Judd Holdren
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Judd Holdren
Judd Holdren
Holdren in 1950
Born(1915-10-16)October 16, 1915
DiedMarch 11, 1974(1974-03-11) (aged 58)

Judd Clifton Holdren (October 16, 1915 - March 11, 1974) was an American film actor best known for his starring roles in the serials Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (1951), Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), The Lost Planet (1953), and the semi-serial Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953). He committed suicide in 1974.

Early life

He was born near Villisca, Iowa, the fifth of 10 children in a farming family, and showed early interest in an acting career. He dropped out of high school to travel to Omaha, Nebraska, where he studied at the Omaha Playhouse.

During World War II, he served in the United States Coast Guard on the USS General H. B. Freeman (AP-143), then moved to Hollywood. His first regular employment there was as a male model.


Most of his early film parts were uncredited bits, including All the King's Men (1949) and Francis the Talking Mule (1950). However, he got lead roles in Purple Heart Diary (1951) co-starring Frances Langford, and Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (1951) the serial version of the adventures of Captain Video, becoming the third actor (after Richard Coogan and Al Hodge) to assume the role of the heroic Captain. Holdren portrayed Aramis in the Three Musketeers adventure film Lady in the Iron Mask (1952) starring Louis Hayward as D'Artagnan and Patricia Medina in the titular role. After The Lost Planet (1953), Holdren tried to maintain a foothold in feature films and TV, but with limited success.

He appeared in a number of ongoing TV series, such as Dragnet and The Lone Ranger, but usually in bit parts, often uncredited. His last significant film appearances were in very minor roles in feature films like Jeanne Eagels (1957), Ice Palace (1960), and The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960). The rapidity of his descent is indicated by the fact that in Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953) he plays the lead role and Richard Crane plays his (semi-comical) sidekick, whereas in the TV series Rocky Jones Space Ranger (1953-54) Richard Crane plays the lead role and Holdren has a walk-on part in two episodes as "Ranger Higgins".

After 1960, Holdren became a full-time insurance salesman. During his Hollywood years, he was seen in public as the escort of many different Hollywood beauties, but he never married.


Holdren committed suicide on March 11, 1974, by a gunshot to the head.

He is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.


Year Title Role Notes
1949 All the King's Men Politician Uncredited
1950 Francis First Ambulance Man Uncredited
1950 Rocketship X-M Reporter #3 Uncredited
1950 Lonely Heart Bandits Trooper Uncredited
1950 Frisco Tornado Henchman Uncredited
1950 Revenue Agent Squad Car Officer Uncredited
1950 Mystery Submarine Wireless Operator Uncredited
1951 The Lady Pays Off Face
1951 Purple Heart Diary Lt. Mike McCormick
1951 Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere Captain Video Serial
1952 Gold Fever Jud Jerson
1952 Lady in the Iron Mask Aramis
1952 Zombies of the Stratosphere Larry Martin
1953 The Lost Planet Rex Barrow Serial
1954 This Is My Love Doctor Raines
1957 Spoilers of the Forest Mr. Peyton Uncredited
1957 Jeanne Eagels Young Actor on Equity Board Uncredited
1957 The Amazing Colossal Man Robert Allen Uncredited
1958 Space Master X-7 First Officer Jared Uncredited
1958 The Buccaneer Maj. Reed
1958 The Power of the Resurrection Temple Officer
1959 The FBI Story Party Guest Uncredited
1960 Ice Palace Muriel's Escort Uncredited
1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Haberdashery Clerk Uncredited
1963 Critic's Choice 2nd Opponent Uncredited, (final film role)

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