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Playing Abraham Lincoln

Raymond Massey, Walter Huston and Henry Fonda have all portrayed the 16th president on the big screen.

April 04, 2011
  • Walter Huston
Walter Huston (UCLA Film and Television…)

Raymond Massey

The lanky Canadian actor scored on Broadway in Robert E. Sherwood's historical drama "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" and earned an Oscar nomination for lead actor in the 1940 film version.

Henry Fonda

The Nebraska native perfectly captured Honest Abe's early years as struggling attorney in John Ford's 1939 drama "Young Mr. Lincoln," which earned an Oscar screenplay nomination for Lamar Trotti.

Walter Huston

The father of director John Huston and grandfather of Anjelica is the best thing about D.W. Griffith's first talkie, 1930's "Abraham Lincoln," which chronicles the 16th president's life from his early years to his assassination.

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