Shep Gordon

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Shep Gordon
Portrait of Shep Gordon 06.jpg
Born Jackson Heights, Queens
Alma mater University at Buffalo
Occupation talent manager, film agent, film producer
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s)
  • Marcy Hanson (m. 1980; div. 1982)[1]
  • Renée Loux (m. 2005; div. 2011)[2]
Relatives
  • Monique Williams (Hanai granddaughter)
  • Chase Williams (Hanai grandson)
  • Amber Williams (Hanai granddaughter)
  • Keria Williams (Hanai granddaughter)
  • Zada Williams (Hanai great-granddaughter)
  • Karter Williams (Hanai great-granddaughter)
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Shep E. Gordon (born in October, 1945) is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer.[4] Gordon is featured in a 2013 documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which was directed by Mike Myers.[5]

Life and education[edit]

Gordon was born in 1945 in Jackson Heights, Queens.[6]

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

Music career[edit]

Through a chance encounter with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Chambers Brothers, Gordon began managing Alice Cooper in 1968. Gordon went on to represent Anne Murray, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Ben Vereen, Burton Cummings, The Calloways, Squeeze, 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] He continues to manage Alice Cooper to this day without a contract.[11]

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.[12]

Culinary career[edit]

In 1972 Gordon created Alive Culinary Resources, the first talent agency to represent chefs.[13] In the words of Emeril Lagasse, “He single-handedly created celebrity chefs."[14] 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 Salvaggio, Pino Luongo, Rovert Del Grande, Roger Vergé, Roy Yamaguchi, Sam Choy, Wolfgang Puck, and Alan Wong.[13]

He has partnered in legendary restaurants including Tribeca Grill, Carlos’n Charlie’s, Spice Market, and Maui Tacos (sold to Blimpie).[13][15]

Gordon and Roy Yamaguchi were the Outback Steakhouse franchisees for Hawaii, and are now partnered in Humble Market Kitchen at the Wailea Beach Resort.[16][17]

Gordon has spoken at various events; SXSW, Summit at Sea, and 92Y.[18][19][20] He delivered the 2015 baccalaureate address at the Culinary Institute of America.[21]

Film career[edit]

Gordon’s first film as a producer, The Duelist, 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, making and distributing films Koyaanisqatsi, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Stop Making Sense, Choose Me, and Whales of August.[7][22]

Gordon also was Executive Producer on Wes Craven's Shocker and People Under The Stairs, as well as Jon 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 Supermench: 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 Harper Collins imprint, and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List.[24]

Awards[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

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]

In 2016, Gordon helped create a permanent scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America in honor of his late mentor, Roger Vergé.[35] Shep serves on the boards of The Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Reel FX, and the Tibet Fund.[36][37][38] In 2017, he became a trustee of The Culinary Institute Of America.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Supermensch Movie Review". Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ Midgeley, Dominic (March 8, 2014). "Shep Gordon: Confessions of a superstar manager". 
  3. ^ Kaylin, Lucy. "Why Helping 4 Kids in Trouble Is One Music Exec's Biggest Success". Oprah Magazine. 
  4. ^ Hoby, Hermione (July 7, 2014). "Mike Myers: Why I Made a Film About Supermensch Shep Gordon". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "'Supermensch' Documents the Crazy Life of Shep Gordon". Cleve Scene. June 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Supermensch Shep Gordon". Bloomberg News. May 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Alumni Profile". University of Buffalo. 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. ^ Tucker, Reed (June 1, 2014). "Hollywood manager goes public in new documentary". New York Post. 
  12. ^ Rothbaum, Noah (October 7, 2016). "Drinks with Shep Gordon". The Daily Beast. 
  13. ^ a b c "The Man Who Would Turn Chefs Into Household Names". The New York Times. March 17, 1993. 
  14. ^ Mosbaugh, Erin (May 31, 2016). "The Man Who Convinced Chefs They Were Rock Stars". LA Weekly. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Magaoay, Sandi (July 28, 1996). "Marina theatre closing". 
  17. ^ SEO, Diane (August 14, 2015). "Shep Gordon: Hawaii's secret culinary mastermind". 
  18. ^ "SXSW 2014 Event Schedule". March 9, 2014. 
  19. ^ Codinha, Alessandra (November 30, 2016). "On Board Summit at Sea, the World's Wokest Cruise Ship". Vogue. 
  20. ^ "Shep Gordon with Anthony Bourdain". 92Y. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  21. ^ Levine, Jeff (August 4, 2015). ""Supermensch" Talent Manager Who Made Chefs Famous Speaks to Graduates". Culinary Institute of America. 
  22. ^ a b "Shep Gordon on 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. 
  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. ^ Mohr, Ian (September 13, 2016). "Star chefs pay tribute to the late Roger Verge". Page Six. 
  36. ^ "Maui Arts: Board & Staff". Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  37. ^ "Shep Gordon: Supermensch Interview". OMTimes. June 1, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Tibet Fund Board Staff". January 1, 2017. 
  39. ^ Levine, Jeff (August 4, 2015). "Grad Speaker Shep Gordon". Culinary Institute of America. 

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