A LIVING, BREATHING, AMERICAN MASTERPIECE! It is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theater. 60 years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny off-Broadway theater and introduced the world to a man they would never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook, and the man was Mark Twain.
About Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook was raised along with his two sisters in Massachusetts by their grandfather, after being abandoned by their parents. After three years in World War II, Holbrook completed his education at Denison University in Ohio, where the Mark Twain characterization grew out of an honors project. This gave him and his young wife, Ruby, an immediate job after graduation, playing scenes from Shakespeare to Twain.
This total disguise of himself, which took as much as four hours when he was younger, has given Holbrook the benefit of another career as himself in motion pictures like “Magnum Force,” “Wall Street,” “Creepshow,” “Water for Elephants,” “Lincoln” and “Into the Wild,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Television films and series earned him five Emmy Awards – a total of twelve nominations. With 98 stage plays in New York and regional theatres around the country, he has said “I’ve been on the road most of my life.”