Earl Holliman Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Movies, Songs and Net Worth.

Earl Holliman Biography

Earl Holliman (born Henry Earl Holliman) is an American actor, animal-rights activist, and singer known for his many character roles in films, mostly Westerns and dramas, in the 1950s and 1960s. He won a Golden Globe Award for the film The Rainmaker (1956) and portrayed Sergeant Bill Crowley on the television police drama Police Woman throughout its 1974–1978 run.

Earl Holliman Age

Holliman is 93 years old as of 2021, he was born on September 11, 1928, in Delhi, Louisiana, United States. He celebrates his birthday on September 11 every year and his birth sign is Virgo.

Earl Holliman Height and Weight

Holliman stands at an average height. He appears to be quite tall in stature if his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We will update this section when the information is available.

Earl Holliman Education

Holliman returned home, washed dishes at various restaurants in his spare time, and after attending Louisiana Avenue, Fair Park, and Byrd High Schools in Shreveport, completed his public education at Oil City High School in Oil City, Louisiana, graduating with high honors in 1946; while a student there, he also played right tackle on the school football team and served as senior class president.

He re-enlisted in the Navy after turning down a scholarship to Louisiana State University and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He was cast as the lead in numerous Norfolk Navy Theatre shows because he was interested in acting.

Holliman studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse after leaving the Navy for good. He also received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Holliman supplemented his income while studying acting at both the Playhouse and UCLA by working as a file clerk for Blue Cross (later known as Blue Cross Blue Shield Association) and at North American Aviation, which built airplanes.

Earl Holliman Family, Parents, and Siblings

Earl Holliman was born in Delhi, Richland Parish, in northeastern Louisiana, on September 11, 1928. Holliman’s biological father, farmer William A. Frost, died seven months before his birth. His original mother, Mary Frost Smith, who lived in poverty with several other children, put him up for adoption at birth, while her other children were placed in orphanages until Mary was able to take them all back, which she did.

Earl was the seventh of ten children in all, and he was able to reconnect and form ties with them later in life. Henry Holliman, an oil-field worker, and his wife, Velma, a waitress, adopted him a week after his birth and gave him the name Henry Earl Holliman.

Although Earl Holliman’s background and family history are deeply rooted in Louisiana, he and his family spent time in Kerrville, Texas, as well as areas of Arkansas throughout his adolescence ( which he was once to state made him a “red-blooded Ark-La-Texan”).

Holliman’s childhood was normal until his father died when he was 13 years old. Earl attributed his parents’ love and encouragement to him growing up as their only child, as well as enabling him to look within himself to uncover his self-confidence in turning his ideas into reality.

Earl Holliman Girlfriend, Wife, and Children

Holliman has never been married and has no children.

Earl Holliman Salary

Details about Holliman’s salary are not yet disclosed. However, information about how much he makes will be updated as soon as it is available.

Earl Holliman Net Worth

Holliman’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million. This includes his assets, money and income. His primary source of income is his career as an actor, animal-rights activist, and singer. Through his various sources of income, Holliman has been able to accumulate a good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.

Earl Holliman Measurements and Facts

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about Earl Holliman.

Earl Holliman Wiki

  • Full Names: Henry Earl Holliman
  • Popular As: Holliman
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation / Profession: Actor, animal-rights activist, and singer
  • Nationality: American
  • Race / Ethnicity: White
  • Religion: Not Known
  • Sexual Orientation: Not Known

Earl Holliman Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 93 (2021)
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • Date of Birth: September 11, 1928
  • Place of Birth: Delhi, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Birthday: September 11th

Earl Holliman Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: Not Available
  • Height / How Tall?: Not Known
  • Weight: Not Known
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Shoe Size: Not Available
  • Chest Size: Not Available
  • Waist Size: Not Available
  • Biceps Size: Not Available

Earl Holliman Family and Relationship

  • Father (Dad): William A. Frost
  • Mother: Mary Frost Smith
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Not Known
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Wife/Spouse or Husband/Spouse: None
  • Dating / Girlfriend or Dating / Boyfriend: None
  • Children: None

Earl Holliman Net Worth and Salary

  • Net Worth: $1 million and $5 million
  • Salary: Under Review
  • Source of Income: Actor, animal-rights activist, and singer

Earl Holliman Career


Holliman entered the Paramount lot while visiting the Pasadena Playhouse, pretending he had an appointment with a studio barber. He eventually made friends with studio execs.

Holliman made his film debut in Scared Stiff, playing a minor role opposite Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (1953). He was then cast as a marine in The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953), for which he required a G.I. haircut.

Finally, he went to the barbershop, where he got a haircut (and bangs) that altered his life. After gaining recognition in his image as a result of a hairdo change, he followed up with three more pictures in 1953.

His many credits include: Broken Lance (1954), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), The Big Combo (1955), I Died a Thousand Times (1955), Forbidden Planet (1956), Giant (1956), The Rainmaker (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Don’t Go Near the Water (1957), Hot Spell (1958), The Trap (1959), Last Train from Gun Hill (1959), Visit to a Small Planet (1960), Armored Command (1961), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Anzio (1968), The Desperate Mission (1969), Smoke (1970), The Biscuit Eater (1972), The Solitary Man (1979), Sharky’s Machine (1981) and Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987).

In the William Holden war film The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Holliman played a doomed helicopter crewman, and in The Big Combo, he played a gangster’s double-crossed thug. He co-starred in the murder drama I Died a Thousand Times (1955), a remake of High Sierra, alongside Jack Palance.

He earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his performance in The Rainmaker (1956), opposite Katharine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, as a rancher’s timid son who must eventually challenge his brother to gain self-respect; he was cast in the part instead of Elvis Presley.

His role in Rainmaker brought him such praise that columnist Louella Parsons cited him being “as dedicated as though he were Marlon Brando and Anthony Perkins combined”. In the epic Western saga Giant, he played the soft-spoken son-in-law of a rancher (Rock Hudson). Holliman would go on to play a number of parts set in the American West.

He played Wyatt Earp’s deputy in Gunfight at the OK Corral, alongside Lancaster and Douglas, and a sniveling coward accused of murdering and raping a lawman’s wife (Kirk Douglas) in Last Train from Gun Hill.

In a modern-day Western, The Trap (1959), he played a drunken deputy sheriff whose brother Richard Widmark returns to town, while in a traditional Western, The Sons of Katie Elder, he played the brother of John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Michael Anderson Jr. out to avenge their slain father. He portrayed a corrupt Atlanta politician in the crime drama, Sharky’s Machine, directed by, and starring, Burt Reynolds.


Holliman rose to prominence on television as Sundance in CBS’s Hotel de Paree, co-starring with Jeanette Nolan, from 1959 to 1960, and as Mitch Guthrie in NBC’s Wide Country, a drama about modern rodeo performers that aired for 28 episodes between 1962 and 1963.

He also had the distinction of appearing in the first episode of CBS’s The Twilight Zone, titled “Where Is Everyone?” which aired on October 2, 1959, the same night as Hotel de Paree’s premiere. In 1962, Claude Akins and appeared as bickering brothers in the episode “The Stubborn Stumbos” of Marilyn Maxwell’s ABC drama series Bus Stop.

In 1965, he appeared as Lt. Steiger on 12 O’Clock High, a pilot who learns to enjoy life after being assigned a perilous assignment and winning the lottery. Holliman appeared as a guest star on Wayne Maunder’s ABC military–western series Custer in 1967.

Holliman co-starred with Darren McGavin and Jan-Michael Vincent in the 1970 TV movie Tribes as the antagonist Master Sergeant Frank DePayster.

Holliman had two cameos in the Western comedy series Alias Smith and Jones, starring Pete Duel (né Deuel) and Ben Murphy, in 1970 and 1971. In the Police Woman series, he played Sergeant Bill Crowley opposite Angie Dickinson from 1974 until 1978.

He played the police department boss of undercover cop Pepper Anderson in all 91 episodes of the successful series (which he subsequently said transformed his life).

On August 2, 1977, he took part in The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast comedy roast of co-star Dickinson. Holliman continued to appear in guest parts on television from the 1970s until the 1990s.

He co-starred in the CBS film Country Gold (a made-for-television adaptation of All About Eve), which was shot on location in Nashville, Tennessee, and starred Loni Anderson, Linda Hamilton, and Cooper Huckabee.

He was also a regular celebrity panelist on The Hollywood Squares, where he was known for his ability to fool contestants with convincing bluff responses. During this time, he was most known for his performance in the blockbuster miniseries The Thorn Birds, which he co-starred in with Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward.

He also appeared as Jake Flagg in the Gunsmoke reunion film Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge in 1987, after appearing three times on the Gunsmoke TV series with James Arness between 1969 and 1973. Between 1983 and 1991, he appeared on the $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramid game programs as a celebrity.

Holliman appeared as a guest star on Murder, She Wrote in the season seven episode “Who Killed JB Fletcher?” and the season ten episode “Roadkill” in 1991 and 1994, respectively.

From September 15, 1991, to January 4, 1992, he played Detective Matthew Durning on the CBS sitcom P.S. I Luv U (a role he got because of his prominence in Police Woman two decades earlier), and after the series ended, he appeared as a special guest in the season-six episode of In the Heat of the Night entitled “Last Rights,” portraying Dr. Lambert, a man who had been a prime suspect in a string of mercy killings.

In 1996, he appeared as Milton in the sixth season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers’ episode “Never the Twain Shall Meet.” Later in his career, Holliman appeared in three episodes of Caroline in the City as Fred Duffy, the father of the title character Caroline Duffy, and he also acted in the 1997–99 television series Night Man as Frank Dominus, a disgraced former police officer and the father of the main character.


From 1958 to 1963, Holliman found a brief, yet successful, a career as a singer, and had a record deal with such notable recording studios as Capitol Records, Prep, and HiFi.

His songs included: “A Teenager Sings the Blues”, “Nobody Knows How I Feel”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “Sittin’ and a Gabbin’”, “If I Could See the World Through the Eyes of a Child”, “La La La Lovable”, “Wanna Kiss You To-Night”, “I’m in the Mood for Love”, “We Found Love”, “Willingly”, “There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight”, and “Road to Nowhere”.

In May 1976, he guest-starred on The John Davidson Show singing a vaudeville-style version of “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” with Davidson, as well as performing his own solo version of The Carpenters track, “Rainy Days and Mondays”.

Frequently Asked Questions About Earl Holliman

Who is Earl Holliman?

Holliman is an American actor, animal-rights activist, and singer known for his many character roles in films, mostly Westerns and dramas, in the 1950s and 1960s. He won a Golden Globe Award for the film The Rainmaker (1956) and portrayed Sergeant Bill Crowley on the television police drama Police Woman throughout its 1974–1978 run.

How old is Earl Holliman?

Holliman is an American national born on September 11, 1928, in Delhi, Louisiana, U.S.

How tall is Earl Holliman?

Holliman stands at an average height, he has not shared his height with the public. His height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.

Is Earl Holliman married?

Holliman has never been married and has no children.

How much is Earl Holliman worth?

Holliman has an approximate net worth of $1 million and $5 million. This amount has been accrued from his leading roles in the entertainment industry. Holliman has not yet revealed his net worth. We will update this section when we get and verify information about the wealth and properties under his name.

How much does Earl Holliman make?

Details about Holliman’s salary are not yet disclosed. However, information about how much he makes will be updated as soon as it is available.

Where does Holliman live?

Because of security reasons, Holliman has not shared his precise location of residence. We will update this information if we get the location and images of his house.

Is Holliman dead or alive?

Holliman is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.

Where is Holliman Now?

Holliman is pursuing his career in entertainment. He is working as a actor, animal-rights activist, and singer.

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