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Leo Gordon (I) (1922–2000)

Big, burly, character actor, one of the toughest of screen heavies, Leo Gordon's powerful physique, combined with his deep, menacing voice, was guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest screen hero. Director Don Siegel, who used Gordon in his prison film Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), once said that "Leo Gordon was the scariest ... See full bio »

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Stage: Appeared (as "Gletkin") in US touring company of "Darkness at Noon" adapted by Sidney Kingsley from the novel by Arthur Koestler. See more »

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Leo V. Gordon


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Westerns 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.


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

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