Henry Gibson was not only a gifted comedian (Laugh-In), but a remarkable character actor with at least three great performances to his credit: Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Nashville and, more recently, as big tipper “Thurston Howell” in Magnolia (above) by Altman disciple, P.T. Anderson.
Born as James Bateman, he adopted the name Henry Gibson (according to the L.A. Times obituary) as a tribute to Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen. He made his screen debut as a student named “Gibson” in Jerry Lewis’s The Nutty Professor.[Image via Bill Ryan]