Fast Facts

  • Cofounded the Organic Theater Company in Madison, WI, and served as artistic director from 1969 to '85.
  • Directed a number of plays before moving on to film, including David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago and E/R, which CBS adapted into a short-lived sitcom in 1984.
  • Won the Critics' Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his 1985 debut feature, the horror-comedy cult classic Re-Animator.
  • Made several of sci-fi/horror author H.P. Lovecraft's tales into films, including Re-Animator, From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995) and Dagon (2001).
  • Directed Jeffrey Combs, the star of Re-Animator, in 2009's one-man theatrical show Nevermore...An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe.


  • Margaret Berni Gordon — Daughter
  • Rosalie Gordon — Mother
  • Bernard Leo Gordon — Father
  • Jillian Bess Gordon — Daughter
  • Carolyn Purdy-Gordon — Wife
  • Suzanna Katherine Gordon — Daughter


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, United States (1969)


  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor

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