Always a busy big-screen actor in subordinate roles, Holbrook is probably best known as Twain (an Emmy and a Tony all but cemented that status), but he also played Abraham Lincoln in a series of TV specials and in the miniseries North and South, John Adams in the miniseries George Washington and World War II Gen. George C. Marshall in the Emmy-winning Los Alamos drama Day One.
His other work on the small screen has been ubiquitous across the decades, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the '50s to Disneyland in the early '70s to The West Wing and The Sopranos. A Holbrook character can align with the forces of good (the kindly mentor type in Wall Street) or evil (he headed the conglomerate of shady lawyers in The Firm). But in terms of career benchmarks,… the must-sees include Mark Twain Tonight! (1967, Kultur, unrated, $30): An American classic preserved. --Mike Clark, USA Today