Keith Gordon

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Keith Gordon
Born (1961-02-03) February 3, 1961
New York City, New York
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1975present
Spouse(s) Rachel Griffin (1998-present)

Keith Gordon (born February 3, 1961) is an American actor and film director.

Life and career

Gordon was born in New York City, the son of Mark, an actor and stage director, and Barbara Gordon.[1] He grew up in an atheist Jewish family.[2] Gordon was inspired to become an actor at the age of twelve, after seeing James Earl Jones in a Broadway production of Of Mice and Men.[3] As an actor, Gordon's first feature film was in the 1978 sequel film Jaws 2, as the class clown Doug, then his 1979 turn as the young protagonist Joe Gideon in All That Jazz. His film credits include the 1980 erotic thriller Dressed to Kill, the 1983 horror film Christine (in the role of Arnie Cunningham, the teen who buys Christine and falls under the car's influence), the 1985 cult film The Legend of Billie Jean as Lloyd Muldaur, the son of a District Attorney who aspires to be Attorney General, the 1986 Mark Romanek classic Static (for which he wrote the screenplay), and the 1986 comedy movie Back to School, as Jason Melon.[4] In most of these films, he played a nerd. He was named number 1 in Cinematicals' Top 7 Most Convincing Nerds. His most recent onscreen film appearance was in 2001, in the movie Delivering Milo.

Gordon left acting for directing, making his debut in 1988 with the movie The Chocolate War, about a student who rebels against the rigid hierarchies in his Catholic school. His other films include the 1992 anti-war film A Midnight Clear, about a group of American soldiers in the Ardennes just before and during the Battle of the Bulge, as well as Mother Night (adapted from the novel by Kurt Vonnegut), Waking the Dead, and the film The Singing Detective. He also directed some of the mini-series Wild Palms and appeared in the 2006 Iraq War documentary Whose War?. His directing credits for television include Homicide: Life on the Street, Gideon's Crossing, Dexter, The Bridge, House and the second season of Fargo.


Title Year Role
Fargo 2015 Director (episodes "Did you do this? No, you did it!", "Loplop")
The Strain 2014 Director (episode "It's Not for Everyone")
The Leftovers 2014-2015 Director (episodes "Two Boats and a Helicopter", "Ten Thirteen")
The Killing 2011-2012 Director (episodes Beau Soleil, Donnie or Marie)
Rubicon 2010 Director (episode In Whom We Trust)
Dexter 2006-2010 Director (episodes Truth Be Told, The Dark Defender, Morning Comes, Our Father, All in the Family, Do You Take Dexter Morgan, Dirty Harry, Lost Boys, In the Beginning)/Actor (Kyle Butler #2, episode Hello, Dexter Morgan)
House M.D. 2005 Director (episode Sports Medicine)
The Singing Detective 2003 Director
Night Visions 2002 Director (episode Patterns)
Shadow Realm 2002 Director (segment Patterns)
Delivering Milo 2001 Actor (Mr. Baumgartner)
Waking the Dead 2000 Director/Producer
The Player 1997 Actor (unknown role)
Mother Night 1996 Director/Producer
Fallen Angels 1995 Director (episode The Black Bargain)
I Love Trouble 1994 Actor (Andy)
Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 Director (episode Extreme Unction)
Wild Palms 1993 Director (episodes Hungry Ghosts, The Floating World)
Brooklyn Bridge 1993 Actor (Cousin Herbie, episode The Wild Pitch)
A Midnight Clear 1992 Director/Writer
WIOU 1990 Actor (George Lewis, episodes Do the Wrong Thing, Mother Nature's Son)
Miami Vice 1989 Actor (Prof. Terrence Baines, episode Leap of Faith)
The Chocolate War 1988 Director/Writer
Combat Academy 1986 Actor (Max Mendelsson)
Back to School 1986 Actor (Jason Melon)
Static 1985 Actor (Ernie Blick)
The Legend of Billie Jean 1985 Actor (Lloyd Muldaur)
Single Bars, Single Women 1984 Actor (Lionel)
Christine 1983 Actor (Arnie Cunningham)
American Playhouse 1982 Actor (episode My Palikari)
Kent State 1981 Actor (Jeff Miller)
Dressed to Kill 1980 Actor (Peter Miller)
Home Movies 1980 Actor (Dennis Byrd)
All That Jazz 1979 Actor (Young Joe)
Studs Lonigan 1979 Actor (Young Paulie)
Meeting Halfway 1979 Actor (unknown role)
Jaws 2 1978 Actor (Doug Fetterman)
Medical Center 1975 Actor (Herbie, episode The Price of a Child)

Award nominations

Independent Spirit Awards

Catalonian International Film Festival


  1. "Keith Gordon Biography (1961-)". Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  2. "Cashiers du Cinemart Issue 10: Interview: Keith Gordon". 2000-03-03. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  3. 30 mins ago (2011-04-20). "Keith Gordon Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  4. 30 mins ago (2011-04-20). "CHRISTINE Revisited, Part One: A Q&A with Keith Gordon". Retrieved 2013-10-07.

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