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Earl Holliman

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Henry Earl Holliman is an actor. He is well known for his many character roles in films, mostly westerns and dramas, in the 1950s and 1960s, winning a Golden Globe Award for the 1956 film The Rainmaker. He also portrayed the role of Police Sergeant Bill Crowley on the television police drama Police Woman throughout its 1974–1978 run.

Holliman first appeared, uncredited, in the 1952 Western Pony Soldier followed by five 1953 films. His credits include: The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), The Big Combo (1955), I Died a Thousand Times (1955) Forbidden Planet (1956), Giant (1956), The Rainmaker (1956) (for which he was chosen over Elvis Presley for the role of Jim Curry and went on too win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Last Train from Gun Hill (1959), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Anzio (1968) and Sharky's Machine (1981).

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Henry Earl Holliman is an actor. He is well known for his many character roles in films, mostly westerns and dramas, in the 1950s and 1960s, winning a Golden Globe Award for the 1956 film The Rainmaker. He also portrayed the role of Police Sergeant Bill Crowley on the television police drama Police Woman throughout its 1974–1978 run.

Holliman first appeared, uncredited, in the 1952 Western Pony Soldier followed by five 1953 films. His credits include: The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), The Big Combo (1955), I Died a Thousand Times (1955) Forbidden Planet (1956), Giant (1956), The Rainmaker (1956) (for which he was chosen over Elvis Presley for the role of Jim Curry and went on too win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Last Train from Gun Hill (1959), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Anzio (1968) and Sharky's Machine (1981).

Holliman played a doomed helicopter crewman in the William Holden war drama The Bridges at Toko-Ri and a gangster's double-crossed thug in The Big Combo. He co-starred with Jack Palance in the crime drama I Died a Thousand Times, a remake of High Sierra. In his award-winning performance opposite Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster in The Rainmaker, he played a rancher's timid son who finally must defy his father to gain self-respect.

He was the soft-spoken son-in-law of a rancher (Rock Hudson) in the epic western saga Giant. Holliman would play many roles set in the American west. He was Wyatt Earp's deputy in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, co-starring Lancaster and Douglas, and a sniveling coward guilty of murdering and raping the wife of a lawman (Kirk Douglas) in Last Train from Gun Hill. He played a drunken deputy sheriff whose brother Richard Widmark returns to town in a modern-day western, The Trap, and the brother of John Wayne and Dean Martin, out to avenge their murdered father, in a traditional western, The Sons of Katie Elder

 

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