About William Holden: An Untamed Spirit
William Holden was the rare actor who bridged the classic and contemporary eras in American film. He got his start as a 21-year-old heartthrob in formulaic studio fare like the boxing drama Golden Boy in 1939. By the 1950s, he was headlining a new generation of frank, socially aware films like Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard and Stalag 17 (which earned him an Oscar in 1954).
Dalliances with iconic co-stars Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly complicated his marriage, and a drinking problem threatened his livelihood in the 1960s. Still, Holden roared back with memorable late-career hits like The Wild Bunch and Network, earning his third Oscar nomination in 1977. But his battle with the bottle would be his final fight.
This documentary includes interviews with co-stars and family members as well as movie clips, screen tests, and rare behind the scenes footage.
Notable guest stars: Ernest Borgnine, Cliff Robertson, Rick Schroder, Stephanie Powers, Nancy Olson, Patricia Morison, A.C. Lyles, Scott Holden, James Bacon
Produced and directed by Patty Ivins