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Hal Holbrook, Deep Throat in All the President’s Men, Dies at 95 | Movie


Hal Holbrook, an award-winning actor acclaimed for his individual portrayal of American literary legend Mark Twain and whose film work included his portrayal of the mysterious Deep Throat in All the President’s Men, has died at the age of 95.

Holbrook died on January 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. the New York Times reported. His death was confirmed Monday night by his assistant, Joyce Cohen.

In 2008, at age 82, Holbrook became the oldest male performer ever nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Into the Wild.

But it was his recreation of the revered American novelist, humorist, and social critic in Mark Twain Tonight! which gave Holbrook his greatest fame. It earned him a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in 1966 and the first of his 10 Emmy nominations in 1967.

Precious to me… Holbrook won a Tony Award for Mark Twain Tonight!
Precious to me… Holbrook won a Tony Award for Mark Twain Tonight! Photograph: CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images

Holbrook was still a young man in the mid-1950s when he created the role of Twain, who died in 1910 at age 75, and his first major exposure came when he brought the act to the popular The Ed Sullivan Show.

He performed it for former President Dwight Eisenhower and on an international tour sponsored by the United States Department of State. He continued his acting as Twain until well into the nineties. “Mark Twain is something precious to me. He’s my side arm for life, ”Holbrook told NPR in 2007.

Holbrook said he took on the Twain persona after trying to find a figure to represent in a one-man play. He read a few pages of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and said he felt a connection. He developed the act in nightclubs in New York City and first brought it to Broadway in 1959.

With makeup, a wig, a bushy white mustache, a white suit, and a cigar, Holbrook closely resembled the author when he delivered a monologue drawn from Twain’s writings and speeches on topics ranging from religion to politics to human frailties. He said he had performed the show every year since then and in every state as well as around the world.

Bombshell … with Robert Redford as Deep Throat in All the President’s Men

Tall, with an air of dignified reserve, Holbrook also made distinguished portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, winning an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series in 1976 for specials based on Carl Sandburg’s biography of the president. He also won Emmy Awards for a television special playing Captain Lloyd Bucher in 1973’s Pueblo and as a lead actor in a drama series in 1970 for The Bold Ones: The Senator.

Other major roles were as the lead in Arthur Miller’s original Broadway production of The Vichy Incident, as Martin Sheen’s partner in That Certain Summer (the first television movie to offer a comprehensive depiction of homosexuality), and as Deep Throat. , the key source in the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency, in the 1976 film All the President’s Men.

Holbrook with Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force.
Holbrook with Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force. Photograph: Everett Collection / Rex Features

Holbrook was born in Cleveland in 1925 and his mother was a vaudeville dancer. After serving in the Army in Newfoundland during World War II, Holbrook attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where his senior honors project was at Twain. He toured small towns like Twain, then took the show off-Broadway, where it was a career-launching hit. Holbrook made about 2,000 appearances as Twain.

His other films include The Group in 1966, Wild in the Streets in 1968, Magnum Force in 1973, Capricorn One in 1977, The Star Chamber and Wall Street in 1987, The Firm in 1993, That Evening Sun in 2009 with his wife Dixie Carter. , and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in 2012. Holbrook had a recurring role with Carter, a star of the comedy Designing Women, who died in April 2010 at age 70.


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