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Henry Gibson, 1935-2009

By Wyatt Earp | September 17, 2009

A terrific talent. He will be sorely missed.

LOS ANGELES, California — Actor Henry Gibson, who played roles ranging from loopy poets to vengeful Illinois Nazis and cranky judges during a 40-year film and television career, has died at age 73, his representatives said Wednesday.

His movie roles included turns in two of director Robert Altman’s 1970s films, “Nashville” and “The Long Goodbye,” and as the neo-Nazi leader pursuing John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd in “The Blues Brothers.”

No details of his death were immediately available, said Peter Gross, a spokesman Talentworks LA, which represented Gibson. (H/TCNN)

Of course, I remember him best as the Nazi leader in The Blues Brothers. He is the first Nazi you see on the bridge.

Classic. Godspeed, Henry.

Topics: Movies | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Henry Gibson, 1935-2009”

  1. Rides A Pale Horse Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Henry Gibson, poet/storyteller:

    “How I Saved A Baby Rhino from Slippin’ In The Quicksand,
    Whilst In Search Of My Fountain Pen, Last Summer Along The Amazon River.”

    “With great difficulty.”

    R.I.P. Henry

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    RAPH – Damned shame. Again, a great talent.

  3. Morgan Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I remember him well The ‘Burbs, as the head of the neighboring family suspected of murdering another neighbor. Very funny film. I also saw him in a lot of television shows (Dukes of Hazzard, Magnum, P.I. & Murder, She Wrote are the ones I remember best). RIP, Mr. Gibson.

  4. MeToo Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I loved him on Laugh-In!

  5. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    great actor, RIP Mr. Gibson.

  6. Wagonsux Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Born and raised here in Philadelphia (Germantown), and a graduate of St. Joe’s Prep.

  7. Insolublog Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Wow. I must be losing it to have missed this one. Thanks Wyatt. I am sorry to see Henry pass along.

    The guy was a hard worker.

    The best part: he always played a great non-leading role. He had a busy productive job for life, without crashing and burning with a needle in his arm or a bleve of lawyers leeching his income. A good American strategy.

  8. Bloviating Zeppelin Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I REALLY enjoyed his work on “Boston Legal.”

    See ya Henry. A chapter closes.


  9. AJ Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    According to (), Henry Gibson served in the USAF, as an Intel Officer!

    Will really miss him. Didn’t realize just how many places that his face, and voice, showed up.