Leo Gordon

Leo Gordon

actor, writer

Leo Gordon was born on Dec 02, 1922 in USA. Leo Gordon's big-screen debut came with China Venture directed by Don Siegel in 1953, strarring Sgt. Hank Janowicz. Leo Gordon is known for Rage! directed by William A. Graham, David Soul stars as Cal Morrisey and James Whitmore as Borski. The most recent award Leo Gordon achieved is Golden Boot Awards. The upcoming new movie Leo Gordon plays is The Wasp Woman which will be released on Oct 22, 1998.

Big, burly character actor, one of the toughest of screen heavies. New York-born Leo Gordon's combination of a powerful physique, deep, menacing voice and icy, withering glare was guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest screen hero. Director Don Siegel, who used Gordon in his prison film Les révoltés de la cellule 11 (1954), once said that "Leo Gordon was the scariest man I have ever met"--this coming from a man who had directed John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Bette Midler! Siegel wasn't talking about just Gordon's screen presence. As a "heavy", Gordon was the real deal--before becoming an actor (he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Gordon served five years in San Quentin State Prison for armed robbery (during which he was shot several times point-blank by police--and survived). "Riot in Cell Block 11" was filmed at Folsom State Prison--where Gordon also served time--and the Folsom warden remembered him as a troublemaker.At first he refused to allow the film to be shot there if Gordon was to be in it, but Siegel was able to convince him that Gordon was no threat to the prison.Contrary to his image, though, Gordon was not just a one-note villain. He did play sympathetic parts on occasion, notably in the western L'homme au bandeau noir (1957)--which he also wrote--and in Roger Corman's civil rights drama The Intruder (1962), and turned in first-rate performances, especially in the latter film. Gordon was also a screenwriter, turning out several screenplays for Corman. He wasn't just limited to writing low-budget sci-fi films, either; he penned the screenplay for the WWII epic Tobrouk, commando pour l'enfer (1967), writing in a meaty part for himself as Kruger, a tough sergeant in a platoon of German Jews masquerading as Nazi soldiers to help blow up a German oil storage facility.Leo Gordon died in Los Angeles, CA, in 2000 at age 78 of heart failure.

  • Birthday

    Dec 02, 1922
  • Place of Birth

    New York City, New York, USA

Known For


1 wins & 0 nominations

Golden Boot Awards
Winner - Golden Boot

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