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Dexter Gordon (I) (1923–1990)

Dexter Gordon was considered one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever, During his heyday, namely `45-`80, he played tenor sax with many of the all-time jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and many others. In the 60s, he left his vices behind and created some wonderful music. He played in Europe extensively where... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1990 Awakenings
 1988 Crime Story (TV Series)
- Moulin Rouge (1988) ... Rollie
 1968 I Love, You Love
 1963 Stop for Bud (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1955 Unchained
Saxophone Player (uncredited)
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 2013 Diana (performer: "Tanya")
 2012 Sparrows Dance (performer: "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)")
 2004 Silver City (performer: "Darn That Dream" (1939))
 1986 'Round Midnight (writer: "Society Red", "Tivoli")
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 1986 'Round Midnight (associate music consultant)
 1971 Pornography: A Musical (musician)
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 1989 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
 1987 The 59th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
 1971 Pornography: A Musical
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 2007 Tete Montoliu, una mirada (Video)
 2006 Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe (Documentary)
 1997 Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz (TV Movie documentary)
 1996 Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know (Documentary)

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CD: "Daddy Plays the Horn" (CBS) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | See more »


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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His uncredited role in the prison drama "Unchained" is that of a saxophone player in the prison jazz band. The film was shot at the correctional facility in Chino, California, where he was serving time for possession of heroin. See more »


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