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Keith Gordon

Although he began his professional life as an actor, Keith Gordon always sought to get back to his first dream - filmmaking. He utilized his experience acting for directors such as Brian DePalma, Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett as a kind of paid apprenticeship.

Gordon appeared in leading roles in John Carpenter's Christine, De Palma's Dressed To Kill and Home Movies, the comedy Back To School, as well as supporting roles in numerous films including Bob Fosse's All That Jazz. He simultaneously worked extensively in New York Theater both on and Off-Broadway.

As a stepping stone behind the camera, Gordon starred in, but also co-wrote and co-produced the independent feature Static, which earned Gordon the Best Actor award at the 1987 Madrid Film Festival, and, more importantly, the chance to direct his first film.

In 1989 Gordon wrote and directed The Chocolate War, adapting Robert Cormier's classic novel. The film won critical acclaim, and Gordon received an IFP/Spirit Award nomination for best first feature.

Next, Gordon adapted and directed A Midnight Clear from William Wharton's autobiographical anti-war novel, starring Ethan Hawke and Gary Sinise (in his film debut). In addition to landing on a large number of year-end 10 best lists, the film got Gordon his second IFP/Spirit Award nomination, this time for Best Screenplay.

In 1997 Gordon produced and directed Mother Night, starring Nick Nolte, from the classic, blackly comic Kurt Vonnegut novel. It was named one of the 10 best films of the decade by critic David Sterrit of the Christian Science Monitor.

In 2000, Gordon's feature adaptation of Scott Spencer's mysterious, romantic novel Waking the Dead was released. It starred Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly, and was executive produced by Jodie Foster. The film received a IFP/Spirit award nomination for best screenplay, and was praised by the Los Angeles Times as "impressive and satisfying, a rich and provocative experience and by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most powerful romances of recent years."

Gordon has also directed the occasional odd and adventurous television piece, including two segments of Oliver Stone's Wild Palms mini-series for ABC, an episode of Barry Levinson's Homicide, two episodes of Paul Attanasio's series Gideon's Crossing, an episode of Showtime's award-winning film-noir anthology series Fallen Angels, and two episodes of FOX's Twilight Zone style anthology series Night Visions.

Gordon has taught and mentored for the AFI, IFP, Sundance Film Institute and USC. He's written articles and interviews on film for various magazines including Details, and Reel, and hosted a film show for National Public Radio.

Next up, Gordon plans to make Billy Dead, from the novel by Lisa Reardon. Gordon adapted the book and will direct, and is producing along with his star, and old friend, Ethan Hawke.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Keith Gordon Facts

BirthdayFebruary 3, 1961 (63)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Fargo: Season 2
Homeland Season 4
Nurse Jackie: Nice Ladies
Truth Be Told
Our Father
Homeland Seasons 1-4 DVD Pack / Collection
The Dark Defender
Dirty Harry
In The Beginning
A Beautiful Day
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