Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. (born February 17, 1925) is an American film and stage actor and television director. He first received critical acclaim in 1954 for a
one-man stage show he developed while studying at
Denison University, performing as
Holbrook made his film debut in
The Group (1966). He later gained international fame for his performance as
Deep Throat in the 1976 film
All the President's Men. He played
Abraham Lincoln in the 1976 miniseries Lincoln. He has also appeared in such films as
The Fog (1980),
Wall Street (1987),
The Firm (1993),
Hercules (1997), and
Men of Honor (2000).
Holbrook's role as Ron Franz in
Into the Wild (2007) earned him both
Screen Actors Guild Award and
Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
Robert Duvall was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015, Holbrook was the oldest actor to receive a
Best Supporting Actor nomination.
 In 2009, Holbrook received critical acclaim for his performance as recently retired farmer, Abner Meecham, in the independent film
That Evening Sun.
In his later career, Holbrook appeared as
Francis Preston Blair in
Lincoln (2012), provided his voice as Mayday in the
Disney animated film
Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) and as Whizzer in
As a television actor, Holbrook is known for starring in and directing four episodes in
Designing Women as Reese Watson, opposite his wife,
 Later in his career, he has starred in minor roles in
Sons of Anarchy,
The Event, and
 He has guest-starred in many critically acclaimed television series such as
The West Wing,
Grey's Anatomy, and
Holbrook has won five
Primetime Emmy Awards and a
Tony Award for his 1966 portrayal of Twain in
Mark Twain Tonight.
 In 2003, Holbrook was honored with the
National Humanities Medal by President
George W. Bush.