Gordon Mitchell

Biography: Gordon Mitchell is one of that group of body builders-turned-actors who achieved cinematic fame during the 1960s, specializing in European sword-and-sandals films. Born Charles Allen Pendleton in Denver, CO, he was raised in Inglewood, CA, in the wake of his parents' divorce. He developed an interest in body building as a boy in Denver, having to contend with bigger, tougher kids, and found that many people in his part of California, even in the 1930s, shared this enthusiasm. After serving in the military during World War II (with another stint in uniform for the Korean War), he returned to California in 1945 and became part of the physical culture scene at Muscle Beach. His physique brought him into the periphery of the acting profession, with a bit roles in movies like The Man With The Golden Arm, The Ten Commandments, and L'il Abner, and as part of Mae West's stage act during the 1950s. In December 1960, in the wake of Steve Reeves's international success in Hercules andGordon Mitchell is one of that group of body builders-turned-actors who achieved cinematic fame during the 1960s, specializing in European sword-and-sandals films. Born Charles Allen Pendleton in Denver, CO, he was raised in Inglewood, CA, in the wake of his parents' divorce. He developed an interest in body building as a boy in Denver, having to contend with bigger, tougher kids, and found that many people in his part of California, even in the 1930s, shared this enthusiasm. After serving in the military during World War II (with another stint in uniform for the Korean War), he returned to California in 1945 and became part of the physical culture scene at Muscle Beach. His physique brought him into the periphery of the acting profession, with a bit roles in movies like The Man With The Golden Arm, The Ten Commandments, and L'il Abner, and as part of Mae West's stage act during the 1950s. In December 1960, in the wake of Steve Reeves's international success in Hercules and Hercules Unchained, Pendleton was signed to star in an Italian-made sword-and-sandals epic called Atlas Against The Cyclops -- renamed Gordon Mitchell, he flew to Italy and shot the film, which was in theaters by April 1961, and which became a hit. His next movie, Giant of Metropolis, is one of the best remembered films in the sword-and-sandals genre for its unusual mix of science fiction elements in a setting in the ancient world, and it was also hugely popular. Gordon Mitchell thus began an acting career that kept him in starring roles in Italy throughout the 1960s and beyond. After Brennus, Enemy of Rome (also known as Battle of the Valiant), Vulcan, God of Fire, Fury of Achilles, Caesar Against the Pirates, and Revenge of the Gladiators, he moved into Westerns, including Three Bullets for Ringo, and spy movies (2+5: Mission Hydra). Mitchell also worked in one Hollywood production, John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye, starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as in Federico Fellini's Satyricon. He kept busy in roles of various sizes throughout the 1970s in movies as different as Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, Frankenstein '80, and Emmanuelle's Daughter. He was somewhat less active in the 1980s, but appeared in films such as She, starring Sandahl Bergman, Commando Invasion, Blood Delerium (with John Philip Law), and Private Resort (which he also co-wrote), playing character roles of varying sizes. Mitchell's most recent screen credits include The Alien Within, in which he worked with his 1960s body builder/actor colleague Richard Harrison, and Bikini Drive-In, with Edward D. Wood Jr. alumnus Conrad Brooks. He has reportedly been preparing a book and a script dealing with the physical culture scene at Muscle Beach in the 1940s and 1950s and his experiences working with Mae West. Alas, the projects were ultimately thrust into uncertainty when, in late September of 2003 Mitchell died of natural causes in Marina Del Ray, CA. He was 80. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Mama's Family: Season 6 Sep 23, 1989 Writer tbd
tbd Small Wonder: Season 4 Sep 17, 1988 Writer tbd
tbd Small Wonder: Season 3 Sep 12, 1987 Writer tbd
tbd The Twilight Zone (1985): Season 1 Sep 27, 1985 Writer 9.0
tbd Mama's Family: Season 1 Jan 22, 1983 Writer tbd
tbd Diff'rent Strokes: Season 3 Nov 12, 1980 Writer tbd
tbd Mork & Mindy: Season 1 Sep 14, 1978 Writer tbd
tbd Good Times: Season 5 Sep 21, 1977 Writer tbd
tbd The Jeffersons: Season 3 Sep 25, 1976 Writer tbd
tbd The Jeffersons: Season 2 Sep 13, 1975 Writer tbd
tbd The Jeffersons: Season 1 Jan 18, 1975 Writer tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 5 Sep 14, 1974 Writer tbd
tbd All in the Family: Season 4 Sep 15, 1973 Writer tbd
tbd The Partridge Family: Season 4 Sep 15, 1973 Writer tbd
tbd The Partridge Family: Season 3 Sep 15, 1972 Writer tbd
tbd Love, American Style: Season 3 Sep 17, 1971 Writer tbd
tbd The Partridge Family: Season 2 Sep 17, 1971 Writer tbd
tbd The Partridge Family: Season 1 Sep 25, 1970 Writer tbd
tbd The Odd Couple: Season 1 Sep 24, 1970 Writer tbd
tbd The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 1 Sep 19, 1970 Writer tbd
tbd Love, American Style: Season 1 Sep 29, 1969 Writer tbd
tbd Get Smart: Season 5 Sep 26, 1969 (As Whitey Mitchell) tbd
tbd The Doris Day Show: Season 1 Sep 24, 1968 (As Whitey Mitchell) tbd
tbd Get Smart: Season 4 Sep 21, 1968 (As Whitey Mitchell) tbd
tbd Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: Season 4 Sep 8, 1967 (As Whitey Mitchell) tbd
tbd My Mother the Car: Season 1 Sep 14, 1965 (As Whitey Mitchell) tbd