William is mentioned in the Seinfeld episode "The Good Samaritian." He is described as being what George thinks having an affair with a married woman would be like.
Rumoured to have had affairs with both Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Reportedy the first actor to ever make one million dollars for a movie for the film The Bridge Over the River Kwai.
Co-owned the Malwingo Hotel with Ray Ryan and and Carl Hirschmann. They renamed it the Mount Kenya Safari Club to draw tourists and celebrities to visit Kenya,Africa.
In 1995 voted #57 on Empire magazine's list of the 100 Sexiest Stars of film history.
Served as vice president of the Screen Actors Guild.
Was a well known Republician, but never voted. Was friends with Ronald Reagan and was Reagan's best man when he wed Nancy Davis in 1952.
Had a long relationship with actress Stefanie Powers from Hart to Hart beginning in 1974.
He was awarded the Golden Apple Award as the most cooperative male movie star in 1951 and 1955 by the The Hollywood Women's Press Club.
Rarely used obscene language,especially when women were present.
In 1974 Holden won an Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series for the 1973 TV Movie "The Blue Knight".
After death he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Was a well known alcoholic for most of his life and died from injuries sustained from a fall because he was too inebriated to reach a phone to call for help after a head injury.
He reportedly would shower up to four times a day.
Married to Brenda Marshall (real name Ardis Ankerson Gaines) from July 1941 to 1973.
Filmed an expedition to Somalia in 1969 called William Holden: Unconquered Worlds. that was to be shown on CBS. A revolution in Somalia forced the filmaker to leave and the project was cancelled.
William Holden has the record for the shortest Oscar speech in history. When he won for the film Stalag 17 his acceptance speech was simply, "Thank You."
In 1995 Holden was #57 on Empire magazine's 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.
William(regarding his love scenes in the movie Network): I believe lovemaking is a private thing, and I don't enjoy depictions of it on the screen. But I have to go by what the audience accepts as normalcy in today's world. And Network is no Deep Throat.
William: Every day in Africa might be your last. That sense of anticipation keeps you thrillingly alive!
William: There's two things that happen to you when you come to Kenya. You can regenerate yourself here, and you can reconstitute yourself.
William: Being voted the most cooperative actor is strange, inasmuch as I've been away from Holloywood for nine months of the last year. Maybe I'd rate better if I stayed away all the time.
William (about the play Stalag 17): I walked out after the first act. I just didn't find it very exiting. And I thought Sefton was just a con man without any motivation for the deals he's pulling.