Keith Gordon

Highest Rated: 90% Winnebago Man (2010)
Lowest Rated: 22% I Love Trouble (1994)
Birthday: Feb 3, 1961
Birthplace: Not Available
Whether obsessing over a demonically possessed '58 Plymouth Fury in Christine or stepping behind the camera to direct an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s classic novel Mother Night, Keith Gordon has experienced a lot in his filmmaking career. If audiences hadn't suspected the awkward, bespectacled teen's ambitions following such early efforts as Home Movies and Dressed to Kill, they were in for a pleasant surprise when the young actor eventually grew into a seasoned director. A New York City native whose parents were both actors, Gordon began a love affair with films when he accompanied his father to a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Gordon was thrilled by Kubrick's imaginative sci-fi vision and the seemingly limitless possibilities of the medium, and in the years that followed, he took part in numerous stage productions at school. In the summer of 1976, he was spotted by a casting director while appearing in two plays at the National Playwrights Conference; two years later, Gordon landed his first major screen role in Jaws 2. Though it was only a bit part, the experience he gained on the tumultuous set was invaluable. Subsequently cast in the 1979 miniseries Studs Lonigan, he eventually left school for a film career. Though Gordon initially rejected an offer to try out for the 1979 Brian De Palma feature Home Movies, the audition was in his neighborhood, so he reluctantly gave in. Not only did Gordon win the role of a young student obsessed with filmmaking, but he also received even more valuable experience by having opportunities to discuss filmmaking with De Palma. Following a brief role in All That Jazz (1979), Gordon made his most prominent film appearance to date in De Palma's controversial 1980 thriller Dressed to Kill. Gordon excelled at playing twitchy, eggheaded teens throughout the '80s in such efforts as Christine (1983), The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), and Back to School (1986), and though his onscreen career seemed to be coming along swimmingly, his creative ambitions were left unfulfilled. As the screenwriter of Mark Romanek's 1985 cult film Static, Gordon saw his aspirations finally beginning to come to fruition. He later made his feature directorial debut in 1988 with an impressive adaptation of Robert Cormier's novel The Chocolate War (Gordon also wrote the screenplay), which earned a Best First Feature nomination at the 1989 Independent Spirit Awards. He gained momentum and crafted a unique anti-war movie with his 1992 sophomore effort, A Midnight Clear, before moving to television to direct episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street and the sci-fi miniseries Wild Palms. Gordon was next faced with one of the more challenging projects of his career when he filmed Mother Night. A dark, dramatic period tale of love and loss, Gordon's fourth feature, Waking the Dead (2000), earned generally positive notices, as it further established the star status of its clear-eyed leads, Jennifer Connelly and Billy Crudup. In his next feature, Gordon re-teamed with Back to School dormmate Robert Downey Jr. for an updated version of Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective (2003). Although he coaxed a stellar turn out of Downey, however, Gordon's take on the material did little to convince critics that the film was in need of refreshing.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Op Shop Actor 2011
90% Winnebago Man Actor $0.2M 2010
39% The Singing Detective Director $0.3M 2003
No Score Yet Delivering Milo Dr. Baumbartner 2001
51% Waking the Dead Director Producer 2000
63% Mother Night Director Producer 1996
22% I Love Trouble Andy 1994
No Score Yet Wild Palms Director 1993
88% A Midnight Clear Screenwriter Director Producer 1992
82% The Chocolate War Director Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet Combat High Max Mendelsson 1986
No Score Yet Static Ernie Screenwriter 1986
85% Back to School Jason Melon 1986
40% The Legend of Billie Jean Lloyd 1985
No Score Yet Single Bars, Single Women Lionel 1984
69% Christine Arnie Cunningham 1983
No Score Yet Silent Rebellion Actor 1982
No Score Yet Kent State Actor 1981
No Score Yet Home Movies Denis Byrd 1980
84% Dressed to Kill Peter Miller 1980
86% All That Jazz Joe (as a boy) 1979
57% Jaws 2 Doug 1978

TV

CREDIT
90% Legion
2017
Director
  • 2018
97% Better Call Saul
2015-2018
Director
  • 2017
97% Fargo
2014-2017
Producer Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
91% The Leftovers
2014-2017
Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
85% Homeland
2011
Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
84% Masters of Sex
2013-2016
Director
  • 2014
80% The Strain
2014-2017
Director
  • 2014
88% The Bridge (FX)
2013-2014
Screenwriter Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
96% Rectify
2013-2016
Director
  • 2013
71% The Killing
2011-2014
Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
72% Dexter
2006-2013
Director
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
69% Rubicon
2010
Director
  • 2010
91% House
2004-2012
Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dexter's Laboratory
1996-2003
Director
  • 1997
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Director
  • 1994
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Chris
  • 1982

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