April 9, 2009
He was funny and the show was another symbol of the 60's with its cast and humor. Like I said with Peter, Paul, and Mary, the stars of my generation are passing away everyday, when it seems like yesterday we were all worried about the Viet Nam War.
'Laugh-In' actor Henry Gibson dies at 73
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Delicious Digg Facebook Fark Newsvine Reddit StumbleUpon Technorati Twitter Yahoo! Bookmarks Print AP – FILE - In this April 2, 2002 file photo, former 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' cast members Joanne Worley, … By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang, Ap Entertainment Writer – Wed Sep 16, 6:44 pm ET
LOS ANGELES – Henry Gibson, the veteran comic character actor best known for his role reciting offbeat poetry on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," has died. He was 73.
Gibson's son, James, said Gibson died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer.
After serving in the Air Force and studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Gibson — born James Bateman in Germantown, Pa., in 1935 — created his Henry Gibson comic persona, a pun on playwright Henrik Ibsen's name, while working as a theater actor in New York. For three seasons on "Laugh-In," he delivered satirical poems while gripping a giant flower.
After "Laugh-In," Gibson went on to appear in several films, including "The Long Goodbye" and "Nashville," which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. His most memorable roles included playing the menacing neighbor opposite Tom Hanks in "The 'Burbs," the befuddled priest in "Wedding Crashers" and voicing Wilbur the Pig in the animated "Charlotte's Web."
His recent work included playing cantankerous Judge Clarence Brown on ABC's "Boston Legal" for five seasons and providing the voice of sardonic, eye-patched reporter Bob Jenkins on Fox's "King of the Hill." In 2001, Gibson returned to the stage in New York in the Encores! New York City Center production of Rodgers and Hart's "A Connecticut Yankee."
Gibson is survived by three sons and two grandchildren.
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