Known for movies

Short Info

DiedDecember 26, 2000, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseLynn Cartwright
FactFather, with Lynn Cartwright, of daughter, Tara Gordon.
PaymentsEarned $1,000 /day from Maverick (1994)

Leo Gordon was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 2, 1922. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. He had two brothers and one sister. He was educated in the New York City public school system. He began his career as a professional boxer.

He fought in the Golden Gloves tournament in 1941. He turned to acting in the 1950s. He appeared in over 100 films and television shows. He is best known for his roles in “The Untouchables” (1959), “Hang ‘Em High” (1968) and “The Wild Bunch” (1969).

He also wrote screenplays for several films. He died of a heart attack on December 26, 2000 at the age of 78.

General Info

Full NameLeo Gordon
DiedDecember 26, 2000, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.88 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Novelist, Character Actor
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts


SpouseLynn Cartwright
ChildrenTara Gordon


MoviesHondo, Riot in Cell Block 11, My Name Is Nobody, Tobruk, Gun Fury, McLintock!, The Intruder, Maverick, The Night of the Grizzly, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Haunted Palace, The Wasp Woman, Black Patch, The Terror, The Cry Baby Killer, Kings of the Sun, Baby Face Nelson, Tarzan Goes to India, Ch...
TV ShowsThe Case of the Dangerous Robin, Circus Boy, Enos

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Maverick (1994)$1,000 /day


1[about working with John Wayne in Hondo (1953), in which Gordon played a villain who gets killed by Wayne] In the scene . . . where he kills me down by the stream, I reach for my gun and he shoots me. I buckled up and pitched forward. Wayne hollered, "Cut! Cut!", even though John Farrow was directing. Wayne says to me, "What was that? When you get hit in the gut with a slug you go flying backwards". I pulled up my shirt to show him where I'd really been shot in the gut [by police while being arrested for armed robbery many years previously]: "Yeah? I got hit point blank and I went forward".
2[on whether he prefers screenwriting or acting] Writing is more rewarding than acting, but look at my face. Nobody believes I'm a writer. I should be 5' 8", 142 pounds, wear patches on my elbows and horn-rimmed glasses and smoke a pipe. That's a writer.
3[on the "benefits" of playing so many heavies] You get more recognition. After all, I look like a heavy. I'm 6' 2", 200 pounds. Got a craggy-ass face. I was walking down the street in Morocco when a little kid steps out of the alley and looks at me. He runs a few feet ahead of me--turns around and looks again--he puts his hands down like he's drawing two pistols. He goes, "Bip, bip, bip!' Y'know? Like he's shooting. You figure, "Here you are, a world away from anything you're familiar with, and some little kid in an alley in Morocco recognizes you?" Once, coming down the street in Madrid with my wife, a car slides up and these guys jump out. They were a couple of photographers from the Spanish press. They spent the whole afternoon with us.
4Westerns are fundamental . . . the morality play. There's a good guy and a bad guy. You know which is which. You don't have to go into the psyche to find out his parents were abusive . . . [the heavy is] the guy people remember. You get more recognition.


1Father, with Lynn Cartwright, of daughter, Tara Gordon.




Temple Houston1963TV SeriesCharles Grimm
The Haunted Palace1963Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden
The Rifleman1958-1963TV SeriesStack Wade / Abe Jordan
The Andy Griffith Show1963TV SeriesLuke Comstock
Ripcord1962TV Series
Cheyenne1955-1962TV SeriesDan Gibson / Greg Kirby / Lou Santell / ...
Empire1962TV SeriesJake
Tarzan Goes to India1962Bryce, Head Engineer
The Intruder1962Sam Griffin
Bronco1959-1962TV SeriesNero Hollister / Barnaby Spence
The Nun and the Sergeant1962Dockman
Tales of Wells Fargo1957-1961TV SeriesFrank Lambert / Adam Kemper / Nick Breese
Whispering Smith1961TV SeriesBigley
The Roaring 20's1961TV SeriesDamian
Lawman1961TV SeriesBull Nickerson
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1961TV SeriesMiggles Hannegan
Have Gun - Will Travel1957-1961TV SeriesMoley / Harkness / Bert Talman / ...
The Brothers Brannagan1961TV SeriesBurt Hanna
Coronado 91961TV SeriesKyte
Checkmate1960TV SeriesHarry Briggs
Route 661960TV SeriesBernie Duncan
Dan Raven1960TV SeriesRegis
Outlaws1960TV SeriesHutch
Bat Masterson1958-1960TV SeriesRed Eric Peterson / Joe Quince
Mr. Lucky1960TV SeriesKiller
The Alaskans1960TV SeriesTracy
Noose for a Gunman1960Link Roy
Tombstone Territory1957-1960TV SeriesBen Jensen / Pete Carter
The Untouchables1960TV SeriesPops Gantry / Whitey
Law of the Plainsman1960TV SeriesRand
Tightrope1960TV SeriesCharlie Carson
The Deputy1960TV SeriesEvan Sloate
Laramie1960TV SeriesRafe
Five Fingers1959TV SeriesLenska
The Jayhawkers!1959Jake Barton
Lock Up1959TV SeriesEd Sparks
The Big Operator1959Danny Sacanzi
Man Without a Gun1959TV SeriesMatt Bercie
Perry Mason1959TV SeriesCharles Duncan
Maverick1957-1959TV SeriesBig Mike McComb / Mike McComb
26 Men1958-1959TV SeriesSal Dupino / Stockton
Fury1959TV SeriesFred Berry
Tales of the Texas Rangers1958TV SeriesJoe Brock
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1958TV SeriesBill - Outlaw / Bill
Yancy Derringer1958TV SeriesLance Carter
Escort West1958Trooper Vogel
The Rough Riders1958TV SeriesMaj. Adams
Frontier Doctor1958TV SeriesZip Wyatt
Apache Territory1958Zimmerman
Ride a Crooked Trail1958Sam Mason
The Cry Baby Killer1958Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Goodyear Theatre1958TV Series
Quantrill's Raiders1958Quantrill
Target1958TV SeriesJoe Burns
The Notorious Mr. Monks1958Chip Klamp
State Trooper1956-1958TV SeriesDan Quirk / Ed Munger
Sea Hunt1958TV SeriesPanicky Miner
Official Detective1958TV SeriesJoe Kirk
Casey Jones1957TV SeriesDeputy Marshal Martin Croy
Baby Face Nelson1957John Dillinger
The Tall Stranger1957Stark
The Walter Winchell File1957TV SeriesRobinson
Black Patch1957Hank Danner
You Are There1957TV Series
Man in the Shadow1957/IChet Huneker
Lure of the Swamp1957Steggins, Insurance Investigator
The Restless Breed1957Cherokee
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1956-1957TV SeriesTim Thatcher / Joe Bendito
Soldiers of Fortune1957TV SeriesBuck / Zimmer
Broken Arrow1956TV SeriesWill Carr
7th Cavalry1956Vogel
Navy Log1956TV SeriesSmokey
Zane Grey Theater1956TV SeriesJed Scott
Circus Boy1956TV SeriesHank Miller
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1956TV Series
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesTom Martin
Johnny Concho1956Mason
Sneak Preview1956TV Series
Great Day in the Morning1956Zeff Masterson
Crusader1956TV Series
The Man Who Knew Too Much1956Chauffeur (uncredited)
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV SeriesGibbons
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesAugie
Frontier1955-1956TV SeriesPauk / Brandon / Lou
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin1954-1956TV SeriesPete Cregar / Garth / Charlie
The Steel Jungle1956Lupo
Red Sundown1956Rod Zellman
The Conqueror1956Tartar Captain
Crossroads1955TV SeriesSgt. Leroy
Man with the Gun1955Ed Pinchot
Studio 571955TV Series
Tennessee's Partner1955The Sheriff
Robbers' Roost1955Jeff
Soldier of Fortune1955Big Matt
Santa Fe Passage1955Tuss McLawery
Seven Angry Men1955Martin White
Ten Wanted Men1955Frank Scavo
Waterfront1955TV SeriesAlec / Throop
The Bamboo Prison1954Pike
Sign of the Pagan1954Bleda
The Yellow Mountain1954Drake
The Egyptian1954Minor Role (uncredited)
Stories of the Century1954TV SeriesBill Doolin
Cavalcade of America1954TV Series
Fireside Theatre1954TV Series
Riot in Cell Block 111954Crazy Mike Carnie
The Ford Television Theatre1953-1954TV SeriesLeonard
Hondo1953Ed Lowe
All the Brothers Were Valiant1953Peter How
Gun Fury1953Tom 'Jess' Burgess
City of Bad Men1953Russell (uncredited)
China Venture1953Sgt. Hank Janowicz
My Hero1953TV SeriesPrivate Investigator
The Blue and White Lamp1952TV Movie as Leo V. Gordon
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies1994TV MovieWyatt Earp
Maverick1994Poker Player (as Leo V. Gordon)
SeaQuest 20321994TV SeriesSmith
Mob Boss1990VideoDon O'Reily
Wiseguy1990TV SeriesCharlie Boden
Alienator1990Col. Coburn
War and Remembrance1989TV Mini-SeriesGen. Omar Bradley
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back1988The Evil One (as Leo V. Gordon)
Big Top Pee-wee1988Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)
St. Elsewhere1987-1988TV SeriesBjorn Johnston
Moonlighting1987TV SeriesWarden Cosgrove
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie1987Guard #1 (as Leo V. Gordon)
Magnum, P.I.1987TV SeriesCroquet Player
The All American Cowboy1985TV Movie
Savage Dawn1985Sheriff
Fame1985TV SeriesMyron Leach
The Rousters1983TV SeriesUnhappy Gun Buyer
The Rousters1983TV MovieUnhappy Gun Buyer
Fire and Ice1983Jarol
M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers1983TV MovieOfficer Horvath
The Winds of War1983TV Mini-SeriesGeneral 'Train' Anderson
Enos1981TV SeriesSgt. Kick / Sgt. Theodore Kirk
Fantasy Island1980-1981TV SeriesChief Guard / The Bartender
Rage!1980TV MovieCal's Father
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe1980TV SeriesJoe Kingman
Little House on the Prairie1979TV SeriesMilo Stavroupolis
The Dukes of Hazzard1979TV SeriesDevere / Rocky Marlowe
The Rockford Files1978-1979TV SeriesCharles Martell / Charlie Martell / Clark Streeter
Bog1979Dr. John Warren
Son of Hitler1979Tuennes
The Lucifer Complex1978Norris (uncredited)
Nashville Girl1976Burt
Cannon1975TV SeriesJack Danvers
Far Out Space Nuts1975TV SeriesHead of the Droneks
Barbary Coast1975TV SeriesChief Macdonald Keogh
Adam-121971-1975TV SeriesKen Quinnlan / Cleve / Carl Carney / ...
The F.B.I.1974TV SeriesDrunk Driver
Gunsmoke1956-1974TV SeriesBadger / Job Snelling / Hargis / ...
My Name Is Nobody1973Red
Marcus Welby, M.D.1973TV SeriesSgt. Lewis
Hec Ramsey1973TV SeriesShaneley
The Streets of San Francisco1972TV SeriesEddie Suslow
Bonnie's Kids1972Charley
Mod Squad1971-1972TV SeriesKeller / Unit Leader
The Trackers1971TV MovieHiggins
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1971TV SeriesHarry Wilson
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesEbenezer
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1971TV SeriesAdolph Zinner
The Virginian1962-1970TV SeriesLoma Bartender / Big Jim Lafferty / Jack Scratch
McCloud1970TV SeriesOfficer Shannen
You Can't Win 'Em All1970Bolek
The Outcasts1969TV SeriesMark Fenner
Bonanza1959-1968TV SeriesFargo Taylor / Forsythe / Early Thorne
The High Chaparral1968TV SeriesLije Driskill
Lassie1967TV SeriesBob Stokes
Hostile Guns1967Hank Pleasant
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre1967Heitler
Devil's Angels1967Sheriff Henderson
Tarzan1967TV SeriesBull Thomas
Mr. Terrific1967TV SeriesArchie Thompson
Tobruk1967Sgt. Krug
Rango1967TV Series
Pistols 'n' Petticoats1966TV SeriesCyrus Breech
Laredo1965-1966TV SeriesWayne Emerson / Moose
Beau Geste1966Krauss
The Night of the Grizzly1966Cass Dowdy
Daniel Boone1965TV SeriesSilas Morgan
Get Smart1965TV SeriesGrillak
12 O'Clock High1965TV SeriesM / Sgt. Caber McVaigh
The Dictator's Guns1965Morrison
The Girls on the Beach1965Second Waiter (uncredited)
Death Valley Days1963-1965TV SeriesNate Bender
Kitten with a Whip1964Enders
Rawhide1959-1964TV SeriesChris Jenson / Daggett
Arrest and Trial1964TV SeriesFred Kordiak
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963-1964TV SeriesJolly Boy / Biggie
The Great Adventure1964TV SeriesMcCanles
Kings of the Sun1963Hunac Ceel


The Wasp Woman1995TV Movie 1960 screenplay
Bravo Two1977TV Movie writer
Adam-121971-1975TV Series written by - 21 episodes
Maenak America1975
You Can't Win 'Em All1970written by - as Leo V. Gordon
All the Loving Couples1969novel / screenplay
Tobruk1967written by - as Leo V. Gordon
The Bounty Killer1965
Bonanza1963-1965TV Series written by - 2 episodes
The Terror1963screenplay
Hawaiian EyeTV Series story - 1 episode, 1963 writer - 1 episode, 1961
Tower of London1962as Leo V. Gordon / story - as Leo V, Gordon
Lawman1962TV Series story - 1 episode
The Case of the Dangerous Robin1960-1961TV Series creator - 38 episodes
The Cat Burglar1961written by
Sugarfoot1961TV Series 1 episode
Maverick1960-1961TV Series teleplay - 4 episodes
Tombstone TerritoryTV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1957 - 1960 written by - 1 episode, 1959 teleplay - 1 episode, 1958
Valley of the Redwoods1960screenplay
The Wasp Woman1959screenplay
Attack of the Giant Leeches1959original story / screenplay
Bat Masterson1959TV Series written by - 1 episode
Escort West1958writer
Hot Car Girl1958writer
The Cry Baby Killer1958screenplay / story
M Squad1957TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Colt .451957TV Series writer - 1 episode
Black Patch1957written by
State TrooperTV Series story - 1 episode, 1957 teleplay - 1 episode, 1957
Cheyenne1956TV Series story - 1 episode


Attack of the Giant Leeches2008dedicatee

Archive Footage

Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Storytelling2009Video documentaryTough Guy (uncredited)
Rin-Tin-Tin: Hero of the West1991Video
The Shootist1976Books' Victim in Flashback (uncredited)
The Far Out West1967Cyrus Breech
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActor 'McClintock' (uncredited)


Won Awards

1997Golden BootGolden Boot Awards

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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