Oscar nominated actor Hal Holbrook’s visits to Little Rock have been fairly regular over the decades. In the 1980s and 1990s, he came several times in conjunction with the TV shows “Designing Women” and “Evening Shade.” He also made an appearance at Wildwood in his one man play Mark Twain Tonight.
His first visit to Little Rock was in the mid-1950s. He was just out of college and on a national tour of schools and small towns performing scenes from Shakespeare opposite his then-wife. In a lengthy essay reflecting on his early career, Holbrook speaks fondly of his visit to Little Rock and of the grandiose stage and auditorium at Little Rock Central High School.