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Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook has played the role of Mark Twain for more years than did Samuel Clemens.

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Hal Holbrook has played the role of Mark Twain for more years than did Samuel Clemens.

Actor

Weymouth

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Born 1925

Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr., one of the most acclaimed actors of the last half-century, is a descendant of a founding family of Weymouth, tracing his roots in the town back to Thomas Holbrook, who came with the Rev. Joseph Hull’s company in 1635.

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Holbrook grew up on Sargent Road, and the Joshua Holbrook Homestead, which houses the Weymouth Historical Society, was owned by one of Hal Holbrook’s ancestors.

Since 1954, he has created the definitive portrait of an American icon in the one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight.” In an interview, he declared the show “my annuity,” and noted he has portrayed Twain longer than Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who adopted the pseudonym at the age of 24 in 1859.

Holbrook’s career spans film, television, and theater. Among his best-known roles are Deep Throat in the movie “All the President’s Men,” as Abraham Lincoln in the 1976 TV production of Carl Sandburg’s “Lincoln,” and Willy Loman on stage in “Death of a Salesman.” He is the winner of a Tony Award, five prime-time Emmy Awards, and was 82 when nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for his role in “Into The Wild.”

SOURCES: Internet Movie Database; Weymouth Historical Society; “Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain,” Hal Holbrook, 2011

SOURCES: Internet Movie Database; Weymouth Historical Society; “Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain,” Hal Holbrook, 2011
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