Hal Holbrook Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 29 Jul, 2016
Facts of Hal Holbrook
Date of Birth: 1925 , February-17
Age: 95 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch
Name Hal Holbrook
Father Harold Rowe Holbrook, Sr.
Mother Aileen Davenport Holbrook
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Cleveland, Ohio
Profession Film actor
Net Worth $5 million
Weight in KG N/A
Married Yes
Married to Dixie Carter (m. 19842010), Carol Eve Rossen (m. 1966), Ruby Holbrook (m. 1945)
Children David Holbrook, Victoria Holbrook, Eve Holbrook
Education Denison University
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Movies Into the Wild 2007
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Harold Rowe "Hal" Holbrook, Jr. is an American film and stage actor. He 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.

Hal 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.

Hal 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 60’s and early 70’s 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.

Hal 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 production, 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’.

In his lifetime, Holbrook has 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.

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.

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