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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:17 PM
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'Laugh-In' and 'Boston Legal' actor Henry Gibson dies at 73
Source: AP

Henry Gibson, the veteran comic character actor best known for his role reciting offbeat poetry on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," has died. He was 73.

Gibson's son, James, said Gibson died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/sns-ap-us-obit-henry-g...



He was so wonderful in so many things, but one of my favorites was his turn as a neo-Nazi in The Blues Brothers.

Rest in peace, Henry.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:18 PM
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1. Oh no! Rip, Henry
You're one of the best!
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:20 PM
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2. RIP Henry - "I always loved you sir"


Those who remember know he did a great job playing the Fuher of Illinois Nazis in The Blues Brothers.

Ever since then Ford Pinto Station Wagons have taken on a whole new meaning.

RIP Henry
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:21 PM
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3. He was a major contributor on Laugh-In...
RIP, Henry...

I loved you...

:cry:
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:58 PM
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47. A poem, by Henry Gibson....
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:45 PM
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50. I recall...
Peace.

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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:44 AM
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54. I loved him as the teacup-clutching minister on that show, too. . .
"...I preach to various denominations, but my favorite is the $5 bill..."

RIP, Henry.

:toast: :toast: :toast:
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:21 PM
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4. Shit! He was great in "Nashville," too!
n/t
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:28 PM
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43. A fantastic performance (n/t)
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:23 PM
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5. Oh damn
Wasn't he just recently in some commercial?
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d_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:24 PM
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6. He'll always be Werner Klopek to me
RIP
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:32 PM
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13. God I loved
The 'burbs.

And of course the Blues Brothers. Such a great actor we have lost, what a shame. RIP Mr. Gibson. :cry:
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d_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:37 PM
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17.  he was great


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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:26 PM
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7. Best role was the serial killer in The 'Burbs.
:)
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:27 PM
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8. Iconic comic -- he developed some great schtick.
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:29 PM
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9. Oh, no!
I'm so sorry to hear that.
RIP, Mr. Gibson. You will be missed.
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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:29 PM
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10. NOOOOOOOOOO!
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 04:33 PM by gauguin57
I LOVED his poetry on Laugh-In! And his portrayal of a priest/minister, drinking out of a teacup at the "cocktail party" on Laugh-In!



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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:30 PM
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11. Oh, no. Remember the poetry segment well, even though I was a kid.
My parents loved that show and consequently so did I.

RIP Henry. What better legacy than to have made people laugh?
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:31 PM
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12. RIP. He provided me with so many laughs over the years. nt
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:34 PM
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14. Safe Journey, Mr. Gibson
your talent will be missed. :(
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:35 PM
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15. Ah geeeze
Rest well, Henry. You gave me many a happy moment.
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susanr516 Donating Member (823 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:36 PM
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16. RIP, Henry Gibson
Loved him since Laugh-In.
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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:37 PM
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18. Spokesman for the United Appeal for the Dead, too
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mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:17 PM
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28. Hilarious! thanks for the link...
I've never seen that before.

RIP, Henry.
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sweetloukillbot Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:24 PM
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37. That was the first thing I thought of when I saw the headline. n/t
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:40 PM
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19. Rest in Peace.
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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:43 PM
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20. A better link: LAT obituary
He was born James Bateman on Sept. 21, 1935, in Germantown, Pa., and began acting professionally at age 8 as a touring performer for nine years with the Mae Desmond Theatre.

He earned a bachelor's degree in drama from Catholic University. After serving in the Air Force as an intelligence officer with the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing in France from 1957 to '60, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

He was living in New York when he developed his poet character, Henry Gibson, a pun on the name of playwright Heinrick Ibsen. The character led to appearances on "The Tonight Show."

He made his feature film debut playing a college student in Jerry Lewis' 1963 comedy "The Nutty Professor."


http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-henry-gibs...

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Jokerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:45 PM
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21. I was so glad to see him on Boston Legal.
Henry has always been one of my favorite funny men and the whole "namby pamby" shtick on B.L. was hilarious.
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JaneLovesAll Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:49 PM
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46. Boston Legal
He was definitely my favorite judge on Boston Legal. His character took off, so the writers/producers kept bringing him back. In the last season, he was probably on every other episode.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:46 PM
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22. Damn! He was wonderful
Such a talent.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:46 PM
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23. A womderful man.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 04:52 PM by DainBramaged
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:59 PM
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24. That's very sad. I liked him. n/t
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road2000 Donating Member (995 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:04 PM
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25. An expectant hush would always come over the room
when we heard "A poem..."

RIP.
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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:05 PM
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26. Bye Henry...
You were a hoot. RIP and thanks for all the laughs.
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NecklyTyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:12 PM
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27. I hate Illinois Nazis.
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Blacksheep214 Donating Member (682 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:11 PM
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35. I hate Illinois Nazis..
but I loved Henry Gibson.

Forever in our thoughts! RIP!
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:25 PM
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29. Brilliant in Magnolia, too. Rest in Peace. nt.
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:28 PM
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30. Oh no, the judge!!! Wow!! So sorry to hear that. n/t
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:31 PM
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31. :^( I am sad to hear that.
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:38 PM
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32. Another victim to cancer...



R.I.P. Henry
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:52 PM
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33. Funny guy. RIP Henry.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:55 PM
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34. O! Henry was one of my first heros
and he was a wonderful man.
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rove karl rove Donating Member (298 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:15 PM
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36. our loss
great comedian all around. Didn't even know he was ill, he will be missed. RIP.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:28 PM
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38. Oh, bummer. :(
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:57 PM
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39. "I've always loved you."
And now a poem, by Henry Gibson. RIP.

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padumdang Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:24 PM
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40. Gack. Patrick and Henry both this week...how horrible
:cry:
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:24 PM
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41. Awww, I loved Henry Gibson.
RIP, dude.
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:26 PM
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42. Love: Henry Gibson. Hate: cancer. Rest in peace. Heaven just got a lot funnier!
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:31 PM
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44. From the Blues Brothers
As their car goes into Lake Michigan

Nazi 1 to head Nazi aka Gibson:

I love you

Gibson:

I know



Sweet Dreams Henry!
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JeanGrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:32 PM
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45. It always comes in threes.
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:14 PM
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48. Veeeeery Interesting...
but sad. RIP Henry. You were a pioneer in comedy.
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SlingBlade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:25 PM
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49. RIP Henry, You made us laugh
And that is something I will always cherish
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:13 PM
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51. Safe passage, Henry, & thank you for all the laughter.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:26 AM
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52. Mary Travers and Henry Gibson...
This has been a bad day for those of us who grew up in the '60s. :-(

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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:01 AM
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53. I know...so sad to lose them both...RIP Henry and Mary
:cry:
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