Abraham Lincoln continues to loom large in the American consciousness these days, due in no small measure to the efforts of historian Harold Holzer and filmmaker Ken Burns. Next week, however, they, like Lincoln fans everywhere, will be watching Hollywood’s fresh take on the Great Emancipator when Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln” hits theaters around the country.
Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in this scene from director Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” (Davide James/SMPSP)
Sam Waterston, who played Abraham Lincoln in a 1988 television miniseries and provided the voice of Lincoln in Ken Burns’ “The Civil War,” is shown here reciting a Lincoln speech at Cooper Union in New York City in 2004. (Dean Cox/The Associated Press)
Raymond Massey portrayed Abraham Lincoln in the 1940 film, “Abe Lincoln in Illinois.”
Hal Holbrook starred as Abraham Lilncoln in the 1974 miniseries based on Carl Sandburg’s biography of the 16th president.
Henry Fonda played Abraham Lincoln in John Ford’s 1939 film “Young Mr. Lincoln”