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In case you haven't heard, actor Stephen Tobolowsky and I do a podcast for /Film called The Tobolowsky Files, which has been the subject of some humbling praise recently. While we're currently on hiatus until October, that didn't stop the folks at The New York Times from taking note of Stephen's amazing storytelling (which has also been published in The Awl). Today, Stephen has written an op-ed for The New York Times entitled "They Had Great Character," a tribute to five character actors (Kevin McCarthy, Carl Gordon, Maury Chaykin, James Gammon, Harold Gould) who have passed recently, and a meditation on what it means to be a character actor: My first day on “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray shook hands with me and said, “Hello, nice to meet you — now show me what you’re going to do.” I jumped into a few enormously energetic moments of Ned Ryerson and Bill »
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American actor Carl Gordon has lost his battle with blood cancer. He was 78.
He passed away on 20 July at his home in Jetersville, Virginia. The cause of death was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Gordon didn't start acting until he reached his late thirties, and found success on Broadway in plays including the 1971 production of Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death.
He was perhaps best-known for his role as uncle Doaker in the 1990 Broadway production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson, and as patriarch Andrew Emerson on U.S. TV sitcom Roc from 1991 to 1994 - a show which also featured a young Jamie Foxx.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Alston-Gordon, five daughters and a son. »
The cause, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, says the New York Times.
His few listed stage credits include work in 2 August Wilson plays - The Piano Lesson (1990) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2003); his onscreen roles were relegated mostly to TV movies and sitcom roles, from the aforementioned Roc, to episodes of Law & Order, ER, Jag, and more.
Gordon is survived by his 3rd wife, Jacqueline Alston-Gordon; a son, five daughters, nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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