You’ll Likely Know the Face; Character Actor Bruce Gordon, Who Played in More Than 100 TV Episodes, Dead at 94

Jan 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Bruce Gordon, an actor known for playing heavies including the mob boss Frank Nitti on television’s "The Untouchables," has died, reports The New York Times. He was 94 and lived in Santa Fe, N.M. He died last week after a lengthy illness.

bruceGordon.bmpBruce Gordon (right)

One of Gordon’s most memorable roles was a gangster on ABC’s "The Untouchables," which aired on the network from 1959 to 1963. "He was filled with menace: pinstriped, perennially scowling and looming so large he seemed to crowd the borders of the screen," the story says.

Before Gordon retired in the mid-1980s, he made guest appearances on television shows ranging from "I Spy" to "Gunsmoke,"  to "Bonanza" the story notes. In the late 1950s, he hosted NBC espionage docudrama "Behind Closed Doors" and in the mid-1960s he had a recurring role on "Peyton Place" as Gus Chernak, according to the story.


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