Hal Holbrook, Former Lincoln Actor, Dies at 95

Hal Holbrook died today at the age of 95. Best known for his one-man show portraying Mark Twain, he’s familiar to many of us in the Civil War world for his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln. Holbrook played the 16th president twice, in North and South (1985, 1986) and Sandburg’s Lincoln (1974-76), for which he won an Emmy Award. Holbrook also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012) as Preston Blair.

Here’s a quick little peek:

And here’s an interview from the Television Academy Foundation where Holbrook talks about playing Lincoln.

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5 Responses to Hal Holbrook, Former Lincoln Actor, Dies at 95

  1. John Foskett says:

    He also provoked one of the great lines of all tine in cinema – “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

  2. Lyle Smith says:

    He always came across on screen as a nice man. Happy he lived so long.

  3. Donald Smith says:

    Sorry to see him go.

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