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HAL HOLBROOK's (Old Jacob) movie career began with The Group
in 1966 when he was 41 years old. Since then, moviegoers have seen him in more
than 40 films including Magnum Force, Midway, All The President's Men, Capricorn
One, The Fog, Creepshow, Wall Street, The Firm, Men of Honor, The Majestic, Into
the Wild (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), That Evening Sun,
Flying Lessons, and Good Day For It.
He has received five EmmyÂ® Awards for a variety of television performances.
Throughout his long career, Holbrook has performed Mark Twain every year,
including his third and fourth New York engagements in 1977 and 2005; and a
world tour in 1985, which was the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain's birth. The
latter tour began in London and ended in New Delhi. Holbrook has constantly
returned to the stage. In New York, he appeared in Buried Inside Extra, 1983;
The Country Girl, 1984; King Lear, 1990; An American Daughter, 1997. His
regional theater credits include Our Town, Uncle Vanya, Merchant of Venice, King
Lear, A Life in the Theater, Be My Baby, and Southern Comforts, the last two
with his late wife, Dixie Carter. He also starred in a national tour of Death of
Holbrook has received Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Ohio State
University and the University of Hartford, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
from Ursinus College, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Elmira College, and
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees from Kenyon College and his alma mater,
Denison University. In 1996, he received the Edwin Booth Award, and in 1998, the
William Shakespeare Award from The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C. In
2000, Holbrook was inducted into the New York Theatre Hall of Fame; in 2003, he
received the National Humanities Medal from the president; and in 2010, he was
honored with a medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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