Holbrook, Hal

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Holbrook, Hal Gender: M
Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr.
born on 17 February 1925 at 03:16 (= 03:16 AM )
Place Cleveland, Ohio, 41n30, 81w42
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°10' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 10°27 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 18°09'

Hal Holbrook
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American actor of stage and screen whose awards include a Tony, five primetime Emmys, an Obie, and a Peabody. His debut film was "The Group" in 1966. His other films include "All the President's Men" 1976, "Wall Street," 1987 and "Carried Away," 1996. He also did a voice-over for "Hercules" in 1997. Holbrook was well known in legitimate theater, doing a variety of stage roles, and on TV in the series "The Bold Ones."

He first put his "Mark Twain Tonight!" show together in 1955 and played it as a hit in 1959. With 2,000 performances, it became the most successful one-man show in theater history with a role he played for 39 years.

Holbrook was abandoned by his parents at age two. He was never given an explanation; his mother just left. Raised by his grandparents and relatives, he was sent to boy's schools, a difficult solution when he was knocked around, but somehow he found the strength to survive. His grandfather, a strong role model, died when the boy was 12.

Holbrook was first married to Ruby Johnston from 1945-1965; they had one daughter, Victoria, and one son, David. His second marriage, to Carol Rossen, was in 1966 and lasted until 1979; they had one daughter, Evie. His third and final marriage came in 1984 to actress Dixie Carter; he worked with her when making guest appearances on her popular series, "Designing Women." They had first met doing a play for television in 1980, then worked together again in 1982.

Holbrook found 1989 to be one of the worst years of his career. Nothing was happening and he was depressed. When he read the role of King Lear, he had a tremendous connection with it and in early 1990, committed himself to doing the play. Moving back into the theater seemed like home and was one of the best decisions that he'd ever made. Since then, every year he acted in one or two plays, feeling that they kept him alive and involved. He had to keep in good shape physically, so he swam and exercised in the mornings.

His wife Dixie Carter died on 10 April 2010. Hal Holbrook died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on 23 January 2021 at age 95.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Adams, John (born 30 October 1735). Notes: 1984 TV miniseries "George Washington"
  • role played of/by Lincoln, Abraham (born 12 February 1809). Notes: 1976 TV miniseries "Lincoln"
  • role played of/by Marshall, George (born 31 December 1880). Notes: 1989 TV movie "Day One"
  • role played of/by Niebuhr, Reinhold (born 21 June 1892). Notes: Voiced in 2017 TV movie "An American Conscience"


  • Relationship : Marriage 1945 (Ruby Johnston)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1959 (Mark Twain Tonight!)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1965 (From Ruby Johnston)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1966 (Debut film, "The Group")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1966 (Carol Rossen)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1976 ("All the President's Men")
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1979 (From Carol Rossen)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1984 (Dixie Carter)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1987 ("Wall Street")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1996 ("Carried Away")

Source Notes

Contemporary Sidereal Horoscopes, same in Gauquelin Book of American Charts.


  • Traits : Body : Aerobic exercise (Swim and exercise)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Age two, abandoned by parents; raised by grandparents)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (First marriage 20 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Actress Dixie Carter)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (39 years in one role)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 95)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (The Bold Ones)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over (Hercules)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Five)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony (One)
  • Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Obie and Peabody)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book