Hal Holbrook

Actor
A versatile leading man and supporting player whose folksy, avuncular nature often disguised his true acting firepower, Hal Holbrook was best known to audiences for his portrayal of American humorist Mark Twain in his ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (167)

Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Good Day for It 2014 (Movie)

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Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Mayday (Voice)

Sons of Anarchy 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monday Mornings 2013 (Tv Show)

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Rectify 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Savannah 2013 (Movie)

Judge Harden (Actor)

Flying Lessons 2012 (Movie)

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Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Preston Blair (Actor)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

Frank Yates (Actor)

The Event 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

Old Jacob (Actor)

Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers & Their Times 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

Papa (Actor)

That Evening Sun 2009 (Movie)

Abner Meecham (Actor)

ER 2008 (Tv Show)

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The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Into the Wild 2007 (Movie)

Ron Franz (Actor)

NCIS 2006 (Tv Show)

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Hope & Faith 2005 (Tv Show)

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Shade 2004 (Movie)

The Professor (Actor)

The Designing Women Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Becker 2002 (Tv Show)

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Founding Brothers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Mark Twain 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The West Wing 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Designing Women 1986 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Family Law 1986 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Purpose 2001 (Movie)

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The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

Congressman T Johnston Doyle (Actor)

Men of Honor 2000 (Movie)

Mr Pappy (Actor)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

Isaac Green (Actor)

Beauty 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Bachelor 1999 (Movie)

O'Dell (Actor)

The Judas Kiss 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Evening Shade 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Hush 1998 (Movie)

Dr Hill (Actor)

Ken Follett's The Third Twin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Nova 1986 - 1988, 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Super Bridge 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Florentine 1998 (Movie)

Smitty (Actor)

Battleship 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Cats Don't Dance 1997 (Movie)

of Cranston (Voice)

Eye of God 1997 (Movie)

Sheriff Rogers (Actor)

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of Amphitryon (Voice)

Rusty: The Great Rescue 1997 (Movie)

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Walking to the Waterline 1997 (Movie)

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America on Wheels 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Carried Away 1996 (Movie)

Dr Evans (Actor)

Daley, The Last Boss 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Sailing the World Alone 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Bonds of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

Oliver Lambert (Actor)

The Ninth Annual Soap Opera Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Eastwood & Co. Making "Unforgiven" 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Sorry, Wrong Number 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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An American Image 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Day One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Fletch Lives 1989 (Movie)

Ham Johnson (Actor)

Freedom Festival '89 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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I'll Be Home For Christmas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Plaza Suite 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Unholy 1988 (Movie)

Archbishop Mosely (Actor)

Adolph Hitler: Portrait of a Tyrant 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

Lou Mannheim (Actor)

Behind Enemy Lines 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Under Siege 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Four Americans in China 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Narrator

Celebrity 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Star Chamber 1983 (Movie)

Benjamin Caulfied (Actor)

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

Henry Northrup (Actor)

Girls Nite Out 1981 (Movie)

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Omnibus 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Fog 1980 (Movie)

Father Malone (Actor)

Natural Enemies 1979 (Movie)

Paul Steward (Actor)

The Kidnapping of the President 1979 (Movie)

President Adam Scott (Actor)

Capricorn One 1978 (Movie)

Dr James Kelloway (Actor)

Julia 1977 (Movie)

Alan Campbell (Actor)

Our Town 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Christmas Chester Mystery Plays 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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All Over 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Deep Throat (Actor)

Beyond the Horizon 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Eccentricities of a Nightingale 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Midway 1976 (Movie)

Commander Joseph J Rochefort Jr (Actor)

Rituals 1976 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Sea Marks 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The First Breeze of Summer 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Mound Builders 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Oath: 33 Hours in the Life of God 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Patriots 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Time of Your Life 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Brother to Dragons 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Forget-Me-Not Lane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Rules of the Game 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Seagull 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Year of the Dragon 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Who's Happy Now? 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Zalmen 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Cyrano de Bergerac 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Enemies 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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King Lear 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973 (Movie)

of Elder (Voice)

Magnum Force 1973 (Movie)

Lieutenant Briggs (Actor)

The Girl From Petrovka 1973 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Watkins (Actor)

Travis Logan, D.A. 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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The Great White Hope 1970 (Movie)

Cameron (Actor)

The People Next Door 1969 (Movie)

David Hoffman (Actor)

Wild in the Streets 1968 (Movie)

Sen John Fergus (Actor)

Mark Twain Tonight! 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

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The Glass Menagerie 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

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The Group 1966 (Movie)

Gus Leroy (Actor)

The Brighter Day 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

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A Clear and Present Danger (TV Show)

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A Killing in a Small Town (TV Show)

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A Touch of the Poet (TV Show)

Actor

Beauty (Movie)

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Day One (Movie)

Gen. George Marshall (Actor)

Dress Gray (TV Show)

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Founding Fathers (TV Show)

Voice

Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (TV Show)

Actor

Haven (TV Show)

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Innocent Victims (TV Show)

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June Moon (TV Show)

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Murder By Natural Causes (TV Show)

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My Own Country (TV Show)

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North and South (TV Show)

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North and South: Book II (TV Show)

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Off the Minnesota Strip (TV Show)

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Pueblo (TV Show)

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Sandburg's Lincoln (TV Show)

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Sorry, Wrong Number (Movie)

Jim Coltrane (Actor)

Suddenly Single (TV Show)

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That Certain Summer (TV Show)

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The Awakening Land (TV Show)

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The Battle of the Alamo (TV Show)

Narrator

The School For Scandal (TV Show)

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The Senator (TV Show)

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The Whole World Is Watching (TV Show)

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When Hell Was in Session (TV Show)

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Biography

A versatile leading man and supporting player whose folksy, avuncular nature often disguised his true acting firepower, Hal Holbrook was best known to audiences for his portrayal of American humorist Mark Twain in his Tony Award-winning one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!" which he performed some 2,000 times between 1959 and 2005. Stage provided Holbrook his best showcases, but he was frequently praised for his television work, most notably in "Pueblo" (ABC, 1973), "That Certain Summer" (ABC, 1973), and the title role in the miniseries "Lincoln" (NBC, 1976). Among the more memorable of his dozens of film credits were such roles as the notorious informant known as "Deep Throat" in "All the President's Men" (1976), a guilt-stricken priest in John Carpenter's grisly ghost story "The Fog" (1980), and as the senior partner of a sinister law office with deadly ties to the mob in "The Firm" (1993). The veteran actor received an Oscar nomination for his moving performance in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" (2008) and scores of accolades for his affecting turn as a proud man nearing the end of a hard life in "That Evening Shade" (2009). One-half of one of Hollywood's happiest marriages, Holbrook's more than quarter century relationship with actress Dixie Carter endured until her passing in 2010. Continuing to perform well into his eighth decade, Holbrook was the very definition of the working actor who loved to work - much to the enjoyment of appreciative audiences everywhere.

Relationships

Dixie Carter Actor

Wife
Acted together in the TV-movie "The Killing of Randy Webster" (1981) Married May 27, 1984 until her death April 10, 2010 Holbrook had recurring role as the boyfriend of Carter's character Julia Sugarbaker on "Designing Women" (CBS)

David Holbrook Actor

Son
Made film debut opposite father in schlock horror film "Girls Nite Out" (1982)

Aileen Holbrook

Mother

Ruby Holbrook Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 22, 1945 Toured principal U.S. cities together in scenes from classic plays (1948-53) Divorced 1965

Eve Holbrook

Daughter
Mother, Carol Rossen

Victoria Holbrook

Daughter
Mother, Ruby Johnston

Carol Rossen Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 28, 1966 Co-starred in "The Cliff Dwellers" (1966) and on the medical series pilot "Oath: 33 Hours in the Life of God" (1976) Divorced June 14, 1983

Harold Rowe Holbrook

Father

EDUCATION

Denison University

Granville , Ohio 1948
Graduated with honors

HB Studio

New York , New York 1953
Trained with Uta Hagen

Culver Military Academy

Culver , Indiana 1938 - 1942

Suffield Academy

Suffield , Connecticut 1933 - 1937

Milestones

2012

Played a schoolteacher going against oil barons in "Promised Land," directed by Gus Van Sant

2012

Cast opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

2011

Portrayed an Older Jacob Jankowski in the film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants"

2010

Appeared in multi-episode arc on NBC drama "The Event"

2010

Landed recurring role as Katey Sagal's character's father on FX's "Sons of Anarchy"

2008

Starred opposite his wife Dixie Carter in "That Evening Sun"

2007

Cast in Sean Penn's adaptation of the non-fiction book "Into the Wild," starring Emile Hirsch; earned SAG and Oscar nominations for Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role

2004

Cast in the action thriller "Shade" with Stuart Townsend and Gabriel Byrne

2001

Portrayed Harold Ickes in the CBS miniseries "Haven"

2001

Starred opposite Rick Stear in David Mamet's stage play "A Life in the Theatre" at the Pasadena Playhouse

2000

Offered effective supporting role as the mentor of an ambitious young political candidate in "Waking the Dead"

1999

Cast as a U.S. Senator in "The Judas Kiss"; aired on Cinemax in lieu of a theatrical release

1997

Played the sheriff in the independent drama "Eye of God"

1990

Played Evan Evans on popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"

1986

Landed recurring role on CBS sitcom "Designing Women," playing the boyfriend of Julia Sugarbaker (Holbrook's wife Dixie Carter); also directed several episodes

1985

Again played Lincoln in the ABC miniseries "North and South" (1985) and "North and South, Book II" (1986)

1974

Played Abraham Lincoln in multi-seasonal miniseries "Sandburg's Lincoln" (NBC)

1974

Hosted "Theater in America" the PBS drama series featuring performances of theatrical plays

1969

Played the title role of Hays Stowe on NBC drama series "The Bold Ones: Senator"

1966

Returned to television to play the role of Tom in "CBS Playhouse" adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"

1966

Made film debut in "The Group"

1966

Opened his one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!" on Broadway

1961

Broadway debut, "Do You Know the Milky Way?"

1959

Made off-Broadway debut in title role of "Mark Twain Tonight!"

1954

Acted on the daytime serial TV drama "The Brighter Day" (CBS)

1953

TV acting debut, "Hollywood Screen Test"

1946

Made radio debut on the "Army Engineer Show" for ABC

1942

Served as a private in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

1941

Made stage debut in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" at the Cain Park Theatre, Cleveland, OH

Stage directing debut, "The Winslow Boy" at Denison University

Toured in summer stock

Moved to New York in late 1950s

Raised by grandparents in South Weymouth, MA

Attended high school at a military academy

Assembled the one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!"

Bonus Trivia

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Holbrook received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nail B'rith for his role in the TV-movie "That Certain Summer" (1972).

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Holbrook was the 1998 recipient of the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (the "Will Award") presented by The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC.

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He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2000.

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"I had a different kind of career. I mean, I'm not Bob Redford – you know what I mean? There are roles I would have loved to have done. But now I'm too old. I missed my window." – Holbrook to Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 11, 2008

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