Gale Gordon Poster


Jump to: Overview (4) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (1) | Trade Mark (2) | Trivia (22) | Salary (1)

Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Escondido, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameCharles Thomas Aldrich Jr.
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gale Gordon was born on February 20, 1906 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Thomas Aldrich Jr. He was an actor, known for Here's Lucy (1968), Our Miss Brooks (1952) and The Lucy Show (1962). He was married to Virginia Gordon. He died on June 30, 1995 in Escondido, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Virginia Gordon (27 December 1937 - 3 May 1995) (her death)

Trade Mark (2)

Often starred in Lucille Ball's television shows

Trivia (22)

Son of actress Gloria Gordon.
He died at the Redwood Terrace Health Center in Escondido, California after a long battle with cancer.
Gordon got his break on radio as "Mayor Latrivia" on the ever popular "Fibber McGee & Molly Show" which was on the radio from 1935-1959.
Gale's wife, Virginia, died about a month before he did.
Gale Gordon was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.
He had some experience with banks before he played Theodore J. Mooney on The Lucy Show (1962). He portrayed bank president Rudolph Atterbury on CBS Radio's "My Favorite Husband" (1948-1951).
Portrayed principal Osgood Conklin on CBS Radio's "Our Miss Brooks" (1948-1957).
He was the Rexall Drugs spokesman for NBC Radio's "The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show" (1948-1950). His part was integrated into the actual scripts.
Played the Walter Huston role on the 10/07/46 Lux Theater broadcast of "Dragonwyck" with Gene Tierney and Vincent Price.
Was known for his ability to do cartwheels, even after reaching his senior years. Can be seen doing a cartwheel on several episodes of "Here's Lucy".
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Was Lucille Ball's original choice to play Fred Mertz on 'I Love Lucy'.
First big break into show business was in 1923 when he met the renowned financier Baron Rothschild, who gave him a letter of introduction to the Shuberts. Gale made his Broadway debut under their auspices in "The Dancers" (1923).
Born with a cleft palate, he was sent to England for corrective surgery while a baby.
Father, Charles T. Aldrich, was a vaudevillian.
Played Ronald Coleman's part in the first version of "The Halls of Ivy" on NBC radio. The show was re-recorded with Mr. and Mrs. Coleman in the leads. [1951]
Ever the curmudgeon, Gale Gordon is best known for his work in TV - and especially his long association with Lucille Ball, having appeared in several of her series for more than two decades from 1962.
Character actor Gale Gordon found his niche as stuffy, blustery characters on Our Miss Brooks (1952) and the various Lucille Ball sitcoms. In his early film appearances, he usually played stuffy military officers. Gordon was at his best when he had to deliver the "slow burn" take.
Began his acting career at the age of 17 under the tutelage of actor Richard Bennett (the father of Joan, Constance and Barbara).
Born with a cleft palate. He had it repaired by Dr. May, a surgeon in London, when he was 18 months old.
Met his wife Virginia Bernice Curley while appearing on the radio show Death Valley Days.
Wrote two books in the 1930s: Nursery Rhymes For Hollywood Babes by Gloria Gordon and Gale Gordon (38 unnumbered pages) and Leaves From Story Trees by Gale Gordon (2 One-Act Plays).

Salary (1)

Life with Lucy (1986) $25,000 /episode

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page