Harold Rowe Holbrook (1902 - 1982)

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Birthplace: Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States
Death: Died in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation: real estate salesman
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About Harold Rowe Holbrook

Hal Holbrook is best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain in the long-running one-man show Mark Twain Tonight. The actor also played Deep Throat in All the President's Men and won an Oscar nomination for his performance in Into the Wild.

But before becoming a beloved actor, Holbrook had to survive a painful childhood.

He describes that childhood in his new autobiography, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain. When Holbrook was a young boy, his father was sent to an insane asylum, a separation for which the young Holbrook received virtually no explanation. He was abandoned by his mother and endured repeated beatings and humiliation at boarding school.

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  1. Name: Harold Holbrook Gender: Male Birth Place: Columbus, Franklin, Ohio Birth Date: 18 Feb 1902 Father's Name: Allen Mother's Name: Minnie Rowe FHL Film Number: 285137 Source Information: Ancestry.com. Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  2. 1920 United States Federal Census Name: Allen V Holbrook Age: 53 Birth Year: abt 1867 Birthplace: Massachusetts Home in 1920: Columbus Ward 16, Franklin, Ohio Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Minnie A Holbrook Father's Birthplace: Massachusetts Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts Home Owned: Own Able to Read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Neighbors:Household Members: Name Age Allen V Holbrook 53 Minnie A Holbrook 48 Allen V Holbrook 20 Harold R Holbrook 18 Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Columbus Ward 16, Franklin, Ohio; Roll: T625_1383; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 265; Image: 840.
  3. 1940 United States Federal Census Name: Harold R Holbrook Respondent: Yes Age: 38 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1902 Gender: Male Race: White Birthplace: Ohio Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Lodger Home in 1940: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Street: Lankershim House Number: 3875 Inferred Residence in 1935: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio Residence in 1935: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio Sheet Number: 81A Institution: Universal Hotel Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T627_376; Page: 81A; Enumeration District: 60-53.
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Harold Holbrook's Timeline

1902
1902
Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States
1925
February 17, 1925
Age 23
Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
1982
November 14, 1982
Age 80
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
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