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American leading man William Holden (April 17, 1918 - November 12, 1981) was born William Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois. His mother was a teacher, and his father was an industrial chemist. His family moved to South Pasadena, California when he was three. He was discovered by a Paramount Pictures talent scout in 1937 while he was appearing in a play in a local production. In 1966, he killed a man in Italy in a drunk driving accident ad got a suspended sentence. He kept a home in Switzerland and was a partner in an animal preserve in Africa. According to his autopsy, he was alone and drunk in his apartment when he tripped on a rug and bled to death from a head wound.



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