Henry Gibson, the comic character actor best known for reciting offbeat poetry on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” has died at the age of 73. Read more on Henry Gibson’s death below.
Gibson’s son, James, said his father died Monday at his home in Malibu after a short battle with cancer.
Henry Gibson served in the Air Force, then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Gibson was born James Bateman in Pennsylvania in 1935. He went by his comic persona Henry Gibson. Gibson recited poetry while holding a giant flower for three seasons on “Laugh In”. F
After “Laugh-In,” Gibson appeared in several movies such as “The Long Goodbye” and “Nashville,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. One of Gibson’s most memorable roles had to be playing the menacing neighbor in “The Burbs”. Another great character of Henry’s was the priest in “Wedding Crashers”. The younger ones will remember Henry as the voice of Wilbur the Pig in the animated “Charlotte’s Web.”
Gibson’s most recent role was as Judge Clarence Brown on ABC’s Boston Legal for five seasons.
Henry Gibson is survived by three sons and two grandchildren.
Our condolences to his family, friends, and many fans.
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