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Hal Rowe Holbrook Jr

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BirthdayFebruary 17, 1925
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors, Directors
City/StateOhio
SpousesCarol Eve Rossen (m. 1966–1983), Dixie Carter (m. 1984–2010), Ruby Holbrook (m. 1945–1965)
Known asHarold Rowe Holbrook Jr.
Universities
  • Culver Military Academy
  • Denison University
Birth PlaceCleveland, Ohio
Height185cm
GenderMale
FatherHarold Rowe Holbrook, Sr.
MotherAileen Davenport Holbrook
Sun SignAquarius
Born inCleveland, Ohio
Famous asActor

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Who is Hal Holbrook?

Hal Rowe Holbrook Jr. is an American film and stage actor, and director. He is best known for his portrayal of the author, Mark Twain. He started his career with stage plays, playing the great author. Later, he played Mark Twain in several TV networks too. His creativity in performing the role impressed his audiences. For many years, the name Holbrook was synonymous with ‘Mark Twain.’ He also played other famous people such as Abraham Lincoln. Holbrook gained international reputation for his performance in various movies. Despite being a renowned actor, he never played the lead role in any movie. He would always play the father, the lawyer, or the military officer, and each time, he would perform convincingly. The veteran actor earned an ‘Academy Award’ nomination at the age of 82. His admirers felt that this recognition was long overdue. At an age when most actors consider retirement, Holbrook remains active and vigorous.

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Childhood & Early Life

Hal Holbrook was born Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr., on February 17, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother, Aileen, was a vaudeville dancer. His parents, Harold Sr. and Aileen, abandoned young Holbrook when he was two years old. Holbrook and his two sisters grew up with their paternal grandparents.

Holbrook graduated from the ‘Culver Military Academy.’ Thereafter, he attended the ‘Denison University’ in Ohio, where he studied theater. While studying there, he was required to work on a project on the author Mark Twain. The author’s works had influenced him a lot and had inspired him to create his one-man show, a series of performances known as ‘Mark Twain Tonight.’

Holbrook served in the ‘United States Army’ during World War II. He was stationed in Newfoundland as an engineer. While in the army, Holbrook was active in theater and performed in plays such as ‘Madam Precious.’

Career

In 1954, Holbrook gave his first solo performance as ‘Mark Twain’ in ‘Lock Haven State Teachers College’ in Pennsylvania. He created a buzz with this performance. Soon, he was noticed by noted TV presenter Ed Sullivan. Holbrook was invited to ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in February, 1956. The show received an overwhelming response from its audiences.

Holbrook developed his performance through a one-man show, ‘Mark Twain Tonight.’ He was part of the European tour sponsored by the ‘US Department of State.’ He performed in several nations situated behind the ‘Iron Curtain.’

In 1959, Holbrook performed solo for the first time in an ‘Off- Broadway’ show. He performed for the ‘New York World’s Fair’ in 1964 and 1965. In 1966, Holbrook performed on ‘Broadway.’ In the same year, he won a ‘Tony Award’ for his performance. In 1967, the show, ‘Mark Twain Tonight’ was presented on TV by ‘CBS’ and ‘Xerox.’ Holbrook won an ‘Emmy Award’ for this performance. When Holbrook gave his last performance as ‘Twain,’ he was 80 years old, making him older than the character he played. ‘Mark Twain Tonight’ remained one of the most popular shows, with more than two thousand performances, until Holbrook retired in 2017.

From 1954 to 1962, the daytime soap opera ‘The Brighter Day’ was aired on ‘CBS.’ In the series, Hal Holbrook played ‘Grayling,’ one of the major characters. In 1964, he played the role of ‘Major’ in the original production of the ‘Broadway’ play ‘Incident at Vichy.’

In the late 1960s and 1970s, Holbrook got more prominent TV roles. In 1976, he played ‘Abraham Lincoln’ in the mini-series ‘Lincoln.’ The series was based on the biography of Lincoln, written by Carl Sandburg. Holbrook continued his success story with the role of ‘Senator Hays Stowe’ in the political-drama series, ‘The Bold Ones: The Senator.’ The series was aired on ‘NBC’ from 1970 to 1971. Both these roles earned him ‘Emmy’ awards.

In 1966, Hal Holbrook made his debut in films, with ‘The Group,’ directed by Sidney Lumet. In 1972, he played the role of ‘Doug Salter’ in ‘That Certain Summer,’ a controversial movie that dealt with homosexuality. In 1976, Holbrook shot to international fame with the portrayal of the enigmatic ‘Deep Throat’ in the movie ‘All the President’s Men.’ In 1999, he was inducted into the ‘American Theater Hall of Fame.’ He also acted in several movies such as ‘Julia,’ ‘The Fog,’ and ‘Men of Honor.’

In 2007, Hal Holbrook bagged the role of ‘Ron Franz’ in the movie ‘Into The Wild.’ It was a biographical survival movie, directed by Sean Penn. This was a major landmark in his career. At the age of 82, Holbrook delivered the best performance of his life. He received an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for the ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for this movie. He shot to fame as the oldest star to be nominated for an ‘Academy Award’ in the said category. He was also nominated for the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award.’

Although Holbrook was in his eighties in the 2000s, he continued being active in films and TV. In 2008, he acted in the movie ‘That Evening Sun,’ with his wife. The movie was about an octogenarian farmer who refused to bend before old age. Holbrook received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the character.

In 2012, Holbrook played the part of ‘Francis Preston Blair,’ in the Steven Spielberg movie ‘Lincoln.’ In 2014, he lent his voice to the Disney animated movie ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue.’ He also directed some episodes of the TV sitcom ‘Designing Women.’

Hal Holbrook has won five ‘Emmy Awards’ and one ‘Tony Award’ for his portrayal of ‘Mark Twain.’ In 2003, he was honored with the ‘National Humanities Medal’ by President George W. Bush, for charming audiences with the wit and wisdom of ‘Mark Twain.’ In 2009, he was honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the ‘Nashville Film Festival.’

Personal Life

Hal Holbrook has married thrice. He married Canadian actress Ruby Elaine Johnstone in 1945. They had two children: Victoria and David. The couple divorced in 1965. In 1966, Holbrook married Carol Eve Rossen. They had one daughter, Eve Holbrook. His second marriage too ended in a divorce.

In 1984, Holbrook got married to actor and singer, Dixie Carter. He starred in a number of sitcoms with Dixie. The couple did not have any children. Dixie died of cancer in 2010. After her death, a local community in her hometown, Tennessee, constructed the ‘The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center’ in her memory.

Holbrook is a converted Christian. However, he is known to keep liberal views, and he tends to criticize the ‘Bible’ at times. He holds independent views on politics.

Trivia

In 2017, after Holbrook retired from his show ‘Mark Twain Tonight,’ ‘The HuffPost’ hailed him as “the man who has done more to keep Mark Twain on people’s minds than anyone else.”

Holbrook is known for his strong views on politics. He criticized the ‘Republican Party’ while Barack Obama was still in office. In 2017, he criticized President Donald Trump, saying that Trump was “trying to distort the American dream.”

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Hal Holbrook awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1989Outstanding Performance in Informational ProgrammingPortrait of America (1983)
1976Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited SeriesLincoln (1974)
1974Best Lead Actor in a DramaPueblo (1973)
1974Actor of the Year - SpecialPueblo (1973)
1971Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesThe Bold Ones: The Senator (1970)

Hal Holbrook biography timelines

  • // 17th Feb 1925
    Hal Holbrook was born Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr., on February 17, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother, Aileen, was a vaudeville dancer. His parents, Harold Sr. and Aileen, abandoned young Holbrook when he was two years old. Holbrook and his two sisters grew up with their paternal grandparents.
  • // 1954 To Feb 1956
    In 1954, Holbrook gave his first solo performance as ‘Mark Twain’ in ‘Lock Haven State Teachers College’ in Pennsylvania. He created a buzz with this performance. Soon, he was noticed by noted TV presenter Ed Sullivan. Holbrook was invited to ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in February, 1956. The show received an overwhelming response from its audiences.
  • // 1984 To 2010
    In 1984, Holbrook got married to actor and singer, Dixie Carter. He starred in a number of sitcoms with Dixie. The couple did not have any children. Dixie died of cancer in 2010. After her death, a local community in her hometown, Tennessee, constructed the ‘The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center’ in her memory.
  • // 2003 To 2009
    Hal Holbrook has won five ‘Emmy Awards’ and one ‘Tony Award’ for his portrayal of ‘Mark Twain.’ In 2003, he was honored with the ‘National Humanities Medal’ by President George W. Bush, for charming audiences with the wit and wisdom of ‘Mark Twain.’ In 2009, he was honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the ‘Nashville Film Festival.’
  • // 2007
    In 2007, Hal Holbrook bagged the role of ‘Ron Franz’ in the movie ‘Into The Wild.’ It was a biographical survival movie, directed by Sean Penn. This was a major landmark in his career. At the age of 82, Holbrook delivered the best performance of his life. He received an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for the ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for this movie. He shot to fame as the oldest star to be nominated for an ‘Academy Award’ in the said category. He was also nominated for the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award.’
  • // 2008
    Although Holbrook was in his eighties in the 2000s, he continued being active in films and TV. In 2008, he acted in the movie ‘That Evening Sun,’ with his wife. The movie was about an octogenarian farmer who refused to bend before old age. Holbrook received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the character.
  • // 2012 To 2014
    In 2012, Holbrook played the part of ‘Francis Preston Blair,’ in the Steven Spielberg movie ‘Lincoln.’ In 2014, he lent his voice to the Disney animated movie ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue.’ He also directed some episodes of the TV sitcom ‘Designing Women.’
  • // 2017
    In 2017, after Holbrook retired from his show ‘Mark Twain Tonight,’ ‘The HuffPost’ hailed him as “the man who has done more to keep Mark Twain on people’s minds than anyone else.”
  • // 2017
    Holbrook is known for his strong views on politics. He criticized the ‘Republican Party’ while Barack Obama was still in office. In 2017, he criticized President Donald Trump, saying that Trump was “trying to distort the American dream.”

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Hal Holbrook's FAQ

  • What is Hal Holbrook birthday?

    Hal Holbrook was born at 1925-02-17

  • Where is Hal Holbrook's birth place?

    Hal Holbrook was born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • What is Hal Holbrook nationalities?

    Hal Holbrook's nationalities is American

  • Who is Hal Holbrook spouses?

    Hal Holbrook's spouses is Carol Eve Rossen (m. 1966–1983), Dixie Carter (m. 1984–2010), Ruby Holbrook (m. 1945–1965)

  • What was Hal Holbrook universities?

    Hal Holbrook studied at Culver Military Academy, Denison University

  • How tall is Hal Holbrook?

    Hal Holbrook's height is 185

  • Who is Hal Holbrook's father?

    Hal Holbrook's father is Harold Rowe Holbrook, Sr.

  • Who is Hal Holbrook's mother?

    Hal Holbrook's mother is Aileen Davenport Holbrook

  • What is Hal Holbrook's sun sign?

    Hal Holbrook is Aquarius

  • How famous is Hal Holbrook?

    Hal Holbrook is famouse as Actor