Hal Holbrook Biography

Birthday: 1925-02-17
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on television, and was memorable as Abraham Lincoln, as Senator Hays Stowe on "The Bold Ones: The Senator" (1970) and as Capt. Lloyd Bucher on Pueblo (1973) (TV). All of these roles brought him Emmy Awards, with Pueblo (1973) (TV) bringing him two, as Best Lead Actor in a Drama and Actor of the Year - Special. On January 22, 2008, he became the oldest male performer ever nominated for a an Academy Award, for his supporting turn in Into the Wild (2007) He was born Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. on February 17, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother was the former Eileen Davenport, a vaudeville dancer. Raised primarily in South Weymouth, Mass., Holbrook attended the Culver Academies. During World War II, Holbrook served in the Army in Newfoundland. After the war, he attended Denison University, graduating in 1948. While at Denison, Holbrook's senior honors project concerned Mark Twain. He'd later develop "Mark Twain Tonight", the one-man show in which he impersonates the great American writer Mark Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens. Holbrook learned his craft on the boards and by appearing in the TV soap opera "The Brighter Day" (1954). He first played Mark Twain as a solo act in 1954, at Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania. The show was a success that created a buzz. After seeing the performance, Ed Sullivan, the host of TV's premier variety show, featured him on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948) on February 12, 1956. This lead to an international tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which included appearances in Iron Curtain countries. Holbrook brought the show to Off-Broadway in 1959. He even played Mark Twain for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The 1966 "Mark Twain Tonight" Broadway production brought Holbrook even more acclaim, and the Tony Award. The show was taped and Holbrook won an Emmy nomination. He reprised the show on Broadway in 1977 and in 2005. By that time, he had played Samuel Clemens on stage over 2,000 times. Among Holbrook's more famous roles was "The Major" in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's "Incident at Vichy", as Martin Sheen's significant other in the controversial and acclaimed TV movie That Certain Summer (1972) (TV), the first TV movie to sympathetically portray homosexuality, and as Abraham Lincoln in a TV special based on Carl Sandburg's acclaimed biography of the 16th President. He also is known for his portrayal of the enigmatic "Deep Throat" in All the President's Men (1976), one of the major cinema events of the mid-'70s. In the 1990s, he had a regular supporting role in the TV series "Evening Shade" (1990), playing 'Burt Reynolds''s father-in-law.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Bold Ones: The Senator Senator Hays Stowe 1970 Drama
Julia 1977 Drama
Evening Shade Evan Evans 1990 - 1994 Comedy
The Firm Oliver Lambert 1993 Thriller
The Bachelor Roy O'Dell 2002 Romance
Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas Dean Davis Winters 2009
The Event James Dempsey 2010 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Group 1966 Drama
Wild in the Streets 1968 Drama, Sci Fi
The Great White Hope 1970 Drama, Romance
They Only Kill Their Masters 1973 Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Magnum Force Lt. Neil Briggs 1973 Action, Crime, Mystery
The Girl from Petrovka 1975 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Midway 1976 0, 0, 0
All the President's Men Deep Throat 1976
Capricorn One Dr. James Kelloway 1977 0, 0, Game Show
The Fog Father Malone 1980 Horror
The Kidnapping of the President 1980 Thriller, Action, Drama
Creepshow Henry Northrup (segment "The Crate") 1982 Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Hercules Amphitryon; Hercules Foster Father 1983 0, 0
The Star Chamber 1983 0, Comedy, 0
North and South Abraham Lincoln 1985 Drama, History, Romance
Wall Street 1987 0
The Unholy Archbishop Mosely 1988
Fletch Lives 1989 0, Comedy
The Firm Oliver Lambert 1993 0
Carried Away 1996 0
Eye of God Sheriff Rogers 1997 Crime, Drama
Walking to the Waterline Man on the Beach 1998 Drama
Rusty: A Dog's Tale Boyd Callahan 1998 Family
The Florentine 1999
Judas Kiss 1999 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Bachelor Roy O'Dell 1999 Romance, Comedy
Men of Honor 'Mr. Pappy' 2000 Drama
The Majestic Congressman Doyle 2001 Drama, Romance
The Event James Dempsey 2003
Into the Wild Ron Franz 2007 Adventure, Drama
Killshot Papa 2008 0, Game Show, Comedy
Julia 2008 0
That Evening Sun Abner Meecham 2009
Flying Lessons Harry Pleasant 2010 Drama
Good Day for It Hec 2011 Crime, Thriller
Lincoln 2012 0
Promised Land Frank Yates 2013 Drama
Savannah Judge Harden 2013 Drama, Family, History
Hush 2014
Go with Me Whizzer 2016 Thriller