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Earl Holliman – MovieActors.com

Earl Holliman Acting Review

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Holliman in THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER.

About Earl Holliman (1928 – )

Earl Holliman was born on September 11, 1928 in Delhi, Richland Parish, Louisiana. Since his father had died 6 months before he was born, and his mother was living in poverty with a few other children, his mother gave Earl to the parish orphanage to be adopted, and have a better life. He was adopted in just one week after he was born, to an oil field worker, Henry Holliman and his wife.

Sometimes Earl Holliman is credited as Henry Earl Holliman.

Henry and his wife gave Earl a loving home in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Earl grew up happy and content. All was well until his adoptive father died when Earl was thirteen. Taking what money he had earned working, Earl hitch-hiked to Los Angeles to find work. When he couldn't find work, Earl came back home to his adopted mother.

When his mother remarried, Earl didn't like his new step father, so he lied about his age, and joined the United States Navy, during World War 2. He was assigned to the Navy Communications School in Los Angeles. Earl became interested in acting, after getting to talk to the Hollywood actors and actresses who came by to talk to the soldiers who hung around The Hollywood Canteen.

The Navy eventually figured out what his true age was, and discharged him about a year later. Earl went back to his mother and step father, and finished high school. When he was old enough, Earl rejoined the Navy, and was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, where he was cast in several lead roles in various Norfolk Navy Theater productions

Earl Holliman had a fine career, portraying manly men, in westerns, war films, comedies, and cop shows in films and on television, which he preferred after his film career slowed down. When something changed, and it stoped working for him, Earl just followed the pattern of his youth; go do something else to get what you want.

In the 50s, while studying at UCLA and the Pasadena Playhouse, Earl Holliman earned his break in the 1953 Martin/Lewis comedy, SCARED STIFF.

During the 1950s', Earl was cast in a string of grade A films, holding his own with experienced actors and actresses, such as Spenser Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and John Wayne. Some of the films that built his career are BROKEN LANCE;(1954), GIANT;(1956), RAINMAKER;(1956) AND GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL;(1957).

Earl Holliman won a Golden Globe for his performance as a the girl-crazy brother in THE RAINMAKER; (1956).

In 1960, Earl was cast in another Jerry Lewis classic, VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET.

In 1961, Earl got a part in the film, SUMMER AND SMOKE, which starred Geraldine Page and Lawrence Harvey.

In 1965, Earl landed a role as one of Katie Elder's sons, in the film, THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER, a John Wayne/Dean Martin classic. The entire case shared an award; A BRONZE WRANGLER that was a Western Heritage Award.

In the 1960s', Earl turned to television to find a better market for his acting career. Earl co-starred with Andrew Prine on the TV show, called WILD COUNTRY;(1962-1963), which had 28 episodes.

Earl had good exposure by appearing in several episodes of the TV series such as THE FBI;(1966-1973), GUNSMOKE;(1969-1973),WALT DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR;(1970-1973), as well as other shows, which kept him busy and out of trouble.
Until he retired in 2000, Earl continued to enjoy being on episodes of TV series.

Earl Holliman excelled as the macho partner to sexy Angie Dickinson, in the hit TV series, POLICE WOMAN;(1974), that had a four year run;(1974-1978).

In July of 1977, Earl Holliman won a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; 6901 Hollywood Blvd.

Earl Holliman was nominated for a Golden Globe, in 1993, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in his TV series, DELTA;(1992-1993).

Earl had a reoccuring role in the 1997-1999 TV series, NIGHTMAN.

Holliman operated the Fiesta Dinner Theatre for many years in San Antonio, Texas.

Earl Holliman's notable Film, Mini-Series, and TV Movie Credits include...

THE PERFECT TENANT (2000)
GUNSMOKE:RETURN TO DODGE (TV MOVIE - 1987)
AMERICAN HARVEST (TV MOVIE - 1987)
SHATTERED IF YOUR KID'S ON DRUGS (TV MOVIE - 1986)
THE THORNBIRDS (TV Mini-Series 1983)
COUNTRY GOLD (TV MOVIE - 1982)
SHARKY'S MACHINE (1981)
GOOD LUCK, MISS WYCKOFF (1979)
THE SOLITARY MAN (TV MOVIE - 1979)
I LOVE YOU GOODBYE (TV MOVIE - 1974)
CANNON (TV MOVIE - 1971)
TRIBES (TV MOVIE - 1970)
SMOKE (TV Movie - 1970)
ANZIO (1968)
THE POWER (1968)
A CONVENANT WITH DEATH (1967)
THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (1965)
HOTEL DE PAREE (1959)
LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (1959)
DON'T GO NEWA THE WATER (1957)
FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
DESTINATION GOBI (1953)

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Earl Holliman in THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (1965).