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Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95

Hal Holbrook, who carved out a substantial acting career in television and film but who achieved his widest acclaim onstage, embodying Mark Twain in all his craggy splendor and vinegary wit in a one-man show seen around the world, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 95.

His death was confirmed by his assistant, Joyce Cohen, on Monday night.

Mr. Holbrook had a long and fruitful run as an actor. He was the shadowy patriot Deep Throat in “All the President’s Men” (1976); an achingly grandfatherly character in “Into the Wild” (2007), for which he received an Oscar nomination; and the influential Republican Preston Blair in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (2012).

He played the 16th president himself, on television, in Carl Sandburg’s “Lincoln,” a 1974 mini-series. The performance earned him an Emmy Award, one of five he won for his acting in television movies and mini-series; the others included “The Bold Ones: The Senator” (1970), his protagonist resembling John F. Kennedy, and “Pueblo” (1973) in which he played the commander of a Navy intelligence boat seized by North Korea in 1968.

Mr. Holbrook was a regular on the 1980s television series “Designing Women.” He played Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” Shakespeare’s Hotspur and King Lear, and the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”

But above all he was Mark Twain, standing alone onstage in a rumpled white linen suit, spinning an omnisciently pungent, incisive and humane narration of the human comedy. ...
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/theater/hal-holbrook-dead.html

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The New York Times: Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95 (By Robert Berkvist)

 
Would you believe I just found this by accident (is there such thing?) True, found this while looking for an unrelated file...
Hey, fate/destiny/synchronicity/karma - "It is what it is". This is.... "election humor". Smile! It could be worse (?)

Fenichel Archives: Election Days 2000


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Totally unrelated to today's candidates or world, but... From Election 2000! (Humor) Twenty years ago...
This is a satirical collection of how classic writers might have written about the election.
Yes, Dylan, "things have changed"!

Brian Duffy cartoon on 2000 presidential election, Nov. 12, 2000 | Des Moines Register Cartoonists

#humor #elections #election2020 #politics #literature #literary #satire #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
 
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