The actor passed on January 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, California, the New York Times reported.
Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. or Hal Holbrook as we knew him, was an American actor, television director, and writer. His first taste of success came in 1954 when he developed a one-man stage show called Mark Twain Tonight! He managed to pull this off while studying at Denison University, performing as Mark Twain. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1966 for his portrayal of Twain. Holbrook also won five Primetime Emmy Awards.
The New York Times reported that Holbrook died on January 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. They said his death was confirmed late on Monday by his assistant, Joyce Cohen.
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.”
He appeared in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed film Into the Wild and received an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the 80th Academy Awards. At the time Holbrook was 82 and the oldest nominee in Academy Award history in the Best Supporting Actor category.
In September 2017, after six decades of playing the role of Mark Twain, Holbrook announced his retirement from the one-man show Mark Twain Tonight! His final screen roles were in 2017, when, at 92, he guest-starred in episodes of the television series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Hawaii Five-0.”
Holbrook married actress and singer Dixie Carter in 1984, who was also on Designing Women and the couple remained married until her death from endometrial cancer on April 10, 2010.