Hal Holbrook

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  • Birth Name: Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr.
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer
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Fast Facts

  • His family can trace their American roots back to 1635, when an ancestor traveled from Weymouth, England, to Massachusetts.
  • He and his two sisters were raised by his grandfather after his parents' divorce when he was 2.
  • Left Denison University to serve during WWII in the Army Engineers before returning to complete his degree.
  • Best known for his one-man show, Mark Twain Tonight!, which began as an honors project that he and his first wife, Ruby, created at Denison. 
  • Found his first steady acting job on the soap opera The Brighter Day in 1954.
  • Was the oldest-ever Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor at the time of his nod in 2008 for Sean Penn's Into the Wild; Robert Duvall broke his record in 2015 with his nomination for The Judge.
  • Penned the 2011 memoir Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain.

Awards

  • 1966, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actor in a Drama: Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in Informational Programming: Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Actor of the Year - Special: Winner
  • 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Winner
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special: Nominee

Relationships

  • Harold Rowe Holbrook Sr. — Father
  • Mary Dixie Carter — Stepdaughter
  • Carol Eve Rossen — Ex-wife
  • Victoria Holbrook — Daughter
  • David Holbrook — Son
  • Eve Holbrook — Daughter
  • Ginna Carter — Stepdaughter
  • Aileen Holbrook — Mother
  • Ruby Holbrook — Ex-wife
  • Dixie Carter — Wife (deceased)

College

  • Denison University, Granville, Ohio, United States (BA in Theatre, 1948)

Details

  • Birth Name: Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr.
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer

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