The two starred in the films The Lion (1962) and The 7th Dawn (1964). In 1974 Holden won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his portrayal of a cynical tough veteran LAPD street cop in the television film The Blue Knight based upon the best-selling Joseph Wambaugh novel of the same name. This combined with his alleged alcoholism made the situation challenging for film production.
William Holden (April 17 1918 – November 12 1981) was an American actor. Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in Stalag 17 and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the 1973 television film The Blue Knight. Holden starred in some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time including such blockbusters as Sunset Boulevard The Bridge on the River Kwai The Wild Bunch The Towering Inferno and Network.