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      Leo Gordon

      Leo Gordon

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

      Lowest Rated: 42% The Terror (1963)

      Birthday: Dec 2, 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.

      Highest rated movies

      100% My Name Is Nobody
      90% Hondo
      88% The Man Who Knew Too Much
      75% The Haunted Palace
      43% Sign of the Pagan

      Photos

      BABY FACE NELSON, Mickey Rooney, Leo Gordon, 1957 RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11, Leo Gordon, Whit Bissell, Neville Brand, 1954. BABY FACE NELSON, Mickey Rooney, Leo Gordon, 1957 BABY FACE NELSON, Mickey Rooney, John Dillinger, (in photo), Leo Gordon, 1957 RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11, Leo Gordon, Neville Brand, 1954. RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11, Leo Gordon, Neville Brand, 1954 RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11, Leo Gordon, Neville Brand, 1954. BABY FACE NELSON, Mickey Rooney, John Dillinger, (in photo), Leo Gordon, 1957 BABY FACE NELSON, Mickey Rooney, Leo Gordon, 1957 THE INTRUDER, William Shatner, Leo Gordon, 1962 QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS, from left: Leo Gordon, Steve Cochran, 1958

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 16% Savage Dawn Sherif (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 15% Bog Dr. John Warren (Character) - 1983
      63% 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 44% The Trackers Higgins (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 33% You Can't Win 'Em All Bolek (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 51% Tobruk Sgt. Krug (Character),
      Writer
      - 1967
      No Score Yet 25% Devil's Angels Sheriff Henderson (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostile Guns Hank Pleasant (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beau Geste Krauss (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 55% The Night of the Grizzly Cass Dowdy (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
      42% 22% The Terror Screenwriter - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nun and the Sergeant Dockman (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 23% Tarzan Goes to India Bryce (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 77% Shame Sam Griffin (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Noose for a Gunman Link Roy (Character) - 1960
      45% 24% The Wasp Woman Screenwriter - 1959
      No Score Yet 67% The Jayhawkers Jake Barton (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 33% Escort West Trooper Vogel (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 50% Ride a Crooked Trail Sam Mason (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 33% Apache Territory Zimmerman (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 0% Quantrill's Raiders William Clarke Quantrill (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Car Girl Screenwriter - 1958
      No Score Yet 15% The Tall Stranger Stark (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Patch Hank Danner (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 80% Man in the Shadow Chet Hunaker (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 50% Baby Face Nelson John Dillinger (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Breed Cherokee (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 42% 7th Cavalry Vogel (Character) - 1956
      88% 84% The Man Who Knew Too Much Chauffeur (uncredited) (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 14% Great Day in the Morning Zeff Masterson (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Jungle Lupo (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Angry Men Martin White (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 44% Man With the Gun Ed Pinchot (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 38% Tennessee's Partner The Sheriff (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robbers' Roost Jeff (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 44% Ten Wanted Men Frank Scavo (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 61% Soldier of Fortune Big Matt (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Mountain Drake (Character) - 1954
      43% 33% Sign of the Pagan Bleda (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 25% All the Brothers Were Valiant Peter How (Character) - 1953
      90% 74% Hondo Ed Lowe (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 30% Gun Fury Tom "Jess" Burgess (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 Milo Stavroupolis (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) 1956 1960 1974
      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
      1959 1962-1963 1965 1968
      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 79% 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 The Virginian Big Jim Lafferty (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1958 1963
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Luke Comstock (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1955-1956 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Nick Breese (Guest Star),
      Writer
      1957 1960-1961
      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) 1957 1959-1961
      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 Sea Hunt Panicky Miner (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956