You and me both. William Holden is still my hero. He always played the smartass, the cynic, but when it came down to it you know he was going to do the right thing, and be the first to call himself a sucker for doing it.
Every book I've ever read about hollywood says Burt Lancaster was notorious for treating women like garbage, and they loved him for it. There might be a lesson there if I wasn't too dumb to see it.