William Holden, Hollywood’s “Golden Boy,” wore his boy-next-door label proudly before maturing into a leading man repeatedly at the top of the box office throughout the 1950s. Holden’s earnestness melted away under the artful direction of Billy Wilder in the actor’s most notable films: 1950’s Sunset Blvd. and 1953’s Stalag 17. Holden gave up the romantic leads that made him famous in the 1940s for parts that better matched his advancing age and growing cynicism. He continued to land blockbusters like The Wild Bunch and Towering Inferno and enjoyed a greater range of roles than he had even in his golden days.