Actor Henry Gibson, who played Donald Crane in Voo Doo Knight — the final episode of Knight Rider: The Original Series — died on Monday at his home in Malibu after a short battle with cancer. He was 73.
Gibson was perhaps best known for his work on Laugh-In in the 1960s, where he delivered satirical poems while holding a giant flower, but his many TV appearances included spots on 77 Sunset Strip, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, The Dukes of Hazzard, MacGyver, Simon & Simon, Early Edition, and Glen Larson series Magnum PI, The Fall Guy, Cover Up, and Quincy ME. He portrayed Judge Clark Brown for five seasons on Boston Legal.
Movie appearances included The Long Goodbye, Wedding Crashers, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Switching Channels and The Blues Brothers. He voiced Wilbur in the 1973 version of Charlotte’s Web.
Gibson was born James Bateman in Germantown, Pa, in 1935, and after serving in the Air Force and studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts he created his ‘Henry Gibson’ comic persona — a pun on the name of playwright Henrik Ibsen.
Gibson is survived by three sons and two grandchildren.