Keith Gordon

Director, Actor, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1961 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bridge 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dexter 2007 - 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Delivering Milo 2000 (Movie)

Dr. Baumgartner (Actor)

I Love Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Brooklyn Bridge 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hogg's Heaven 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Jason Melon (Actor)

Static 1986 (Movie)

Ernie Blick (Actor)

The Legend of Billie Jean 1985 (Movie)

Lloyd Muldaur (Actor)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

Arnie Cunningham (Actor)

Dressed to Kill 1980 (Movie)

Peter Miller (Actor)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

Joe Gideon--as a Boy (Actor)

Home Movies 1979 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Studs Lonigan 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Jaws 2 1978 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Combat High (TV Show)

Actor

Kent State (TV Show)

Actor

My Palikari (TV Show)

Actor

Single Bars, Single Women (TV Show)

Actor
Director (18)

Nurse Jackie 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Returned 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Homeland 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Masters of Sex 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Strain 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Rectify 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Rubicon 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

House 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Singing Detective 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Gideon's Crossing 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Night Visions 1992 - 1993, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

A Midnight Clear 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Chocolate War 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Midnight Clear 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Static 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Static 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Mark Gordon

Father

Barbara Gordon

Mother

Rachel Griffith

Wife
together since the late 1980s had a small part in "A Midnight Clear" married on November 21, 1998

EDUCATION

high school dropout; interned at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC

Milestones

1999

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

1996

Helmed "Mother Night"; also produced

1992

Wrote and directed second feature, "A Midnight Clear"

1988

Made feature debut as writer-director with "The Chocolate War"

1986

Co-produced, co-wrote screenplay (with director Mark Romanek) and starred in "Static"

1980

Played Peter Miller, the resourceful son of Angie Dickinson, in Brian De Palma's thriller, "Dressed to Kill"

1979

First starring role, Dennis in Brian De Palma's comedy "Home Movies"

1979

Made TV acting debut in the miniseries "Studs Lonigan" as Young Paulie

1978

Feature acting debut as Doug in "Jaws II"

1976

Off-Broadway acting debut, "Secrets of the Rich"

1976

At 15, took his first professional acting job at the National Playwright's Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre

1973

Inspired to act at age 12 after seeing James Earl Jones act in a Broadway production of "Of Mice and Men"

Helmed the screen adaptation of the British miniseries "The Singing Detective" (lensed 2002), starring Robert Downey Jr

Bonus Trivia

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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.)

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