Thursday, September 17, 2009

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson has died. That's a surprise. A bigger surprise is finding out in his obit he took his name as a pun on Henrik Ibsen. Wow, a 40-year+ joke no one got.

Gibson, short, meek-looking, was best known as the resident poet on the #1 hit show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Late in life, he found new fame as a recurring character on Boston Legal, the troubled Judge Clark Brown. But outside those years, he kept working, appearing in countless TV shows and a quite a few movies, including memorable turns as fairly tough guys in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye and Nashville.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention his seminal role as the American Nazi leader in the otherwise disappointing Blues Brothers movie. Every time I hear references to Supremacists, American Aryans etc, I envision Henry's character and speeches

4:13 AM, September 17, 2009  

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