Hal Holbrook is an Emmy and Tony award winning actor and is perhaps, most well-known for portraying Hannibal, Missouri native Mark Twain in “Mark Twain Tonight.”
Holbrook has performed Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, since 1954 and has portrayed the role more than 2,000 times. He has memorized volumes of Twain’s writings and is able to make observations – in Twain’s voice – on a multitude of topics including politics, current events, and business.
Twain's boyhood home in Hannibal, pictured circa 1955, is now a museum.
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Hannibal, Mo., aka "America's Hometown," is known for being the birthplace of Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. The town of 18,000 boasts a vibrant arts community.
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Steve Ayers, a local potter, was part of the effort 14 years ago to recruit other artists to live in Hannibal. He's shown here with Nancy Kaufman, in her shop on Main Street. Kaufman moved to Hannibal in 2005, and says as soon as she saw this old drugstore, she dreamed of turning it into a shop for her woven art.
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Painter<strong> </strong>Melissa Dominiak moved here from Seattle and purchased a massive church and home about two miles from Main Street in Hannibal, Mo., for $70,000. She plans to rehab the building herself and rent out the space for special events.
Samuel Clemens, who is said to have taken his pen name Mark Twain from the cries of riverboat crewmen, found the inspiration for his classic works while growing up in the river town of Hannibal, Mo. Today, more than 125 years after the first pressing of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there's a new set of artistic characters in Twain's boyhood home.