Gale Gordon Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Escondido, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameCharles Thomas Aldrich Jr.
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gale Gordon was born on February 20, 1906 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Thomas Aldrich Jr. He was an actor, known for Our Miss Brooks (1952), Here's Lucy (1968) and The Lucy Show (1962). He was married to Virginia Gordon. He died on June 30, 1995 in Escondido, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Virginia Gordon (27 December 1937 - 3 May 1995) ( her death)

Trade Mark (4)

Pencil moustache
Often starred in Lucille Ball's television shows
Slow burn
Known for playing overbearing characters

Trivia (16)

Son of Gloria Gordon.
He died at the Redwood Terrace Health Center in Escondido, CA, after a long battle with cancer.
Wife Virginia died about a month before he did.
Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.
Was known for his ability to do cartwheels, even after reaching his senior years. Can be seen doing a cartwheel on several episodes of "Here's Lucy".
Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6340 Hollywood Blvd.
Was Lucille Ball's original choice to play Fred Mertz on "I Love Lucy".
Father, Charles T. Aldrich, was a vaudevillian.
Best known for his TV work, especially his long association with Lucille Ball, having appeared in several of her series for more than two decades from 1962, usually as her curmudgeonly nemesis.
Found his niche as stuffy, blustery characters on Our Miss Brooks (1952) and the various Lucille Ball sitcoms. In his early film appearances he usually played stuffy military officers. Was at his best when he had to deliver the "slow burn" take.
Began his acting career at the age of 17 under the tutelage of actor Richard Bennett (the father of Joan, Constance and Barbara).
Born with a cleft palate. It was repaired by Dr. May, a surgeon in London, when he was 18 months old.
Met his wife Virginia Bernice Curley while appearing on the radio show "Death Valley Days".
He was a favorite regular actor on the long-running Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, most often playing the role of Mayor LaTrivia.
Gale had the distinction of being part of the cast of two comedy icon's last appearance on a Television and Movies. Gale played along side Lou Costello in Lou's last movie "The Thirty Foot Bride of Candyrock". Lou past away of a heart attack. Decades later Gale also appeared in Lucille Ball's last TV Episode of Life With Lucy. Lucy past away three years later of an acute aortic aneurysm.
Gale immediately replaced actor Joseph Kearns who played the constantly irritated neighbor George Wilson on the television series Dennis The Menace. Gale was introduced as George's brother John Wilson. Kearns died suddenly of a Cerebral hemorrhage during that series as Gale filled in admirably. .

Salary (1)

Life with Lucy (1986) $25,000 /episode

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