Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

  • Highest Rated: 97% The Long Goodbye (1973)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)
  • Birthday: Sep 21, 1935
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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
83% Magnolia Thurston Howell 1999
No Score Yet The Year That Trembled Ralph Tyler 1999
No Score Yet Asylum Dr. Edward Bellichek 1997
63% Mother Night Adolph Eichmann's Voice 1996
4% 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 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: 25th Anniversary Reunion Actor 1993
No Score Yet Brenda Starr Prof. Gerhardt Von Kreutzer 1992
14% Tom and Jerry: The Movie Dr. Applecheek 1992
50% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) Big John Coot 1990
69% 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
53% The 'Burbs Dr. Werner Klopek 1989
55% Switching Channels Roscoe 1988
82% Innerspace Wormwood 1987
No Score Yet Long Gone Hale Sr. 1987
No Score Yet Monster in the Closet Dr. Pennyworth 1987
No Score Yet Slow Burn Actor 1986
13% The Incredible Shrinking Woman (La Increíble Mujer Diminuta) Dr. Eugene Nortz 1981
No Score Yet Tulips Maurice "Boom Boom" Avocado 1981
No Score Yet Health Bobby Hammer 1980
84% 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
81% The Kentucky Fried Movie Himself 1977
45% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Gen. Pecheur 1977
93% 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
71% Kiss Me, Stupid Smith 1964
85% The Nutty Professor College Student 1963

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1973
Performer
  • 2018
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Clark Brown
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
Frank
  • 2004
No Score Yet Rocket Power
1999-2004
Voice
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Guardian
2001-2004
Phil Hostetler
  • 2003
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
Sandman
  • 2003
  • 1999
57% She Spies
2002-2004
Dr. Meelbrow
  • 2002
No Score Yet Providence
1999-2002
  • 1999
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1996-2003
Witch Judge
  • 1999
33% Total Recall 2070
1999
Belasarius
  • 1999
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Nilva
  • 1998
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Henry Gibson
  • 1996
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
Ted Tilly
  • 1995
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Harold Banner Oliver Thistle
  • 1992
  • 1988
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Pinky
  • 1991
No Score Yet Galaxy High School
1986
Voice
  • 1986
No Score Yet Knight Rider
1982-1986
Crane
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Max
  • 1983
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Ronald Mills
  • 1982
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Dr. Brownell
  • 1982
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Squirt
  • 1980
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Marion Mariposa
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Napoleon
  • 1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Doug Bedlork
  • 1966
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Olesen
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Quirt Manly
  • 1964

QUOTES FROM Henry Gibson CHARACTERS

Haven Hamilton
Y'all take it easy now. This isn't Dallas, it's Nashville! They can't do this to us here in Nashville! Let's show them what we're made of. Come on everybody, sing! Somebody, sing!
Haven Hamilton
Y'all take it easy now. This isn't Dallas, it's Nashville! They can't do this to us here in Nashville! Let's show them what we're made of. Come on everybody, sing! Somebody, sing!
Donnie Smith
I'm sick.
Thurston Howell
Stay that way.