Veteran character actor Henry Gibson died Monday. His son, Jon, told The New York Times the cause was cancer. He was 73.
Gibson was born James Bateman and went to college with Jon Voight, with whom he created a comedy team. Voight claims to have given Gibson his stage name as a tribute to Norwegian poet Henrik Ibsen (say it out loud with a Southern accent).
He was definitely one of those "oh, that guy" actors that you know, but can't place. Allow us to assist you.
Question: I recently saw and loved the movie Crash, and was especially intrigued by the way all the stories intersected and converged. Could you possibly give me a list of some other films whose stories are structured in the same way? Answer: I certainly can: First, for the benefit of readers who haven't seen Crash (2005), its structure is one in which multiple narratives are developed simultaneously and overlay or intersect at key points before converging at the end. Unlike ensemble movies in which there's a main plot and a series of subplots, films like this give more or less equal weight to all the story strands and derive a significant part of their thematic power from the apparently random way in which different characters' destinies come together. To my mind, the greatest of all multiple-story narratives is