~Meet 90, or 93 year old Jacob~

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!

Published on March 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm  Comments (14)  

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  1. Hal Holbrook may not be hugely famous but he is one of American’s greatest character actors who disappears into his roles, whether Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln (this possibly explains why he is not as well known as he could be). When i saw him in Magnum Force I could hardly believe this was the same man who played Lincoln. A actor who deserves greater recognition

  2. It is truly one of the best there is no words to describe the movie water for elephants if u wanna know go watch it and u’ll know why there are no words to describe it

  3. Hal and Rob’s Dad look a lot alike therefore I say it works…. besides I can’t think of anyone better for the role….

  4. “Water for Elephants” has been one of the best books
    I have read. I am an educator and lucky to have the summer off. So I have been trying to keep up on all
    Rob Pattinson’s films. (Saw Eclipse 3X) Read all the books and watch Twilight often!! All my friends, my
    husband and son know of my “dedication”. I think
    Hal Holbrook is a perfect choice, as are all the actors
    in this movie. Rob is such a talented person, Reese
    is so beautiful and Cristoph was “scary” in “Inglorius Bastards” so I am sure his performance will
    be wonderful. My parent is in a nursing home, so
    I can “feel” older Jacob’s life. Rob is just so
    kind and talented, and yes, looks like a cross between
    James Dean and Marlon Brando, when those guys were in
    movies as young men.
    Sorry to have gone on so long.
    I wish I was in Ga.! In the South, but not close
    enough. Break a leg to all the actors
    Can’t wait to see this movie!

  5. I had Hal Holbrook pictured in my head the whole time I was reading WFE and I had no idea he already had the role!! This makes me so happy….he is the only choice to play the elder Jacob Jankowski. I just fell so deeply in love with both young and old Jacob…I can’t wait to see this wonderful book brought to the big screen.

  6. I’m so pleased Hal Holbrook was picked to play old Jacob. Hal is an amazing actor and I can visualize him as the character Jacob in the nursing home in the book.

  7. I love Hal Holbrook. I think he is the perfect choice. I can see Rob aging, and becoming Hal. Bravo.

  8. I love Hal Holbrook…what a great choice!

  9. Christopher Plummer would be great. Not sure when they are filming but Christopher will be at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this summer playing Prospero in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

  10. Just want to add, Holbrook is the same height as Rob and has very similar facial features – light eyes, similar nose and chin. And he’s 85, which is nearly the age of the character. He was nominated for an oscar back in 2008.

  11. Hal Holbrook. Old Jacob has to have a very folksy, old-fashioned American accent, which Holbrook does. He was in Into the Wild, if you want to check him out. Great actor!

  12. Sir Ian McKellen is my choice… He would be perfect…

  13. Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen? They both have excellent voices for narration.

  14. Christopher Plummer is an excellent choice. I was thinking the same thing! :D

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