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Gibson, Henry 1935–

Gibson, Henry 1935–

(James Bateman, Olsen Gibson)

PERSONAL

Original name, James Bateman; born 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; observer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London.

Addresses: Agent—TalentWorks, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA 91505.

Career: Actor, comedian, and writer. 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 the National Teach-In, 1970; participant in Citizen's Committee on Population Growth and the American Future, 1972–75. Also known as Olsen Gibson. Military service: United States Air Force, 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, Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Fund of America (West Coast advisory board, 1967–85), Keep America 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—television, 1971, for Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In"; National Society of Film Critics Award, best supporting actor, 1975, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor—motion picture, 1976, both for Nashville; Grammy Award nomination (with others), album of best original score written for a motion picture or television special, 1976, for the soundtrack album of Nashville; National Board of Review Award (with others), best ensemble, 1999, Magnolia.

CREDITS

Television Appearances; Series:

The poet, The Jack Paar Tonight Show (also known as The Jack Paar Show and The Tonight Show), NBC, 1961–62.

The poet, PM East (also known as P.M. East—P.M. West), WNEW (New York City) and syndicated, c. 1962.

Regular performer, Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In" (also known as Laugh-In), NBC, 1968–71.

Voice of Downer, The Biskitts (animated), CBS, 1983–84.

Voice of Eleroo, The Wuzzles (animated), CBS, beginning 1985.

Voice of Aimee's locker and Doyle's locker, Galaxy High School (animated; also known as Galaxy High), CBS, 1986–87.

Voice, The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda (animated), syndicated, beginning 1990.

Voice of Mayor Lindt, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (animated), Nickelodeon, c. 1994–97.

Voice of Mr. Mothmeyer, Santo Bugito (animated), CBS, 1996.

Wayne Landry, Sunset Beach, NBC, c. 1999.

Voice of Merv Stimpleton, Rocket Power (animated; also known as RocketPower), Nickelodeon, c. 1999–2004.

Judge Clark Brown, Boston Legal (also known as Fleet Street, The Practice: Fleet Street, and The Untitled Practice), ABC, 2004–2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Railroad conductor, Around the World in 80 Days (also known as Il giro del mondo in 80 giorni and In 80 Tagen um die Welt), NBC, 1989.

Television Appearances; 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, The Nashville Grab, NBC, 1981.

Robert, Slow Burn, Showtime, 1986.

Hale Buchman, Sr., Long Gone (also known as Stogies), HBO, 1987.

E. Mitchell Armstrong, Return to Green Acres, CBS, 1990.

Vault of Horrors I, 1994.

Professor Ravetch, "Escape to Witch Mountain," ABC Family Movie (also known as Disney Family Films), ABC, 1995.

Reilly O'Reilly, The Luck of the Irish, Disney Channel, 2001.

Voice of Merv Stimpleton, Rocket Power: Race across New Zealand (animated), Nickelodeon, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Singing voice of Max, Halloween Is Grinch Night (animated; also known as Grinch Night and It's Grinch Night), CBS, 1977.

Himself, Disco Beaver from Outer Space (also known as National Lampoon Presents "Disco Beaver from Outer Space" and National Lampoon's "Disco Beaver from Outer Space"), HBO, 1978.

Igon, The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (short; also known as The Night Dracula Saved the World), ABC, 1979.

Dorothy Hamill's Corner of the Sky, ABC, 1979.

Voice of Sam, "Robbut: A Tale of Tails" (animated), CBS Storybreak, CBS, 1985.

Voice of Mr. Slime, The Blinkins (animated), syndicated, c. 1986.

Opryland Celebrates 200 Years of American Music, syndicated, 1988.

(In archive footage) Himself, Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In" Past and Present Christmas (also known as Laugh-In Past Christmas Present), NBC, 1993.

(In archive footage) Himself, Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In" 25th Anniversary (also known as Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In" 25th Anniversary Reunion), NBC, 1993.

Voice of flashlight, The Bears Who Saved Christmas (animated short), 1994.

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. Seuss' "Daisy-Head Mayzie"), TNT, 1995.

Himself, Hollywood's Master Storytellers: The Blues Brothers, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Butcher boy, "The Baby Formula," The Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1963.

Butcher boy, "We're Going to Have a Baby," The Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1963.

Eddie, "The Toy Jungle," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1963.

Butcher boy, "Ellie the Talent Show," The Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1964.

Homer P. Gibson (juggler), "Danger, High Voltage," My Favorite Martian, CBS, 1964.

Mr. Quirt Manly, "A Man for Elly," The Beverly Hillbillies, CBS, 1964.

Movie star (some sources cite Private Stoner), "Grindl, Girl Wac," Grindl, NBC, 1964.

Himself, The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, 1964.

Insigna, "Carry Me Back to Cocoon Island," Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1965.

Insigna, "Liberty," Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1965.

Insigna, "Physician, Heal Thyself," Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1965.

Kopeburn, "Pride of the Rangers," Laredo, NBC, 1965.

Doug Bedlork, "Talk to the Snail," The Dick Van Dyke Show (also known as The Dick Van Dyke Daytime Show), CBS, 1966.

Private Wrongo Starr, "Wrongo Starr and the Woman in Black," F Troop, ABC, 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 Athlete/Love and the Dummies/Love and Mother/Love and the Shower," Love, American Style, ABC, 1969.

Tim the leprechaun, "If the Shoe Pinches," Bewitched, ABC, 1970.

Himself, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, CBS, 1970.

Himself, The Hollywood Squares, NBC, 1970.

"Love and the Duel/Love and the Note/Love and the Young Unmarrieds," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

"Love and the Married Bachelor/Love and the Sweet Sixteen/Love and the Vacation/Love and the Well-Groomed Bride," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

"Love and the Christmas Punch/Love and the Mystic/Love and the Tycoon," Love, American Style, ABC, 1972.

"Love and the Awkward Age/Love and the Generation Gasp/Love and the Spendthrift," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973.

Cookie Watkins, "Showdown at Times Square," McCloud, NBC, 1975.

Dasher, "Sharks Eat Sharks," Barbary Coast, ABC, 1975.

Otto Otterman, "Don't Feed the Pigeons," Police Woman, NBC, 1975.

"Murder on High C," Get Christie Love!, ABC, 1975.

"Violence in Blue," The Wide World of Mystery, ABC, 1975.

Fred Wade, "Bet a Million/Mr. Irresistible," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

Marion Mariposa, "Screaming Javelins," Wonder Woman (also known as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and The New Original Wonder Woman), CBS, 1978.

W.E.B., NBC, 1978.

Sometimes, "Victor, Bill and Bobby, Sometimes," Sweepstake$, NBC, 1979.

Jeffrey Farley, "Ghost Rig," The Littlest Hobo, CTV and syndicated, 1980.

Squirt, "Find Loretta Lynn," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1980.

Milton Bach, "The Meek Shall Inherit Rhonda," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1981.

Bernish, "The Christmas Presence," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

Dr. Brownell, "Candy Doctor," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1982.

Herbert T. Dowd, "Fowl Play," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1982.

Ron, "Mixed Doubles," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1982.

Dr. Henry Calder, "Endangered Detectives," Small & Frye, CBS, 1983.

Max, "Murder on Ice," Quincy, M.E. (also known as Quincy), NBC, 1983.

Merriwell Cooper, "Terror U.," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1984.

Milton, "The Million Dollar Face," Cover Up, CBS, 1984.

Simon Rodale, "Murder in Mink," Mike Hammer, CBS, 1984.

Waldo, "Spanish Gambit," Masquerade, ABC, 1984.

Shelly, "Diplomatic Immunity," Half Nelson, NBC, 1985.

Donald Crane, "Voodoo Knight," Knight Rider, NBC, 1986.

Mayor Abe, "Welcome to Winfield/Quarantine," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986.

Voice of Artsy Wartsky, "Annabell Goes Punk," Foofur (animated), NBC, 1987.

Voice of Nobody, "Nobody Smurf," The Smurfs (animated; also known as Smurfs' Adventures), NBC, 1987.

Harold Banner, "Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1988.

Station wagon man, "Harry's Will," MacGyver, ABC, 1990.

Tad Burrows, "Father Goose," Newhart, CBS, 1990.

Bud, "Chip off the Old Brick," Evening Shade, CBS, 1991.

Mr. Harrison, "On the Air," What a Dummy, syndicated, 1991.

Mr. Lodgepole, "The Losers," Eerie, Indiana, NBC, 1991.

Oliver Thistle, "Incident in Lot #7," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991.

Pinky Burnette, "Deadly Silents," MacGyver, ABC, 1991.

Charlie, "Where's Harry," Cutters, CBS, 1992.

Stanhope, "None but the Lonely Heart," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1992.

Cyrus Calhoun, "The Cold Light of Day," Sisters, NBC, 1993.

Cyrus Calhoun, "Out of the Ashes," Sisters, NBC, 1993.

Voices of hairdresser and counselor, "Chuckie's First Haircut/Cool Hand Angelica," Rugrats (animated), Nickelodeon, 1993.

Priest, "Several Unusual Love Stories," The John Larroquette Show (also known as Larroquette), NBC, 1995.

Ted Tilly, "Turtle Word," Coach, ABC, 1995.

Himself, "Dream Weaver," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1996.

Voice, "A Room with a Bellevue," Duckman (animated; also known as Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man), USA Network, 1996.

Judge Samuels, "Trial by Fury," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1997.

The Great Franklin (Mendelbaum's magic teacher), "Now You See Him, Now He's Dead," Buddy Faro, CBS, 1998.

Hotel clerk, "Angstgiving Day," Maggie Winters, CBS, 1998.

Judge Samuels, "When Teens Collide," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1998.

Mr. Berry, "You Bet Your Life," Providence, NBC, 1998.

Nilva, "Profit and Lace," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1998.

Belasarius, "Bones beneath My Skin," Total Recall 2070 (also known as Total Recall: The Series), Showtime, 1999.

Voice of Patty's father, "Grudge Match/Polishing Rhonda," Hey Arnold! (animated; also known as Hey, Arnold!), Nickelodeon, 1999.

Voice of rhino, "Born to Be Wild," The Wild Thornberrys (animated; also known as The Thornberrys), Nickelodeon, 1999.

Witch judge, "The Good, the Bad and the Luau," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1999.

Witch judge, "Salem, the Boy," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1999.

Sin City Spectacular (also known as Penn & Teller's "Sin City Spectacular"), fX Channel, 1999.

Mr. Quigley, "Luck o' the Irish," Early Edition, CBS, 2000.

Dr. Meelbow, "The Martini Shot," She Spies (also known as B.A.I.T.), NBC, 2002.

Marul, "Sentinel," Stargate SG-1 (also known as La porte des etoiles), Showtime, 2002.

Deputy secretary, "Chock Full o'Nuts," Becker, CBS, 2003.

(In archive footage) Marul, "Disclosure," Stargate SG-1 (also known as La porte des etoiles), Showtime, 2003.

Phil Hostetler, "Big Coal," The Guardian, CBS, 2003.

Sandman, "Sand Francisco Dreamin'," Charmed, The WB, 2003.

Frank Wolston, "Kitty's Back," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2004.

Voice of Lord of Pain, "House of Pain/A Grim Prophecy/Mandy Bites Dog," Grim & Evil (animated; also known as The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), Cartoon Network, 2004.

Voice of Bagley, "Topsy Turvy," The Batman (animated), The WB, 2005.

Voice of Bob Jenkins, "Bystand Me," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2005.

Voice of Bob Jenkins, "Smoking and the Bandit," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2005.

Appeared as Mr. Bottoms, Santa Barbara, NBC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Accountant, Sheriff Who?, NBC, 1966.

Himself, The Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In" Pilot Special, NBC, 1967.

Bellboy, Honeymoon Suite, ABC, 1972.

Chic, The Karen Valentine Show, ABC, 1973.

Voice of Mr. Grundy, "The Mini-Munsters," The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (animated; also known as The New Saturday Superstar Movie), ABC, 1973.

Nicholas, "The New Original Wonder Woman," Wonder Woman (also known as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and The New Original Wonder Woman), ABC, 1975.

Chief Davlin, The Bureau, NBC, 1976.

Roman Ing (principal), High School, U.S.A., NBC, c. 1984.

Duke Coleman, Home Again (also known as Too Many Cooks), ABC, 1988.

Helicopter pilot, The Amanda Show, Nickelodeon, 1999.

Dr. Bollas, Cracking Up, Fox, 2004.

Television Additional Voices:

The Smurfs (animated; also known as Smurfs' Adventures), NBC, c. 1981–90.

Film Appearances:

College student, The Nutty Professor (also known as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Paramount, 1963.

Smith, Kiss Me, Stupid, United Artists/Lopert, 1964.

Charlie Horse, The Outlaws Is Coming! (also known as The Three Stooges Meet the Gunslinger), Columbia, 1965.

Dr. Verringer, The Long Goodbye, United Artists, 1973.

Voice of Wilbur, Charlotte's Web (animated; also known as E. B. White's "Charlotte's Web"), Paramount, 1973.

Haven Hamilton, Nashville, Paramount, 1975.

General Pecheur, The Last Remake of Beau Geste, Universal, 1977.

Himself, "United Appeal for the Dead," The Kentucky Fried Movie, United Film Distribution Company, 1977.

Bobby Hammer and Mrs. Horn, H.E.A.L.T.H. (also known as Health and HealtH), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979.

Fred Bott, A Perfect Couple, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979.

Nazi leader, The Blues Brothers, Universal, 1980.

Dean Boom Avocado (some sources cite Maurice Avocado), Tulips, Avco-Embassy, 1981.

Dr. Eugene Nortz, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Universal, 1981.

Dr. Pennyworth, Monster in the Closet, Troma, 1986.

Mr. Wormwood, Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987.

Ike Roscoe, Switching Channels, TriStar, 1988.

Dr. Jake Lawrence, Night Visitor (also known as Never Cry Devil), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989.

Dr. Werner Klopek, The Burbs (also known as The 'burbs and The 'Burbs), Universal, 1989.

Big John Coot, Tune in Tomorrow (also known as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), Cinecom, 1990.

Fired employee, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (also known as Gremlins 2), Warner Bros., 1990.

The wizard, The Magic Balloon, Showscan Film Corporation, 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), IRS Media, 1995.

Albert C. Robinson, Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (also known as Color 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.

Voice of Adolph Eichmann, Mother Night, Fine Line Features, 1996.

William Leaky, Bio-Dome (also known as Biodome), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996.

Zack Burrows (some sources cite Jack Burrows), A Stranger in the Kingdom, Kingdom Come Pictures, 1997.

Thurston Howell, Magnolia (also known as mag-no'li-a), New Line Cinema, 1999.

Mullitt (short film), rednaveL fLmworx, 2000.

Clifford Sloane, Teddy Bears' Picnic (also known as Call o' the Glen), Magnolia Pictures, 2002.

Minister, No Prom for Cindy (short film), 2002.

Ralph Tyler, The Year That Trembled, Novel City Pictures, 2002, Kingdom County Productions, 2003.

Martin Glaser, The Goldfish (short film), 2003.

Police chief Jesse Curry, The Commission, 2003.

(Uncredited) Funeral home director, Never Die Alone, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2004.

Father O'Neil, Wedding Crashers, New Line Cinema, 2005.

Tour guide, Trapped Ashes, Asmik Ace Entertainment, 2006.

Big Stan, 2007.

Stage Appearances:

My Mother, My Father and Me, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Appeared in various stage productions and major tours.

RECORDINGS

Videos:

Himself, The Stories behind the Making of "The Blues Brothers," Universal Studios Home Video, 1998.

Albums:

The Alligator and Other Poems, Liberty Records, 1962.

The Grass Menagerie, Epic Records, 1971.

(With others) Nashville (soundtrack), MCA, 1975.

Singles:

"Artificial Flowers," Epic, 1971.

"The Population Song," A & M, 1972.

"200 Years," ABC Records, 1975.

Music Videos:

KoRn, "Make Me Bad," 1999.

WRITINGS

Film Music; Songs:

Nashville, Paramount, 1975.

Albums:

The Alligator and Other Poems, Liberty Records, 1962.

The Grass Menagerie, Epic Records, 1971.

(With others) Nashville (soundtrack), MCA, 1975.

Singles:

"Artificial Flowers," Epic, 1971.

"The Population Song," A & M, 1972.

"200 Years," ABC Records, 1975.

Poetry:

A Flower Child's Garden of Verses, New American Library, 1970.

Carnival of the Animals, Hollywood Bowl, 1971.

Some sources cite Gibson as the author of The Only Show on Earth.

Nonfiction:

The Gift: The Illustrated History of the Statue of Liberty, Blackthorne, 1986.

Contributor to periodicals, including Audubon, California Living, Classic TV, Environmental Quality, the Los Angeles Times, National Wildlife, Philadelphia, Progressive, Reader's Digest, and the Washington Post.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

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

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