'All The President's Men' actor Hal Holbrook dies at 95

Ben Arnold
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Actor Hal Holbrook arrives for the closing night Gala Screening of "Lincoln" at the AFI Fest in Hollywood, California November 8, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Hal Holbrook (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Hal Holbrook, the veteran stage and screen actor known for playing the role of Deep Throat in All The President's Men, has died at the age of 95.

He died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on 23 January, his assistant confirmed to The New York Times.

A winner of five Emmys, he became the oldest actor to receive an Oscar nomination at the age of 82, for the 2007 movie Into The Wild, helmed by Sean Penn.

Los Angeles, CA - 1974: Hal Holbrook with his Emmy Emmy awards on he ABC tv special 'The 26th Primetime Emmy Awards', at the Pantages Theatre. (Photo by American Broadcasting Companies via Getty Images)
Hal Holbrook at the 26th Emmy Emmy awards (Credit: American Broadcasting Companies via Getty Images)

He played the grandfather of Emile Hirsch's Christopher McCandless, in the true story of a man who hiked into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.

Holbrook also played the role of Deep Throat, the shadowy government source behind the Watergate scandal, in the Oscar-winning All The President's Men, alongside Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.

LARAMIE, WY - JANUARY 30: Hal Holbrook plays the role of American author, humorist and lecturer in his performance of "Mark Twain Tonight" at the University of Wyoming Arts & Sciences Auditorium on January 30, 1984 in Laramie, Wyoming. Holbrook played Twain for 63 years – thirteen years longer than Samuel Clemens used the Mark Twain pseudonym. (Photo by Mark Junge/Getty Images)
Hal Holbrook playing Mark Twain at the University of Wyoming Arts & Sciences Auditorium on January 30, 1984 (Credit: Mark Junge/Getty Images)

He played Abraham Lincoln twice, once in the 1976 US mini-series Lincoln, and then again in the 1985 mini-series North and South.

In another brush with the president, he also starred as newspaper editor Francis Preston Blair in Steven Spielberg's epic Lincoln from 2012.

LINCOLN -- "Crossing Fox River" Episode 5 -- Pictured: Hal Holbrook as Abraham Lincoln -- (Photo by: Paul W. Bailey/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Hal Holbrook as Abraham Lincoln (Credit: Paul W. Bailey/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

However, he was perhaps best known for his lifelong portrayals of Mark Twain, playing the American writer on stage and on TV both before and after serving in the US army during World War II.

He would continue to play Twain throughout his life, both on Broadway, in touring productions across America and on TV.

In 1973, he faced off against Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force, as Briggs, the rival detective to Eastwood's hard-boiled 'Dirty' Harry Callahan.

American actors Hal Holbrook and Tom Cruise on the set of The Firm, based on the novel by John Grisham and directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Francois Duhamel/Sygma via Getty Images)
Hal Holbrook with Tom Cruise on the set of The Firm (Credit: Francois Duhamel/Sygma via Getty Images)

He also appeared in movies including Capricorn One, The Fog, Wall Street, Julia, Men of Honor, and The Firm, as well as providing the voice for Amphitryon in Disney's Hercules.

On TV, he appeared in dozens of hit shows, from The West Wing, ER and Sons of Anarchy to The Sopranos.

His last screen roles came in 2017, when he was 92, appearing in Bones, Grey's Anatomy and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0.

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