Henry Gibson

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  • Birth Name: James Bateman
  • Birth Place: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: September 14, 2009
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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

Relationships

  • 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

College

  • Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, United States (BA, 1957); Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England

Details

  • Birth Name: James Bateman
  • Birth Place: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: September 14, 2009
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian

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