Henry Gibson was an award-winning American actor. His father was of Irish descent. His mother had Irish, German, English, and distant Dutch, ancestry. He had three sons: Jon Gibson, a business affairs executive at Universal Pictures; Charles Gibson, a director and two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor; and James Gibson, a screenwriter. Gibson died at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer.
Henry Gibson is actually a stage name - he was born James Bateman. He named himself after Norwegian poet Henrik Ibsen because "...if you say his name with a Southern accent it sounds like Henry Gibson".