Hal Holbrook Overview:

Character actor, Hal Holbrook, was born Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. on Feb 17, 1925 in Cleveland, OH. As of December 2020, Hal Holbrook was 95 years old.

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Hal Holbrook had one of the most attractive American speaking voices since Henry Fonda. He played a few, often gloomy leading roles in films, but was always more interesting in support roles, especially as 'Deep Throat' in "All the President's Men".  He was a prolific stage performer, particularly in one-man shows as Mark Twain, and a frequent TV guest star.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Holbrook was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
2007Best Supporting ActorInto the Wild (2007)Ron FranzNominated
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Hal Holbrook Quotes:

Doug Salter: Do you know what the word "homosexual" means? Nick? C'mon, look at me. Keep the door open. Do you know what it means?
Nick Salter: I guess so.
Doug Salter: You probably heard about it in school or in the streets. Well, that's just one side: put downs and jokes. A lot of people - most people, I guess - think it's wrong. They say it's a sickness. They say it's something that has to be cured. I don't know. I do know it isn't easy. If I had a choice, it's not something I'd pick for myself. But it's the only way I can live. Gary and I have a kind of a marriage. We...
Nick Salter: I don't what to talk about it!
Doug Salter: DOUG SALTER: Nick, we love each other. Damn it, look at me. Does that change me so much? I'm still your father. Don't, don't cry. C'mon. I've lied to myself for a long time. Why should I lie to you? It's funny, I never talked about this with my own father. I should have. He knew. At least, I think he knew. But we could never sit down, even approach it. And he died. I know how you feel. You may not believe that, but I do. Nick, the hardest time I've ever had was accepting it myself. Can you at least try to understand? Please? Nick? I love you.


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Hal Holbrook Facts
Won the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "Mark Twain Tonight".

Stepfather of Mary Dixie Carter and Ginna Carter.

He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

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