Gordon Davidson (director)

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Gordon Davidson
Born (1933-05-07) May 7, 1933 (age 83)
Brooklyn, New York
Education Cornell University
Case Western Reserve University
Occupation Stage director, film director, philanthropist
Spouse(s) Judi Davidson
Children Adam Davidson, Rachel Davidson Janger
Parent(s) Jo (Skipper) Davidson, Alice Gordon Davidson

Gordon Davidson (born 1933) is an American stage and film director.

Early life[edit]

Gordon Davidson was born on May 7, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1956, studying electric engineering, and received a master's in theatre from Case Western Reserve University in 1957.


He has directed several plays including The Trial of the Catonsville Nine and Murderous Angels in 1971, Children of a Lesser God in 1982 and Stuff Happens in 2005. He has also directed the film version the The Trial of the Catonsville Nine in 1972 and a TV film called The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1977.

In 2003, he made a brief cameo appearance as himself, directing a play starring James Earl Jones and Jack McFarland, in an episode of Will & Grace.

Until 2005, he worked as artistic director for the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. He is fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Together with dancer and producer Felisa Vanoff (1925–2014), he established the Salon at the Taper, an annual charity dinner in honor of a lyricist.[1][2] Each year, the event was hosted by Michael Feinstein and took place in Los Angeles, California.[1][2] The proceeds went to Nick's Tix, a non-profit organization selling low-cost tickets to students, seniors and the disabled for all performances at the Los Angeles Music Center.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Judi Davidson. Their son is the director Adam Davidson.