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Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!
Starring Clifton Truman Daniel,
Harry Truman’s Grandson
by Samuel Gallu
Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! is a faithful and often humorous portrayal of U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency, written by playwright Samuel Gallu as a one-man biographical play and a 1975 film starring James Whitmore. Whitmore’s portrayal of Truman earned him both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. The play spans Harry Truman’s childhood; his “political apprenticeship” as a judge in Jackson County, MO; his years in the US Senate; and his momentous two terms as President of the United States. Clifton Truman Daniel took up the mantle of the role in October 2017, marking the first time in history a U.S. President would be portrayed onstage by a direct descendant—in this case, his oldest grandson. Harry Truman remains one of the country’s most straightforward, outspoken and decisive chief executives, a man who governed by force of moral character.
About Clifton Truman Daniel
Mr. Daniel is the oldest grandson of President Harry S. Truman and First Lady, Bess Truman. He is the son of author Margaret Truman and former New York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel, Jr. As an actor, Clifton Truman Daniel has appeared in more than a dozen productions with Wilmington’s Opera House Theatre Company, including Ensign Pulver in Mr. Roberts, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. He has also had supporting roles in two episodes of Matlock and played Roma Downey’s husband in the never-aired pilot for Touched by an Angel. Mr. Daniel was most recently cast to play the role of President Harry S. Truman, his grandfather, in the independent film Second Samuel from Director, Executive Producer, and Co-writer, J. Wayne Patterson, Jr. Mr. Daniel is honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute and board secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He is author of Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943. In addition to portraying his famous grandfather on stage, Mr. Daniel is a sought-after lecturer on various aspects of the Truman presidency, as well as U.S. and White House history.