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PHOTOS: The History of Abraham Lincoln on Film

The 16th president has been a Hollywood star and box office attraction since the earliest days of Hollywood

Lincoln, 1988

Sam Waterston
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For the television adaptation based on Gore Vidal's historical novel, the superb Sam Waterston owns the title role. "Lincoln was both 'Honest Abe' and this terrible, sneaky, wild cracker-barrel politician," Waterston said. "There is a place where those two things...meet. He was honest in his intent and wily in his practice."

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