Leo Gordon

Actor, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/02/1922 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Savage Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Fire and Ice 1983 (Movie)

of King Jarol (Voice)

Bog 1977 (Movie)

Dr John Warren (Actor)

Nashville Girl 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Escape 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Il Mio nome e Nessuno 1972 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Buckskin 1968 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1967 (Movie)

Heitler (Actor)

Tobruk 1967 (Movie)

Sgt Krug (Actor)

Beau Geste 1966 (Movie)

Krauss (Actor)

Devil's Angels 1966 (Movie)

Sheriff Henderson (Actor)

Hostile Guns 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Night of the Grizzly 1965 (Movie)

Cass Dowdy (Actor)

The House Next Door 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Kitten With a Whip 1963 (Movie)

Enders (Actor)

Kings of the Sun 1962 (Movie)

Hunac Ceel (Actor)

McLintock! 1962 (Movie)

Jones (Actor)

The Haunted Palace 1962 (Movie)

Edgar Weeden (Actor)

The Intruder 1962 (Movie)

Sam Griffin (Actor)

The Nun and the Sergeant 1961 (Movie)

Dockman (Actor)

Noose For a Gunman 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

Escort West 1958 (Movie)

Vogel (Actor)

Ride a Crooked Trail 1958 (Movie)

Sam Mason (Actor)

The Big Operator 1958 (Movie)

Danny Sacanzi (Actor)

The Jayhawkers 1958 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Baby Face Nelson 1957 (Movie)

John Dillinger (Actor)

Man in the Shadow 1957 (Movie)

Chet Huneker (Actor)

The Restless Breed 1957 (Movie)

Cherokee (Actor)

The Tall Stranger 1957 (Movie)

Stark (Actor)

Great Day in the Morning 1956 (Movie)

Zeff Masterson (Actor)

Johnny Concho 1956 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

The Conqueror 1956 (Movie)

Tartar Captain (Actor)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)

Chauffeur (Actor)

Man Without a Gun 1955 (Movie)

Ed Pinchot (Actor)

Seven Angry Men 1955 (Movie)

White (Actor)

Seventh Cavalry 1955 (Movie)

Vogel (Actor)

Soldier of Fortune 1955 (Movie)

Big Matt (Actor)

Tennessee's Partner 1955 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Riot in Cell Block 11 1954 (Movie)

Carnie (Actor)

Sign of the Pagan 1954 (Movie)

Bleda (Actor)

The Bamboo Prison 1954 (Movie)

Pike (Actor)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

Peter How (Actor)

China Venture 1953 (Movie)

Sergeant Hank Janowicz (Actor)

Hondo 1953 (Movie)

Ed Lowe (Actor)

Gun Fury 1952 (Movie)

Jess Burgess (Actor)

Adam and Eva (Movie)

Clinton DeWitt (Actor)

Apache Territory (Movie)

Zimmerman (Actor)

Circus Boy (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (9)

The Bounty Killer 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Terror 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Attack of the Giant Leeches 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wasp Woman 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cry Baby Killer 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cry Baby Killer 1958 (Movie)

(From Story)

Escort West 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hot Car Girl 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wasp Woman (TV Show)

Screenplay
Director (1)

Adam-12 1968 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

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.

Relationships

Tara Gordon

Daughter

Lynn Cartwright

Wife
married from 1950 until his death

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York, New York

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