Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Henry Gibson, 1935-2009. R.I.P.

Character actor Henry Gibson died of cancer on September 14th.  He passed away a week shy of his 74th birthday.

If you came of age in the 1960s, you remember him as a cast member on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In.  If you came of age in the 1980s, you remember playing an Illinois Nazi in The Blues Brothers.  

Of course, like most character actors he did a lot more work before and after those roles.  Most character actors garner little recognition and fanfare.  Gibson was fortunate enough to find the right roles at the right time.  In life we are all but actors on a stage but not everyone gets to say something.

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