Happy Birthday: Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook.jpgHal Holbrook

Born: February 17, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Married to:
Dixie Carter (27 May 1984 – 10 April 2010) (her death)
Carol Eve Rossen (28 December 1966 – 14 June 1983) (divorced) (1 child)
Ruby Holbrook (22 September 1945 – 1965) (divorced) (2 children)

On stage your job as actor is to present and show the story by your behavior, body language, and vocal work. In film, you musn’t. You just have to be. You are…and it’s mostly intuitive. The amount of characterization you do is very minimal. In fact, you try not to act at all. It’s actually better that way, and it’s taken me years to learn that.

Most everybody today that’s young is operating under the insane idea that what we’ve got going on is the best that there is. But it’s not. Current entertainment is cheap, shoddy, infantile, adolescent, not grown-up. We’re fed imagery that’s really pornographic, by people with an infantile idea of sexuality. It’s a sad and depressing thing.



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