Hal Holbrook: Harold Rowe “Hal” Holbrook, Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925. He is a multi-Emmy winning iconic actor that is best known for his portrayal of the American author, Mark Twain, in “Mark Twain Tonight”. This astonishing portrayal was broadcast on TV in 1967 and Holbrook received an Emmy nomination for his performance. He also won a Tony award the previous year for this same one-man show on Broadway. “Mark Twain Tonight” has repeatedly toured across the country in what, as of 2005, has amounted to over 2000 performances. Amazing that Holbrook has been portraying Mark Twain on and off for over 50 years. Hal has appeared in hundreds of television shows, films and on Broadway over his very long and illustrious career. He portrayed President Abraham Lincoln twice, first in “Sandburg’s Lincoln” (1974) and again in the TV mini-series “North and South” (1985-86). Notably, he has appeared with his wife, Dixie Carter, on her TV series “Designing Women” and also co-starred in the popular TV series “Evening Shade” (90′-94′) alongside Burt Reynolds and Charles Durning. His most recent appearance in Sean Penn’s critically acclaimed film “Into the Wild” (2007) earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the 80th Academy Award, at age 82, making him the oldest nominee in Academy Award history in the Best Supporting Actor category. Earlier this year Hal appeared on the TV series “Sons of Anarchy” and in the film “Flying Lessons”. *A couple of folks posted comments on this page when it was “Your choice for 93 yr. old Jacob” naming Hal Holbrook as their pick, good call! Director Francis Lawrence tweeted that Hal was his first choice and that he was very happy that they were able to secure him for the role of the older Jacob Jankowski. I think that Hal is a very appropriate choice and he will undoubtedly give a wonderful performance. Suffice it to say that I am very pleased with the casting and like I said before, Just more icing on the Water for Elephants ‘cake’! Bravo! Below is a photo of Hal back in the day… I think I see a tiny resemblance to Rob Pattinson… Please leave your comments below!