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SpouseRachel Griffin
FactSon of New York actors Mark & Barbara Gordon.

Keith Gordon is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He was born on February 3, 1961, in New York City, to parents Ruth and Bernard Gordon. He has two sisters, Risa and Dana. Keith was raised in a Jewish household and attended the High School of Performing Arts. He later studied acting at the Juilliard School.

Keith’s acting career began in the early 1980s with roles in films such as Dressed to Kill (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), and The Right Stuff (1983). He also appeared in the television miniseries Holocaust (1978) and the made-for-television movie The Lathe of Heaven (1980). In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Keith starred in a number of horror films, including The Black Cat (1989), The Resurrected (1991), and Body Bags (1993). He also directed the 1992 film A Midnight Clear.

Keith’s other film credits include The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Wicker Park (2004), and The Mist (2007). He has also directed episodes of television shows such as Dexter (2006-2007), Mad Men (2007-2008), and Homeland (2011-2012).

Keith is divorced from his first wife, actress Jennifer Grey. He has two daughters with his second wife, writer-director Rachel Talalay. Keith currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Keith’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. His salary is not publicly available. However, he has earned significant earnings from his acting and directing roles over the years.

General Info

Full NameKeith Gordon
Height1.73 m
ProfessionActor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Television Director, Television producer


SpouseRachel Griffin
ParentsMark Gordon, Barbara Gordon


NominationsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Sitges Film Festival Maria Award for Best Film
MoviesChristine, Dressed to Kill, Back to School, A Midnight Clear, Waking the Dead, The Singing Detective, Mother Night, Jaws 2, The Legend of Billie Jean, The Chocolate War, Combat Academy, Home Movies, Static, Winnebago Man, All That Jazz, My Palikari, Kent State
TV Shows30 Even Scarier Movie Moments

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1[on working with director Brian De Palma on Home Movies (1979)] I was very impressed that Brian took the time to rehearse before shooting started. Especially on low budget film, like Home Movies, this was critical. It's much cheaper to resolve the 'What the hell is this scene really about?' questions when there isn't a crew of 30 or more people standing around waiting, with all the expenses of filmmaking on the clock. It also made the cast much more confident in ourselves, each other and Brian. At the same time, he was always encouraging experimentation and improvisation-- which wasn't what would have expected from someone known as a visual Hitchcockian filmmaker. But this was an antic comedy, that was going to rely more on performances than shots, and he was wise enough to know that and alter his style to fit the material. We did a surprising number of takes, given the limited budget, but this was my first exposure to the truism, 'film is the cheapest thing.' What's expensive is all the time getting ready to shoot; once it's set, make sure you get what you need. Brian would have us try the scene multiple ways, saying (for example), 'Good, we've got an angry version, we're printing that, now try one that's softer.' It gave us tremendous confidence to try things, knowing that there would be numerous takes, and he'd always print two or three. As an actor, you're terribly afraid of looking like an idiot, and this safety zone made a huge difference. It also gave Brian lots of choices in the editing room, when sometimes the thing that seemed best on the set didn't play as well when the whole film was put together.


1Appeared with Kevin Bacon in Off-Broadway theater when they were both starting out as actors.
2Took a one-day role in I Love Trouble (1994) to personally ask Nick Nolte to read the script for Mother Night (1996), after being initially dismissed by Nolte's agent.
3In 1986, his character in Back to School (1986) met Kurt Vonnegut Jr.. Ten years later, Gordon directed the motion picture Mother Night (1996), which is based on Vonnegut's book of the same name.
4He quit acting to become a director.
5Son of New York actors Mark & Barbara Gordon.




Homeland2013-2017TV Series 5 episodes
Fargo2015TV Series 2 episodes
The Leftovers2014-2015TV Series 2 episodes
Nurse Jackie2014-2015TV Series 2 episodes
The Returned2015TV Series 1 episode
Masters of Sex2014TV Series 1 episode
The Strain2014TV Series 1 episode
The Bridge2013-2014TV Series 2 episodes
Dexter2006-2013TV Series 10 episodes
The Killing2011-2013TV Series 3 episodes
Rectify2013TV Series 1 episode
Rubicon2010TV Series 1 episode
House M.D.2005TV Series 1 episode
The Singing Detective2003
Night Visions2001-2002TV Series 2 episodes
Shadow Realm2002TV Movie segment "Patterns"
Gideon's Crossing2001TV Series 2 episodes
Waking the Dead2000
Mother Night1996
Fallen Angels1995TV Series 1 episode
Homicide: Life on the Street1994TV Series 1 episode
Wild Palms1993TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
A Midnight Clear1992
The Chocolate War1988


The Bridge2014TV SeriesTaxidermist
Dexter2009TV SeriesKyle Butler #2
Delivering Milo2001Dr. Baumgartner
The Player1997TV Movie
I Love Trouble1994Andy
Hoggs' Heaven1994TV ShortWilliam Hogg
Wild Palms1993TV Mini-SeriesWilderzone Bum
Brooklyn Bridge1993TV SeriesCousin Herbie
WIOU1990TV SeriesGeorge Lewis
Miami Vice1989TV SeriesProf. Terrence 'Terry' Baines
Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment1986VideoMugger
Combat High1986TV MovieMax Mendelsson
Back to School1986Jason Melon
Static1985Ernie Blick
The Legend of Billie Jean1985Lloyd
Single Bars, Single Women1984TV MovieLionel
Christine1983Arnie Cunningham
American Playhouse1982TV Series
Kent State1981TV MovieJeff Miller
Dressed to Kill1980Peter Miller
Meeting Halfway1979TV Movie
All That Jazz1979Young Joe
Home Movies1979Denis Byrd
Studs Lonigan1979TV Mini-SeriesYoung Paulie
Jaws 21978Doug Fetterman
Medical Center1975TV SeriesHerbie


The Returned2015TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Rectify2013TV Series co-executive producer - 6 episodes
Waking the Dead2000producer
Mother Night1996producer


A Midnight Clear1992screenplay
The Chocolate War1988written by


All That Jazz1979performer: "Sweet Sue, Just You" 1928 - uncredited


You, Me and We2010Short special thanks
Eagle vs Shark2007special thanks
The Applicant2006Short special thanks
Sweet Land2005eternal thanks
Bad Reputation2005special thanks
Prey2005Short special thanks
Me and You and Everyone We Know2005special thanks
Ekho: Fall of an Empire2004special thanks


Lessons in Filmmaking: Keith Gordon on 'Dressed to Kill'2012Video documentary shortHimself
A Winter's War: Keith Gordon on 'A Midnight Clear'2012Video documentaryHimself
Kingdom Come2011DocumentaryHimself
The Scarface Phenomenon2011Video documentaryHimself
Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sundance Directors Lab2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Interview-Director Keith Gordon Discusses 'The Chocolate War'2007DocumentaryHimself
Big John2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Hitchcocked!2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Working with a Master: John Carpenter2006Video documentary shortHimself
Christine: Fast and Furious2004Video documentary shortHimself
Christine: Finish Line2004Video documentary shortHimself
Christine: Ignition2004Video documentary shortHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Dressed to Kill: An Appreciation by Keith Gordon2001Video short documentaryHimself
Slashing 'Dressed to Kill'2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Dressed to Kill'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Jaws 2: A Portrait by Actor Keith Gordon2001Video short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV SeriesArnie Cunningham


Won Awards

2004Indie Pioneer AwardKansas City Filmmakers Jubilee
1987Festival AwardMadrid International Film Festival, ESBest ActorStatic (1985)

Nominated Awards

2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)
2003Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalThe Singing Detective (2003)
1993Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayA Midnight Clear (1992)
1989Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureThe Chocolate War (1988)
1988Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureThe Chocolate War (1988)

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