He got the nickame "HOOT" reportedly because of his boyhood penchant for hunting owls. He joined a circus at the age of 13. When he was stranded in Colorado, he got a job punching cattle. He was a good rodeo performer in Wild West shows by the time…more
Gibson had blonde hair and blue eyes and weighed 160 lbs. in his prime.
One of the reasons for Gibson's popularity was that he was one of the few cowboys stars who appealed to women.
During his prime, Gibson was paid a salary of $14,500.00 per week.
Gibson, because he was a licensed pilot, would frequently use airplanes in his movies.
Gibson was close friends with legendary director John Ford who gave him his first break in films.
Gibson began his career at Universal Studios and his pictures were always among the studio's biggest earners but with the onset of the Great Depression the studio decided to stop producing westerns and let Gibson go in 1930;
Gibson was also a licensed pilot. He was injured in a plane crash in 1933.
Gibson's second and third wives, Helen Johnson and Sally Eilers, were actresses.
Gibson was married four times: Rose Wegner (1913-20); Helen Johnson (1921-30); Sally Eilers (1930-33), and Dorothy Duncan (1942-his death).
Gibson was 5 feet, 9 inches tall.
Gibson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1765 Vine Street.
Gibson also had a comic book series named after him in the 1930's.
Gibson is buried in Inglewood Park Cemetary in Inglewood, CA.
During his later years, Gibson was forced to work as a greeter at a Las Vegas casino and make appearances at carnivals in order to make ends meet.
It was estimated that Gibson earned over six million dollars making movies but he squandered most of it on bad investments and high living.
Gibson's final on-screen appearance was a supporting role as a cavalry sergeant in the 1959 film The Horse Soldiers which starred John Wayne and William Holden.
Gibson teamed with fellow cowboy star Ken Maynard in the low budget Trail Blazer series for Monogram Studios.
Gibson served in the Tank Corps during World War I.
Gibson provided much of the comedy relief himself in his movies whereas other cowboy stars had a comic sidekick.
Gibson rarely wore a gun on-screen.
Gibson's on-screen horse was named Goldie.
Gibson had one daughter, Lois Charlotte, with second wife Helen Johnson.