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Hal Holbrook

Highest Rated:   93% All the President's Men (1976)
Lowest Rated:   8% Savannah (2013)
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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 portrayed 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 spent much of the late 1980s and early 1990s appearing as a regular cast member on the CBS sitcoms Designing Women (from 1986 to 1989, alongside real-life wife Dixie Carter) and Evening Shade (1990-94) in the role of Burt Reynolds' father, Evan Evans. Holbrook's big-screen activity also crescendoed during the 1990s and early 2000s; among many other assignments, he resumed his frequent typecast as a shady businessman with a deceptively paternal exterior in Sydney Pollack's blockbuster Grisham thriller The Firm (1993), provided an animated voice for the children's fantasy Cats Don't Dance (1997), and nastily evoked the prejudices of a bigoted commanding naval officer named Mr. Pappy in the military drama Men of Honor (2000). Holbrook also drew on his vast knowledge of Mark Twain as one of the participants in the epic-length documentary Ken Burns' Mark Twain (2001). The distinguished thespian received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in Sean Penn's critically-acclaimed drama Into the Wild (2007). He starred in the 2009 drama That Evening Sun, and had a major part in the 2011 adaptation of the novel Water for Elephants. In 2012 Steven Spielberg cast him in his long-gestating biopic Lincoln.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Blackway
  • Whizzer
2016
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Mayday
2014
No Score Yet Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey
  • Actor
2014
8% Savannah
  • Judge Harden
2013
51% Promised Land
  • Frank Yates
2013
No Score Yet Flying Lessons
  • Actor
2012
90% Lincoln
  • Preston Blair
2012
60% Water for Elephants
  • Old Jacob
2011
No Score Yet Good Day for It
  • HEC
2010
No Score Yet Flying Lessons
  • Harry Pleasant
2010
81% That Evening Sun
  • Abner Meecham
2009
No Score Yet Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times
  • Harrison Gray Otis
2009
82% Into the Wild
  • Ron Franz
2007
No Score Yet Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Butch Cassidy and the Outlaw Trail
  • Narrator
2003
67% Shade
  • The Professor
2003
No Score Yet Purpose
  • Tom
2002
No Score Yet Sacred Stone: Temple on the Mississippi
  • Actor
2002
42% The Majestic
  • Congressman Doyle
2001
No Score Yet Valor: Incredible Stories of Patriotism and Courage
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet Haven
  • Harold L. Ickes
2001
No Score Yet Legend of the Three Trees
  • Narrator
2001
41% Men of Honor
  • Mr. Pappy
2000
51% Waking the Dead
  • Isaac
2000
No Score Yet The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
  • Ak
2000
No Score Yet Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail
  • Narrator
2000
9% The Bachelor
  • O'Dell
1999
No Score Yet The Florentine
  • Smitty
1999
No Score Yet Beauty
  • Alexander Miller
1998
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale
  • Boyd Callahan
1998
43% Judas Kiss
  • Senator Rupert Hornbeck
1998
13% Hush
  • Dr. Hill
1998
No Score Yet My Own Country
  • Lloyd Flanders
1998
No Score Yet Ken Follett's 'The Third Twin'
  • Pete
1997
No Score Yet Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
  • Narrator
1997
74% Eye of God
  • Sheriff Sam Rogers
1997
No Score Yet All the Winters That Have Been
  • Uncle Ren
1997
No Score Yet Operation Delta Force
  • Henshaw
1997
83% Hercules
  • Amphitryon
1997
69% Cats Don't Dance
  • Cranston
1997
No Score Yet Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail
  • Actor
1997
64% Carried Away
  • Dr. Evans
1996
No Score Yet Innocent Victims
  • Bob Hennis
1996
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Jealous Jokester
  • Wild Bill McKenzie
1995
No Score Yet Stormchasers
  • Narrator
1995
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Grimacing Governor
  • `Wild Bill' McKenzie
1994
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle
  • `Wild Bill' McKenzie
1994
75% The Firm
  • Oliver Lambert
1993
No Score Yet Bonds of Love
  • Jim Smith
1993
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
1993
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet A Killing in a Small Town
  • Dr. Beardsley
1990
37% Fletch Lives
  • Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
1989
No Score Yet Day One
  • Gen. George Marshall
1989
No Score Yet Sorry, Wrong Number
  • Jim Coltrane
1989
No Score Yet The Unholy
  • Archbishop Mosely
1988
78% Wall Street
  • Lou Mannheim
1987
No Score Yet Behind Enemy Lines
  • Col. Calvin Turner
1987
75% Julia
  • Alan Campbell
1987
No Score Yet Dress Gray
  • General Charles Hedges
1986
No Score Yet Celebrity
  • DA Calvin Sledge
1985
No Score Yet George Washington
  • John Adams
1984
71% The Star Chamber
  • Judge Benjamin Caulfield
1983
No Score Yet Girls Nite Out
  • Actor
1983
69% Creepshow
  • Henry Northrup
1982
No Score Yet Warlords: The Generals
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Killing of Randy Webster
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet El Secuestro del Presidente
  • President Adam Scott
1980
No Score Yet When Hell Was in Session
  • Cmdr. Jeremiah A. Denton
1979
71% The Fog
  • Father Malone
1979
No Score Yet Murder by Natural Causes
  • Arthur Sinclair
1979
No Score Yet Natural Enemies
  • Paul Steward
1979
61% Capricorn One
  • Dr. James Kelloway
1978
No Score Yet Awakening Land
  • Portius Luckett
1978
No Score Yet Rituals
  • Harry
1977
No Score Yet Our Town
  • Stage Manager
1977
54% Midway
  • Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort
1976
No Score Yet All Over
  • Actor
1976
93% All the President's Men
  • Deep Throat
1976
No Score Yet The Girl from Petrovka
  • Joe
1974
11% Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • The Elder
1973
81% Magnum Force
  • Lt. Neil Briggs
1973
No Score Yet They Only Kill Their Masters
  • Dr. Warren Watkins, DVM
1972
43% The Great White Hope
  • Cameron
1970
No Score Yet The People Next Door
  • David Hoffman
1970
65% Wild in the Streets
  • Senator Fergus
1968
No Score Yet Mark Twain Tonight
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet The Group
  • Gus Leroy
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • John
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Mickey Stokes
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Red Hudmore
70% The Event
2010-2011
  • James Dempsey Dempsey
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
52% Monday Mornings
2013
  • Dr. Arvin Wayne
96% Rectify
2013
  • Rutherford Gaines
90% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
  • Nate Madoc
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Albie Duncan

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