Hal Holbrook

Inside Biography

Harold Rowe "Hal" Holbrook, Jr. was an American film and stage actor. He was popularly known for his tv direction and screenwriting as well. 

He had appeared in many movies and tv series as well as many ads since his career starting age to before his death.

Age of Rowe

Hal Holbrook was born on February 17, 1925. Holbrook was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, Harold Rowe Holbrook, Sr and mother Aileen (Davenport) Holbrook, abandoned him at the age of two.

After this, he and his two sisters were raised by his paternal grandparents first in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and then in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood. He graduated from Culver Academies and then from Denison University.


Holbrook developed a one-man show, a series of performances, called Mark Twain Tonight, during his college time. He also served in the United States Army in the Second World War and was stationed in Newfoundland as an engineer.

Sadly, the actor took his last breath on 23 January 2021. He died at the age of 95. As there is no specific reason for his death, his death cause could be treated as a natural death.

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Famous Movies

Halbrook’s first solo performance as Mark Twain in 1954 got him noticed by Ed Sullivan. He made his film debut in Sidney Lumet's The Group in 1966. The mid-’60s and early ’70s was an important period in his film career as it was the time he performed in The Mark Twain Show.

During the time, he also featured in films such as Wild in the Streets (1968), The People Next Door (1968), and the first sequel to Dirty Harry (1971). In 1976, he played Deep Throat in the political thriller, All the President’s Men, which is perhaps his most famous film role yet.

Tv Ads and series

Holbrook appeared in numerous TV series like  Pueblo in 1973 and 1976's Lincoln.  Both of those TV films earned the actor an Emmy. After that, he appeared in numerous products, some of them being ‘Murder by Natural Causes’, ‘Off the Minnesota Strip’, ‘North and South’ and ‘Designing Women’.

Hal Holbrook was seen in ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Sopranos’ in 2000. In 2007, at the age of 82, he made history by becoming the oldest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award, for his role in the film ‘Into the Wild’.

Net Worth

Holbrook is a converted Christian but tends to criticize the Bible at times. His appearances in small screen shave helped his net worth to rise to 5 million dollars.

Similarly, his net worth at his death was $12 Million. He might have earned major of his fortune from his showbiz career which he started in 1948.

Married Thrice

In his lifetime, Holbrook had married three times. His first marriage was with Ruby Holbrook in 1945. After having two children, Victoria and David Holbrook, they divorced in 1965. The next year, he married Carol Eve Rossen and had a child, Eve Holbrook, before getting divorced in 1983.

Again, the following year Holbrook married actress Dixie Carter. They remained married until Carter’s death on April 10, 2010. Though the actor didn't remain lucky in his love life, he might have had a healthy relationship with his famly members before his death.

by Bchrome, 29 Jul, 2016

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