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A veteran character actor who adopted the name of a flowery poet persona he created in the 1960s, Henry Gibson was born James Bateman on Sept. 21, 1935, in Germantown, Pa. The Gibson character -- who would always announce his bits with the line "A poem, by Henry Gibson" -- was a play on the name of dramatist Henrik Ibsen.

Gibson rose to fame as one of the original cast members of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," frequently appearing in character to read his poetry and as a tea-sipping priest who delivered droll one-liners. After leaving the show, he voiced the role of Wilbur the pig in the animated classic Charlotte's Web and appeared as a country singer in 1975's Nashville, writing most of his own songs.

Later in life, Gibson played a besotted barfly in Magnolia and landed a recurring role as a judge on the hit series "Boston Legal." He died Sept. 14, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer.

Henry Gibson in The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

1980 R

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd lay waste to Chicago as the title characters, a pair of two-bit crooks on a quest to save the Catholic orphanage where they were raised by reuniting their former band for a charity gig.

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  • Henry Gibson in Wedding Crashers Wedding Crashers
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  • Henry Gibson in Innerspace Innerspace
  • Henry Gibson in Tom and Jerry: The Movie Tom and Jerry: The Movie
  • Henry Gibson in Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web
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  • Henry Gibson in A Perfect Couple A Perfect Couple
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  • Henry Gibson in The Fall Guy: Season 1 The Fall Guy: Season 1
  • Henry Gibson in The Best of Dr. Seuss The Best of Dr. Seuss
  • Henry Gibson in Night Visitor Night Visitor
  • Henry Gibson in Cyber Bandits Cyber Bandits
  • Henry Gibson in Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day
  • Henry Gibson in The Year That Trembled The Year That Trembled
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