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William Holden in Sunset Boulevard

William Holden (1918 - 1981)

Film Deaths[]

  • Texas (1941) [Dan Thomas]: Shot to death in a shoot-out with Edgar Buchanan.
  • Blaze of Noon (1947) [Colin McDonald]: Killed in a plane crash. (Thanks to Lorraine)
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950) [Joe Gillis]: Shot in the back and stomach by Gloria Swanson by her swimming pool; his body is shown floating in the pool at the beginning of the movie, and the rest of the movie proceeds in flashback leading up to his murder (with William narrating much of the film from beyond the grave).
  • The Turning Point (1952) [Jerry McKibbon]: Shot to death by Neville Brand. (Thanks to Lorraine)
  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) [Lt. Harry Brubaker]: After witnessing Mickey Rooney getting blown up from a grenade. Holden makes a run to it from Korean Soldiers until he is shot in the side. He tries to get his Pistol but is shot multiple times in the chest.
  • Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) [Mark Eliott]: Killed when a Korean fighter drops a bomb that slides down in the shelter he is in with other Soldiers. (Thanks to Lorraine)
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) [Shears]: Shot by Japanese soldiers while crossing the river; he dies shortly after confronting Alec Guinness. (Thanks to Lorraine and Michael)
  • Paris When It Sizzles (1964) [Richard Benson/Rick]: 'Dies' in two imagined script stories (shown when he and Audrey Hepburn are discussing it) (1): Shot down in a warplane by Audrey. (2): Shot repeatedly by Tony Curtis when he's trying to aboard a plane, dying at Audrey's side. His character "Richard Benson" survives.
  • Casino Royale (1967) [Ransome]: Killed in an explosion (with about everyone else in the Casino), when Woody Allen explodes. (Played for comic effect).
  • The Wild Bunch (1969) [Pike Bishop]: Shot to death, along with Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson, and Warren Oates, in the final shoot-out with Mexican soldiers. (Thanks to Michael)
  • Wild Rovers (1971) [Ross Bodine]: Shot to death by Joe Don Baker. (Thanks to Lorraine and Michael)
  • Damien: Omen II (1978) [Richard Thorn]: Stabbed in the chest with two ceremonial daggers by Lee Grant in the museum. (Thanks to Robert)
  • Ashanti (1979) [Jim Sandell]: Killed in a helicopter crash after being shot by Peter Ustinov. (Thanks to Barnaba)
  • The Earthling (1980) [Patrick Foley]: Dies (off-screen) of cancer; his body is buried by Rick Schroeder afterwards. (Thanks to Lorraine and Michael)

TV Deaths[]

None known.

Notable Connections[]

  • Ex-Mr. Brenda Marshall