Henry Gibson Biography (1935-)

Born Henry Gibson Bateman, September 21, 1935, in Germantown, PA; son of Edmund Albert and Dorothy (maiden name, Cassidy) Bateman; married Lois Joan Geiger, April 6, 1966; children: Jonathan David, Charles Alexander, James Bateman.Education: Catholic University, B.A., drama, 1957; was an observer atthe Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England, 1960. Addresses:Agent-- Gold/Marshak/Liedtke Talent and Literary Agency, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA 91505. Career: Actor, comedian, andwriter. Made professional debut with the Mae Desmond Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1943; child actor and performer in East Coast stock companies, 1943-57. Participant in National Teach-In, 1970; participant in Citizen's Committee on Population Growth and the American Future, 1972-75. Military service: U.S.A.F., 1957-60, served in France in the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, becoming target intelligence officer. Member: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Actors' Fund of America (West Coast advisory board, 1967-85), KeepAmerica Beautiful (advisor, 1967-69); Environmental Defense Fund, Izaak Walton League (honorary president, 1975-76), United Nations Association. Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor--motion picture, and National Society of Film Critics Award, best supporting actor, 1976, both for Nashville. Addresses: Agent: Gold/Marshak/Liedtke Talent and Literary Agency, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA 91505.

Actor, comedian, writer
Birth Details
September 21, 1935
Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • My Mother, My Father and Me, Broadway production, 1963
  • Film Appearances
  • College student, The Nutty Professor(also known as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Paramount, 1963
  • Smith, Kiss Me, Stupid, Lopert, 1964
  • Charlie Horse, The Outlaws Is Coming(also known as The Three Stooges Meet the Gunslinger), Columbia, 1965
  • Voice of Wilbur, Charlotte's Web(animated; also known as E.B. White's Charlotte's Web), Paramount, 1973
  • Dr. Verringer, The Long Goodbye, United Artists, 1973
  • Haven Hamilton, Nashville, Paramount, 1975
  • General Pecheur, The Last Remake of Beau Geste, Universal, 1977
  • Himself, The Kentucky Fried Movie, United Film, 1977
  • Fred Bott, A Perfect Couple, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Bobby Hammer and Mrs. Horn, H.E.A.L.T.H.(also known as Health), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Nazi leader, The Blues Brothers, Universal, 1980
  • Dr. Eugene Nortz, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Universal, 1981
  • Dean Boom Avocado, Tulips, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Dr. Pennyworth, Monster in the Closet, Troma, 1986
  • Mr. Wormwood, Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987
  • Ike Roscoe, Switching Channels, TriStar, 1988
  • Dr. Werner Klopek, The Burbs(also known as The 'Burbs and The 'burbs), Universal, 1989
  • Dr. Jake Lawrence, Night Visitor(also known as Never Cry Devil), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989
  • The Wizard, The Magic Balloon, Showscan Film Corporation, 1990
  • Fired employee, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Big John Coot, Tune in Tomorrow(also known as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), Cinecom, 1990
  • Professor Gerhardt Von Kreutzer, Brenda Starr, Triumph Releasing,1992
  • Voice of Dr. Applecheeks, Tom and Jerry: The Movie(animated), Miramax, 1993
  • Dr. Knutsen, Cyber Bandits(also known as A Sailor's Tattoo), Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1995
  • William Leaky, Bio-Dome(also known as Biodome), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Voice of Adolph Eichmann, Mother Night, Fine Line Features, 1996
  • Albert C. Robinson, Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day(also known asColor of a Brisk and Leaping Day (a Fateful Year in the Life of John Lee,Railroad Man)), Artistic License Films, 1996
  • Dr. Edward Bellichek, Asylum, Norstar Entertainment, 1996
  • Jack Burrows, Stranger in the Kingdom,1997
  • Thurston Howell, Magnolia, New Line Cinema, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The poet, The Tonight Show, NBC, 1961-62
  • The Poet, Mike Wallace's P.M. East, syndicated, 1962
  • Regular performer, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In(also known as Laugh-In), NBC, 1968-71
  • Voice of Downer, The Biskitts(animated), CBS, 1983
  • Voice of Eleroo, The Wuzzles(animated), CBS and ABC, 1985
  • Voice of Aimee's locker, Galaxy High School(animated; also known as Galaxy High), CBS, 1987
  • Voice, The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda(animated), syndicated, 1990
  • Voice of Mr. Mothmeyer, Santo Bugito(animated), CBS, 1996
  • Wayne Landry, Sunset Beach,1999
  • Movies
  • Clifford Stool, Evil Roy Slade, NBC, 1972
  • Walt, Every Man Needs One, ABC, 1972
  • Abe Rand, Escape from Bogen County, CBS, 1977
  • Rolly Royce, The Night They Took Miss Beautiful, NBC, 1977
  • Milt Cavanaugh, Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, NBC, 1979
  • George, For the Love of It, ABC, 1980
  • Art Schmeckle, Nashville Grab, NBC, 1981
  • Robert, Slow Burn, Showtime, 1986
  • Hale Buchman Sr., Long Gone, HBO, 1987
  • E. Mitchell Armstrong, Return to Green Acres, CBS, 1990
  • Professor Ravetch, "Escape to Witch Mountain," ABC Family Movie(also known as Disney Family Films), ABC, 1995
  • Miniseries
  • Railroad conductor, Around the World in 80 Days, NBC, 1989
  • Episodic
  • Butcher boy, "We're Going to Have a Baby," The Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1963
  • Butcher boy, "The Baby Formula," The Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1963
  • Mr. Quirt Manly, "A Man for Elly," The Beverly Hillbillies, CBS, 1964
  • Movie star, "Grindl, Girl Wac," Grindl, NBC, 1964
  • Butcher boy, "Ellie the Talent Show," The Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1964
  • "The Great Manhunt," The Littlest Hobo, syndicated, 1964
  • Movie juggler, "Danger, High Voltage," My Favorite Martian, CBS, 1964
  • Insigna, "Liberty," Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1965
  • Insigna, "Physician, Heal Thyself," Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1965
  • Kopeburn, "Pride of the Rangers," Laredo, NBC, 1965
  • Insigna, "Carry Me Back to Cocoon Island," Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1965
  • Private Wrongo Starr, "Pvt. Wrongo Starr," F Troop, ABC, 1966
  • Private Wrongo Starr, "Wrongo Starr and the Woman in Black," F Troop, ABC, 1966
  • Doug Bedlork, "Talk to the Snail," The Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1966
  • Private Wrongo Starr, "The Return of Wrongo Starr," F Troop, ABC,1966
  • Leroy, "Aunt Harriet Wants You," Hey Landlord, NBC, 1967
  • Napoleon, "Samantha's French Pastry," Bewitched, ABC, 1968
  • "Love and the Shower," Love, American Style, ABC, 1969
  • Tim the Leprechaun, "If the Shoe Pinches," Bewitched, ABC, 1970
  • "Love and the Note," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971
  • "Love and the Sweet 16," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971
  • "Love and the Christmas Punch," Love, American Style, ABC, 1972
  • "Love and the Spendthrift," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973
  • "Violence in Blue," The Wide World of Mystery, ABC, 1975
  • "Murder on High C," Get Christie Love, ABC, 1975
  • "Showdown at Times Square," McCloud, NBC, 1975
  • "Sharks Eat Sharks," Barbary Coast, ABC, 1975
  • "Don't Feed the Pigeons," Police Woman, NBC, 1975
  • Marion Mariposa, "Screaming Javelins," The New Adventures of Wonder Woman(also known as Wonder Woman), CBS, 1978
  • W.E.B., NBC, 1978
  • Fred Wade, "Anniversary and Mr. Hotel," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978
  • Dad, "Father Goose," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1978
  • Sometimes, "Victor, Bill and Bobby, Sometimes," Sweepstakes, NBC,1979
  • Squirt, "Find Loretta Lynn," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1980
  • Jeffrey Farley, "Ghost Rig," The Littlest Hobo,1980
  • Milton Box, "The Meek Shall Inherit Rhonda," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1981
  • Dr. Brownell, "Candy Doctor," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1982
  • Ron, "Mixed Doubles," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1982
  • Herbert T. Dowd, "Fowl Play," Simon and Simon, CBS, 1982
  • Bernish, "The Christmas Presence," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982
  • Max, "Murder on Ice," Quincy, M.E.(also known as Quincy), NBC, 1983
  • Dr. Henry Calder, "Endangered Detectives," Small and Frye, CBS, 1983
  • Waldo, "Spanish Gambit," Masquerade, ABC, 1984
  • Milton, "The Million Dollar Face," Cover Up, CBS, 1984
  • Merriwell Cooper, "Terror U.," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1984
  • Simon Rodale, "Murder in Mink," Mike Hammer, CBS, 1984
  • Shelly, "Diplomatic Immunity," Half Nelson, NBC, 1985
  • Mayor Abe, "Welcome to Winfield," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986
  • Donald Crane, "Voodoo Knight," Knight Rider, NBC, 1986
  • Voice of Artsy Wartsky, "Annabell Goes Punk," Poofur,1987
  • Harold Banner, "Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?,"Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987
  • Voice of Nobody, "Nobody Smurf," The Smurfs, NBC, 1987
  • Michael, Father, "Father Goose," Newhart,1989
  • Station wagon man, "Harry's Will," MacGyver, ABC, 1990
  • Pinky Burnette, "Deadly Silents," MacGyver, ABC, 1991
  • Oliver Thistle, "Incident in Lot 7," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991
  • Mr. Lodgepole, "The Losers," Eerie, Indiana, NBC, 1991
  • Mr. Harrison, "On the Air," What a Dummy, syndicated, 1991
  • Bud, "Chip Off the Old Brick," Evening Shade, CBS, 1991
  • Charlie, "Where's Harry," Cutters, CBS, 1992
  • Stanhope, "None But the Lonely Heart," Tales from the Crypt, HBO,1992
  • Cyrus Calhoun, "Out of the Ashes," Sisters, NBC, 1992
  • Cyrus Calhoun, "The Cold Light of Day," Sisters, NBC, 1992
  • Priest, "Several Unusual Love Stories," The John Larroquette Show,NBC, 1994
  • Ted Tilly, "Turtle Word," Coach, ABC, 1995
  • Himself, "Dream Weaver," Mad about You, NBC, 1995
  • Voice, "A Room With a Bellevue," Duckman(animated), 1996
  • Judge Samuels, "Trial by Fury," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1997
  • Judge Samuels, "When Teens Collide," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1998
  • Nilva, "Profit and Lace," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, UPN, 1998
  • The Great Franklin, Buddy Faro, CBS, 1998
  • Hotel clerk, "Angstgiving Day," Maggie Winters, CBS, 1998
  • Mr. Berry, "You Bet Your Life," Providence, NBC, 1998
  • Voice of Merv Stimpleton, Rocket Power(animated), Nickelodeon, 1999
  • Belasarius, Total Recall 2070, Showtime, 1999
  • Pilots
  • Accountant, Sheriff Who?, NBC, 1966
  • Bellboy, Honeymoon Suite, ABC, 1972
  • The Karen Valentine Show, ABC, 1973
  • Nicholas, "The New Original Wonder Woman," Wonder Woman, ABC, 1975
  • Chief Davlin, The Bureau, NBC, 1976
  • Principal, High School, U.S.A., NBC, 1984
  • Duke Coleman, Home Again(also known as Too Many Cooks), ABC, 1988
  • Specials
  • Igon, The Halloween That Almost Wasn't, ABC, 1979
  • Dorothy Hamill's Corner of the Sky, ABC, 1979
  • Voice of Sam, Robbut: A Tale of Tails(animated), 1985
  • Voice of Mr. Slime, The Blinkins(animated), syndicated, 1986
  • Opryland Celebrates 200 Years of American Music, syndicated, 1988
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1993
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In: A Valentine's Day Special, NBC, 1994
  • Voice of the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie(animated; also known as Dr. Suess' Daisy-Head Mayzie), TNT, 1995
  • Albums
  • The Alligator and Other Poems, Liberty Records, 1962
  • The Grass Menagerie, Epic Records, 1971
  • Singles
  • "Artificial Flowers," Epic, 1971
  • "The Population Song," A&M, 1972
  • "200 Years," ABC Records, 1975
  • A Flower Child's Garden of Verses, New American Library (New York City), 1970
  • Carnival of the Animals(new verses), Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles,CA, 1971
  • The Gift: The Illustrated History of the Statue of Liberty, Blackthorne, 1986
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Audubon, National Wildlife, Environmental Quality, The Progressive, Reader'sDigest, Classic TV, Philadelphia Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Manchester Guardian, and California Living.
  • Film Song Lyrics
  • Nashville, Paramount, 1975

Further Reference


    • TV Guide, February 3, 1996 , pp. 7-8.

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