A sad passing

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the death of actor Henry Gibson this week at the age of 73. Gibson had a long and storied acting career, starting with a bit part in the original Nutty Professor (1963). Perhaps his two most well-known performances were of country music superstar Haven Hamilton in Nashville, and of course as the leader of the Illinois Nazis in The Blues Brothers.

Henry Gibson as Haven Hamilton in Nashville (1975)

Henry Gibson (not his real name, but rather his stage name; a play on ‘Henrik Ibsen’) was not as prolific as many well-known actors, but it always pleased me when he popped up in a movie from time to time, usually in a quirky bit part. Here he is singing a song he wrote himself for Nashville, in character as Haven Hamilton (set to a cheesy slideshow because I can’t find the real clip from the movie anywhere):

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