Bruce Gordon (1)

Mostly Credited As: Bruce Gordon (1)
Date Of Birth: February 01, 1916 (Age 94)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Date Of Death: January 20, 2011
Cause Of Death: Natural Causes (Santa Fe, NM)
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Bruce Gordon (1)

Burly, cleft-chinned actor best known for his role as gangster Frank Nitti on the classic 1959-63 ABC crime drama The Untouchables. Though the role of Nitti typecast him as a gangster for much of the remainder of his acting career, Gordon was also adept at playing comic versions of his gangster personna on shows such as The Lucy Show, Jackie Gleason and The Partners. He also starred as a comic gangster on the short-lived 1966 comedy Run, Buddy, Run and had a recurring role in the 1960's ABC primetime soap Peyton Place. Before being cast on The Untouchables, Gordon had starred in the 1958-59 NBC espionage drama Behind Closed Doors and had appeared in numerous prestigious Broadway productions such as Arsenic and Old Lace, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Lark.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Run, Buddy, Run (1966)As: Devere
Peyton Place (1964)As: Gus Chernak (S02)
The Untouchables (1959) (1959)As: Frank Nitti
Behind Closed Doors (1958)As: Commander Matson (Host)
Episode Cast Credits 

Simon & Simon (1981) 
  The Dillinger Print 03x21: (Mar/08/1984) As Dillinger #1 

The Fall Guy (1981) 
  Charlie 01x20: (Apr/07/1982) As Tony the Grocer 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  Wipe Out 01x11: (Apr/24/1977) As McGuire 

Joe Forrester (1975) 
  Powder Blue 01x07: (Nov/18/1975) As Unknown 

Police Woman (1974) 
  Nothing Left to Lose 01x18: (Feb/14/1975) As Angelo 

Banacek (1972) 
  Now You See Me, Now You Don't 02x08: (Mar/12/1974) As Maxwell Barker, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Doris Day Show (1968) 
  Follow That Dog 05x14: (Jan/01/1973) As Mr. Benedict 

Adam-12 (1968) (1968) 
  The Chaser 05x10: (Dec/06/1972) As Mike Dehner 
  Log 45 -- Bright Boy 03x04: (Oct/10/1970) As Sgt. Poster 

Here's Lucy (1968) 
  Lucy and Dirty Gertie 05x10: (Nov/13/1972) As Rocky 
  Lucy's Wedding Party 03x08: (Nov/02/1970) As Konstantin Kassos 
  Lucy and the Ex-Con 01x15: (Jan/13/1969) As Doc Morgan 

The Partners (1971) (1971) 
  Two in a Pen 01x19: (Aug/25/1972) As Duke Fletcher 

Bonanza (1959) 
  A Matter of Faith 12x02: (Sep/20/1970) As Scott 
  Patchwork Man 06x34: (May/23/1965) As Mr. Bronson 
  Mr. Henry Comstock 01x09: (Nov/07/1959) As Chief Winnemucca 

Ironside (1967) 
  The Tormentor 02x23: (Mar/27/1969) As Marvin Cruse, [Co-Guest Stars]

Blondie (1968) (1968) 
  Pick On a Bully Your Own Size 01x13: (Jan/09/1969) As Gordon Colby 

It Takes a Thief (1968) (1968) 
  A Sour Note 02x02: (Oct/01/1968) As Tonio Boselli, [Co-Guest Stars]

Tarzan (1966) (1966) 
  Four O'Clock Army (2) 02x23: (Mar/08/1968) As Moussa 
  Four O'Clock Army (1) 02x22: (Mar/01/1968) As Moussa 

Gentle Ben (1967) 
  Survival in the Swamp 01x25: (Mar/03/1968) As Frank Gordon 

Mannix (1967) 
  Eight to Five, Its a Miracle 01x21: (Feb/17/1968) As Bishop ("And") 

Get Smart (1965) (1965) 
  Don't Look Back 03x18: (Feb/10/1968) As Sergeant Gronski 

He & She (1967) 
  Easy Way Out 01x15: (Dec/20/1967) As Lieutenant 

The Honeymooners (1955) 
  Out of Sight, Out of Mind 08x06: (Nov/04/1967) As Bugsy 

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966) 
  The Mother Muffin Affair 01x03: (Sep/27/1966) As Vito Pomade 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Holloway's Daughters 03x23: (May/11/1966) As Hartford 

The Lucy Show (1962) 
  Lucy, the Gun Moll 04x25: (Mar/14/1966) As Big Nick 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Blonde Bonanza 08x13: (Dec/17/1964) As Winlock 
  The Case of the Loquacious Liar 04x10: (Dec/03/1960) As Judson Bailey 
  The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma 03x06: (Nov/14/1959) As Frank Thatcher 

The Defenders (1961) (1961) 
  The Noose 02x31: (Apr/27/1963) As Bennett Fletcher 

Naked City (1958) 
  Carrier 04x29: (Apr/24/1963) As Dr. Sorensteen 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  Globe of Death 04x18: (Feb/05/1963) As Frank Nitti 
  The Snowball 04x15: (Jan/15/1963) As Frank Nitti 
  The Speculator 04x14: (Jan/08/1963) As Frank Nitti 
  The Monkey Wrench 03x28: (Jul/05/1962) As Frank Nitti 

Car 54, Where are You? (1961) 
  Toody Undercover 02x09: (Nov/11/1962) As Bigelow 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Man Out of Time 03x03: (Oct/05/1962) As Jake 

Cain's Hundred (1961) 
  The Swinger 01x25: (Apr/03/1962) As Marcus Jackson 

SurfSide 6 (1960) 
  Separate Checks 02x17: (Jan/15/1962) As Joe Vodka 

Outlaws (1960) (1960) 
  The Cutups 02x04: (Oct/26/1961) As Skinner 
  Buck Breeson Rides Again 02x15: (Jan/25/1961) As Fem 
  Last Chance 01x06: (Nov/10/1960) As Mercer 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  Adam San 02x28: (May/01/1961) As Red Munce 
  Mr. Flotsam 02x15: (Jan/23/1961) As Stevens 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  Loophole 09x31: (Mar/25/1961) As Claypool 

Sugarfoot (1957) 
  Angel 04x07: (Mar/06/1961) As Jack Ellis 
  Welcome Enemy 04x04: (Dec/26/1960) As Elias Stone 

Peter Gunn (1958) 
  A Kill and a Half 03x20: (Feb/20/1961) As Vic Kimbro 

Maverick (1957) 
  The Ice Man 04x20: (Jan/29/1961) As Rath Lawson 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Distant Drummer 06x10: (Nov/19/1960) As Sloat 
  Matt for Murder 04x01: (Sep/13/1958) As Red Samples 
  Kitty Caught 03x19: (Jan/18/1958) As Jed Gunter 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  Run for the River 05x07: (Nov/07/1960) As Carl Orleans 
  The Canyon 04x21: (Feb/01/1960) As Garner 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  The Office Caper 03x04: (Oct/07/1960) As Hugo Womack 

Laramie (1959) 
  Midnight Rebellion 01x29: (Apr/05/1960) As Owen Cantrell 

Tightrope (US) (1959) 
  The Model and the Mobster 01x22: (Feb/09/1960) As Sid Zero 

Riverboat (1959) 
  Forbidden Island 01x19: (Jan/24/1960) As Garnett 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  Two-Time Loser 01x09: (Dec/11/1959) As Kirk 
  Decoy 01x04: (Nov/06/1959) As Eddie Wilson 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) 
  Border Justice 02x07: (Nov/13/1959) As Bolton 
  The Untouchables (2) 01x25: (Apr/27/1959) As Frank Nitti 
  The Untouchables (1) 01x24: (Apr/20/1959) As Frank Nitti 
  Song of Bernadette 01x02: (Oct/13/1958) As Francois 

Bat Masterson (1958) 
  Shakedown at St. Joe 02x04: (Oct/29/1959) As Jason Medford 

Johnny Ringo (1959) 
  Cully 01x02: (Oct/08/1959) As Max 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Rank and File 03x34: (May/28/1959) As Tony Russo 

One Step Beyond (1959) 
  The Vision 01x10: (Mar/24/1959) As Capt. Emil Tremaine 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  Treasure Trail 02x19: (Jan/24/1959) As Decker 
  The Bride 01x06: (Oct/19/1957) As Louis Drydan 

Trackdown (1957) 
  The Mistake 01x27: (Apr/18/1958) As Steve Marriner 

The Walter Winchell File (1957) 
  The Walkout 01x22: (Feb/28/1958) As De Silva 

Decoy (1957) 
  Stranglehold 01x01: (Oct/14/1957) As Lt. Andrews 

M Squad (1957) 
  The Golden Look 01x01: (Sep/20/1957) As Peter Grauman 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Faust '57 08x38: (Jun/24/1957) As Green 
  The Trial of Pontius Pilate 08x32: (Apr/22/1957) As Pontius Pilate 
  No Picnic at Mount Kenya 05x10: (Nov/02/1953) As guest star 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Man of Prey 10x35: (May/22/1957) As guest star 
  Hang Up My Guns 10x16: (Jan/02/1957) As Putnam Cox 
  Tear Open the Skies 09x39: (Jul/04/1956) As guest star 
  The Story of Mary Surratt 08x25: (Mar/23/1955) As guest star 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Lark 06x04: (Feb/10/1957) As Captain La Hire 
  King Richard II 03x16: (Jan/24/1954) As Thomas Mowbray 

Omnibus (US) (1952) 
  Lee at Gettysburg 05x15: (Jan/20/1957) As General James Longstreet 

Studio One (1948) 
  A Terrible Day 07x44: (Jul/18/1955) As Clanton 
  For the Defense 07x41: (Jun/27/1955) As Bonnell 
  Plan For Escape 05x08: (Nov/17/1952) As Dave Weber 

The Best Of Broadway (1954) 
  Arsenic and Old Lace 01x05: (Jan/05/1955) As Officer Klein 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  The Betrayers 03x36: (May/14/1953) As Labrutte 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  Death Sabre 03x51: (Aug/14/1951) As guest star 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  The Birth of the Movies 03x32: (Apr/22/1951) As guest star 
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Appeared in the original Broadway production of Arsenic and Old Lace in 1941 supporting Boris Karloff. Ironically, considering that Gordon later made a career of playing gangsters, he played a policeman in that production.

Made his film debut in the 1949 comedy Love Happy. The movie marked the final time that the Marx Brothers appeared on-screen as a team and was also the movie debut of Marilyn Monroe.

Resided in Santa Fe, NM with his wife Marla from the late 1970's until the end of his life.

Catchphrase on The Untouchables was, "You're dead."

Gordon and Untouchables co-star Robert Stack spoofed their personnas of Frank Nitti and Eliot Ness on an episode of The Lucy Show entitled Lucy, the Gun Moll.

Despite being typecast as a gangster, Gordon occasionally played sympathetic roles on such shows as The Defenders, Naked City, and One Step Beyond.

Appeared with the legendary horror icon, Boris Karloff, in three productions: Arsenic and Old Lace and The Lark on Broadway and in an episode of The Girl from UNCLE entitled The Mother Muffin Affair.

Unlike Gordon's big, burly physique, the real Frank Nitti stood only 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

During the 1970's, Gordon appeared in a commercial for Canada Dry ginger ale as his Frank Nitti personna.

In a 1987 interview on Entertainment Tonight, Gordon claimed he enjoyed the film version of The Untouchables.

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Bruce Gordon (1) Quotes
George Eckstein: (about Gordon on The Untouchables) Bruce was wonderful. Bruce was great to write for because he brought so much energy, and vitality, and excitement to the screen. He was a little over the top sometimes but always entertainingly so.

Robert Stack: (about Gordon) Bruce Gordon was a real crook. He stole every scene he appeared in.

Abel Fernandez: (about Gordon) I have never met anyone who had anything bad to say about him or that they didn't like the way he worked.