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Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on television, and was memorable as Abraham Lincoln, as... See full bio »

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Into the Wild
Into the Wild Ron Franz
Lincoln Preston Blair
Wall Street
Wall Street Lou Mannheim
Men of Honor
Men of Honor 'Mr. Pappy'


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 2016 Bones (TV Series)
Red Fletcher
- Episode #12.3 (2016) ... Red Fletcher
 2015 Blackway
 2010-2014 Sons of Anarchy (TV Series)
Nate Madock
- Red Rose (2014) ... Nate Madock
- Home (2010) ... Nate Madock
- Caregiver (2010) ... Nate Madock
- Oiled (2010) ... Nate Madock
- So (2010) ... Nate Madock
 2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue
Mayday (voice)
 2013 Rectify (TV Series)
Rutherford Gaines
 2013 Savannah
Judge Harden
 2012 Promised Land
Frank Yates
 2011 Good Day for It
 2010 Flying Lessons
Harry Pleasant
 2009 Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas (TV Movie)
Dean Davis Winters
 2008 Killshot
 2008 ER (TV Series)
Walter Perkins
 2006 NCIS (TV Series)
Mickey Stokes
- Escaped (2006) ... Mickey Stokes
 2005 The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
Edward Shanowski
- A Room of One's Own (2005) ... Edward Shanowski
 2003 The Street Lawyer (TV Movie)
Arthur Jacobs
 2003 Good Morning, Miami (TV Series)
Jim Templeton
- Subterranean Workplace Blues (2003) ... Jim Templeton
- Her Place or Mine? (2003) ... Jim Templeton
 2003 Shade
The Professor
 2002 Becker (TV Series)
Mr. Humphries
- And the Heartbeat Goes On (2002) ... Mr. Humphries
 2002 Purpose
Tom Walker
 2001 Haven (TV Movie)
Harold L. Ickes
 2001 The Legend of the Three Trees (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2000 Waking the Dead
Isaac Green
 1999 A Place Apart (TV Movie)
 1999 The Florentine
 1998 Beauty (TV Movie)
Alexander Miller
 1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale
Boyd Callahan
 1998 Walking to the Waterline
Man on the Beach
 1998 Hush
Dr. Franklin Hill
 1998 My Own Country (TV Movie)
Lloyd Flanders
 1997 The Third Twin (TV Movie)
 1997 Eye of God
Sheriff Rogers
 1997 All the Winters That Have Been (TV Movie)
Uncle Ren Corvin
 1997 Hercules
Amphitryon (voice)
 1997 Operation Delta Force (TV Movie)
Admiral Henshaw
 1997 Cats Don't Dance
Cranston (voice)
 1996 The Battle of the Alamo (TV Movie documentary)
 1996 Carried Away
Doctor Evans
 1996 Innocent Victims (TV Movie)
Bob Hennis
 1995 She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal (TV Movie)
Adm. Kelso
 1995 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester (TV Movie)
Wild Bill McKenzie
 1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor (TV Movie)
Wild Bill McKenzie
 1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (TV Movie)
William McKenzie
 1993 Bonds of Love (TV Movie)
Jim Smith
 1990 A Killing in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Dr. Beardsley
 1989 Sorry, Wrong Number (TV Movie)
Jim Coltrane
 1989 Fletch Lives
Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
 1989 Day One (TV Movie)
Gen. George Marshall
 1988 I'll Be Home for Christmas (TV Movie)
Joseph Bundy
 1988 The Unholy
Archbishop Mosely
 1988 Emma: Queen of the South Seas (TV Mini-Series)
Jonas Coe
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Jonas Coe
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Jonas Coe
 1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Andrew McKaig
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Dr. Andrew McKaig
- The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988) ... Dr. Andrew McKaig
- The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988) ... Dr. Andrew McKaig
 1987 Wall Street
Lou Mannheim
 1987 Plaza Suite (TV Movie)
Sam Nash
 1986 Under Siege (TV Movie)
President Maxwell Monroe
 1986 Dress Gray (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. Charles Hedges
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Gen. Charles Hedges
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Gen. Charles Hedges
 1985 Behind Enemy Lines (TV Movie)
Col. Calvin Turner
 1985 North and South (TV Mini-Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
 1984 I Am Joe's Skin (Short)
Joe's Skin (voice)
 1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier (TV Movie)
Grandpa Grier
 1984 George Washington (TV Mini-Series)
John Adams
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... John Adams
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... John Adams
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... John Adams
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Calvin Sledge
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Calvin Sledge
- Part 3 (1984) ... Calvin Sledge
- Part 1 (1984) ... Calvin Sledge
 1983 The Star Chamber
Judge Benjamin Caulfield
 1982 Girls Nite Out
Jim MacVey
 1981 The Killing of Randy Webster (TV Movie)
John Webster
 1980 The Kidnapping of the President
President Adam Scott
 1980 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1980 Off the Minnesota Strip (TV Movie)
Bud Johansen
 1979 Natural Enemies
Paul Steward
 1979 When Hell Was in Session (TV Movie)
Cmdr. Jeremiah A. Denton
 1979 The Legend of the Golden Gun (TV Movie)
J.R. Swackhammer
 1979 Murder by Natural Causes (TV Movie)
Arthur Sinclair
 1977 Julia
 1977 The Creeper
 1977 Our Town (TV Movie)
Stage manager
 1975-1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
Theater in America Host
- Ah, Wilderness! (1976) ... Theater in America Host
- Beyond the Horizon (1975) ... Theater in America Host
 1976 33 Hours in the Life of God (TV Movie)
Dr. Simon Abbott
 1973 Magnum Force
Lt. Briggs
 1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
The Elder (voice, uncredited)
 1973 Pueblo (TV Movie)
Capt. Lloyd Bucher
 1972 They Only Kill Their Masters
Dr. Warren G. Watkins
 1972 That Certain Summer (TV Movie)
Doug Salter
 1972 Appointment with Destiny (TV Series)
- Surrender at Appomattox (1972) ... Narrator
 1971 Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (TV Movie)
Harlan Webb
 1971 Suddenly Single (TV Movie)
Larry Hackett
 1971 Travis Logan, D.A. (TV Movie)
Matthew Sand
 1970 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mitch Collins
- The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City: Part 2 (1970) ... Mitch Collins
- The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City: Part 1 (1970) ... Mitch Collins
 1970 The Great White Hope
 1970 The People Next Door
David Hoffman
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Mayor John Adrian
- The Perfect Image (1969) ... Mayor John Adrian
 1969 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Chancellor Leonard Graham
- The Whole World Is Watching (1969) ... Chancellor Leonard Graham
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Christopher Simes
- The Fraud (1969) ... Christopher Simes
 1968 The Brotherhood
Man at table (uncredited)
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Senator Johnny Fergus
 1968 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
- Wild World (1968) ... Narrator
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series)
Carey Thomas
- Faces (1967) ... Carey Thomas
 1966 Preview Tonight (TV Series)
 1966 The Group
Gus Leroy
 1955 Mr. Citizen (TV Series)
- Late for Supper (1955)
 1954 The Brighter Day (TV Series)
Grayling Dennis #1 (1954-1959)
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"Mark Twain Tonight!," one man show, written by Mark Twain (as Samuel Clemens), directed by Hal Holbrook. Longacre Theatre (85 performances + 1 preview on 22 Mar 1966). Cast: Hal Holbrook (as "Mark Twain"). Produced by Emanuel Azenberg, Eugene V. Wolsk and Leonard Soloway. Produced in association with John Lolas. See more »

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1 Interview | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »


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On stage your job as actor is to present and show the story by your behavior, body language, and vocal work. In film, you musn't. You just have to be. You are...and it's mostly intuitive. The amount of characterization you do is very minimal. In fact, you try not to act at all. It's actually better that way, and it's taken me years to learn that. See more »


In 2008, at age 82, he became the oldest male actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. His nomination displaced Ralph Richardson, who previously held that distinction. See more »

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