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Gerald Gordon

About Gerald

A native of Ithaca, New York, Mr. Gordon graduated from Cornell University and has been in show business for over fifty years. As a very small child, he appeared as an actor with his first Equity summer theatre. He has produced and/or directed some 200 stage shows as well as having directed, taught or worked with many of today's top stars, including Adrien Brody (who in 2003 won the Best Acting Academy Award for his starring role in THE PIANIST), Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Ruth Warrick, Janis Paige, Ralph Bellamy, Debbie Reynolds, Paul LeMat, Neile Adams McQueen, Jan Peerce, Ann B. Davis, Richard and Robert Sherman (two Oscars for the film MARY POPPINS), Zero Mostel , Estelle Winwood, Brian Regan, Joseph, Sam and Ben Bottoms, Andy Lauer (running role on CAROLINE IN THE CITY), Christopher Titus (starred in his own TV show for three seasons - TITUS), Mark Curry (starred in his own TV show for a number of seasons-HANGING WITH MR. COOPER), Bruce McGill who seems to be in every movie out of Hollywood beginning with his memorable role in the original ANIMAL HOUSE and many others; Joe Flanigan, another former student, was the star of the new Sci-Fi series, STARGATE: ATLANTIS. Gordon currently has about a dozen students starring on various prime time episodics or on day time soap operas. Another successful former student is GREG GRUNBERG, who was one of the stars of the hit TV show HEROES. As director and producer, his production of THE FANTASTICKS still holds the record for the longest running musical in the history of Los Angeles theatre, running nearly five years. (PHANTOM came close but didn't pass it.) As an actor, during the 50s and 60s, Mr. Gordon appeared on almost every major television show originating from both coasts. His credits include running roles on THE EDGE OF NIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS as well as roles on most of the major TV shows of the day. In his Hollywood Center Theatre, he was the first person allowed to showcase professional talent and has long been considered the father of the Equity Waiver Theatre movement in Los Angeles which is now so prevalent. In 1963, Mr. Gordon founded and became president of the Los Angeles Youth Theatre, Inc. which serves as a testing ground for new and young talent. Many stars and working actors seen today were launched by their work with Mr. Gordon and his Youth Theatre. As a teacher, he has served as guest director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, guest lecturer at Immaculate Heart College and USC and has been a popular and sought-after visiting teacher in many of the public and private schools. For a fourteen year period, he was managing artistic director for one of L.A. 's oldest legitimate theatres, the HOLLYWOOD CENTER THEATRE, and was resident artistic director for the famed MAYFAIR MUSIC HALL in Santa Monica. For a two year period, Gordon was artistic director for the famed Sacramento Music Theatre, the largest summer theatre in the country. He has also worked in various production capacities on TV shows for Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Eddie Fisher, Groucho Marx, Nat King Cole, and Walter Winchell to name a few. His film entitled HAPPILY AFTER FOREVER received the award for BEST ROMANTIC SHORT DRAMA while his leading lady, Barbara Ann Rollins was awarded BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC SHORT. These awards were presented by the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. A few years ago, prior to that, Mr. Gordon directed a feature film, SO LONG BLUE BOY. He recently completed work on a video film YOUNG HEARTS, BROKEN DREAMS which he not only produced and directed but also wrote. A few years prior to that, he directed the Broadway bound original musical FERGUSON THE TAILOR starring Barbra Streisand's sister, Roslyn Kind who recorded a new ballad for his current video film. More recently, he directed the world premiere of a new and exciting drama entitled DEMONS: THE LAST DAYS OF EDGAR ALLEN POE which starred Barry Jenner. Meeting with rave reviews, this was followed by his direction of! THINK I KILLED MY WIFE at the Tiffany Theatre in Hollywood starring Donnie Most from HAPPY DAYS. Currently, he has written two very different screenplays.  OUTCRY is a feel good powerful drama about a father and his two sons - a seventeen year old athlete who is the apple of his eye and a twenty-one year old very artistic boy who desperately seeks the acceptance from his father in this very dysfunctional middle class family. SHOWDOWN AT TWIN BLUFFS, a youth oriented film, is a satirical western sci-fi spoof that has everything in it except the proverbial kitchen sink providing a continuous amount of hilarity throughout.   He also has just completed the script for a sit-com entitled MOREY'S PEOPLE which traces the escapades of a famous celebrity who finds himself the personal manager for a group of five very different would-be actors.  Gordon's work with his teen seminars was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the American Red Cross and can be seen on YouTube at GERALD GORDON-BETWEEN THE LINES Negotiations are in the works to have this on a national cable network. Gordon resides in Las Vegas where he has been elected to the prestigious organization DISTINGUISHED MEN OF SOUTHERN NEVADA along with the Ex-Governor of the state of Nevada, the president of Bank of America, the president of Caesar's Palace and other notables.  Most recently, he was awarded membership in the national directory of WHO'S WHO IN EXECUTIVES AND PROFESSIONALS  IN AMERICA.
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