Bert Gordon

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This article is about the comedian. For the film director, see Bert I. Gordon.
Bert Gordon
Gordon in 1945.
(1945)
Born Barney Gorodetsky
(1895-04-08)April 8, 1895
Died November 30, 1974(1974-11-30) (aged 79)
Other names "the Mad Russian"
Occupation comedian
voice actor

Bert Gordon (April 8, 1895 – November 30, 1974) was an American comedian and voice actor who appeared in vaudeville, radio, and occasionally films.

Gordon was born Barney Gorodetsky. He appeared in many roles over his lengthy career and was known by the moniker "the Mad Russian". He was a regular on The Eddie Cantor Program, and also appeared on The Jack Benny Program, and The Abbott and Costello Program. In 1945 he starred in his own film vehicle, How Doooo You Do!!!, directed by Ralph Murphy.

Gordon played himself in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1964 along with several other radio-era performers.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Gordon's character was parodied a number of times in Warner Bros. cartoons, including
  • Bob Clampett's What's Cookin' Doc? (1944), in which Bugs Bunny wins a "Booby Prize Oscar", and tells it "I'll take youse to bed with me every night,", upon which the Oscar-like statue comes to life and says, in the Mad Russian's voice, "Do you mean it?".[2][3]
  • Clampett's Russian Rhapsody (1944), in which a "Gremlin from the Kremlin" says "How dooooo you do" with Gordon's inflections before hitting Hitler with a mallet.[3]
  • Clampett's Hare Ribbin' (1944), in which the Gordon character, voiced by Sammy Wolfe, is a dog with red-hair who chases Bugs Bunny[3][4]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ The Return of Edwin Carp - Season 3  : Ep. 27 of the Dick Van Dyke Showe
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry and Friedwald, Will. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoon. New York, Henry Holt, 1989. p.147
  3. ^ a b c "A Tale of Two Gordons" on the WFMU website
  4. ^ Beck, Jerry and Friedwald, Will. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoon. New York, Henry Holt, 1989. p.151

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