Henry Gibson was born on 21 September in Germantown, Pennsylvnia. Before appearing in films and television series, he was a child star on the stage during the s and during the late s he was an intelligence officer in the U. Air Force. He stayed with the show until , when he left and continued his career as a character actor. His best known film role was probably his performance in Nashville He played Haven Hamilton, a smarmy Country and Western singer.
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Quick witted and comfortable with improvisation, Gibson also had an instantly recognisable distinctness. He was a character. Gibson became a favourite of the second generation of new Hollywood. In the latter part of his career, Gibson returned to regular TV work in Deep Space Nine , but when that most Altmanesque of modern film directors Paul Thomas Anderson was making his ensemble LA epic Magnolia , it was no surprise that he called on Gibson to keep the thread running from one generation to the next. Gibson plays an acidly camp barfly in a gay bar that aged quiz whizz-kid Donny Smith William H. Unfortunately, Henry Gibson is no longer with us. But we still have the movies and his debonair straight-faced humour which frequently teetered on the edge of tragedy.
A veteran character actor, voice actor, poet, and song writer, Henry may be best remembered for his appearances as a poet on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In during the s, and his roles in the film Wedding Crashers. Henry's contributions to animation during a long career in stage, radio, television, and motion pictures from age 7 include voice work on Aaaah! Gibson spent three years as part of the Laugh-In television show's cast, where he was nominated for a Golden Globe in He often played "The Poet," reciting poems with "sharp satirical or political themes". Gibson also regularly appeared in the "Cocktail Party" segments as a Catholic priest, sipping tea. He would put the cup on the saucer, recite his one-liner in a grave and somber tone, then go back to sipping tea. He also made recurring appearances in the anthology Love, American Style. Most younger audiences associate him with this film in particular due to its popularity. He made a brief appearance in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia as an eccentric barfly.