Hal Holbrook, Emmy-winning Mark Twain actor, dead at 95

Sarah Carty
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Hal Holbrook, best known for his roles as Mark Twain and Deep Throat in All the President's Men has died at the age of 95.

The Emmy and Tony winner’s personal assistant, Joyce Cohen, confirmed the sad news to the New York Times on Monday night.

Hal Halbrook
Hal Holbrook has died at the age of 95. Photo: Getty Images

Over the course of his career, Hal won four Emmys and nabbed a Tony in 1966 for directing and starring in Mark Twain Tonight.

Hal began performing in the show in 1954 and appeared in it over 2,200 times throughout his career.

He received the first of multiple Emmy nominations for a TV adaptation of Mark Twain Tonight in 1967.

Hal also drew an Oscar nomination for supporting actor for his role in the film Into the Wild in 2008.

At the time of the nomination, the 82-year-old was the oldest performer to ever receive such recognition.

He also played Abraham Lincoln, winning an Emmy in 1976 for the NBC miniseries Lincoln and reprising the role in the ABC miniseries North and South in 1985 and its sequel the following year.

He won his first Emmy in 1970, for his role as the title character in the brief but highly regarded series The Bold Ones: The Senator.

Hal attends the premiere of Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" at the El Capitan Theatre on July 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Hal was best known for his roles as Mark Twain and Deep Throat in All the President's Men. Photo: Getty Images

Among many other shows he also appeared in the West Wing, The Sopranos, Bones, Grey's Anatomy and Hawaii Five-0.

The actor made a deep impression on the big screen as well, playing Deep Throat in All the President's Men - it was he who intoned the famous words "Follow the money" - and a power-mad police lieutenant in the Dirty Harry movie Magnum Force.

His memoir Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain was published in September 2011.

He was married three times. He and third wife Dixie Carter were married in 1984 and remained together until her death in 2010.

He is survived by his three children and two stepdaughters, as well as two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Reporting by AAP

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