Famed character actor Hal Holbrook has died. He was 95 years old.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in February of 1925, Holbrook was known primarily for his appearances in numerous television series in a career that lasted more than six decades.
While the actor had previously appeared in various genre titles, it was in 1980 that Holbrook first carved himself out a place in horror history when he portrayed Father Malone, a priest who discovers the deadly secrets of the little town of Antonio Bay in John Carpenter’s The Fog.
Just two years later, he would take on perhaps his most iconic role in the genre when he played Henry Northrup who decides to rid himself of his loud-mouthed, alcoholic wife Billie (Adrienne Barbeau) by feeding her to a mysterious monster in Creepshow. Holbrook’s portrayal was brilliantly nuanced in a way that was unexpected against the garish backdrop of the classic anthology film.
Outside of his work in the genre, the actor earned a Tony Award for his portrayal Mark Twain, and received 10 Emmy nominations over the course of his career.
Holbrook died on January 23, 2021. His publicist confirmed the actor’s death just this morning. He is survived by three children, two step-children, and several grandchildren.
iHorror sends our condolences to the friends and family of Hal Holbrook.
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iHorror – ‘Creepshow,’ ‘The Fog’ Actor Hal Holbrook Has Died at 95
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February 2, 2021