Henry Gibson

James Bateman

Highest Rated: 93% The Long Goodbye (1973)

Lowest Rated: 0% Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)

Birthday: Sep 21, 1935

Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
76% 70% Wedding Crashers Father O'Neil (Character) $209.2M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commission Police Chief Jesse Curry (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 33% The Year That Trembled Ralph Tyler (Character) - 2003
0% 39% Teddy Bears' Picnic Clifford Sloane (Character) $28K 2002
No Score Yet 53% The Luck of the Irish Reilly O'Reilly (Character) - 2001
83% 89% Magnolia Thurston Howell (Character) $22.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Stranger in the Kingdom Zack Burrows (Character) - 1998
4% 51% Bio-Dome William Leaky (Character) $12.2M 1996
63% 76% Mother Night Adolf Eichmann (Voice) $390.5K 1996
20% 40% Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day Robinson (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 19% Asylum Dr. Edward Bellichek (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cyber Bandits Dr. Knutsen (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 66% Escape to Witch Mountain Ravetch (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion Unknown (Character) - 1993
14% 40% Tom and Jerry: The Movie Doctor Applecheek (Voice) $2.7M 1992
50% 52% Tune in Tomorrow... Big John Coot (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 80% The Best of Dr. Seuss Unknown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 16% Night Visitor Jake (Character) $108.4K 1989
58% 32% Switching Channels Ike Roscoe (Character) $8.2M 1988
No Score Yet 92% Long Gone Hale Buchman (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 34% Monster in the Closet Dr. Pennyworth (Character) - 1987
82% 65% Innerspace Mr. Wormwood (Character) $25.9M 1987
No Score Yet 61% Slow Burn Robert (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tulips Maurice Avocado (Character) - 1981
22% 51% The Incredible Shrinking Woman Dr. Eugene Nortz (Character) - 1981
84% 92% The Blues Brothers Head Nazi (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 27% H.E.A.L.T.H. Bobby Hammer (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night They Took Miss Beautiful Rolly Royce (Character) - 1977
45% 62% The Last Remake of Beau Geste General Pecheur (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape From Bogen County Abe Rand (Character) - 1977
81% 66% The Kentucky Fried Movie Himself (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New, Original Wonder Woman Nikolas (Character) - 1975
90% 84% Nashville Haven Hamilton (Character) - 1975
93% 88% The Long Goodbye Dr. Verringer (Character) - 1973
77% 67% Charlotte's Web Wilbur (Voice) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Man Needs One Walt (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 75% Evil Roy Slade Clifford Stool (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 48% The Outlaws Is Coming Charlie Horse (Character) - 1965
73% 66% Kiss Me, Stupid Smith (Character) - 1964
85% 67% The Nutty Professor Gibson (Character) - 1963

TV

Credit
86% 90% Boston Legal Judge Clark Brown (Guest Star) 2004-2008
No Score Yet 68% King of the Hill Unknown (Guest Voice) 2005-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracking Up Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 88% Charmed Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Amanda Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 100% Hey Arnold! Unknown (Guest Voice) 1999
33% No Score Yet Total Recall 2070 Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 74% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Guest Star) 1997-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys Unknown (Guest Voice) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Providence Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
92% No Score Yet Buddy Faro Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
90% 86% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Nilva (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Himself (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The John Larroquette Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 94% Rugrats Hairdresser/Counselor (Guest Voice) 1993
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992 1988
No Score Yet 81% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Galaxy High School Aimee's Locker (Voice) 1986
No Score Yet 98% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Littlest Hobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Squirt (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Otto Otterman (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barbary Coast Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown (Character) 1968-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bewitched Tim O'Shanter (Guest Star) 1970 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Doug Bedlork (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Henry Schultz (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindl Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Eddie (Guest Star) 1963

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