Hal Holbrook, Oscar nominee and multiple Emmy winner, dead at 95


Hal Holbrook, the Tony and multiple Emmy winner famed for his portrayal of Mark Twain, has died. He was 95.

The actor who portrayed Watergate informant Deep Throat in 1976’s “All the President’s Men” opposite Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford died on Jan. 23 in his Beverly Hills home, his assistant Joyce Cohen confirmed Monday.

Holbrook was nominated for an Oscar at 82 for his haunting performance in Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild.”

But he was perhaps best-known for his enduring portrayal of a seminal American literary figure.

The actor first played legendary author Mark Twain in a 1954 one-man show he developed while studying at Denison University in Ohio — and continued to play the Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer writer throughout his career.

Holbrook would go on to win Tony Award in 1966 for Broadway’s “Mark Twain Tonight!,” as well as four Emmys for his work on television.

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Holbrook as Watergate informant Deep Throat in “All the President’s Men.” He uttered the iconic line: “Follow the money.”

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Holbrook and wife Dixie Carter at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards.

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Holbrook attends the premiere of “Last Rampage” at ArcLight Cinemas on September 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California.




Charlie Sheen and Hal Holbrook in 1987’s “Wall Street.”

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Hal Holbrook and Clint Eastwood in 1973’s “Magnum Force.”

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In addition to film roles in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street,” “Magnum Force” with Clint Eastwood and “The Firm” opposite Tom Cruise, he appeared in a host of acclaimed TV shows, including “The West Wing,” “The Sopranos” and “ER.”

Holbrook and his wife Dixie Carter in 1987.Holbrook and his wife, actress Dixie Carter, in 1987.Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

He made history in 1972 in “The Certain Summer,” in which he played a divorced father visited by his teenage son, who is repulsed to discover his father is gay. His “West Wing” co-star Martin Sheen played his lover in this then taboo TV-movie.

Holbrook was preceded in death by his wife, “Designing Woman” star Dixie Carter, in 2010. He is survived by three children, two stepdaughters, two grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

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