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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 11, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, theater company artistic director, playwright, producer

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Best known to genre buffs as the adroit filmmaker behind the giddily gory H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, "Re-Animator" (1985) and "From Beyond" (1986), Gordon also boasts a significant theatrical background and other film credits ranging from direct-to-video genre fodder to bonafide Hollywood blockbusters. Gordon was the co-founder and longtime artistic director (1969-85) of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, where he directed 35 plays, including the world premiere of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and the long-running "Bleacher Bums".

Best known to genre buffs as the adroit filmmaker behind the giddily gory H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, "Re-Animator" (1985) and "From Beyond" (1986), Gordon also boasts a significant theatrical background and other film credits ranging from direct-to-video genre fodder to bonafide Hollywood blockbusters. Gordon was the co-founder and longtime artistic director (1969-85) of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, where he directed 35 plays, including the world premiere of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and the long-running "Bleacher Bums".

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DIRECTOR:

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  Stuck (2007)
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  Edmond (2005)
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  Dagon (2002) Director
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  Space Truckers (1996) Director
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  Castle Freak (1995) Director
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  Fortress (1993) Director
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  Daughter of Darkness (1990) Director
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  Robot Jox (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Bread and Roses (2000) Himself
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Worked in a commercial art studio for six months
1968:
Founded the Broom Street Theater in Madison, WI
1969:
Co-founded the Organic Theater Company in Madison and subsequently Chicago
1969:
Served as the artistic director and a producing director at the the Organic Theater Company
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Directed 35 original plays and adaptations
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Wrote (with Bury St. Edmund) "Warp", a science fiction play originally produced by the Organic Theater Company at the Body Politic Theater in Chicago (also directed)
1973:
Directed "Warp" in NYC at the Ambassador Theater
1974:
Directed the world premiere of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" for the Organic Theater Company at the Uptown Center Theater in Chicago
1974:
Toured Europe with "Bloody Bess" and "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit", both productions of the Organic Theater Company
1975:
Toured Europe with Organic Theater Company production of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"; toured the US the following year
1977:
Wrote (with Joe Mantagna and others) "Bleacher Bums"; directed the Chicago production
1978:
Directed the NYC productions of "Bleacher Bums" at Performing Garage and American Place Theater
1979:
TV directing debut, helmed (with Pat Denny) the PBS production of "Bleacher Bums"
1980:
Wrote (with wife Carolyn Purdy-Gordon) "The Little Sister", adapted from Raymond Chandler's novel; directed Chicago production
1982:
Co-wrote (with Ronald Berman and others) "E/R"; directed the Chicago production
1984:
Served as a consultant for the short-lived CBS medical sitcom based on "E/R"
1985:
Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Re-Animator"
1989:
Co-wrote, with Brian Yuzna and Ed Naha, the story for "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"
1990:
TV directorial debut, "Daughter of Darkness"
1992:
Executive produced "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" (also received co-creator credit)
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Education

University of Wisconsin at Madison: Madison , Wisconsin - 1965 - 1969

Notes

Gordon is a member and past director of the League of Chicago Theaters.

Gordon is a member and past director of the Theater Communications Group.

Gordon received a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (c. 1978).

Gordon has received Joseph Jefferson Awards for his writing and directing on the Chicago stage.

The PBS presentation of "Bleacher Bums" won a local Chicago Emmy.

A theatrical production of "Peter Pan" staged by a student named Stuart Gordon caught the mood of the isthmus. In Gordon's interpretation, Peter Pan was a hippie, Tinker Bell was gay, Captain Hook and his pirates were police, the three Darling children were the last straight kids in America, and the voyage to Never-Never Land was an acid trip portrayed by a half-hour light show in which half a dozen nude co-eds danced hypnotically to Iron Butterfly's "Inna gadda da vida." Threatened with prosecution by Dane County District Attorney James Boll, Gordon mounted the production behind locked doors in Commerce Hall. On an evening that summed up America in 1968, make-believe cops and hippies went at it on stage while real police pounded on the doors with warrants for the arrest of the producer and his nubile cast.

--From "Rads" by Tom Banks (New York: Harper, Collins, 1992)

"Gordon's first film is pure splatstick, a knockabout zombie gorefest played dead straight by its actors, which revitalises the bit that other horror films can't reach, namely the funnybone."--Anne Billson's review of "Re-Animator" in "The Time Out Film Guide", edited by Tom Milne (Penguin Books, 1989)

Stuart Gordon interviewed by the Phantom of the Movies in the latter's VIDEOSCOPE (Vol. 2, No. 1), Jan. 15/Mar. 15 1996:

PHANTOM: Have you done any theater recently?

GORDON: I did a play about a year ago, called "Ghost Man", written by Wendy Hammond, about a coalminer in Utah, a Mormon. His father dies and all of a sudden he starts having all these weird hallucinations in which he becomes convinced that his father had sexually abused him as a child. Of course, everyone is telling him this is impossible, his father was one of the elders of the church....

PHANTOM: Any chance of it becoming a film?

GORDON: It's one of those things where the subject matter seems to be so upsetting to people that it's very hard to get a company to produce it. What I've noticed is that if you put something into a fantasy context, you have a better chance of getting it produced. You have to put it into a science-fiction or horror context to be able to deal with some of these things.

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wife:
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon. Actor; writer. Married December 20, 1968.

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father:
Bernard Leo Gordon. Executive. With the Helene Curtis company (cosmetics; toiletries).
mother:
Rosalie Gordon. Social worker; English teacher.
daughter:
Suzanna Katherine Gordon.
daughter:
Jillian Bess Gordon.
daughter:
Margaret Berni Gordon.
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