Hal Holbrook, the long-lived and revered American actor who gave life to the mysterious Deep Throat in the film All the President’s Men (1976), died on January 23 at his residence in Beverly Hills at the age of 95, as confirmed to The New York Times, his assistant, Joyce Cohen. From theater to film to television, Holbrook (Cleveland, USA, 1925) enjoyed an extensive and highly recognized career in the world of acting. On the big screen and already in the last phase of his career, he shone with Towards Wild Routes(2007), the extreme adventure film and personal rediscovery of Sean Penn with which he was nominated for an Oscar for best-supporting actor. Holbrook was at that time the oldest performer to receive an Oscar nomination (82 years old), although the statuette ultimately went to Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men (2007).
Aside from his time at the Oscars, Holbrook’s best-known film role may be that of Deep Throat, an FBI agent who revealed the keys to the Watergate case to reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein. (Dustin Hoffman), in Alan J. Pakula’s memorable political and journalistic intrigue of All the President’s Men.
Holbrook also worked under the orders of Steven Spielberg ( Lincoln, 2012), Sydney Pollack ( The Cover, 1993), Oliver Stone ( Wall Street, 1987 ), John Carpenter ( The Fog, 1980), George A. Romero ( Creepshow, 1982 ) or Gus Van Sant ( Promised Land, 2012).
Holbrook was born in Cleveland on February 17, 1925, and his mother was a vaudeville dancer. After serving in the Army in Newfoundland during World War II, Holbrook attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio.