Henry Gibson: 1935 – 2009
Gifted comic actor Henry Gibson has died at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer. He is perhaps best known for his role in the television series Laugh-In, where his deadpan delivery of poems while holding a giant flower was an audience favorite. That show lasted from 1968-71 after which he memorably appeared in several of director Robert Altman‘s films in the 1970s. He played the ego-maniacal country singer Haven Hamilton in Nashville and also appeared in The Long Goodbye, A Perfect Couple, and H.E.A.L.T.H.
Gibson seemed to be particularly adept at portraying characters who were loopy, vainglorious and desperate. His voiceover work includes Wilbur the pig from the 1973 animated version of Charlotte’s Web and King of the Hill. Gibson went on to become a dependable character actor, turning up in movies like Magnolia and Wedding Crashers. His most recent role was on the television series Boston Legal.