Gordon, Who Played Mobster On ‘Untouchables,’ Dies

by | January 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM | TV News

SANTA FE, N.M. – Actor Bruce Gordon, who played a mobster on the television series “The Untouchables” from 1959 to 1963, died at his Santa Fe home. He was 94.

Gordon, who had lived in Santa Fe since the 1970s, died Jan. 20, 12 days before his 95th birthday.

A spokeswoman for Santa Fe Funeral Options, which handled the arrangements, said Wednesday no services were scheduled in Santa Fe. The funeral home said a private family memorial will be held in Big Sur, Calif.

Before taking on his most famous role as mobster Frank Nitti in “The Untouchables,” Gordon played police officers, detectives, prosecutors and cowboys on numerous television shows.

He appeared in “Gunsmoke,” “Maverick,” “Perry Mason” and “Bonanza.”

Retired actor Abel Fernandez of Whittier, Calif., worked with Gordon on “The Untouchables” and said he was a fantastic actor.

“Just fun to watch work and fun to work with because he gave so much. . I have never met anyone who had anything bad to say about him or that they didn’t like the way he worked,” Fernandez said.

Although Gordon was typecast as a tough guy, he made a joke out of it in comedies like “Get Smart,” Fernandez said.

Gordon, born in Fitchburg, Mass., on Feb. 1, 1916, was a member of the original Broadway cast of “Arsenic and Old Lace” in 1941.

His professional work slowed down during the 1970s, but he had appearances in various television series, including “Adam-12,” “The Doris Day Show” and “Simon & Simon.”

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