Honored Hal Holbrook Roles

Hal Holbrook, whose January 23 death at 95 was first reported today, was perhaps best known for personifying Mark Twain on the stage and TV for more than 60 years. But the versatile actor was also nominated for an Oscar and for 10 Emmy Awards, winning five times.   

After garnering a 1966 Tony Award for his one-man play, Mark Twain Tonight, he took the show to CBS in 1967, and promptly received his first Emmy nomination. Here’s an excerpt:

Holbrook won his first Emmy for playing the lead in NBC’s 1970 political drama, The Bold Ones: The Senator, whose first and only season ran for a streamer-like eight episodes. Here’s a short compilation:

For his performance in ABC Theater’s 1973 presentation of Pueblo, Holbrook won two Emmys: for Best Lead Actor in a Drama and a special award as Actor of the Year. Pueblo told the true story of North Korea’s capture of the U.S. Navy’s USS Pueblo in 1968. Here’s one of Holbrook’s Emmy acceptance speeches:

Holbrook picked up Emmy honors again the following year for playing the title role in NBC’s 1974 limited series Sandburg’s Lincoln, which you can watch right here:

Holbrook won his final Emmy for hosting the “Alaska” episode of TBS’ Portrait of America series. We don’t have any video to show for that work, but we’ll go to Alaska nonetheless with a clip showcasing Holbrook’s Oscar-nominated supporting role in 2007’s Into the Wild, the autobiographical film about extreme hiker Chris McCandless (Emile Hirsch):

Into the Wild is available to Netflix subscribers, or for $2.99 from various providers.

(Top photo: Holbrook performing as Mark Twain at the University of Houston. Source: Flickr. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. UH Digital Library)

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