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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hal Holbrook

Actor Hal Holbrook is at my local theater giving his highly respected stage performance of Mark Twain. Now 88, he began performing this role as a college student.

Holbrook's career has also crossed heavily into film and television. A multi-Emmy winner, at the age of 82 he became the oldest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award, for his performance in Into the Wild (2007).
I saw Holbrook’s rendition of Mark Twain when I was in high school and developed a love for the author that night. I look forward to seeing his show again. If you’ve never had the privilege of seeing this act, here is just one of many clips:

17 comments:

R. Mac Wheeler said...


Thanks for the treat :O)

Jai said...

I'll have to watch this tonight when I get home.

That is an amazing career.

Hart Johnson said...

So much more than Barney Miller, eh? That was fabulous!

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Whoah 88? Good of him to make it that far.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

88 and still going strong I see.

Laura Marcella said...

Hello, Sylvia! This was fun to watch. Thanks for sharing!

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Tony Laplume said...

Jealous!

M.C.V. Egan said...

WOW I feel like I just saw Mark Twain! I found you because you left a comment on the B day that featured my book on the A-Z challenge. I am afraid that my H post is my least fave so far…but if you like HATS do swing by @ http://thebridgeofdeaths.tumblr.com/

Steven said...

Very cool. Twain's writing and personality were pure gold!

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Hey Sylivia, My favorite post of the day. I love Hal Holbrook. I saw him in Mark Twain, too, but I loved to watch him as Reece Watson w/his wife Dixie Carter on Designing Women. Brilliant.

c.b. said...

I just saw him in a movie that came out back in January - "Promised Land." He was so good in that, but then he is in just about every role.

Happy A to Zing!

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Rachel McClellan said...

Thanks for sharing this. I had forgotten all about him!

Mark Means said...

A great actor and I think I may have seen some of this, before. A great rendition of Mark Twain.

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Connie Gruning said...

Hal a true Southern Gentleman! Great post!
Conie
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Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I'd really love to get to see him do that IRL.

Ida Chiavaro said...

What a lovely tribute to Holbrook, I enjoyed his rendition, I can't believe he is 88, the story and they way he tells it are amazing