Began acting at the age of 8, touring professionally with the Mae Desmond Theatre.
After serving as an intelligence officer in the Air Force in the late 1950s, studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
After college, shared an apartment with friend and aspiring actor Jon Voight in New York. They created a comedy act about two hillbillies named Harold and Henry Gibson (taken from the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen).
Got his break with a performance on The Tonight Show.
Was an original ensemble member of the sketch comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; best known for clutching a daisy and reciting a brief verse beginning with his trademark, "A poem, by Henry Gibson."
Won acclaim as a country singer in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville.
Had a recurring role as the irritating Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal.
1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
1971, Golden Globe — Actor in a Supporting Role- Television Series: Nominee
Lois Gibson — Wife (deceased)
Edmund Albert Bateman — Father
Mary Lee — Sister
Adele Donahue — Sister
Elizabeth Malloy — Sister
Dorothy Bateman — Mother
Jonathan David Gibson — Son
Charles Alexander Gibson — Son
James Gibson — Son
Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, United States (BA, 1957); Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
Birth Name: James Bateman
Birth Place: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States