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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 September 1935Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 14 September 2009Malibu, Los Angeles County, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameJames Bateman
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Henry Gibson was born on 21 September 1935 in Germantown, Pennsylvnia. Before appearing in films and television series, he was a child star on the stage during the 1940s and during the late 1950s he was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. His screen debut came in 1963 when he was cast in the Jerry Lewis film The Nutty Professor (1963). He made two other small film appearances in the early 1960s in Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) and The Outlaws Is Coming (1965), in which he played a rather hip Indian named Charlie Horse. His breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the regular cast of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967). He stayed with the show until 1971, when he left and continued his career as a character actor. His best known film role was probably his performance in Nashville (1975). He played Haven Hamilton, a smarmy Country and Western singer. For this role he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and was awarded the National Film Critics Award for best supporting actor. Gibson's career carried on through the 1980s and 1990s when he appeared in many films, such as The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) and The 'Burbs (1989). He also provided voice-overs for many children's animated series like The Smurfs (1981), Wuzzles (1985) and Galaxy High School (1986). His most recent appearance have been in the Paul Thomas Anderson drama Magnolia (1999) and the independent film The Year That Trembled (2002).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Walter <jimwalter_2001@yahoo.co.uk>

Spouse (1)

Lois Joan Geiger (6 April 1966 - 6 May 2007) (her death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Writing and reciting short poems, often with sharp satirical or political themes.
He often played, for lack of a kinder description, diminutive weirdos

Trivia (10)

Attended Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC.
On the Wonder Woman (1975) season one commentary, executive producer Douglas S. Cramer called him a 1960s and '70s comic genius.
Before appearing on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967), he developed a nightclub act to perform his poems. It was during this time that he developed the character of a southern poet.
So convincing was his southern poet character that Gibson once received a letter from the Governor of Alabama claiming he was "...one of the most exciting talents to come out of Alabama since Tallulah Bankhead".
Attended the Catholic University of America with actor Jon Voight during the 1950s. Along with Voight, he developed a comedy routine and came up with the stage name Henry Gibson. Voight used the name Harold Gibson and together they played two southern hillbillies. After this, Voight took up more serious acting whilst Henry Gibson carried on with his comedy routine, eventually landing his famous role on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967), playing a southern poet.
Henry Gibson is actually a stage name - he was born James Bateman. He named himself after Norwegian poet Henrik Ibsen because "...if you say his name with a Southern accent it sounds like Henry Gibson"
The only male cast member of Nashville (1975) to receive a Golden Globe nomination for acting.
He has appeared in episodes of four different series which featured witches: Bewitched (1964), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996), Charmed (1998), and Boston Legal (2004).
He had three sons: Jon Gibson, a business affairs executive at Universal Pictures; Charles Gibson, a director and two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor; and James Gibson, a screenwriter.
His father was of Irish descent. His mother had Irish, German, English, and distant Dutch, ancestry.

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