September 16, 2009 at 08:59 PM EDT

Comic actor Henry Gibson, known to viewers young and old for roles from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In to Boston Legal, died of cancer yesterday at his Malibu home, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 73-year-old first became known for his Laugh-In segment in which he read poems, but he built a lengthy resume with credits from several Robert Altman films, King of the Hill, Charlotte’s Web, The Blues Brothers, and recently as eccentric helmet-wearing Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal. He leaves behind three sons, all of whom joined their father in the entertainment industry.

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