Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Original Name James Bateman
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Sep 2009 (aged 73)
Malibu, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 42049077 · View Source
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Actor. Known primarily for comedy, his nearly 50 year career will probably be best remembered for the nonsense verse he deadpanned on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". Born James Bateman, he was raised in Philadelphia, and started acting from around age eight. After earning his degree from Catholic University of America in 1957, he served as a US Air Force Intelligence officer (in France), then formed a comedy duo with his college friend Jon Voight, who soon moved on. Reciting his self-written poetry on stage (taking "Henry Gibson" for the similarity in sound to author Henrik Ibsen), he was spotted by Jerry Lewis, and given a small role (his screen debut) in the 1963 "The Nutty Professor". A series of ever larger movie and television jobs occupied him thru the 1960s; he landed his place on "Laugh-In" in 1968, and was to continue it thru 1971, always holding a flower while he declaimed "A Poem, by Henry Gibson". Over the ensuing years, Gibson maintained a steady schedule of television and silver screen appearances; he was the voice of Wilbur-the-Pig in "Charlotte's Web" (1974), the head of the Illinois Nazi Party in the 1980 "The Blues Brothers", a country singer in "Nashville" (1975), and a priest in 2005's "Wedding Crashers". His television career continued as late as 2008, with voice-overs on "King of the Hill", and the role of a Judge on "Boston Legal". Gibson died of cancer, his wife Lois Geiger having pre-deceased him in 2007.

Bio by: Bob Hufford

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