This article addresses cultural depictions of Abraham Lincoln.
Statues of Abraham Lincoln and other tributes
Outside the United States
Statues of Lincoln
can be found in other countries. In Ciudad Juárez
, is a 13-foot (4 m) high bronze statue, a gift from the United States, dedicated in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson
. The U.S. received a statue of Benito Juárez
in exchange, which is in Washington, D.C. Juárez and Lincoln exchanged friendly letters during the American Civil War, Mexico remembers Lincoln's opposition to the Mexican-American War
. (For his part, Juárez refused to aide the Confederacy and jailed those Confederates who sought his help.) There is also a statue in Tijuana
, Mexico, showing Lincoln standing and destroying the chains of slavery. There are at least three statues of Lincoln in the United Kingdom
— one in Parliament Square
by Augustus St. Gaudens
, one in Manchester
by George Grey Barnard
and another in Edinburgh
by George Bissell
. In Havana, Cuba
, there is a bust of Abraham Lincoln in the Museum of the Revolution
, a small statue of him in front of the Abraham Lincoln School, and a bust of him near the Capitolio
The first known motion picture based on Mr. Lincoln was 1908 film The Reprieve: An Episode in the Life of Abraham Lincoln
. Directed by Van Dyke Brooke
, the film shows Lincoln pardoning a sentry who fell asleep on duty, a theme that would be depicted repeatedly in other silent era shorts.
As with the first picture on Lincoln, most of the films in this decade featured Lincoln pardoning sleeping sentries. Films included Abraham Lincoln's Clemency
(1910), When Lincoln Was President
(1913), When Lincoln Paid
(1913), The Sleeping Sentinel
(1914) and The Birth of a Nation
- "Ann Rutledge", a 1950 episode of The Philco Television Playhouse, featuring Stephen Courtleigh as Lincoln and Grace Kelly as Ann Rutledge.
- "Mr. Lincoln", a five-part TV episode appearing in 1952-53 on Omnibus, with Royal Dano as Lincoln.
- "How Chance Made Lincoln President", a 1955 episode of TV Reader's Digest.
- Love is Eternal, a 1955 novel by Irving Stone.
- "Love Is Eternal", a 1955 episode of General Electric Theater, with Richard Boone as Lincoln and Teresa Wright as Mary Todd Lincoln.
- "The Day Lincoln Was Shot", a 1956 episode of Ford Star Jubilee, featuring Raymond Massey as Lincoln and Jack Lemmon as John Wilkes Booth.
- Gregory Peck portrayed Lincoln in the 1982 television movie, The Blue and the Gray.
- North and South (TV miniseries)(1985, 1986, and 1994) Hal Holbrook played Lincoln in 1985 and 1986
- The 1987 American TV series Amerika displays an America occupied by Soviet troops. Lincoln's image is displayed along Marx's and Lenin's in parades, exemplifying the re-interpretation of American symbols by the new state.
- The 1988 telefilm Lincoln starred Sam Waterston in the title role, and Mary Tyler Moore as his wife. The movie was based on a novel by Gore Vidal.
- Robert V. Barron appeared as Lincoln in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), and episodes of Out of This World (#2.15, 1988).
- Appears as Joshua Speed in Parke Godwin's sci-fi novel The Snake Oil Wars.
- In Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Pee-Wee Herman's breakfast-making machine, a complex Rube Goldberg-esque device, features a statue of Lincoln as a component. The statue is used to flip pancakes, most of which stick to the ceiling of the kitchen.
- The Civil War (TV series) (1990) Sam Waterston played Lincoln
- The Speeches of Abraham Lincoln (1995)
- A&E Biography: Abraham Lincoln - Preserving the Union" (1997)
- An Abraham Lincoln robot acts as a defense attorney for an African-American child in Bebe's Kids (1992).
- Episode 20 of Animaniacs included a segment called "Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago", where Yakko, Wakko and Dot help him with the Gettysburg Address. Peter Renaday voiced the President.
- Lincoln appeared as an occasional guest host on Histeria!, especially in two episodes centered around the Civil War. Pepper Mills mistakes him for Lurch from The Addams Family, and one sketch shows the Civil War politics like an episode of Seinfeld, with Lincoln as Jerry and George B. McClellan as George Costanza. In another sketch, Loud Kiddington demands he explain the parts of the Gettysburg Address that he doesn't understand (such as what "four score" means). On Histeria!, Abe acts like Johnny Carson and was voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
- In the Pinky and the Brain episode Ambulatory Abe the Brain attempts to take over the world by convincing the world that Lincoln has been reincarnated into the statue at the Lincoln Memorial by refitting it for ventriloquism and placing it on the top of a tank. This plan is foiled when a very old person who heard Lincoln's speeches in his youth points out that the real Lincoln sounded more like Tony Danza.
- Another cartoon prominently featuring the Lincoln Memorial, the Ren & Stimpy episode "An Abe Divided", revolved around the title characters working guard duty and then trying to fix the statue when Ren breaks the head off trying to find the treasure inside.
- In the 1993 film Coneheads, Dan Aykroyd's character dresses as Lincoln for a costume ball, as the President's stovepipe hat effectively covers his cone-shaped head.
- An episode of Family Matters features a thief who is dressed as Lincoln, with Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) pointing him out as "our nation's 16th President".
- In an episode of the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, Abraham Lincoln is portrayed (in an openly historically inaccurate skit) as the man who designed the American flag. Tom Kenny portrayed Lincoln as speaking in a thick New York accent.
- In Harry Turtledove's novel How Few Remain, Lincoln is a viewpoint character, struggling to keep the Republican Party alive while championing the cause of the working man, which eventually leads to the Socialist Party of America replacing the Republicans as the primary opposition to the Democrats.
- Talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien started in 1993, with Dino Stamatopoulos as the original potrayer of Lincoln. In 1999, Mike Sweeney took over this role.
- In an episode of Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter faces his rival, Mandark, using the statue of Lincoln from Mount Rushmore that he has brought to life, and fights Mandark who is using the giant animated statue of George Washington.
- In the Family Guy episode Mind over Murder, a parody on Mentos commercials features John Wilkes Booth unsuccessfully attempting to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
- In The DC Comics Elseworld title Superman: A Nation Divided, a reimagining of Superman's origins as coming into his powers during the Civil War, President Lincoln features heavily. He is first seen reading field reports by General Ulysses S. Grant that describe "Atticus" Kent's special abilities. Lincoln then assumes Grant has been drinking, until Kent himself shows up at the white House. After Kent helps win the war, he accompanies Lincoln to the Ford Theater, where he prevents John Wilkes Booth's assassination attempt. After this Lincoln is seen to be one of the most popular presidents in history, serving two full terms.
- In the 1991 Red Dwarf episode "Meltdown", Lincoln is an android in the "Hero World" section of an alien android theme park.
- In 1998, Scott McCloud wrote and drew the graphic novel The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, in which the president seemingly returns to life in the present day; however, it is in fact a disguised Benedict Arnold, working for aliens in a plot to conquer the world. He is unmasked by the true Lincoln, who also returns from the dead.
- In 1999, a comic book story featuring The Phantom was made called "Lincoln's Murder", and published in Europe and Australia.
- In the Family Guy episode Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater, Abraham Lincoln is shown to be one of the clients of the Cherrywood Manor brothel. Abraham is shown in photos with black prostitutes causing Peter to state that "Lincoln had the Jungle Fever". Peter sells one of the photos of Lincoln to the tabloids and uses the money to buy back the family's house.
- In the Family Guy episode Holy Crap, after Brian Griffin mentions the Old Testament story in which "God told Abraham to kill Isaac," a cutaway shows President Abraham Lincoln shooting bartender Isaac from the Television Show Love Boat. Also, in this same episode, when Peter imagines that he's in Hell, he sees in there Al Capone, Adolf Hitler, Superman and John Wilkes Booth.
- In the film Bedazzled (2000), Brendan Fraser's character makes a deal with the Devil (Elizabeth Hurley) for seven wishes. Upon wishing to be President of the United States, he is transformed into Lincoln and finds himself in Ford's Theatre.
- Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (2001)
- In 2001, Steven Spielberg acquired the rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals. John Logan was hired to write the script, and playwright Paul Webb and Tony Kushner rewrote it. Liam Neeson was cast as Abraham Lincoln in January 2005, while Sally Field was cast as Mary Todd Lincoln in September 2007. As part of his preparation for the role, Neeson read twenty-two books about Lincoln, as well as the president's personal diaries. He also visited Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated. Spielberg intends to start filming in early 2009, for release in November.
- In Gangs of New York (2002), Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis's characters attend a play of Uncle Tom's Cabin in which an actor is suspended in mid-air (with his body apparently backwards) to address the blackface actors. An audience member interrupts him, yelling, "Leave the nigger dead!" as the immigrant audience members begin throwing objects at Lincoln and rioting.
- In The Amazing Screw-On Head (2002), Lincoln is Screw-On Head's boss. The comic book has been adapted into an animation for a TV pilot, with the aim of turning it into a series.
- Humorous shorts featured on the Happy Tree Friends and Friends cartoon on G4TV portray Lincoln as someone who drinks too much. The shorts are called "Hard Drinkin' Lincoln," and at the end of every episode, Booth is always shooting Abe.
- In the fourth episode of Pamela Anderson television series Stacked, Ed Trotta portrays Lincoln in "Gavin's Pipe Dream".
- In episode 508 of the series South Park, David Blaine brings the memorial statue of Lincoln to life. The giant stone Lincoln must be killed by a giant stone John Wilkes Booth.
- In one episode of Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy, Eddy says, "That. In the water. Is that a frog?", and Ed replies, "Kind of looks like Abraham Lincoln, Eddy".
- Also parodied as a main character on the show Clone High, Abe is a clone of Abraham Lincoln
- Lincoln is featured again in the Family Guy episode North by North Quahog at the end of the episode when Peter and Lois are having sex atop Mount Rushmore. He is portrayed as the loser of the four statues.
- In the Image graphic novel Tales From the Bully Pulpit, Lincoln is brought into a battle by Theodore Roosevelt and the ghost of Thomas Edison, the two main characters, as their secret weapon.
- The Immortal, a character from Invincible, bears a certain resemblance to Lincoln. Robert Kirkman followed through on this, and in a back-up story from issue 25, confirmed that the Immortal was, in fact, Abraham Lincoln.
- In the comic book series Ex Machina, New York City mayor Mitchell Hundred faces a political crisis when the Brooklyn Museum displays a portrait of Lincoln with a racial slur imposed over it.
- The webcomic Thinkin' Lincoln features a portrayal of Lincoln as the main character.
- A daily political comedy podcast at TheAbrahamLincolnLogs is represented as being written by Lincoln.
- The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, a Flash animation-based music video, features a zombie version of Lincoln as one of the combatants.
- Though The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy is set in modern times, Lincoln is strangely the current President of the United States in the story's plot. One episode even features him as Grim's replacement in Billy and Mandy's group of friends.
- Lincoln can be seen during the end credits of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, in which he appears to light the fuse of a rocket that crash-lands on the Moon, stranding the characters. In the episode "Circus", Meatwad shaped himself into a "Wayne Gretsky" which in fact more closely resembled "Samurai Lincoln," a katana-wielding Abraham Lincoln. In the movie, he is portrayed as Time Lincoln, a witch doctor that revives Frylock and sends him, Master Shake, and Meatwad to New Jersey in a rocketship.
- In the 2005 alternative history mockumentary C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, Abraham Lincoln flees after the South wins the war. He is captured in blackface makeup and later declares, "Now I too am a Negro".
- In an episode of The Venture Bros., the ghost of Lincoln requests the help of Hank and Dean to save the current president from being killed.
- In the Futurama episode "Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch", Evil Lincoln and other various fictional villans break free of the holoshed aboard Zap Branigan's flagship, the Nimbus, and go on a destructive spree.
- National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007) is a fictional film which concerns the assassination of Lincoln.
- On SomethingAwful.com, by a request, Kevin "Fragmaster" Bowen did a rant about Abe Lincoln, which he later did a flash movie of to a piece of music.
- In one episode of the anime School Rumble, Kyousuke Imadori mentions that Kenji Harima's longer beard resembles that of Lincoln's.
- In an episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brien, O'Brien rode down a zip line in his studio and knocked down John Wilkes Booth as he was about to assassinate Lincoln.
- On the program Attack Of The Show, on June 3, 2008, he was beaten in shin-kicking by Ronald McDonald.