This former juvenile lead has already garnered a reputation as a capable director of small, serious films with only four features to his credit (as of 1999). As a performer, Gordon was best known as t...
Co-produced, co-wrote screenplay (with director Mark Romanek) and starred in "Static"
Produced and directed "Waking the Dead"; also penned the screenplay but lost an arbitration with the Writers Guild which assigned it to the first screenwriter on the project
Off-Broadway acting debut, "Secrets of the Rich"
Helmed the screen adaptation of the British miniseries "The Singing Detective" (lensed 2002), starring Robert Downey Jr
Made feature debut as writer-director with "The Chocolate War"
At 15, took his first professional acting job at the National Playwright's Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Inspired to act at age 12 after seeing James Earl Jones act in a Broadway production of "Of Mice and Men"
Wrote and directed second feature, "A Midnight Clear"
Played Peter Miller, the resourceful son of Angie Dickinson, in Brian De Palma's thriller, "Dressed to Kill"
First starring role, Dennis in Brian De Palma's comedy "Home Movies"
Helmed "Mother Night"; also produced
Feature acting debut as Doug in "Jaws II"
Made TV acting debut in the miniseries "Studs Lonigan" as Young Paulie
This former juvenile lead has already garnered a reputation as a capable director of small, serious films with only four features to his credit (as of 1999). As a performer, Gordon was best known as the quick-witted young hero of Brian De Palma's flashy Hitchcockian thriller "Dressed to Kill" (1980). He began performing in the theater, moved on to TV-movies and miniseries and soon graduated to features. He played the young Roy Scheider/Joe Gideon/Bob Fosse in "All That Jazz" (1979); the nerd-from-Hell owner of the title car in John Carpenter's "Christine" (1983); and the high-diving son of Rodney Dangerfield in "Back to School" (1986). Gordon displayed an engaging presence in many of these roles; his long face and bright, spectacle-clad eyes radiated intelligence and enthusiasm.
together since the late 1980s; had a small part in "A Midnight Clear"; married on November 21, 1998
Everybody assumes that I made "A Midnight Clear" as a way to step up to $25 million movies. But I'd rather impact 10 people than have a hundred people say, "That movie was O.K., so where do we go for dinner?" The studio executives are so confused. They don't know what game I'm playing. They think it's a negotiating ploy. But I want to make films I want to see." (Keith Gordon interviewed by Aljean Harmetz in THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 24, 1992.)