Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain

A story in The Oklahoman has actor Hal Holbrook announcing that he's stepping down from performing as American author and humorist Mark Twain, a role he's filled for more than a half century.

The 92-year-old Holbrook, scheduled to perform Oct. 6 in Oklahoma City, informed the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre of his decision in a letter delivered to the theater on Tuesday.

Holbrook brought his "Mark Twain Tonight" to Baylor University and Waco last fall, playing his familiar character to a full Waco Hall. Holbrook was remarkable for an actor in his 90s, even if it was hard at times to determine whether his long pauses and occasional confusion was scripted Twain or nonegenerian Holbrook. 

The Waco audience welcomed him warmly, even if some of his more pointed political remarks, delivered in the days after Donald Trump's election as president, seem to make some squirm in silence. Somewhere, Twain was smiling.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor

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