Thursday, September 17, 2009

Remembering Henry Gibson, 1935 - 2009

The Baby Boomers among us will especially mourn the passing of actor/comedian Henry Gibson, who died this past Monday at the age of 73. We grew up with his gentle and always amusing presence on the iconic and unforgettable Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, and he was a frequent guest star on many series -- most recently Boston Legal -- and made many appearance in feature films throughout his long career. Gibson's hundreds and hundreds of credits span the past 50 years of show business history, and he carved a unique niche with his talented portrayals. Here's a short slideshow with some nice images of Gibson, thanks to YouTube user Paultinsel:

Here's a short clip of him from the 1974 The Beverly Hillbillies episode "A Man for Elly", along with Buddy Ebsen and Irene Ryan.

An even bigger treat is this 1966 episode "Wrongo Starr and the Lady in Black" from the memorable but short-lived sitcom F Troop, in which Gibson plays Starr, a jinxed soldier at Fort Courage. Those of you who rememember F Troop know it was a rollicking frontier farce starring the memorable duo of Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch, along with Ken Berry as their less-than-commanding commanding officer, and the lovely Melody Patterson as the comely and rambunctious Wrangler Jane. Gibson's performance was so well-received that he was brought back for another episode as the hapless Pvt. Starr. (It's divided into three parts here.) Astute Flaming Nose TV fans will recognize the actress Sarah Marshall who plays the widow from her role as Dr. Janet Wallace from the original Star Trek episode "The Deadly Years". So enjoy the episode!

The Flaming Nose pays tribute to Henry Gibson as a part our TV landscape, and we remember his performances as true television gems.

1 comment:

Jane said...

Lovely tribute to Henry Gibson Lisa. He certainly had a great career, working right up to the end. I was sad also to see that "Mary" from Peter, Paul and Mary had passed away. I believe she was also in her early 70's. The far end of the Boomers are starting to expire!