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Leo Gordon

Highest Rated: 100% My Name Is Nobody (1973)

Lowest Rated: 36% The Terror (1963)

Birthday: Dec 02, 1922

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Powerfully built and perpetually wearing a baleful, cringe-inducing stare, character actor Leo Gordon loomed tall as the villain in dozens of Westerns and melodramatic crime films during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. He once served time in San Quentin State Prison but it's his flinty voice and bulldog-like under bite that have caused some people to proclaim him the "scariest man they ever met." However, many of his former co-stars have regarded him as a professional and decidedly courteous performer. Rather funnily, he first garnered attention for his role in the exploitative prison shocker "Riot in Cell Block 11" ('54), a movie that was shot on location at San Quentin--he got to see all his old prison guards while also getting his big break. Though he's appeared in over 100 movie and TV Westerns, including the kicky oater comedy "My Name is Nobody" in 1973, he is probably best known for his late-'50s role as the large-and-in-charge Big Mike McComb on the rollicking, gambling-centered adventure series "Maverick." In 1963, he famously (if briefly) went toe to toe with the legendary John Wayne in the madcap free-for-all romp "McLintock!" and ended up falling face-first down a mudslide. Gordon occasionally played a good guy and wrote scripts himself for over 20 big-screen and small-screen Westerns. Shortly before his retirement in the mid-'90s, he reprised his signature role in the big-budget cinematic adaptation of "Maverick," which co-starred Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. He died in his sleep at age 78.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
60% 53% Fire and Ice Jarol (Voice) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: The Candy Lightner Story Officer Horvath (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitler's Son Tuennes (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Barbary Coast Chief Macdonald Keogh (Character) - 1975
100% 84% My Name Is Nobody Red (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 29% The Trackers Higgins (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Win 'Em All Bolek (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostile Guns Hank Pleasant (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 27% Devil's Angels Sheriff Henderson (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 49% Tobruk Sgt. Krug (Character),
Writer
- 1967
No Score Yet 53% The Night of the Grizzly Cass Dowdy (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beau Geste Krauss (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bounty Killer Screenwriter - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dictator's Guns Morrison (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dictator's Guns Morrison (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 34% Kings of the Sun Hunac Ceel (Character) - 1963
75% 66% The Haunted Palace Edgar Weeden / Ezra Weeden (Character) - 1963
36% 22% The Terror Screenwriter - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nun and the Sergeant Dockman (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 17% Tarzan Goes to India Bryce (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 76% Shame Sam Griffin (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Noose for a Gunman Link Roy (Character) - 1960
45% 24% The Wasp Woman Writer - 1960
No Score Yet 36% Escort West Trooper Vogel (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 57% The Jayhawkers Jake Barton (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 29% Apache Territory Zimmerman (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Car Girl Screenwriter - 1958
No Score Yet 50% Ride a Crooked Trail Sam Mason (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 0% Quantrill's Raiders William Clarke Quantrill (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 80% Man in the Shadow Chet Hunaker (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Patch Hank Danner (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 56% Baby Face Nelson John Dillinger (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Breed Cherokee (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 8% The Tall Stranger Stark (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 18% Great Day in the Morning Zeff Masterson (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 42% 7th Cavalry Vogel (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Jungle Lupo (Character) - 1956
87% 84% The Man Who Knew Too Much Chauffeur (uncredited) (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Angry Men Martin White (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 38% Tennessee's Partner The Sheriff (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 50% Ten Wanted Men Frank Scavo (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robbers' Roost Jeff (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 36% Man With the Gun Ed Pinchot (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 58% Soldier of Fortune Big Matt (Character) - 1955
43% 33% Sign of the Pagan Bleda (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Mountain Drake (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 28% Gun Fury Tom "Jess" Burgess (Character) - 1953
86% 74% Hondo Ed Lowe (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 26% All the Brothers Were Valiant Peter How (Character) - 1953

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Charlie Boden (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Enos Sgt. Theodore Kick (Character) 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Devere (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Jack Danvers (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam-12 Writer 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Hack Prine (Guest Star) 1974 1960 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Eddie Suslow (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Unit Leader (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star),
Writer
1968 1965 1962-1963 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Bob Stokes (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Bull Thomas (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laredo Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Nate Bender (Character) 1965 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Luke Comstock (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1962 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1962 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Miggles Hannegan (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1961 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Rafe (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Joe Quince (Guest Star),
Writer
1958-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Plainsman Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Charles Duncan (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories of the Century Unknown (Guest Star) 1954

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