Gordon Mitchell

Gordon Mitchell
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.
Name Gordon Mitchell
Also Known As
Birthday 1923-07-29
Deathday 2003-09-20
Gender Male
IMDB Gordon Mitchell profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Denver, Colorado, USA
As: Igor
1974-02-19
Frankenstein's Castl...
As: Dr. Otto Frankenstei
1972-12-12
Frankenstein '80...
As: Sergeant
1967-10-10
Reflections in a Gol...
As: The Killer
1981-12-01
The Doctor Prefers S...
As: Mr. Temple
1980-01-01
Fever of 40!...
As: Chris Forest
1971-03-27
Finders Killers...
As: Burying Sam
1975-05-14
The Fighting Fists O...
As: Robert
1980-05-30
Emmanuelle: Queen of...
As: Obro
1963-09-01
The Giant of Metropo...
As: Burton
1968-04-10
Beyond the Law...
As: Goliath
1995-01-01
Bikini Drive-In...
As: Black Mass Leader
1987-01-01
Cross of the Seven J...
As: Col. Morgan
1983-11-05
Endgame...
As: Rolf
1986-07-31
The Mines of Kiliman...
As: Pretorius
1979-08-31
Dr. Jekyll and the K...
As: Moskovitz, le tueur
1980-10-10
Umbrella Coup...
As: Degueyo
1969-11-20
Sartana the Gravedig...
As: Bisonte Seduto
1967-08-11
Crazy Westerners...
As: Hector
1985-12-25
She...
As: Col. Mortimer
1986-07-31
Cobra Mission...
As: Murdu
1977-10-01
Star Pilot...
As: Achilles
1962-09-23
Fury of Achilles...
As: killer
1982-01-01
Vai avanti tu che mi...
As: Unknown
1971-03-06
Tre nel mille...
As: Unknown
1981-10-31
Nightfall...
As: David
1976-04-01
Special Squad Shoots...
As: Omar
1964-12-18
Ali Baba and the Sev...
As: El Kadir
1972-05-25
The Big Bust Out...
As: Olaf
1984-07-05
White Fire...
As: Morgan
1988-02-01
SFX Retaliator...
As: Frank
1966-03-16
Three Bullets for Ri...
As: Henry Di Fusco
1971-09-21
Angel's Leap...
As: John Hamilton
1971-04-01
Coffin Full of Dolla...
As: Gordon Mitchell
1971-01-01
Savage Guns...
As: Ironhead
1971-04-17
Ballad of Django...
As: Deputy
1971-09-09
Day of Judgment...
As: Ray Potter
1971-11-26
Hero Called Allegria...
As: Dakota
1972-03-05
A Gunman Called Dako...
As: Greg "The Crazy Pers
1971-09-06
Let's Go And Kill Sa...
As: Danite
1967-11-16
John the Bastard...
As: Rod Gordon
1967-06-15
Born to Kill...
As: Morgan “Mule” Pi
1968-11-21
If One is born a Swi...
As: Mike
1973-10-17
Once Upon a Time in ...
As: Glenn Sheppard
1966-10-13
Thompson 1880...
As: Clayton Foster
1971-10-02
I'll die for Vengean...
As: Black Burt Keller
1970-11-14
Django and Sartana A...
As: Hermann
1988-01-01
Blood Delirium...
As: Jonathan Duke
1972-11-12
Go Away! Trinity Has...
As: Miller
1973-02-18
Anything for a Frien...
As: Buck/Butch Bradley
1971-08-21
Down with Your Hands...
As: Roger Murdock
1970-11-27
The Stranger That Kn...
As: Jack Mason
1975-09-23
Tiger From River Kwa...
As: Martin
1973-12-19
His Colt, Himself, H...
As: Cooper
1975-03-29
Seven Savage Men...
As: Pluto
1962-03-16
Vulcan, Son of Giove...
As: Kommandant von Stolz
1977-01-15
Achtung! The Desert ...
As: Paul
1979-06-26
Strategy for a Missi...
As: Unknown
1962-06-29
Kerim, Son of the Sh...
As: Unknown
1962-04-23
Giulio Cesare contro...
As: Yor
1983-10-28
Rush...
As: Unknown
1967-10-09
Moving Target...
As: Unknown
1974-06-28
Little Godfather fro...
As: Il predone
1970-03-11
Fellini's Satyricon...
As: Baltimore Joe/Ringo
1966-11-01
Kill or Be Killed...
As: Costa
1989-12-08
Overdose...
As: Alfredo
1968-07-25
Radhapura – Endsta...
As: Roger
1965-12-16
Lady Morgan's Vengea...
As: Coyote
1970-09-05
The Arizona Kid...
As: Renato Proietti
1975-10-02
Due Magnum .38 per u...
As: Don Nicola
1980-01-01
The Iron Hand of the...
As: Balisten
1964-08-28
Seven Slaves Against...
As: Arminio
1964-09-24
Revenge of the Gladi...
As: Ringo
1967-06-07
Tutto Totò - Totò ...
As: Gregory Falkoff AKA
1968-03-04
Phenomenal and the T...
As: Hunding
1967-12-01
Il tesoro della fore...
As: Unknown
1978-04-25
Operation Orient...
As: Brenno
1963-12-23
Brennus, Enemy of Ro...
As: Gladiator (uncredite
1960-10-06
Spartacus...
As: Ulrich
1962-07-14
Invasion 1700...
As: Bar Cowboy Watching
1959-03-17
Rio Bravo...
As: Morgon
1978-12-15
White Fang and the K...
As: Von Thirac
1973-10-04
My Darling Slave...
As: Unknown
1969-01-01
The Wings of War...
As: Pirate Captain
1965-03-08
Hercules and the Pri...
As: Unknown
1987-01-01
Commando Invasion...
As: Margherito
1975-01-31
Four for All...
As: Sven
1965-09-24
Erik the Viking...
As: Big Ben
1968-04-25
Seven Times Seven...
As: Roy Fulton
1968-08-17
Trusting Is Good... ...
As: General Von Werner
1974-10-04
The Household...
As: Dan Thorn
1990-01-01
The Alien Within...
As: Professor Helmut
1975-05-10
The Skin Under the C...
As: Martin
1972-05-27
My Name Is Texas Bil...
As: Brado
1982-01-01
Curse of the Red But...
As: Man in nightclub
1972-06-15
The French Sex Murde...
As: General Metellus
1961-10-20
The Centurion...
As: Abdul Pascha
1982-01-01
Diamond Connection...
As: Al Rubino
1968-04-04
Cheers... Cyanide!...
As: Extra (uncredited)
1956-10-17
Around the World in ...
As: Erikson
1968-05-25
All on the Red...
As: Maciste [Atlas - U.S
1963-06-01
Atlas in the Land of...
As: Gordon
1979-04-01
A Very Special Woman...
As: Unknown
2006-10-09
Uomini forti...
As: Unknown
1986-11-04
Three Men on Fire...
As: General Murchison
2002-03-28
An Enraged New World...
As: Don Fabrizio De Mart
2004-06-18
Malevolence...
As: Himself
2000-01-01
Kino kolossal - Herk...
As: Jack Volpetti
1983-12-29
Se tutto va bene sia...
As: Unknown
1974-06-05
Una donna per 7 bast...
As: Gooming
1977-05-12
Natascha - Todesgrü...
As: Amerikaner
1986-12-21
Santa Lucia...
As: Joe
1978-07-21
Oil! and Oil - The B...
As: Alfred
1974-10-10
Ti darò un posto al...
As: Gordon Mitchell
1981-03-11
Trois filles dans le...
As: Don Gonzalo
1989-11-12
I promessi sposi...
As: Arnolfo, Jailer
1982-12-05
Marco Polo...