I was incredibly saddened to learn this week that Henry Gibson, “Laugh-In” favorite and an extremely versatile character actor, passed away on Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 73. Gibson, who I became very familiar with thanks to Nick-At-Nite and Joe Dante’s classic horror/comedy “The Burbs,” was a comedian whose ability greatly appealed to me, though I still cannot put my finger on why. In addition to brief yet memorable roles in such films as “Wedding Crashers,” “Magnolia,” and “Innerspace,” Gibson also appeared in a string of cult favorites, including “Monster in the Closet,” “Bio-Dome,” and the grossly underrated “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” He was also the voice of Wilbur in “Charlotte’s Web,” a film that never fails to make me weepy. I wish I was kidding, folks. We’re talking Niagara Falls, each and every time I watch it.
The man’s big screen and television credits are endless, and even if you don’t know his name, I’m sure you recognize his face. Click here to take a look at his IMDb filmography; it’s amazing how prolific this guy was. I had no idea he was in the “Pound Puppies” movie. In fact, I had no idea such a film existed until this very moment in time. Even after death, Henry keeps giving.
Rest easy, Mr. Gibson. You certainly deserve it.