Biography

Gordon Mitchell was born "Charles Pendleton" in Colorado and served his country in both World War II and the Korean War (during which he was briefly a POW). Afterward he worked as a teacher in inner city schools in California and got heavily involved in personal fitness and bodybuilding. He became friends with Joe Gold (of Gold's Gym), joining Mae West's comedy act as one of her "strongmen" who would carry her on and off the stage. During this time he also found himself in demand as an extra in several Hollywood films including "Lil Abner", "The Enemy Below", and "The Ten Commandments" (in which he and Joe Gold bring Moses to Ramsey's court in chains). When the Peplum craze began in Italy and his fellow Muscle Beach star Steve Reeves became a huge star. Gordon (along with Reg Park, Mark Forrest, Brad Harris, Mickey Hargitay, and Richard Harrison) similarly jumped on the bandwagon and headed to Italy to find stardom and financially greener pastures.

Thanks to his unconventional appearance (small, sharp eyes and craggy face) and enthusiasm for his work, Mitchell found himself one of the most in-demand performers in Italy's Sword & Sandal craze of the early 60's, working with several top directors including Marino Girolami, Alberto De Martino, and Michele Lupo. Unlike most of his peers who left Italy once the genre ran its course, Mitchell stayed on to play villains in numerous Spaghetti Westerns, Giallos, War Films, and Science Fiction movies. He also had a small but key role in the Elizabeth Taylor / Marlon Brandon vehicle "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1967) during this time though perhaps his most prestigious role would be the rogue who helps the two protagonists kidnap the noble in Fellini's "Satyricon" (1969). Mitchell used his extra cash to buy and build his own movie studio (Cave Studios) which he single-handedly constructed outside of Rome. It went largely unused except by ultra-low budget director Demofilo Fidani who would often cast Mitchell as well.

In the late 1980's when the Italian genre film industry had basically self-destructed, unable to compete with American films even for video rentals, Mitchell packed his bags and moved back to California. Once home, he re-teamed with old friend Joe Gold to manage World Gym, at which Mitchell acted as COO and lived at the top floor of its headquarters in Marina Del Rey. Continuing for years to act in low budget films purely for the fun of it, Mitchell passed away in his sleep at age 80 in 2003. Having just won the California recall election the day prior, Arnold Schwarzenegger took time out of his busy schedule to pay his respects at Mitchell's Memorial Service at the World Gym Headquarters along with many other bodybuilders who credit Mitchell with getting them into their careers.

Gordon Mitchell was born "Charles Pendleton" in Colorado and served his country in both World War II and the Korean War (during which he was briefly a POW). Afterward he worked as a teacher in inner city schools in California and got heavily involved in personal fitness and bodybuilding. He became friends with Joe Gold (of Gold's Gym), joining Mae West's comedy act as one of her "strongmen" who would carry her on and off the stage. During this time he also found himself in demand as an extra in several Hollywood films including "Lil Abner", "The Enemy Below", and "The Ten Commandments" (in which he and Joe Gold bring Moses to Ramsey's court in chains). When the Peplum craze began in Italy and his fellow Muscle Beach star Steve Reeves became a huge star. Gordon (along with Reg Park, Mark Forrest, Brad Harris, Mickey Hargitay, and Richard Harrison) similarly jumped on the bandwagon and headed to Italy to find stardom and financially greener pastures.

Thanks to his unconventional appearance (small, sharp eyes and craggy face) and enthusiasm for his work, Mitchell found himself one of the most in-demand performers in Italy's Sword & Sandal craze of the early 60's, working with several top directors including Marino Girolami, Alberto De Martino, and Michele Lupo. Unlike most of his peers who left Italy once the genre ran its course, Mitchell stayed on to play villains in numerous Spaghetti Westerns, Giallos, War Films, and Science Fiction movies. He also had a small but key role in the Elizabeth Taylor / Marlon Brandon vehicle "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1967) during this time though perhaps his most prestigious role would be the rogue who helps the two protagonists kidnap the noble in Fellini's "Satyricon" (1969). Mitchell used his extra cash to buy and build his own movie studio (Cave Studios) which he single-handedly constructed outside of Rome. It went largely unused except by ultra-low budget director Demofilo Fidani who would often cast Mitchell as well.

In the late 1980's when the Italian genre film industry had basically self-destructed, unable to compete with American films even for video rentals, Mitchell packed his bags and moved back to California. Once home, he re-teamed with old friend Joe Gold to manage World Gym, at which Mitchell acted as COO and lived at the top floor of its headquarters in Marina Del Rey. Continuing for years to act in low budget films purely for the fun of it, Mitchell passed away in his sleep at age 80 in 2003. Having just won the California recall election the day prior, Arnold Schwarzenegger took time out of his busy schedule to pay his respects at Mitchell's Memorial Service at the World Gym Headquarters along with many other bodybuilders who credit Mitchell with getting them into their careers.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 114

Birthday 1923-07-29

Day of Death 2003-09-20

Place of Birth Denver, Colorado, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2006 Uomini forti
2004 Malevolence as Don Fabrizio De Martino
2002 An Enraged New World as General Murchison
2000 Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co as Himself
1995 Bikini Drive-In as Goliath
1990 The Alien Within as Dan Thorn
1989 Overdose as Costa
1989 The Little Mermaid as Additional Voices (voice)
1989 I promessi sposi(5 episodes) as Don Gonzalo
1988 SFX Retaliator as Morgan
1988 Blood Delirium as Hermann
1987 Cross of the Seven Jewels as Black Mass Leader
1987 Commando Invasion
1986 Santa Lucia as Amerikaner
1986 Three Men on Fire
1986 Cobra Mission as Col. Mortimer
1986 The Mines of Kilimanjaro as Rolf
1984 She as Hector
1984 White Fire as Olaf
1983 Se tutto va bene siamo rovinati as Jack Volpetti
1983 Endgame as Col. Morgan
1983 Rush as Yor
1982 Marco Polo(8 episodes) as Arnolfo, Jailer
1982 Vai avanti tu che mi vien da ridere as killer
1982 Curse of the Red Butterfly as Brado
1982 Diamond Connection as Abdul Pascha
1981 The Doctor Prefers Sailors as The Killer
1981 Nightfall
1980 Umbrella Coup as Moskovitz, le tueur
1980 Emmanuelle: Queen of Sados as Robert
1980 Fever of 40! as Mr. Temple
1980 The Iron Hand of the Mafia as Don Nicola
1979 Strategy for a Mission of Death as Paul
1979 Dr. Jekyll and the Kind Woman as Pretorius
1978 White Fang and the Kid as Morgon
1978 Operation Orient
1977 Natascha - Todesgrüße aus Moskau as Gooming
1977 Achtung! The Desert Tigers as Kommandant von Stolzen
1976 Special Squad Shoots on Sight as David
1975 Due Magnum .38 per una città di carogne as Renato Proietti
1975 Tiger From River Kwai as Jack Mason
1975 The Skin Under the Claws as Professor Helmut
1975 Seven Savage Men as Cooper
1975 Four for All as Margherito
1974 The Household as General Von Werner
1974 Little Godfather from Hong Kong
1974 Una donna per 7 bastardi
1974 Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks as Igor
1973 Shanghai Joe as Burying Sam
1973 His Colt, Himself, His Revenge as Martin
1973 Once Upon a Time in the Wild, Wild West as Mike
1973 My Darling Slave as Von Thirac
1973 Anything for a Friend as Miller
1972 Frankenstein '80 as Dr. Otto Frankenstein
1972 Go Away! Trinity Has Arrived in Eldorado as Jonathan Duke
1972 The French Sex Murders as Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
1972 My Name is Texas Bill as Martin
1972 The Big Bust Out as El Kadir
1972 A Gunman Called Dakota as Dakota
1971 Hero Called Allegria as Ray Potter
1971 I'll die for Vengeance as Clayton Foster
1971 Angel's Leap as Henry Di Fusco
1971 Day of Judgment as Deputy
1971 Let's Go And Kill Sartana as Greg "The Crazy Person"
1971 Down with Your Hands... You Scum! as Buck/Butch Bradley
1971 Ballad of Django as Ironhead
1971 Coffin Full of Dollars as John Hamilton
1971 Finders Killers as Chris Forest
1971 Tre nel mille
1970 The Stranger That Kneels Beside the Shadow of a Corpse as Roger Murdock
1970 Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End as Black Burt Keller
1970 The Arizona Kid as Coyote
1969 Sartana the Gravedigger as Degueyo
1969 Fellini Satyricon as Il predone
1969 The Wings of War
1968 If One is born a Swine... Kill him as Morgan “Mule” Pitt
1968 Trusting Is Good... Shooting Is Better as Roy Fulton
1968 Radhapura – Endstation der Verdammten as Alfredo
1968 All on the Red as Erikson
1968 Seven Times Seven as Big Ben
1968 Beyond the Law as Burton
1968 Cheers... Cyanide! as Al Rubino
1968 Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen as Gregory Falkoff AKA Phenomenal
1968 Savage Guns as Gordon Mitchell
1967 Il tesoro della foresta pietrificata as Hunding
1967 John the Bastard as Danite
1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye as Sergeant
1967 Moving Target
1967 Crazy Westerners as Bisonte Seduto
1967 Born to Kill as Rod Gordon
1967 Tutto Totò - Totò Ciak as Ringo
1966 Kill or Be Killed as Baltimore Joe/Ringo
1966 Thompson 1880 as Glenn Sheppard
1966 Star Pilot as Murdu
1966 Three Bullets for Ringo as Frank
1965 Lady Morgan's Vengeance as Roger
1965 Vengeance of the Vikings as Sven
1965 Hercules and the Princess of Troy as Pirate Captain
1964 Ali Baba and the Seven Saracens as Omar
1964 Revenge of the Gladiators as Arminio
1964 Seven Slaves Against the World as Balisten
1963 Brennus, Enemy of Rome as Brenno
1962 Fury of Achilles as Achilles
1962 Invasion 1700 as Ulrich
1962 Kerim, Son of the Sheik
1962 Giulio Cesare contro i pirati
1962 Vulcan, Son of Giove as Pluto
1961 The Giant of Metropolis as Obro
1961 The Centurion as General Metellus
1961 Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops as Maciste [Atlas - U.S.]
1960 Spartacus as Gladiator (uncredited)
1959 Rio Bravo as Bar Cowboy Watching Fistfight (uncredited)
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days as Extra (uncredited)

Writing

1985 Private ResortWriter

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