Born Charles John Holt III (1919 – 1973). Tim Holt was the son of actor Jack Holt. After five minor roles, in 1938, at the age of nineteen, Holt had a major role under star Harry Carey in The Law West of Tombstone. It was the first of the many Western films he made during the 1940s. At the same time, his sister, Jennifer Holt, also became a leading star in the Western film genre.
After playing young Lieutenant Blanchard in the 1939 classic Stagecoach, Tim Holt had one of the leading roles in Orson Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He also starred as a Nazi in Hitler's Children (1943).
By the early 1940s, Tim Holt had his own cowboy series at RKO, replacing the muscular George O'Brien who had retired from films. In the Holt westerns, there were several sidekick groupings --- singer Ray Whitley, Lee 'Lasses' White, whiskered codger Emmett Lynn, and Cliff 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards . Holt did eighteen RKO westerns which were released from 1940-1943, and his first starring role was WAGON TRAIN (RKO, 1940). One of his better films from this period is THE BANDIT TRAIL (RKO, 1941) which features Whitley and 'Lasses' White.
During WWII, Tim became a decorated combat veteran of World War II, flying in the Pacific Theatre with the United States Army Air Forces as a B-29 bombardier. Holt was wounded over Tokyo on the last day of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He returned to films after the war, appearing as Virgil Earp to Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp in John Ford's Western My Darling Clementine. Holt was next cast in the role that he is probably most remembered for, in a film in which his father also appeared in a small part, portraying Bob Curtin to Humphrey Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs in John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, made in 1946 and released in 1948.
After the war, Holt continued his western career at RKO, and his films from this period rank at the top of the B western genre. Richard "Chito" Martin was Holt's saddle pal during the entire group.
He made two dozen more Western films until 1952, when the genre's popularity waned. He was then absent from the screen for five years until he starred in a less-than-successful horror film, The Monster That Challenged the World, in 1957. He then appeared in only two more motion pictures over the next fourteen years.
1. Laddie (1940) - Tim Holt
This is the third screen adaptation of Gene Stratton-Porter's sentimental novel of postcolonial farm life. Laddie Stanton (Tim Holt), the proud son of an honest farmer, falls in love with Pamela Pryor, the daughter of the Englishman who has purchased the adjoining estate. Pamela's father, a haughty and morose man who is obsessed by the dishonorable discharge his son Robert received from the British army, disapproves of the match, forbidding any marriage between his daughter and a "field hand." To placate her father, Pamela begs Laddie to consider practicing a profession other than farming, thus insulting both Laddie and his family.
1. Out-of-work cowboys Kansas Jones (Tim Holt) and Chito Rafferty are offered jobs at pretty Dusty Willis' ranch after saving her from a beating by saloon owner Clint Burrows. Dusty's good-hearted but weak-willed brother Harry, adding to his $3000 gambling debt to Willis, reluctantly agrees to pay it off by allowing the Ringo Kid, Burrows' vicious hired gun, to rustle cattle from his sister's ranch. Kansas intervenes, deters the rustlers and persuades Harry to confess his involvement to Dusty. Kansas, sent into town by Dusty to pay off Harry's debts, suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law, wrongly accused of murder and must rely on Dusty's belief in his innocence for his salvation.- Tim Holt -
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