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Gordon Mitchell



Gordon Mitchell was one of that group of body builders-turned-actors who achieved cinematic fame during the 1960s, specializing in European sword-and-sandal films. Born Charles Allen Pendleton in Denver, CO, he was raised in Inglewood, CA, in the wake of his parents' divorce. He developed an interest in body building as a boy in Denver, having to contend with bigger, tougher kids, and found that many people in his part of California, even in the 1930s, shared this enthusiasm. After serving in the military during World War II (with another stint in uniform for the Korean War), he returned to California in 1945 and became part of the physical culture scene at Muscle Beach. His physique brought him into the periphery of the acting profession, with a bit roles in movies like The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), The Ten Commandments (1956), and Li'l Abner (1959), and as part of Mae West's stage act during the 1950s.



In December 1960, in the wake of Steve Reeves' international success in Hercules and Hercules Unchained (both 1959), Pendleton was signed to star in an Italian-made sword-and-sandal epic called Atlas Against the Cyclop (1963). Renamed Gordon Mitchell, he flew to Italy and shot the film, which was in theaters in April 1961 and became a hit. His next movie, The Giant of Metropolis (1961), is one of the best-remembered films in the sword-and-sandal genre for its unusual mix of science fiction elements in a setting in the ancient world, and it was also hugely popular. Gordon Mitchell thus began an acting career that kept him in starring roles in Italy throughout the 1960s and beyond. After Brennus, Enemy of Rome (1960, also known as Battle of the Valiant), Vulcan, God of Fire (1961), Fury of Achilles (1962) , Caesar Against the Pirates (1962), and Revenge of the Gladiators (1962), he moved into Westerns, including Three Bullets for Ringo (1965), and spy movies (2+5: Mission Hydra [1965]). Mitchell also worked in one Hollywood production, John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as in Federico Fellini's Satyricon (1969).



Mitchell kept busy in roles of various sizes throughout the 1970s in movies as different as Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1973), Frankenstein '80 (1979), and Emmanuelle's Daughter (1979). He was somewhat less active in the 1980s, but appeared in films such as She (1984), starring Sandahl Bergman, Commando Invasion (1987), Blood Delerium (1989, with John Phillip Law), and Private Resort (1985, which he also co-wrote), playing character roles of varying sizes. Outside of movies, Mitchell also turned to painting as a profession, enjoying some respectable exposure at gallery shows in California, New York, and in Europe, and maintaining a fandom that included Arnold Schwarzenegger.



Mitchell's more recent screen credits have included 1987's The Alien Within, in which he worked with his 1960s body builder/actor colleague Richard Harrison, and Bikini Drive-In (1994), with Edward D. Wood Jr. alumnus Conrad Brooks. In 2002, he was reportedly preparing a book and a script dealing with the physical culture scene at Muscle Beach in the 1940s and '50s, and his experiences working with Mae West. He also participated in an interview and supplement for the DVD release of The Giant of Metropolis. In late September of 2003, Mitchell died of natural causes in Marina Del Ray, CA, at age 80.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hour X Suicide Patrol
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Io monaca... per tre carogne e sette peccatrici (The Big Bust Out)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi (Atlas Against the Cyclops)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Le saut de l'ange (Angel's Leap)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Mines Of Kilimanjaro
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Commando Invasion
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Overdose
  • Actor
1987
20% Private Resort
  • Screenwriter
1985
No Score Yet Vivre pour survivre (White Fire)
  • Yilmaz
1984
No Score Yet She
  • Hector
1984
No Score Yet Rush
  • Yor
1984
No Score Yet Endgame
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Diamond Connection
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
  • Screenwriter
1981
No Score Yet Kaput lager - gli ultimi giorni delle SS (Achtung! The Desert Tigers) (The Desert Heroes)
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Slaughter Day
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Operation Orient
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (Terror! Il castello delle donne maledette)
  • Igor
1974
No Score Yet Erotic Daughters of Emmanuelle
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Rita of the West
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Godfather Squad
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Big Bust Out
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Frankenstein '80 (Mosaic)
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Shanghai Joe (Il mio nome รจ Shangai Joe)(Dragon Strikes Back)
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Erik, the Viking
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino (Sartana the Gravedigger)
  • Deguejo
1971
No Score Yet Il Giorno del Giudizio
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Coffin Full of Dollars (A Barrel Full Of Dollars)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End
  • Actor
1970
75% Fellini Satyricon
  • Robber
1969
No Score Yet Beyond The Law
  • Bat-Cloaked Villain
1968
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Sergeant
1967
No Score Yet Rita of the West
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet 2+5: Missione Hydra (Star Pilot)
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Ali Baba and the Seven Saracens (Sindbad contro i sette saraceni) (Hawk of Bagdad)
  • Omar
1964
No Score Yet Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Battle of Valiant
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet The Centurion (Conqueror of Corinth) (Il conquistatore di Corinto)
  • Gen. Metellus
1962
No Score Yet Caesar Against the Pirates
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet The Fury of Achilles
  • Achilles
1962
No Score Yet The Giant of Metropolis
  • Obro
1961
No Score Yet Vulcano, figlio di Giove (Vulcan Son of Jupiter) (Vulcan, Son of Giove)
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Suicide Patrol
  • Actor

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