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Hal Holbrook, Emmy-Winning Actor Who Portrayed Professor Henry Northrup Dead at 95

While the media is busy reminding us of Hal Holbrook’s portrayal of Mark Twain, I’d like to point out that a lot of us remember him best as Professor Henry Northrup in “The Crate” segment of 1982’s Creepshow.

Emmy and Tony winner Hal Holbrook, an actor best known for his role as Mark Twain, whom he portrayed for decades in one-man shows, died on Jan. 23. He was 95. Holbrook’s personal assistant, Joyce Cohen, confirmed his death to the New York Times on Monday night. Holbrook played the American novelist in a solo show called “Mark Twain Tonight!” that he directed himself and for which he won the best actor Tony in 1966. He returned to Broadway with the show in 1977 and 2005 and appeared in it more than 2,200 times (as of 2010) in legit venues across the country. He began performing the show in 1954… read more >

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