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Henry Gibson

Highest Rated:   97% The Long Goodbye (1973)
Lowest Rated:   0% Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)
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American comic actor Henry Gibson acted professionally since childhood, but didn't gain prominence until his discovery by Jerry Lewis for a role in The Nutty Professor (1963). Gibson quickly developed a comedy act for TV variety shows, in which he passed himself off as a fey, Southern-accented "blank verse" poet. So convincing was this persona that many viewers believed Gibson was a genuine Southerner, though he actually hailed from Pennsylvania. He played a cruder variation of his yokel character as a patron of the "Belly Button" bar in Billy Wilder's Kiss Me Stupid (1964), and was hilarious as a hip-talking Indian in the Three Stooges' feature film The Outlaws is Coming (1965). Gibson might have continued in small roles indefinitely had he not been catapulted to stardom in 1968 as part of the ensemble on TV's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, where his introductory "A poem...by Henry Gibson" became a national catchphrase. Gibson stayed with Laugh-In until 1971, whereupon he launched a reasonably successful career as a straight character actor. One of his best film roles of the '70s was Haven Hamilton, a hard-driving, flag-waving country-western star in Nashville (1975). Gibson not only delivered an expert performance but also co-wrote the songs sung by Haven Hamilton, including the deliberately banal Bicentennial ballad, "200 Years", in one of the film's early scenes. Henry Gibson continued throughout the next two decades playing strong movie character parts (the neo-Nazi commander in 1980's The Blues Brothers) and bright little cameos (the closet-smoking security guard in 1990's Gremlins 2). Gibson was also ubiquitously available as a guest star on such cable-TV reruns as Bewitched (he played a leprechaun) and F Troop (he was jinxed Private Wrongo Starr). He died of cancer in September 2009, about a week before his 74th birthday.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
11% Big Stan
  • Shorts
2009
No Score Yet Brother Theodore
  • Actor
2007
33% Trapped Ashes
  • Tour Guide
2006
75% Wedding Crashers
  • Father O'Neil
$209.3M 2005
No Score Yet Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day
  • Albert Robinson
2004
0% Teddy Bears' Picnic
  • Clifford Sloane
2002
No Score Yet Cyber Bandits
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish
  • Reilly O'Reilly
2001
84% Magnolia
  • Thurston Howell
1999
No Score Yet The Year That Trembled
  • Ralph Tyler
1999
No Score Yet Asylum
  • Dr. Edward Bellichek
1997
64% Mother Night
  • Adolph Eichmann's Voice
1996
5% Bio-Dome
  • William Leaky
1996
20% Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Cyber Bandits
  • Dr. Knutsen
1995
No Score Yet Brenda Starr
  • Prof. Gerhardt Von Kreutzer
1992
18% Tom and Jerry: The Movie
  • Dr. Applecheek
1992
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • Big John Coot
1990
67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Fired Employee
1990
No Score Yet The Best of Dr. Seuss
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Night Visitor
  • Dr. Lawrence
1989
46% The 'Burbs
  • Dr. Werner Klopek
1989
56% Switching Channels
  • Roscoe
1988
81% Innerspace
  • Wormwood
1987
No Score Yet Monster in the Closet
  • Dr. Pennyworth
1987
No Score Yet Long Gone
  • Hale Sr.
1987
No Score Yet Slow Burn
  • Actor
1986
0% La Increíble Mujer Diminuta
  • Dr. Eugene Nortz
1981
No Score Yet Tulips
  • Maurice "Boom Boom" Avocado
1981
No Score Yet Health
  • Bobby Hammer
1980
85% The Blues Brothers
  • Nazi Leader
1980
No Score Yet For the Love of It
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Halloween That Almost Wasn't
  • Igor
1979
No Score Yet A Perfect Couple
  • Fred Bott
1979
No Score Yet Halloween Is Grinch Night
  • Actor
1977
80% The Kentucky Fried Movie
  • Himself
1977
33% The Last Remake of Beau Geste
  • Gen. Pecheur
1977
94% Nashville
  • Haven Hamilton
1975
97% The Long Goodbye
  • Dr. Verringer
1973
76% Charlotte's Web
  • Wilbur
1973
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade
  • Clifford Stool
1972
No Score Yet The Outlaws Is Coming!
  • Charlie Horse
1965
73% Kiss Me, Stupid
  • Smith
1964
88% The Nutty Professor
  • College Student
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Clark Brown
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Frank
  • 2004
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Sandman
  • 2003
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Nilva
  • 1998
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Pinky
  • 1991
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Marion Mariposa
  • 1979
  • 1978

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