Laugh-In Star Henry Gibson, 73

Henry Gibson, one of the standout ensemble members of the late 60’s counter-culture comedy show Laugh-In, has died at age 73.

Actor Henry Gibson, who played roles ranging from loopy poets to vengeful Illinois Nazis and cranky judges during a 40-year film and television career, has died at age 73, his representatives said Wednesday. Gibson was a regular on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” where he was known for popping up to read short, humorous poems during the show’s 1968-71 run. He was a frequent guest star on television shows from the 1970s through the mid-2000s, with a recurring role as a judge on ABC’s “Boston Legal” as late as 2008. His movie roles included turns in two of director Robert Altman’s 1970s films, “Nashville” and “The Long Goodbye,” and as the neo-Nazi leader pursuing John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd in “The Blues Brothers.”

My father used to do an impression of Henry Gibson’s poet character on Laugh-In. It totally killed.

The Bullfrog by Henry Gibson

The bullfrog is my pal true blue.
He don’t smoke or drink or chew.
His only hang-up is he sniffs glue.
If I was a bullfrog I would too.