Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

73 (passed away Sep. 14th, 2009)
Sep. 21st, 1935
Born in
Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA
5' 3

Henry Gibson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Boston Legal TV Show
Boston Legal
Rocket Power TV Show
Rocket Power
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In TV Show
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
The Wuzzles TV Show
The Wuzzles
The Biskitts TV Show
The Biskitts
Galaxy High School TV Show
Galaxy High School
Small & Frye TV Show
Small & Frye

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


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 and was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. His screen debut came in 1963 when he was cast in the Jerry Lewis (I) 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 "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).

  • On the _"Wonder Woman" (1976)_ (qv) season one commentary, executive producer 'Douglas S. Cramer' (qv) called him a 1960s and '70s comic genius.
  • The only male cast member of "Nashville" to receive a Golden Globe nomination for acting.
  • Before appearing on _"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (1967)_ (qv), 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' (qv)".
  • Attended Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC.
  • He has appeared in episodes of three different series which featured witches: _"Bewitched" (1964)_ (qv), _"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996)_ (qv) and _"Charmed" (1998)_ (qv).
  • Attended the Catholic University of America with actor 'Jon Voight' (qv) 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)_ (qv), playing a southern poet.
  • Henry Gibson is actually a stage name - he was born James Bateman. He named himself after Norwegian poet 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv) because "...if you say his name with a Southern accent it sounds like Henry Gibson"

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