Birthday: February 17, 1925 Birth
Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Height: 6' 1"
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American actor Hal Holbrook broke into performing as a monologist at various esoteric nightspots in San Francisco and Greenwich Village. Holbrook worked on stage in the early 1950s and appeared on the CBS TV soap opera The Brighter Day. He might have spent the rest of his career as a talented but unremarkable performer had Holbrook not decided to bank upon his lifelong fascination with humorist Mark Twain. Donning elaborate Twain makeup and costume and memorizing several hours' worth of the writer's material, Holbrook put together a one man show, Mark Twain Tonight. After touring in small towns, Holbrook brought Mark Twain to an off-Broadway theater, scoring an immediate hit which led to some 2000 subsequent appearances as Twain (one of these in a 1967 CBS one-hour special) and a top-selling record album. The fame attending Mark Twain Tonight enabled Holbrook to flourish as a starring actor in numerous non-Twain projects. Among Holbrook's films are The Group (1966), Wild in the Streets (1968), Magnum Force (1973), The Star Chamber (1987), Wall Street (1987) and The Firm (1993); in 1976 the actor was Oscar-nominated for his portrayal of the shadowy amalgam character "Deep Throat" in All the President's Men. Holbrook has also stayed busy in TV, starring on the weekly series The Senator (1970) and appearing several times as Abraham Lincoln in various network specials. A multi-Emmy winner, Hal Holbrook was most recently seen as a regular on the CBS sitcoms Designing Women, costarring with his third wife Dixie Carter, and Evening Shade in the role of Burt Reynolds' father.
Two children, Victoria Holbrook and David Holbrook, with Ruby Holbrook.
One daughter, Eve, with Carol Eve Rossen.
In his guest appearance on "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. In 1973's Pueblo (1973) (TV), Holbrook portrayed the lead character.
He was just 29 when he began touring his one-man show of the elderly Mark Twain, even performing for President 'Dwight Eisenhower' at one point. In June 2005, he returned his "Mark Twain Tonight" to Broadway for a sold out, month-long run, receiving rave reviews from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
He is a 1948 graduate of Denison University (Granville, Ohio)
Has starred in two projects based on John Grisham books with The Firm (1993) and The Street Lawyer (2003) (TV).
Ex-brother-in-law of Ellen Rossen.
Ex-son-in-law of Robert Rossen.
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