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Henry Gibson

Henry GibsonAKA James Bateman

Born: 21-Sep-1935
Birthplace: Germantown, PA
Died: 14-Sep-2009
Location of death: Malibu, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Laugh-In

Military service: USAF (Intelligence officer, 1957-60)

In the late 1950s, James Bateman served several years as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force, then as "Henry Gibson" (a likely pun on Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen) he landed a minor role in Jerry Lewis's 1963 slapstick comedy, The Nutty Professor. He obtained various minor film roles until 1968, when he became part of the original cast of Laugh-In. His primary shtick was to hold up a bouquet of flowers and recite deadpan a piece of ridiculous poetry. All of his poetry was self-written; it was enormously funny. Laugh-In had an impact far beyond its immediate broadcast, paving the way for such shows as Saturday Night Live and In Living Color. After leaving television comedy, Gibson had notable parts in several Robert Altman films, including the role of country music singer Haven Hamilton in Nashville (1975), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. He had a fantastic part playing a Nazi in The Blues Brothers (1980) and a villainous neighbor in The 'burbs (1989). He voiced the pig in the 1973 animated children's classic, Charlotte's Web. Later years saw Gibson make occasional but memorable appearances as Judge Clark Brown in Boston Legal. He died in 2009 following a battle with cancer.

Father: Edmund Albert Bateman
Mother: Dorothy Cassidy
Sister: Adele Donahue
Sister: Elizabeth Malloy
Sister: Mary Lee
Wife: Lois (m. 6-Apr-1966, d. 6-May-2007, three sons)
Son: Charles
Son: James
Son: Jon

    University: Catholic University of America
    University: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

    Boston Legal Judge Clark Brown (2004-08)
    Rocket Power Merv Stimpleton (voice, 1999-2004)
    Sunset Beach Wayne Landry (1999)
    Laugh-In (1968-71)
    Mister Roberts Insignia (1965)

    Big Stan (5-Nov-2007) · Shorts
    Trapped Ashes (12-Sep-2006)
    The Wedding Crashers (15-Jul-2005)
    Teddy Bears' Picnic (29-Mar-2002)
    The Luck of the Irish (9-Mar-2001)
    Magnolia (8-Dec-1999)
    Asylum (9-May-1997)
    Mother Night (14-Aug-1996) · Adolf Eichmann's Voice [VOICE]
    Bio-Dome (12-Jan-1996) · William Leaky
    Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (Jan-1996) · Robinson
    Cyber Bandits (21-Nov-1995)
    Escape to Witch Mountain (25-May-1995)
    Tom and Jerry: The Movie (2-Dec-1992) [VOICE]
    Tune in Tomorrow... (15-Sep-1990) · Big John Coot
    Gremlins 2: The New Batch (15-Jun-1990) · Fired Employee
    Return to Green Acres (18-May-1990)
    Brenda Starr (20-Jul-1989) · Prof. Gerhardt Von Kreutzer
    Night Visitor (12-May-1989)
    Around the World in 80 Days (16-Apr-1989)
    The 'burbs (17-Feb-1989)
    Switching Channels (4-Mar-1988) · Ike Roscoe
    Innerspace (1-Jul-1987) · Mr. Wormwood
    Long Gone (23-May-1987)
    Monster in the Closet (30-Jan-1987) · Dr. Pennyworth
    The Incredible Shrinking Woman (30-Jan-1981) · Dr. Eugene Nortz
    HealtH (12-Sep-1980)
    The Blues Brothers (16-Jun-1980) · Head Nazi
    A Perfect Couple (6-Apr-1979)
    Escape from Bogen County (7-Oct-1977)
    The Kentucky Fried Movie (10-Aug-1977) · Himself
    The Last Remake of Beau Geste (15-Jul-1977)
    Nashville (11-Jun-1975)
    The Long Goodbye (7-Mar-1973) · Dr. Verringer
    Charlotte's Web (22-Feb-1973) [VOICE]
    Every Man Needs One (13-Dec-1972)
    Evil Roy Slade (18-Feb-1972)
    The Outlaws Is Coming (1-Jan-1965) · Charlie Horse
    Kiss Me, Stupid (22-Dec-1964) · Smith
    The Nutty Professor (4-Jun-1963) · Student

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