Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95
Iconic character actor Hal Holbrook, whose iconic characters he’s portrayed includes Mark Twain,
Deep Throat and Abraham Lincoln, has passed away.
He carved out a substantial career in television and film but achieved the widest acclaim with his one-man
stage show, playing Twain for more than six decades.
Hal Holbrook, who carved out a substantial acting career in television and film but who achieved his widest
acclaim on stage, embodying Mark Twain in all his craggy splendor and vinegary wit in a one-man show seen
around the world, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 95.
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His death was confirmed by his assistant, Joyce Cohen, on Monday night.
Mr. Holbrook had a long and fruitful run as an actor. He was the shadowy patriot Deep Throat in “All the
President’s Men” (1976); an achingly grandfatherly character in “Into the Wild” (2007), for which he received an
Oscar nomination; and the influential Republican Preston Blair in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (2012).
He played the 16th president himself, on television, in Carl Sandburg’s “Lincoln,” a 1974 mini-series. The
performance earned him an Emmy Award, one of five he won for his acting in television movies and mini-series;
the others included “The Bold Ones: The Senator” (1970), his protagonist resembling John F. Kennedy, and
“Pueblo” (1973) in which he played the commander of a Navy intelligence boat seized by North Korea in 1968.