Gordon Mitchell

Birthday:

07/29/1923

Place of birth:

Denver, Colorado, USA:

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.



Credits

Malevolence (2004)
Don Fabrizio De Martino
An Enraged New World (2002)
General Murchison
Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co (2000)
Himself
Bikini Drive-In (1995)
Goliath
The Alien Within (1990)
Dan Thorn
Overdose (1989)
Costa
SFX Retaliator (1988)
Morgan
Blood Delirium (1988)
Hermann
Commando Invasion (1987)
Cross of the Seven Jewels (1987)
Black Mass Leader
Santa Lucia (1986)
Amerikaner
Three Men on Fire (1986)
The Mines of Kilimanjaro (1986)
Rolf
Cobra Mission (1986)
Col. Mortimer
She (1984)
Hector
White Fire (1984)
Olaf
Se tutto va bene siamo rovinati (1983)
Jack Volpetti
Endgame (1983)
Col. Morgan
Rush (1983)
Yor
Secret Force (1983)
Diamond Connection (1982)
Abdul Pascha
Curse of the Red Butterfly (1982)
Brado
Vai avanti tu che mi vien da ridere (1982)
killer
The Doctor Prefers Sailors (1981)
The Killer
Nightfall (1981)
Trois filles dans le vent (1981)
Gordon Mitchell
Umbrella Coup (1980)
Moskovitz, le tueur
Emmanuelle: Queen of Sados (1980)
Robert
Fever of 40! (1980)
Mr. Temple
The Iron Hand of the Mafia (1980)
Don Nicola
Porno erotico western (1979)
(as Charles Pendleton)
Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot (1979)
Pretorius
Strategy for a Mission of Death (1979)
Paul
A Very Special Woman (1979)
Gordon
White Fang and the Kid (1978)
Morgan
Oil (1978)
Joe
Operation Orient (1978)
Natascha - Todesgrüße aus Moskau (1977)
Gooming
Achtung! The Desert Tigers (1977)
Kommandant von Stolzen
Special Squad Shoots on Sight (1976)
David
Due Magnum .38 per una città di carogne (1975)
Renato Proietti
Tiger From River Kwai (1975)
Jack Mason
The Skin Under the Claws (1975)
Professor Helmut
Seven Savage Men (1975)
Cooper
Four for All (1975)
Margherito
Ti darò un posto all'inferno (1974)
Alfred
The Household (1974)
General Von Werner
Little Godfather from Hong Kong (1974)
Situation (1974)
Gordon
Una donna per 7 bastardi (1974)
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1974)
Igor
The Fighting Fists Of Shanghai Joe (1973)
Burying Sam
His Colt, Himself, His Revenge (1973)
Martin
Once Upon a Time in the Wild, Wild West (1973)
Mike
My Darling Slave (1973)
Von Thirac
Anything for a Friend (1973)
Miller
Frankenstein '80 (1972)
Dr. Otto Frankenstein
Go Away! Trinity Has Arrived in Eldorado (1972)
Jonathan Duke
The French Sex Murders (1972)
Man in nightclub
My Name Is Texas Bill (1972)
Martin
The Big Bust Out (1972)
El Kadir
A Gunman Called Dakota (1972)
Dakota
Hero Called Allegria (1971)
Ray Potter
Angel's Leap (1971)
Henry Di Fusco
Day of Judgment (1971)
Deputy
Let's Go And Kill Sartana (1971)
Greg "The Crazy Person"
Down with Your Hands... You Scum! (1971)
Buck/Butch Bradley
Ballad of Django (1971)
Ironhead
Coffin Full of Dollars (1971)
John Hamilton
Finders Killers (1971)
Chris Forest
Tre nel mille (1971)
Savage Guns (1971)
Gordon Mitchell
The Stranger That Kneels Beside the Shadow of a Corpse (1970)
Roger Murdock
Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End (1970)
Black Burt Keller / Burt Kelly
The Arizona Kid (1970)
Coyote
Sartana the Gravedigger (1969)
Degueyo
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
Il predone
The Wings of War (1969)
Lisa dagli occhi blu (1969)
If One is born a Swine... Kill him (1968)
Morgan “Mule” Pitt
Trusting Is Good... Shooting Is Better (1968)
Roy Fulton
Radhapura – Endstation der Verdammten (1968)
Alfredo
All on the Red (1968)
Erikson
Seven Times Seven (1968)
Big Ben
Beyond the Law (1968)
Burton
Cheers... Cyanide! (1968)
Al Rubino
I'll Die for Vengeance (1968)
Clayton
Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen (1968)
Gregory Falkoff AKA Phenomenal
John the Bastard (1967)
Danite
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Sergeant
Moving Target (1967)
Crazy Westerners (1967)
Häuptling Sitzender Büffel
Born to Kill (1967)
Rod Gordon
Tutto Totò - Totò Ciak (1967)
Ringo
Kill or Be Killed (1966)
Baltimore Joe/Ringo
Thompson 1880 (1966)
Glenn Sheppard
Star Pilot (1966)
Murdu
Three Bullets for Ringo (1966)
Frank
Lady Morgan's Vengeance (1965)
Roger
Erik the Viking (1965)
Sven
Il tesoro della foresta pietrificata (1965)
Hunding
Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965)
Pirate Captain
Ali Baba and the Seven Saracens (1964)
Omar
Revenge of the Gladiators (1964)
Arminio
Seven Slaves Against the World (1964)
Balisten
Brennus, Enemy of Rome (1963)
Brenno
Fury of Achilles (1962)
Achilles
Invasion 1700 (1962)
Ulrich
Kerim, Son of the Sheik (1962)
Giulio Cesare contro i pirati (1962)
Vulcan, Son of Giove (1962)
Pluto
The Giant of Metropolis (1961)
Obro
The Centurion (1961)
General Metellus
Atlas Against the Cyclops (1961)
Maciste [Atlas - U.S.]
Spartacus (1960)
Gladiator (uncredited)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Bar Cowboy Watching Fistfight (uncredited)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Extra (uncredited)
Zanna Bianca e il grande Kid ()
Private Resort (1985)
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