Hal Holbrook, Emmy and Tony Winner Best Known for Portraying Mark Twain, Dies at 95

Holbrook also played Deep Throat in “All the President’s Men,” among many other roles

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Hal Holbrook, the versatile stage and screen actor best known for his acclaimed, Tony-winning portrayal of Mark Twain, died Jan. 26, at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 95.

Holbrook’s assistant told the New York Times about his death on Monday.

In the one man play “Mark Twain Tonight!” which Holbrook developed in 1954, he portrays Twain reading from a selection of his dramatic and comic writing. The play premiered in Pennsylvania before moving to New York in 1959 off Broadway, finally premiering on Broadway in 1966. Holbrook won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for that performance, and in 1967 was nominated for an Emmy for the television broadcast.

Holbrook continued to revive the play for decades. His final Broadway appearance in the role came in 2006, and he retired from the role for good in 2017.

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