy Frank Harmon

1974 Open Season Hal Wolkowski

The Towering Inferno Jim Duncan

1976 Network Max Schumacher Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

1978 Fedora Barry "Dutch" Detweiler

Damien: Omen II Richard Thorn

1979 Escape to Athena Prisoner smoking a cigar in prison camp Uncredited

Ashanti Jim Sandell

1980 When Time Ran Out Shelby Gilmore

The Earthling Patrick Foley

1981 S.O.B. Tim Culley (final film role)

Box office ranking[edit]

With Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
in Sabrina (1954)

For a number of years exhibitors voted Holden among the most popular stars in the country:

1954 – 7th (US) 1955 – 4th (US) 1956 – 1st (US) 1957 – 7th (US) 1958 – 6th (US), 6th (UK) 1959 – 12th (US) 1960 – 14th (US) 1961 – 8th (US) 1962 – 15th (US)

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1955 Lux Video Theatre Intermission Guest episode: Love Letters

I Love Lucy Himself episode: Hollywood at Last

1956 The Jack Benny Program Himself episode: William Holden/Frances Bergen Show

1973 The Blue Knight Bumper Morgan Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

1976 21 Hours at Munich Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber

Radio performances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1946 Lux Radio Theatre Miss Susie Slagle's[50]

1952 Lux Radio Theatre Submarine Command[51]

1952 Hollywood Star Playhouse The Joyful Beggar[51]

1953 Lux Radio Theatre Appointment with Danger[52]

1953 Lux Summer Theatre High Tor[53]

References[edit] Notes

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David Niven
Plays an Unruffled 'Raffles' at the Roxy --Strand Shows 'Invisible Stripes'--New Pix Film - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ Capua 2010, pp. 16–17. ^ Capua 2010, pp. 54–55. ^ Monush, Barry. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors, Applause (2003) pp. 335-336 ^ a b c Chandler, Charlotte. Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder: a Personal Biography, Simon & Schuster (2002) p. 147 ^ "Movie Review - - Screen: Crosby Acts in 'Country Girl'; Film Based on Odets Drama Makes Bow - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ "Movie Review - - The Screen in Review; 'Bridges at Toko-ri' Is Fine Film of War - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ "The Summer of Picninc" (PDF). kshs.org. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ Woo, Elaine (11 November 2012). "Han Suyin dies at 95; wrote 'Many-Splendored Thing'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ "13 Fascinating Facts About 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'". Mental Floss. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". www.afi.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ Longley York, Neil (May 29, 2001). Fiction as Fact: "The Horse Soldiers" and Popular Memory. The Kent State University Press. p. 82. ISBN 978-0873386883. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ " Forever Female
Forever Female
(1954) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ "30 Days, 30 Classics – Day 17: Sabrina (1954) starring Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
William Holden
and Humphrey Bogart". Writer Loves Movies. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ Capua 2010, p. 78 ^ Capua 2010 p. 79 ^ Capua 2010 p. 77 ^ Capua 2010 p. 82 ^ ""I Love Lucy" Friday: When Lucy comes face-to-face with William Holden at the Brown Derby". greginhollywood.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ Capua 2010, pp. 135–36, 141. ^ "Nominations Search". Television Academy. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ "'Breezy' (1973): Clint Eastwood's little-known romance". The Same Cinema Every Night. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ Ebert, Roger. " The Towering Inferno Movie Review (1974) Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ Ebert, Roger. "Network Movie Review & Film Summary (1976) Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ "Movie Review - - A FINAL JOURNEY IN 'EARTHLING' - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.  ^ " William Holden
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Wildlife Education Center" website, Mount Kenya Wilderness Conservancy, 2015; retrieved January 24, 2015. ^ "WHWF History." William Holden
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Capua, Michelangelo (2010) William Holden: A Biography. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-4440-3. Gaines, Virginia Holden and Prcic, Mike (2007) Growing Up with William Holden: A Memoir. Newark, Notts, UK: Strategems. ISBN 978-0-9741304-5-3. Heymann, C. David (2009) Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4001-6422-6. Phillips, Gene D. (2010) Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2570-1. Quirk, Lawrence J. (1986) The Complete Films of William Holden. Sacramento, California: Citadel Press. ISBN 978-0-8065-0998-3. Quirk, Lawrence J. (1973) The Films of William Holden. Sacramento, California: Citadel Press. ISBN 978-0-8065-0375-2. Strodder, Chris (2000) Swingin' Chicks Of the Sixties. San Rafael, California: Cedco Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-7683-2232-3. Thomas, Bob (1983) Golden Boy: The Untold Story of William Holden. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-33697-4.

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Awards for William Holden

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Academy Award for Best Actor


Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
(1928) Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter
(1929) George Arliss
George Arliss
(1930) Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
(1931) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(1932) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1933) Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(1934) Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
(1935) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1936) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1937) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1938) Robert Donat
Robert Donat
(1939) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1940) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1941) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer


Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) William Holden
William Holden
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott1 (1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando1 (1972) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson


Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe


Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman

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Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
(1955) Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1956) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1957) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1958) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1959) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1960) Maurice Evans (1961) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1962) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
(1963) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1964) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1965) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1966) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1967) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1968) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1969) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1970) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1971) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1972) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Anthony Murphy (1973) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1974) William Holden
William Holden
(1974) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1975) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1976) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1976) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1977) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1977) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1978) Michael Moriarty (1978) Peter Strauss (1979) Powers Boothe
Powers Boothe
(1980) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1983) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1984) Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
(1985) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1986) James Woods
James Woods
(1987) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1988) James Woods
James Woods
(1989) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1990) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1991) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1992) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1993) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1994) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Armand Assante
Armand Assante
(1997) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1998) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1999) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(2000) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2003) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2004) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2005) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(2006) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2014) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2015) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

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