Shep Gordon

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Shep Gordon
Born (1945-10-18) October 18, 1945 (age 78)
Alma materUniversity at Buffalo
Occupation(s)Talent manager, film agent, film producer
Years active1968–present
Marcy Hanson[1]
(m. 1980; div. 1982)
Renée Loux[2]
(m. 2005; div. 2011)
Katie McMillan (m. 2020-present)
RelativesBenjamin Gordon (son)

Shep E. Gordon (born October 18, 1945) is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer.[3] Gordon is featured in a 2013 documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which was directed by Mike Myers.[4]

Life and education[edit]

Gordon was born in 1945 to a Jewish family in Jackson Heights, Queens.[5][6]

He obtained his B.A. in 1968 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in sociology.[7] While attending, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He attended The New School for Social Research for post-graduation work. He then moved to Los Angeles, California, taking on a job as a probation officer.[6]

Music career[edit]

Shep was first introduced to the band Alice Cooper by Jimi Hendrix according to an Alice Cooper interview with Dan Rather, he and his partner Joe Greenberg began to manage the group in 1968. Gordon went on to represent Anne Murray, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Ben Vereen, Burton Cummings, The Calloways, Difford and Tilbrook, Frankie Valli, Gary Wright, George Clinton, Gipsy Kings, Groucho Marx, Jean-Luc Ponty, Johnny Clegg, Kenny Loggins, King Sunny Ade, Lisa Fischer, Majek Fashek, Maurice White, Michelle Shocked, Mtume, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Pink Floyd, Pointer Sisters, Raquel Welch, Rick James, Sarah Miles, Stephanie Mills and Yvonne Elliman.[8][9][10]

Gordon was a partner with Sammy Hagar (of Van Halen) on Cabo Wabo Tequila. He also partnered with Willie Nelson to create Old Whiskey River Bourbon.[11]

Culinary career[edit]

In 1993 Gordon created Alive Culinary Resources, the first talent agency to represent chefs.[12] In the words of Emeril Lagasse, “He single-handedly created celebrity chefs."[13] His client list has included Celestino Drago, Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, Dean Fearing, Emeril Lagasse, Jimmy Schmidt, Jonathan Waxman, Larry Forgione, Lydia Shire, Mark Miller, Mark Tarbell, Nobu Matsuhisa, Peter Merriman, Piero Selvaggio, Pino Luongo, Rovert Del Grande, Roger Vergé, Roy Yamaguchi, Sam Choy, Wolfgang Puck, and Alan Wong.[12]

Restaurant partnerships[edit]

He has partnered in legendary restaurants including Tribeca Grill, Carlos'n Charlie's, Spice Market, and Maui Tacos (sold to Blimpie).[12][14]

Gordon and Roy Yamaguchi were the Outback Steakhouse franchisees for Hawaii, and are now partnered in Humble Market Kitchen at the Wailea Beach Resort.[15][16]

Speaking engagements[edit]

Gordon has spoken at various events; SXSW, Summit at Sea, and 92Y.[17][18][19] He delivered the 2015 baccalaureate address at the Culinary Institute of America.[20]

Film career[edit]

Gordon's first film as a producer, The Duellists, won the Cannes Film Festival in 1977. He went on to create one of the first independent film production companies in the U.S., Alive Films, who made Roadie (1980) starring Meat Loaf.[21] In 1983, Alive formed a partnership with Island Records to create Island Alive who made and distributed films including Koyaanisqatsi, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Stop Making Sense and Choose Me.[21] The partnership was dissolved in 1985.[21] Whales of August was produced after the split.[7][22]

Gordon also was Executive Producer on Wes Craven's Shocker and The People Under The Stairs, as well as John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned.[22]

Mike Myers directed Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, a documentary on Shep's life, distributed theatrically by The Weinstein Company in 2013.[23] It featured Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson and Sammy Hagar.[23]

Gordon's memoir is titled, They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock 'n' Roll. It was released on September 20, 2016, published through Anthony Bourdain's HarperCollins imprint, and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List.[24]



Gordon serves on the board of the Tibet Fund with the Dalai Lama, and has had the honor of cooking for him on numerous occasions. He produced a visit of the Dalai Lama to State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006 and Maui in 2007.[7] Gordon produces an annual benefit dinner in Maui, and has provided over 1,000,000 meals for those in need since 2008.[34]

Gordon serves on the boards of The Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Reel FX, and the Tibet Fund.[35][36][37] In 2017, he became a trustee of The Culinary Institute of America.[38]


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  2. ^ Midgeley, Dominic (March 8, 2014). "Shep Gordon: Confessions of a supmanager".
  3. ^ Hoby, Hermione (July 7, 2014). "Mike Myers: Why I Made a Film About Supermensch Shep Gordon". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "'Supermensch' Documents the Crazy Life of Shep Gordon". Cleve Scene. June 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Interview: Shep Gordon".
  6. ^ a b "Supermensch Shep Gordon". Bloomberg News. May 30, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Alumni Profile". University of Buffalo. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  8. ^ Stein, Joshua (October 5, 2016). "The Unfamous Man Who Made Everyone Famous". GQ.
  9. ^ "David Letterman - Supermensch's Shep Gordon, Part 1". Youtube. The David Letterman Show. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  10. ^ Hudak, Joseph (October 3, 2016). "Shep Gordon Talks Alice Cooper Bond, Legalizing Pot, Creepy Fan Mail". Rolling Stone.
  11. ^ Rothbaum, Noah (October 7, 2016). "Drinks with Shep Gordon". The Daily Beast.
  12. ^ a b c "The Man Who Would Turn Chefs Into Household Names". The New York Times. March 17, 1993.
  13. ^ Mosbaugh, Erin (May 31, 2016). "The Man Who Convinced Chefs They Were Rock Stars". LA Weekly.
  14. ^ Engle, Erika (2009-06-18). "Maui Tacos sold to franchisor". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Archived from the original on June 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  15. ^ Magaoay, Sandi (July 28, 1996). "Marina theatre closing".
  16. ^ SEO, Diane (August 14, 2015). "Shep Gordon: Hawaii's secret culinary mastermind".
  17. ^ "SXSW 2014 Event Schedule". March 9, 2014.
  18. ^ Codinha, Alessandra (November 30, 2016). "On Board Summit at Sea, the World's Wokest Cruise Ship". Vogue.
  19. ^ "Shep Gordon with Anthony Bourdain". 92Y. Archived from the original on April 9, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  20. ^ Levine, Jeff (August 4, 2015). ""Supermensch" Talent Manager Who Made Chefs Famous Speaks to Graduates". Culinary Institute of America.
  21. ^ a b c Greenberg, James (September 20, 1985). "Island And Alive Dissolving Joint Prod'n Venture". Daily Variety. p. 1.
  22. ^ a b "Shep Gordon on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  23. ^ a b Amy Kaufman, "Mike Myers to direct documentary about talent manager Shep Gordon", Los Angeles Times, July 22, 2013.
  24. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction". New York Times. October 9, 2016.
  25. ^ Spina, Mary Beth (March 10, 2000). "UB Alumni Association To Present Annual Awards April 7". University at Buffalo.
  26. ^ Heckathorn, John (October 10, 2011). "Present at the Food Revolution in Hawaii". Honolulu Magazine.
  27. ^ "Maverick Award presented to Shep Gordon (2014 archive)". Maui Film Festival. June 4, 2014. Archived from the original on April 9, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  28. ^ Lawrence, Jesse (September 17, 2015). "Festforward will bring top festival minds together for innovative conference". Forbes.
  29. ^ "Personal Managers Hall of Fame Inductees Announced". Cision. March 23, 2015.
  30. ^ Brown, Dustin (November 13, 2015). "The Tibet Fund's 6th Annual Gala". Hollywood Press Corps.
  31. ^ "Hawaii European Cinema - Shep Gordon". Hawai'i European Cinema. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  32. ^ "Shep Gordon Honored at Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival". Maui Now. September 7, 2015.
  33. ^ "Recognition on the Menu". WagMag. March 8, 2017.
  34. ^ "The Good Shepherd Rocks New Year's Eve for a Good Cause". Maui Food Bank. July 1, 2015.
  35. ^ "Maui Arts: Board & Staff". Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  36. ^ "Shep Gordon: Supermensch Interview". OMTimes. June 1, 2014.
  37. ^ "Tibet Fund Board Staff". January 1, 2017.
  38. ^ Levine, Jeff (August 4, 2015). "Grad Speaker Shep Gordon". Culinary Institute of America.

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