As usual, the best movie roles in Hollywood are reserved for the best actors available. This means that when an actor like Elvis Presley showed an interest in a role, he would most likely get it. That was not the case, however, for the role of Jim Curry in The Rainmaker (1956), which actor Earl Holliman beat him to. By the time things unfolded, Holliman received rave reviews and an award for his other performances, becoming a mainstay of the Hollywood theater scene for decades to come.
Join us as we examine different aspects of his career. how it started, his earnings, love life and sexual orientation and what he is currently up to.
On September 11, 1928, in Delhi, Louisiana, Earl Holliman was born to a widowed mother who gave him up for adoption at birth. Barely a week old, the baby was adopted by Velma and Henry Holliman, who named him Henry Earl Holliman. His adoptive mother, Velma, is said to be a homemaker, while his adoptive father was an oilfield worker.
Holliman had a normal childhood until his adoptive father died at the age of 13. Around the same time, he got a job as an usher at a movie theater, which saved him money to move to Hollywood and pursue his career in show business. Unfortunately for him, he failed to break into the film industry, which prompted him to return home.
Back in Louisiana, Earl Holliman used a forged to be drafted into the United States Navy, then heavily invested in World War II. Luckily for him, he was assigned to a Navy communications school in Los Angeles, which allowed him to meet Hollywood stars who showed their support for members of the armed forces. Holliman’s stint in the Navy lasted a year before it was discovered that he had lied about his age. The Navy therefore has no choice but to send him back, which leaves him the possibility of returning to Louisiana to complete his secondary studies.
Holliman attended Oil City High School in OilCity, Louisiana while working in oil fields to earn extra money. After graduating in 1946, he chose to re-enroll in the Navy instead of attending Louisiana State University, which had offered him a scholarship. During his second stint in service, he made sure to pursue his long-held ambition of becoming an actor by appearing in numerous naval theater productions.
When he finally finished his service with the Navy, Holliman enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse, as well as the University of California, Los Angeles, to study acting, before debuting in uncredited roles in the early 1950s. In the mid-1950s, Earl Holliman began to get credits for his performances, drawing audiences in films like The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), I’ve Died a Thousand Times (1955), The Great Combo ( 1955), Forbidden Planet (1956), Fight at the OK Corral (1957), Last Train from Gun Hill (1959), Visit a Small Planet (1960), and The Sons of Katie Elder(1965), the rest having become history.
Earl Holliman has an estimated net worth of $5million. The actor, who won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in The Rainmaker (1956), made his fortune from his career in front of the camera, which spanned almost five decades.
Earl Holliman has no family to report as he never married or had any children. As mentioned above, the veteran actor was given up for adoption by his birth mother who couldn’t afford to raise him with her other children following the death of his father six months before he was born. The identity of his biological siblings is therefore not known and it is not clear whether his adoptive parents had any children.
Is Earl Holliman gay?
It is unclear whether Earl Holliman is gay or not, as the actor has never been involved in any notable relationship, whether straight or gay. But as has always been the case with all famous people who don’t seem to have found a life partner of the opposite sex, Holliman was reportedly attracted to a member of his sex. the Giant (1956), the actor never confirmed or denied the allegations, however, which left room for even more speculation about his sexual preferences.
Is he dead?
At a time when every other celebrity has been declared dead by the internet, veteran actors like Earl Holliman, who have all but retired and are rarely seen in public, have become perfect candidates for these death prank stories. Regardless of the story you may have heard about his death online, Holliman is still alive and well. This can be proven by his recent appearance in documentaries; Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) and Journey to Royal (2019).