henry gibson laugh in has died

As if there wasn’t enough sadness going around after the death of Patrick Swayze another performer has passed on. According to the LATimes, Henry Gibson one of the original members of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In has died. The character actor was best known for his stint on the 1960′s TV series as well as a few cult eighties flicks such as The ‘burbs and Gremlins.

With a career that spanned more than 40 years, Gibson left a long lasting impression on the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, a majority of the people in or around my generation probably aren’t really familiar with Henry Gibson’s earlier work. Even though he wasn’t as heavy of a presence as some other actors, he managed to stay an active entertainer until the very end. During this decade alone he made regular appearances on Boston Legal and the animated series King of the Hill.

Gibson died Monday night at his Malibu home, after a long fight with cancer. He was 73 years old. As a product of the eighties, Gibson was a huge part of my movie watching experience. He always popped up in supporting roles in some of my favorite films, and when he was on screen he’d steal the show. His talent will truly be missed.

What are your favorite memories or roles of Henry Gibson?