Hal Holbrook: A Lifetime Of Diverse Roles

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Hal Holbrook stars as Abner Meechum in Scott Teem's film adaptation of a short story by William Gay. Cooper Dunn hide caption

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Hal Holbrook in 'That Evening Sun'

Hal Holbrook stars as Abner Meechum in Scott Teem's film adaptation of a short story by William Gay.

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This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 30, 2009. 'That Evening Sun' is now available on DVD. Hal Holbrook currently has a reoccurring role on the new FX series 'Sons of Anarchy' and will appear in the 2011 film 'Water for Elephants.'

Late in an enviably long career, 85-year-old Hal Holbrook is still making new strides. In 2008, he received his first Oscar nomination, earning the best supporting actor nod for his portrayal of a "stubborn old man" who bonds with the troubled main character in Sean Penn's film Into The Wild.

Last year, Holbrook starred in the movie, That Evening Sun. He plays Abner Meechum, an elderly ex-farmer who slips away from his nursing home and returns to the farm he used to run with his late wife. But his son is renting the farm to an old enemy, and Meechum is forced to live as a guest and fight for his land.

Holbrook is widely known for his portrayal of Mark Twain in a one-man stage show he's been performing on and off for 50 years. A version of his Mark Twain show aired on CBS in 1967, earning the actor an Emmy Award.

His other roles include that of Deep Throat in All the President's Men, and an appearance opposite Martin Sheen in That Certain Summer, which in 1972 was TV's first sympathetic drama about a same-sex relationship.

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