Leo Gordon


Actor

About

Also Known As
Leo Vincent Gordon, Leo V Gordon
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
December 02, 1922
Died
December 26, 2000
Cause of Death
Heart-Related Illness

Biography

Powerfully built and perpetually wearing a baleful, cringe-inducing stare, character actor Leo Gordon loomed tall as the villain in dozens of Westerns and melodramatic crime films during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. He once served time in San Quentin State Prison but it's his flinty voice and bulldog-like under bite that have caused some people to proclaim him the "scariest man they ever m...

Family & Companions

Lynn Cartwright
Wife
Married from 1950 until his death.

Biography

Powerfully built and perpetually wearing a baleful, cringe-inducing stare, character actor Leo Gordon loomed tall as the villain in dozens of Westerns and melodramatic crime films during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. He once served time in San Quentin State Prison but it's his flinty voice and bulldog-like under bite that have caused some people to proclaim him the "scariest man they ever met." However, many of his former co-stars have regarded him as a professional and decidedly courteous performer. Rather funnily, he first garnered attention for his role in the exploitative prison shocker "Riot in Cell Block 11" ('54), a movie that was shot on location at San Quentin--he got to see all his old prison guards while also getting his big break. Though he's appeared in over 100 movie and TV Westerns, including the kicky oater comedy "My Name is Nobody" in 1973, he is probably best known for his late-'50s role as the large-and-in-charge Big Mike McComb on the rollicking, gambling-centered adventure series "Maverick." In 1963, he famously (if briefly) went toe to toe with the legendary John Wayne in the madcap free-for-all romp "McLintock!" and ended up falling face-first down a mudslide. Gordon occasionally played a good guy and wrote scripts himself for over 20 big-screen and small-screen Westerns. Shortly before his retirement in the mid-'90s, he reprised his signature role in the big-budget cinematic adaptation of "Maverick," which co-starred Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. He died in his sleep at age 78.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Maverick (1994)
Poker Player
Alienator (1989)
Actor
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988)
Actor
Savage Dawn (1985)
Sheriff
Fire and Ice (1983)
Voice
M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (1983)
Officer Horvath
Rage (1980)
Cal'S Father
Bog (1978)
Dr John Warren
Nashville Girl (1976)
The Barbary Coast (1975)
Chief Macdonald Keogh
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
Bonnie's Kids (1972)
Charley [Thomas]
The Trackers (1971)
Higgins
You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)
Bolek
Buckskin (1968)
Travis
Devil's Angels (1967)
Sheriff Henderson
Tobruk (1967)
Sergeant Krug
Hostile Guns (1967)
Hank Pleasant
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Heitler
The Night of the Grizzly (1966)
Cass Dowdy
Beau Geste (1966)
Krauss
The Girls on the Beach (1965)
Waiters
Kitten With a Whip (1964)
Enders
Kings of the Sun (1963)
Hunac Ceel
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Edgar Weeden
McLintock! (1963)
Jones
The Intruder (1962)
Sam Griffin
The Nun and the Sergeant (1962)
Dockman
Tarzan Goes to India (1962)
Bryce
Noose for a Gunman (1960)
Link Roy
The Jayhawkers! (1959)
Jake
Escort West (1959)
Vogel
The Big Operator (1959)
Danny Sacanzi
Apache Territory (1958)
Zimmerman
Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)
Sam Mason
Quantrill's Raiders (1958)
[Cap. William Clarke] Quantrill [also known as Charlie Hart]
The Notorious Mr. Monks (1958)
Chip Klamp
The Cry Baby Killer (1958)
Spectator in parking lot
The Restless Breed (1957)
Cherokee
Lure of the Swamp (1957)
Steggins
Man in the Shadow (1957)
Chet Huneker
The Tall Stranger (1957)
Stark
Baby Face Nelson (1957)
John Dillinger
Black Patch (1957)
Hank Danner
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Chauffeur
Johnny Concho (1956)
Mason
7th Cavalry (1956)
Vogel
The Conqueror (1956)
Tartar captain
The Steel Jungle (1956)
Lupo
Great Day in the Morning (1956)
Zeff Masterson
Red Sundown (1956)
Rod Zellman
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
Sheriff
Santa Fe Passage (1955)
Tuss McLawery
Seven Angry Men (1955)
Rev. White
The Bamboo Prison (1955)
Pike
Ten Wanted Men (1955)
Frank Scavo
Soldier of Fortune (1955)
Big Matt
Robbers' Roost (1955)
Jeff
Man with the Gun (1955)
Editor Pinchot
Silver Lode (1954)
Graham
The Yellow Mountain (1954)
Drake
Hondo (1954)
Editor Lowe
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Bleda
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Crazy Mike Carnie
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Peter How
China Venture (1953)
Sgt. Hank Janowicz
Gun Fury (1953)
Jess Burgess
City of Bad Men (1953)
Russell
The Royal Pauper (1917)
Carruthers, the Wicked Suitor
Pardners (1917)
Alonzo Struthers
Then I'll Come Back to You (1916)
Archie Wickersham

Writer (Feature Film)

Wasp Woman (1995)
Screenplay
You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)
Screenwriter
Tobruk (1967)
Writer
The Bounty Killer (1965)
Screenwriter
The Terror (1963)
Screenwriter
Tower of London (1962)
Screenwriter
The Cat Burglar (1961)
Screenwriter
Valley of the Redwoods (1960)
Screenwriter
The Wasp Woman (1959)
Screenwriter
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
Original story and Screenplay
Escort West (1959)
Screenwriter
Hot Car Girl (1958)
Writer
The Cry Baby Killer (1958)
Screenwriter
The Cry Baby Killer (1958)
From a story by
Black Patch (1957)
Writer

Cast (Special)

The Unexplained (1956)
Man

Writer (Special)

Bravo Two (1977)
Writer

Special Thanks (Special)

Bravo Two (1977)
Writer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies (1994)
Mob Boss (1990)
Don O'Reily
War and Remembrance (1988)
General Omar Bradley
The Winds of War (1983)
General "Train" Anderson

Life Events

Photo Collections

7th Cavalry - Publicity Stills
7th Cavalry - Publicity Stills

Videos

Movie Clip

Wasp Woman, The (1959) - A Modern Miracle In The Cosmetics World Producer-director Roger Corman’s opening, with maybe some suggestion of innate character traits, in leading lady Susan Cabot, as cosmetics tycoon Janice, stinging her staff (Fred Eisley as Lane, William Roerick as Cooper, Barboura Morris as Mary), in The Wasp Woman, 1959.
Wasp Woman, The (1959) - Your First Injection This scene confirms that quacky Zinthrop (Michael Mark) is in fact working with wasp-juice, having been hired by cosmetics entrepreneur Janice (Susan Cabot), who had shown interest in its potential as a remedy for aging, and insists on being his test subject, in Roger Corman’s The Wasp Woman, 1959.
Nun And The Sergeant, The (1962) - I Don't Like Psychos Prefiguring The Dirty Dozen, McGrath (Robert Webber) doesn't tell the (un-credited) brig officer he's collecting inmates (first Kenny Miller, notably Leo Gordon, Valentin de Vargas) for a suicide mission in Korea, in The Nun And The Sergeant, 1962, original screenplay by Don Cerveris.
Gun Fury - Try The Other Way Jennifer (Donna Reed) introduces just-arrived fiancee` Ben (Rock Hudson) to fellow stagecoach passengers (Phil Carey, Leo Gordon, Forrest Lewis) at dinner, political chat ensuing, in Raoul Walsh's Gun Fury, 1953.
Seven Angry Men - No Blood Has Been Shed Rev. White (Leo Gordon) and band visit John Brown (Raymond Massey) and free-staters at Osawatomie, backed by younger Browns (including Guy Williams, Larry Pennell, Jeffrey Hunter and Dennis Weaver as nervous John Jr.) in Seven Angry Men, 1955.

Trailer

Family

Tara Gordon
Daughter

Companions

Lynn Cartwright
Wife
Married from 1950 until his death.

Bibliography