Henry Gibson

Actor, Poet
With an act he had perfected in college, Henry Gibson made his fame in the Sixties playing a stand-up poet reciting ironically inane free verse that parodied the apoplectic poesy of the Beat Generation. Discovered by ... Read more »
Born: 09/21/1935 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (92)

Big Stan 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

King of the Hill 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Boston Legal 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trapped Ashes 2007 (Movie)

("Wraparound Story") (Actor)

Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

Father O'Neil (Actor)

Charmed 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocket Power 1999 - 2003 (TV Show)

Voice

Rocket Power: Reggie's Big (Beach) Break 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Voice

Stargate SG-1 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Year That Trembled 2003 (Movie)

Ralph Tyler (Actor)

She Spies 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Clifford Sloane (Actor)

Early Edition 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Stranger in the Kingdom 1999 (Movie)

Jack Burrows (Actor)

Buddy Faro 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Maggie Winters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Thurston Howell (Actor)

Providence 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day 1997 (Movie)

Robinson (Actor)

Bio-Dome 1996 (Movie)

William Leaky (Actor)

Coach 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

of Adolph Eichmann (Voice)

Santo Bugito 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Sisters 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Daisy-Head Mayzie 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Escape to Witch Mountain 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cutters 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom & Jerry: The Movie 1993 (Movie)

of Applecheeks (Voice)

Brenda Starr 1992 (Movie)

Professor Gerhardt Von Kreutzer (Actor)

The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

None But the Lonely Heart 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Fired Employee (Actor)

Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Big John Coot (Actor)

Night Visitor 1989 (Movie)

Dr Lawrence (Actor)

The 'Burbs 1989 (Movie)

Dr Werner Klopek (Actor)

The Magic Balloon 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Galaxy High School 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

Home Again 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Switching Channels 1988 (Movie)

Ike Roscoe (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Mr Wormwood (Actor)

Long Gone 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

Dr Pennyworth (Actor)

The Wuzzles 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Slow Burn 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blinkins 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The Biskitts 1983 - 1985 (TV Show)

Voice

High School, U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 (Movie)

Dr Eugene Nortz (Actor)

Health 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Head Nazi (Actor)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Dorothy Hamill's Corner of the Sky 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

A Perfect Couple 1978 (Movie)

Fred Bott (Actor)

The Kentucky Fried Movie 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bureau 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1976 (Movie)

General Pecheur (Actor)

Nashville 1975 (Movie)

Haven Hamilton (Actor)

Charlotte's Web 1973 (Movie)

of Wilbur (Voice)

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 1967 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karen Valentine Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Goodbye 1973 (Movie)

Dr Verringer (Actor)

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

F Troop 1965 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outlaws Is Coming! 1965 (Movie)

Charlie Horse (Actor)

Kiss Me, Stupid 1964 (Movie)

Smith (Actor)

The Nutty Professor 1962 (Movie)

College Student (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days (TV Show)

Actor

Asylum (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From Bogen County (TV Show)

Actor

Every Man Needs One (TV Show)

Actor

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Actor

For the Love of It (TV Show)

Actor

Honeymoon Suite (TV Show)

Actor

Luck of the Irish (TV Show)

Actor

Nashville Grab (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Green Acres (TV Show)

Actor

Robbut: A Tale of Tails (TV Show)

Voice

Total Recall 2070 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Nashville 1975 (Movie)

("200 Years") (Lyrics)

Biography

With an act he had perfected in college, Henry Gibson made his fame in the Sixties playing a stand-up poet reciting ironically inane free verse that parodied the apoplectic poesy of the Beat Generation. Discovered by Jerry Lewis and anointed as Hollywood's go-to odd little man, Gibson parlayed outré guest appearances on such popular television sitcoms as "The Beverly Hillbillies," "F-Troop" and "Bewitched" into a steady gig on the ABC sketch comedy revue "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Finding favor with iconoclastic filmmaker Robert Altman, Gibson was cast as little men who exerted a big influence in "The Long Goodbye" (1973) and "Nashville" (1975), while he contributed larger-than-life cameos to John Landis' "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and Joe Dante's "The 'burbs" (1988), playing, respectively, an Illinois Nazi hauptsturmfuehrer and Tom Hanks' sinister next-door neighbor. An in-demand voice artist in later life, Gibson gave speech to characters on a number of animated series and in features, most notably as crusty Texas newsman Bob Jenkins on Fox's "King of the Hill." He impressed the critics with his appearance as an aging, gay barfly in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" (1999) and enjoyed semi-regular status as an unorthodox judge on the ABC courtroom drama "Boston Legal" shortly before his death from cancer in September 2009. Though he never fully slipped his early association with comedy, Gibson proved time and again that he was more than just a one-hit-wonder, emerging from the shadow of his "Laugh-In" persona as a character actor of surprising gravity and grace.

Relationships

Edmund A Bateman

Father

Dorothy Bateman

Mother

Charles Alexander Bateman

Son

James Bateman

Son

Jonathan David Bateman

Son

Losi Geiger

Wife
Married in April 1966 died in 2007

Matt Malloy Actor

Nephew

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1960

Saint Joseph's Preparatory School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
President of the Drama Club

The Catholic University of America

Washington , Washington D.C. 1957

Milestones

2005

Had a memorable role as a priest in "The Wedding Crashers"

2005

Voiced reporter Bob Jenkins on the FOX animated series, "King of the Hill"

2004

Played the recurring role of Judge Clark Brown on ABC's "Boston Legal"

1999

Played a wealthy bar patron in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"

1997

Co-starred in the horror film "Asylum" on HBO

1997

Had a recurring role on ABC's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" as the Witch Judge

1993

Appeared in two episodes of the NBC drama series, "Sisters"

1991

Appeared in "The Losers," a Dante-directed episode of "Eerie, Indiana" (NBC)

1989

Played a menacing neighbor in Joe Dante's "The 'Burbs"

1987

Co-starred in Joe Dante's "Innerspace," starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan

1986

Provided the voice of Aimee's Locker in the sci-fi comedy cartoon, "Galaxy High School"

1983

Voiced Downer on the animated cartoon series, "The Biskitts" (CBS)

1981

Appeared in "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," starring Lily Tomlin and directed by Joel Schumacher

1980

Played the Head Nazi in John Landis' musical comedy, "The Blues Brothers"

1980

Co-starred in Altman's "HealtH" with Carol Burnett, James Garner and Lauren Bacall

1979

Re-teamed with Altman for "A Perfect Couple"

1977

Played himself in a segment for the fictitious United Appeal For the Dead in John Landis' "The Kentucky Fried Movie"

1975

Had a pivotal role in Altman's "Nashville"; also feature debut as songwriter and song performer

1973

Played a major supporting role in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"; first collaboration with Altman

1972

Voiced Wilbur the pig in the animated feature, "Charlotte's Web"

1968

Made recurring appearances in the ABC anthology series, "Love, American Style"

1968

Cast as a regular for the first four seasons of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (NBC)

1965

Played Wrongo Starr, a recurring character, on the ABC sitcom, "F Troop"

1965

Co-starred in "The Outlaws IS Coming!" the sixth and last film to star the Three Stooges

1963

Made feature film debut playing a college student in Jerry Lewis' comedy "The Nutty Professor"

1963

Made Broadway debut alongside Walter Matthau and Ruth Gordon in Lillian Hellman's "My Mother, My Father, and Me"

1941

Made professional stage debut at age seven

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