Gordon Gebert

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Gordon Gebert
Gordon Alan Gebert

(1941-10-17) October 17, 1941 (age 80)
OccupationChild actor, higher education professor
Years active1949–60
Spouse(s)Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (3 children)

Gordon Alan Gebert (born October 17, 1941) is a former child actor predominantly known for playing Janet Leigh's son in Holiday Affair and for smaller roles. In adulthood, he trained as an architect and has taught at The City College of New York.[1]


Gebert was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1941 to Gordon and Violette Gebert. His father was a salesman for a trailer company and sold truck and bus fleets for Ford Motor Company in Iowa. In 1948, Gebert, aged seven, moved with his family to Van Nuys, California. In 1949 Gebert was cast as WWII widow Janet Leigh's son in the movie Holiday Affair.[2] Thereafter, he appeared in nine full-length feature films, including the highly regarded films noirs The Narrow Margin and The House on Telegraph Hill, and two shorts released between 1950 and 1970, always playing the role of a son.[3]

Gebert also performed in minor roles in 15 episodes of various television series, including The Donna Reed Show (one episode, 1959),[4] and Bachelor Father (one episode, 1960). Gebert's final performance was in a Christian youth scare film.[5]

After graduating from Van Nuys High School, Gebert enrolled at University of California, Los Angeles before transferring to the University of Southern California and eventually earning a bachelor's degree in architecture at the age of 25 from MIT's Department of Architecture in 1966 and a master's degree from Princeton University in 1968.[6]

Since 1971 he has been a professor at New York's City College Spitzer School of Architecture, where he was Acting Dean of Architecture, 2015–2019.[1][7] Gebert has been licensed to practice architecture in New York State since 1973.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Gebert married Phyllis A. DeReamer of Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1973. The couple had two daughters, Carrie Gebert-Kaplan and D'Arcy Gebert.[9]

Divorced from DeReamer, Gebert married Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, a professor of Hispanic Studies at Vassar College, in 1986.[10][11] They live in Manhattan, New York. Their son, Gordon Jr. (b. 1992), is a graduate of Oakwood Friends School in Hudson Valley, and an employee at Delta Airlines Atlanta.[12]



  • Gebert, G. A. (1966). Thesis: A continuing education conference center for Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Gebert, G. A. (1985), Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. Academy of Local Government Information Sciences., & Local Government Computer Services Board of Ireland. Local government and information technology: Papers and reports from the International workshop held at Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, April 24–27, 1984. Oxford: Pergamon Press.[13]
  • Gebert, G. A. (1985). "Application development approaches in a MUMPS environment". Journal of Medical Systems, 9, 3, 155–162.[14]
  • Gebert, G. A. (1986), Editorial: Software survey section. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 11, 3.[15]


  1. ^ a b "City College of New York (CUNY)". Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  2. ^ Brophy Champion, Allison (December 17, 2014). "Timmy from "Holiday Affair" coming to Culpeper". Culperer Star Exponent.
  3. ^ Goldrup, Tom; Goldrup, Jim (2012). "Encyclopedia of feature players of hollywood, volume 2". Cork: Baby Book. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Episode 30. The Hero - (4/15/1959)". donnareed.org. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  5. ^ Lantz, Donald R., et al/ (1996). "Christian youth scare films. / Vol. 1". Seattle, Washington: Something Weird Video. OCLC 35446277. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Longden, Tom. "Famous Iowans - Gordon Gebert". data.desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved 2020-05-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Chen, David W. (May 28, 2016). "Dreams Stall as CUNY, New York City's Engine of Mobility, Sputters". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Gebert, Gordon Alan. "License Information". nysed.gov. New York State Office of the Professions.
  9. ^ "Weddings: Carrie Gebert and Matthew Kaplan". The New York Times. October 30, 2005.
  10. ^ "Hispanic Studies". Vassar College. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  11. ^ Chandna, Aditi (November 18, 2015). "Martinez explores changing Caribbean cultural identity". The Miscellany News: Vassar College's Student Newspaper of Record Since 1866.
  12. ^ "Oak Leaves: Newsletter from Oakwod Friends School" (PDF). Oakwood Friends School. June 2015. p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 26, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  13. ^ Gebert, Gordon A.; Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.; Academy of Local Government Information Sciences; Local Government Computer Services Board of Ireland (1985). "Local government and information technology : papers and reports from the International workshop held at Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, 24–27 April 1984". Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Pergamon Press. 10 (1): 56. OCLC 225015233.
  14. ^ Gordon A Gebert Affiliation: From Data Methods Incorporated, One Blue Hill Plaza, Pearl River, New York, 10965 (June 1, 1985). "Application development approaches in a MUMPS environment". Journal of Medical Systems. 9 (3): 155–162. doi:10.1007/BF00996200. PMID 3840519. S2CID 12918631.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Gebert, Gordon Alan (1986). "Editorial: Software survey section". Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 11 (3): I–III. doi:10.1016/0198-9715(86)90021-9. ISSN 0198-9715. 4929036328.

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