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Hal Holbrook – MovieActors.com

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Holbrook in WALL STREET.

About Hal Holbrook (1925 – )

Hal Holbrook was born on February 17, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Harold Rowe Holbrook, Sr. and Eileen, a vaudeville dancer. Holbrook's birth name is Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. . Hal Holbrook mostly grew up in South Weymouth, Mass, and attended the Culver Academies.

After serving in the Army during WW2 in Newfoundland, Hal went to Denison University, earning his degree in 1948.

Hal Holbrook first found show business success in his one man show, where he impersonates American writer, Mark Twain, called "Mark Twain Tonight", beginning in 1954. After Ed Sulliava, who saw his performance, featured him on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, Hal Holbrook went on an international tour, sponsored by the United States Department of State, even to the "Iron Curtin" countries.

On and off since 1954 Hal Holbrook will probably best remembered for his portrayal of Mark Twain, which Hal continued to perform as a one-man stage show, "Mark Twain Tonight". He won an Emmy, and nine other nominations for his performance, and a Tony when "Mark Twain Tonight" appeared on Broadway in 1966.

Hal Holbrook was also cast in other Broadway plays, such as Arthur Miller's INCIDENT AT VICHY, where he portrayed "the Major."

Also in 1966, Hal entered the world of films, making his film debut in THE GROUP, that was nominated for a BAFTA AWARD.

Holbrook has the uncanny sense to accept roles in excellent films, TV Mini-Series and TV Movies, and guest roles in TV series as well. His talent and versatility as an actor worked with excellent projects, resulting in many nominations and wins for himself. He added so much to whatever character that he applied himself, adding much to teh project, no matter how small the part.

It all started with his one man effort. In 1966, Hal taped his one man show, "Mark Twain Tonight", and it was shown on televison. For this tv show special, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, in 1967.

In 1971, Hal Holbrook was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for two different performances. He was nominated for an Emmy for his outstanding single performance by an actor in a lead role, for the 1970 PILOT episode; "A Clear and Present Danger"; (#1.0) of the TV Series, THE BOLD ONES. This episode was shown on NBC SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES. He won the Primetime Emmy for the Best Actor in a leading role, for the actual TV series that started after the pilot was shown; THE BOLD ONES:THE SENATOR.

Hal was on a roll. He was nominated again in 1973 for a Primetime Emmy for his performance in the 1972 TV Movie, THAT CERTAIN SUMMER.

In 1973's PUEBLO (TV movie), Holbrook portrayed the lead character, and won two Primetime Emmys for his performance; one for Best Lead Actor in a Drama, and one for Actor of the Year.

Hal Holbrook found plenty of work , acting on TV mini-series. He won a 1976 Primetime Emmy for his performance in the 1974 TV mini-series, LINCOLN. In 1978, he was nominated twice for Primetime Emmys, for his performances in the 1978 mini-series, THE AWAKENING LAND, as well as the 1977 TV movie, OUR TOWN.

In 1989, Hal won a Primtime Emmy for his outstanding performance in informational programming, PORTTAIT OF AMERICA, for the episode: ALASKA.

Hal always did his best, helping to make whatever project he was involved in, shine. Holbrook starred in two projects based on John Grisham books with THE FIRM;(1993, nominated for 3 Oscars), playing the dastardly villain, and THE STREET LAWYER (2003-TV).

In Holbrook's guest appearance on Primetime Emmy winning THE WEST WING; (1999), his character first describes the fate of the USS Pueblo, an intelligence gathering surface vessel, caught spying by North Korea in 1968, while referring to the fictional USS Portland.

Hal finally found some recognition for his work from the Academy Awards organization. In 2008, Hal was nominated for an Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 2007 film, INTO THE WILD.

Hal Holbrook was first married to actress, Ruby Holbrook;(1945-1965). They had two children, David and Victoria. Hal's second marriage was to actress Carol Eve Rossen;(1966-1983). They had one child, Eve.

Hal Holbrook was married to actress Dixie Carter;(1984-to her death in 2010), with whom he occasionally appeared on her hit TV series, DESIGNING WOMEN.

Holbrook starred in two projects based on John Grisham books with THE FIRM;(1993), playing the dastardly villain, and THE STREET LAWYER (2003-TV).

Hal Holbrook's notable movie credits include...

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (2014)
SAVANNAH (2013)
LINCOLN (2012)
PROMISED LAND (2012)
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (2011)
INTO THE WILD (2007)
SHADE (2003)
PURPOSE (2002)
THE MAJESTIC (2001)
MEN OF HONOR (2000)
THE BACHELOR (1999)
HUSH (1998)
EYE OF GOD (1997)
THE FIRM (1993)
FLETCH LIVES (1989)
CREEPSHOW (1982)
NATURAL ENEMIES (1979)
CAPRICORN ONE (1978)
JULIA (1977)
ALL THE PRESIDENT"S MEN (1976)

Hal Holbrook's notable movie credits include...

SONS OF ANARCHY (TV SERIES 2010-2014)
THE EVENT (TV SERIES 2010-2011)
CAPTAIN COOK'S EXTRAORDINARY ATLAS (TV MOVIE)(2009)
THE CULTIVATED LIFE: THOMAS JEFFERSON AND WINE (TV MOVIE)(2005)
THE STREET LAWYER (TV MOVIE) (2003)
THE WEST WING (TV SERIES 2001-2002)
HAVEN (TV MOVIE)(2001)
THE LEGEND OF THE THREE TREES (TV MOVIE)(2001)
BEAUTY (TV MOVIE)(19980
MY OWN COUNTRY (TV MOVIE)(1998)
THE BATTLE OF THE ALAMO (TV MOVIE)(1996)
A PERRY MASON MYSTERY:THE CASE OF THE JEALOUS JOKESTER (TV MOVIE) (1995)
A PERRY MASON MYSTERY: THE CASE OF THE GRIMACING GOVERNOR (TV MOVIE)(1994)
EVENING SHADE (TV SERIES 1990-1994)
A PERRY MASON MYSTERY: THE CASE OF THE LETHAL LIFESTYLE (TV MOVIE) (1994)
A KILLING IN A SMALL TOWN (1990)
DAY ONE (TV MOVIE) (1989)
I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (TV MOVIE)(1988)
EMMA:QUEEN OF THE SOUTH SEAS (TV MINI-SERIES)(1988)
THE FORTUNATE PILGRIM (TV MINI-SERIES)(1988)
PLAZA SUITE (TV MOVIE)(1987)
NORTH AND SOUTH BOOK 11(MINI-SERIES)(1986)
DRESS GRAY (TV MOVIE)(1986)
UNDER SIEGE (TV MOVIE) (1986)
NORTH AND SOUTH (TV MINI-SERIES 1985)
GEORGE WASHINGTON (TV MINI-SERIES)(1984)
CELEBRITY (TV MINI-SERIES 1984)
THE AWAKENING LAND (1978)
OUR TOWN (TV MOVIE) (1977)


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Hal Holbrook with Charlie Sheen
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Holbrook in FLETCH LIVES (1989).

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Hal Holbrook in THE FIRM (1993).

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Hal Holbrook in THE MAJESTIC (2001).

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Holbrook in LINCOLN (2012).

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Hal Holbrook in ALL THE PRESIDENT"S MEN (1976).