Hollywood Flashback: Before 'Criminal Minds' Firing, Thomas Gibson Earned Laughs on 'Dharma & Greg'

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Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson on ABC's 'Dharma & Greg' in 1997.

After being dismissed from the CBS drama, Gibson tells THR, "People always mention that they'd love to see me in a comedy again. Maybe it's time – laughter being the best medicine."

In what probably wasn't a good career move, Thomas Gibson, 54, recently was involved in an on-set altercation while helming an episode of Criminal Minds that involved writer Virgil Williams being kicked during what the actor-director described as "creative differences." The skirmish resulted in Gibson's dismissal from the CBS drama he'd starred on for 11 seasons as somber FBI agent Aaron Hotchner.

Most TV viewers first got to know Gibson in a lighter context, as a conservative lawyer who marries a free-spirited yoga teacher (Jenna Elfman) on the 1997-2002 ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg. The Hollywood Reporter called the show "too groovy to ignore," and the Chuck Lorre co-creation was an immediate hit.

"Thomas brought something essential — the ability to be at once charmed, befuddled and impressed by Dharma," says co-executive producer Don Foster. As for the Minds situation, Gibson tells THR, "People always mention that they'd love to see me in a comedy again. Maybe it's time — laughter being the best medicine." 

This story first appeared in the Sept. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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