Despite how great he was in complex dramatic roles, Mr. Holden also was more than capable in comedic roles. While I don't generally lean to comedy, I do enjoy several of Holden's comedy films, and the episode of I Love Lucy in which he guest stars is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I have watched it numerous times and never tire of it.
My absolute favorite of Mr. Holden's films also happens to be one of my top 5 favorite movies period---Sunset Boulevard. Nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his work in Sunset Boulevard, this incredibly talented actor gave perhaps the best performance of his career in that film. Now to be honest, I think he gave terrific performances in nearly all of his roles---including Stalag 17, the film for which he did receive his Oscar---however, I really believe Sunset Boulevard was the performance of his career and that he ought to have won that year. That film, which comes in at #4 on my all-time favorite movie list, is reviewed HERE.
Rounding out my list of five favorite William Holden films are:
2. Stalag 17 (Mr. Holden's Academy Award winning role---reviewed HERE)
3. Sabrina (with Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn---reviewed HERE)
4. Bridges at Toko-Ri (with Grace Kelly and Fredric March---reviewed HERE)
5. Born Yesterday (with Judy Holliday and Broderick Crawford---reviewed HERE)
Incidentally, all five of these are 5-star films for me. I have a couple other 5-star Holden films, so I had to think long and hard before deciding which ones to include here and which ones to put a bit further down the list.
So, Mr. William Holden, here's to you on your 94th birthday. You were a truly brilliant actor, and I completely adore you. You will always be one of my #1 guys. Thanks for bringing so much viewing pleasure to my life with all your wonderful films.