Hal Holbrook

Holbrook in 1977 Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. (February 17, 1925 – January 23, 2021) was an American actor. He first received critical acclaim in 1954 for a one-man stage show that he developed called ''Mark Twain Tonight!'' while studying at Denison University. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1966 for his portrayal of Twain. He continued to perform his signature role for over 60 years, only retiring the show in 2017 due to his failing health. Throughout his career, he also won five Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on television and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in film.

Holbrook made his film debut in Sidney Lumet's ''The Group'' (1966). He later gained international fame for his performance as Deep Throat in the 1976 film ''All the President's Men''. He played Abraham Lincoln in the 1974 miniseries ''Lincoln'' and 1985 miniseries ''North and South''. He also appeared in such films as ''Julia'' and ''Capricorn One'' (1977), ''The Fog'' (1980), ''Creepshow'' (1982), ''Wall Street'' (1987), ''The Firm'' (1993), ''Hercules'' (1997), and ''Men of Honor'' (2000).

Holbrook's role as Ron Franz in Sean Penn's ''Into the Wild'' (2007) earned him both an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2009, he received critical acclaim for his performance as recently retired farmer Abner Meecham in the independent film ''That Evening Sun''. He also portrayed Francis Preston Blair in Steven Spielberg's ''Lincoln'' (2012).

In 2003, Holbrook was honored with the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. Provided by Wikipedia

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