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Also Known As: Died: September 5, 2002
Born: October 13, 1936 Cause of Death: leukemia
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: actor, ambulance driver, collection company employee, truck driver, probationary officer

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An unmistakable character player with a prominent chin, a shock of thick, dark hair and eyebrows to match, the explosive Cliff Gorman has typically played tough, loud-mouthed and somewhat sleazy cops and crooks, or overly confident and rather obnoxious studs who aren't as attractive as they think. All his characters also seem to have a thick New York accent and an edge no matter the part of the globe in which they toil. After receiving a degree in education from NYU, Gorman worked as a truck and ambulance driver, and was also employed by a collection agency and as a probation officer for young delinquents. He began acting Off-Broadway in the mid-1960s and was part of Jerome Robbins' American Theatre Laboratory from 1966-67.

An unmistakable character player with a prominent chin, a shock of thick, dark hair and eyebrows to match, the explosive Cliff Gorman has typically played tough, loud-mouthed and somewhat sleazy cops and crooks, or overly confident and rather obnoxious studs who aren't as attractive as they think. All his characters also seem to have a thick New York accent and an edge no matter the part of the globe in which they toil. After receiving a degree in education from NYU, Gorman worked as a truck and ambulance driver, and was also employed by a collection agency and as a probation officer for young delinquents. He began acting Off-Broadway in the mid-1960s and was part of Jerome Robbins' American Theatre Laboratory from 1966-67.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 King of the Jungle (2000) Jack
2.
 Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai (1999) Sonny Valerio
3.
 Down Came a Blackbird (1995) Nick The Greek
4.
 Forget-Me-Not Murders, The (1994) Detective Sergeant Aaron Greenberg
5.
 Silent Betrayal, A (1994) Detective Sergeant Aaron Greenberg
6.
 Return Of Ironside, The (1993) Joe Mcmanus
7.
 Terror on Track 9 (1992) Detective Sargeant Aaron Greenberg
8.
 Hoffa (1992) Solly Stein
9.
 Night And The City (1992) Phil
10.
 Vestige of Honor (1990) Sanderson
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1965:
Acted onstage in New York in the play, "Hogan's Goat", opposite Faye Dunaway
1966:
Was a member of Jerome Robbins' American Theatre Laboratory
1968:
Acted onstage in New York in the play, "Ergo"
1968:
Had first important stage success Off-Broadway in the landmark comedy-drama, "The Boys in the Band"
1969:
Made feature film debut in "Justine", directed by George Cukor
1970:
Recreated his stage role in William Friedkin's film adaptation of "The Boys in the Band"
:
Earliest TV-movies included "The Trial of the Chicago Seven" (1970) and "Class of '63" (1973)
1972:
Breakthrough stage role as Lenny Bruce in "Lenny"; won Tony Award as Best Actor
1973:
Received top billing in his third feature film, "Cops and Robbers"
1978:
Acted on Broadway in the Neil Simon comedy-drama, "Chapter Two"; received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor
1981:
Played Joseph Goebbels in the CBS war drama TV-movie, "The Bunker", starring Anthony Hopkins as Adolph Hitler
1983:
Played a leading role in the feature, "Angel", his last film for nine years
1985:
First TV miniseries, the two-part crime drama, "Doubletake"; also marked the first time he played Detective Sergeant Aaron Greenberg in an ongoing series of TV-movies opposite Richard Crenna
1985:
Succeeded Ron Liebman in the role of Lennie in the Broadway production "Doubles"
1986:
Acted onstage in "Social Security"
1992:
Returned to features to play prominent supporting roles in the films, "Night and the City" and "Hoffa"
1995:
Starred in "Down Came a Blackbird" for Showtime
1997:
Made TV pilot, "Desert Breeze" for Fox
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Education

University of New Mexico: Albuquerque , New Mexico - 1954 - 1955
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1955 - 1956
New York University: New York , New York - 1959

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wife:
Gayle Stevens. Married on May 31, 1963.

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father:
Samuel Gorman.
mother:
Ethel Gorman.

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