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Also Known As: Carl Rufus Gordon Died: July 20, 2010
Born: January 20, 1932 Cause of Death: Lymphoma
Birth Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, department store worker, part-time postal worker

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Black American character player who first gained national prominence as Andrew Emerson, the irascible, self-styled black Nationalist father of Charles S. Dutton, on the Fox sitcom "Roc" (1991-94). Gordon has appeared on stage in more than 30 productions of the Negro Ensemble Company, including "Zooman and the Sign" and "The River Niger", as well as "Ain't Suposed to Die a Natural Death", "Do Lord Remember Me", and the August Wilson dramas, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Piano Lesson". (He was one of three "Roc" regulars--alongside Charles S. Dutton and Rocky Carroll--who came from "The Piano Lesson".) Gordon's feature credits include Ossie Davis' "Gordon's War" (1973), John Badham's "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" (1976) and John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" (1984).

Black American character player who first gained national prominence as Andrew Emerson, the irascible, self-styled black Nationalist father of Charles S. Dutton, on the Fox sitcom "Roc" (1991-94). Gordon has appeared on stage in more than 30 productions of the Negro Ensemble Company, including "Zooman and the Sign" and "The River Niger", as well as "Ain't Suposed to Die a Natural Death", "Do Lord Remember Me", and the August Wilson dramas, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Piano Lesson". (He was one of three "Roc" regulars--alongside Charles S. Dutton and Rocky Carroll--who came from "The Piano Lesson".) Gordon's feature credits include Ossie Davis' "Gordon's War" (1973), John Badham's "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" (1976) and John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" (1984).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Love Songs (1999) Mack ("A Love Song For Champ")
2.
 Cul-de-sac (1996)
3.
 Piano Lesson, The (1995) Doaker
4.
 No Mercy (1986) Lawrence
5.
6.
 Violated (1984)
7.
 Disaster On The Coastliner (1979) Foreman
9.
 Gordon's War (1973) Luther
10.
 Wedding, The (1998) Mr Hawkins
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1967:
Professional stage debut in Douglas Turner Ward's "Days of Absence/Happy Ending"
:
Appeared in more than 30 productions of the Negro Ensemble Company
1969:
Made Broadway debut in "The Great White North"
1973:
First major film role in Ossie Davis's action thriller, "Gordon's War"
:
Appeared in August Wilson's play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" where he first met Charles S. Dutton
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Appeared in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Piano Lesson"
1991:
Cast as Andrew Emerson, the father of Charles S. Dutton on the Fox sitcom "Roc"
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Notes

"Gordon didn't begin acting until he was 33. At the time, he was working in a department store and overhead old-timers in the lunchroom talking about dreams never realized. Soon after, he sold his television, quit his bowling team, took a second job at the post office and immersed himself in acting classes and the pursuit of a professional career."

(From Fox TV publicity materials for "Roc")

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