February 3, 1961 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Occupation||Actor, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Rachel Griffin (1998-present)|
Life and career
Gordon was born in New York City, the son of Mark, an actor and stage director, and Barbara Gordon. He grew up in an atheist Jewish family. Gordon was inspired to become an actor at the age of twelve, after seeing James Earl Jones in a Broadway production of Of Mice and Men. As an actor, Gordon's first feature film was in the 1978 sequel film Jaws 2, as the class clown Doug, then his 1979 turn as the young protagonist Joe Gideon in All That Jazz. His film credits include the 1980 erotic thriller Dressed to Kill, the 1983 horror film Christine (in the role of Arnie Cunningham, the teen who buys Christine and falls under the car's influence), the 1985 cult film The Legend of Billie Jean as Lloyd Muldaur, the son of a District Attorney who aspires to be Attorney General, the 1986 Mark Romanek classic Static (for which he wrote the screenplay), and the 1986 comedy movie Back to School, as Jason Melon. In most of these films, he played a nerd. He was named number 1 in Cinematicals' Top 7 Most Convincing Nerds. His most recent onscreen film appearance was in 2001, in the movie Delivering Milo.
Gordon left acting for directing, making his debut in 1988 with the movie The Chocolate War, about a student who rebels against the rigid hierarchies in his Catholic school. His other films include the 1992 anti-war film A Midnight Clear, about a group of American soldiers in the Ardennes just before and during the Battle of the Bulge, as well as Mother Night (adapted from the novel by Kurt Vonnegut), Waking the Dead, and the film The Singing Detective. He also directed some of the mini-series Wild Palms and appeared in the 2006 Iraq War documentary Whose War?. His directing credits for television include Homicide: Life on the Street, Gideon's Crossing, Dexter, The Bridge, House and the second season of Fargo.
|Fargo||2015||Director (episodes "Did you do this? No, you did it!", "Loplop")|
|The Strain||2014||Director (episode "It's Not for Everyone")|
|The Leftovers||2014-2015||Director (episodes "Two Boats and a Helicopter", "Ten Thirteen")|
|The Killing||2011-2012||Director (episodes Beau Soleil, Donnie or Marie)|
|Rubicon||2010||Director (episode In Whom We Trust)|
|Dexter||2006-2010||Director (episodes Truth Be Told, The Dark Defender, Morning Comes, Our Father, All in the Family, Do You Take Dexter Morgan, Dirty Harry, Lost Boys, In the Beginning)/Actor (Kyle Butler #2, episode Hello, Dexter Morgan)|
|House M.D.||2005||Director (episode Sports Medicine)|
|The Singing Detective||2003||Director|
|Night Visions||2002||Director (episode Patterns)|
|Shadow Realm||2002||Director (segment Patterns)|
|Delivering Milo||2001||Actor (Mr. Baumgartner)|
|Waking the Dead||2000||Director/Producer|
|The Player||1997||Actor (unknown role)|
|Fallen Angels||1995||Director (episode The Black Bargain)|
|I Love Trouble||1994||Actor (Andy)|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||1994||Director (episode Extreme Unction)|
|Wild Palms||1993||Director (episodes Hungry Ghosts, The Floating World)|
|Brooklyn Bridge||1993||Actor (Cousin Herbie, episode The Wild Pitch)|
|A Midnight Clear||1992||Director/Writer|
|WIOU||1990||Actor (George Lewis, episodes Do the Wrong Thing, Mother Nature's Son)|
|Miami Vice||1989||Actor (Prof. Terrence Baines, episode Leap of Faith)|
|The Chocolate War||1988||Director/Writer|
|Combat Academy||1986||Actor (Max Mendelsson)|
|Back to School||1986||Actor (Jason Melon)|
|Static||1985||Actor (Ernie Blick)|
|The Legend of Billie Jean||1985||Actor (Lloyd Muldaur)|
|Single Bars, Single Women||1984||Actor (Lionel)|
|Christine||1983||Actor (Arnie Cunningham)|
|American Playhouse||1982||Actor (episode My Palikari)|
|Kent State||1981||Actor (Jeff Miller)|
|Dressed to Kill||1980||Actor (Peter Miller)|
|Home Movies||1980||Actor (Dennis Byrd)|
|All That Jazz||1979||Actor (Young Joe)|
|Studs Lonigan||1979||Actor (Young Paulie)|
|Meeting Halfway||1979||Actor (unknown role)|
|Jaws 2||1978||Actor (Doug Fetterman)|
|Medical Center||1975||Actor (Herbie, episode The Price of a Child)|
- Best Film - The Singing Detective (2003)
- "Keith Gordon Biography (1961-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
- "Cashiers du Cinemart Issue 10: Interview: Keith Gordon". Impossiblefunky.com. 2000-03-03. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
- 30 mins ago (2011-04-20). "Keith Gordon Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
- 30 mins ago (2011-04-20). "CHRISTINE Revisited, Part One: A Q&A with Keith Gordon". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.