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December 2, 1922
Leo Vincent Gordon was an American movie and television character
actor as well as a screenplay writer. He specialized in playing brutish
bad guys during more than forty years in film and television.
Following a conviction for armed robbery he was sentenced to four
years at the infamous San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco where
he earned a reputation among both the guards and his fellow prisoners as
a troublemaker and someone not to fool with.
Gordon started his career on the stage and worked with such
luminaries as Edward G. Robinson and Tyrone Power. He was soon
discovered by a Hollywood agent in a Los Angeles production of
"Darkness at Noon." Over the course of his career, he would
appear in more than 170 film and television productions from the early
1950s to the mid 1990s.
Death: December 26, 2000 (age 78)
After struggling with a brief illness, Gordon died in his sleep at
his Los Angeles home from cardiac failure.
Where are they buried?
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
- Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California
- Oakland Cemetery, Sag Harbor, New York