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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    Birthday
    7/29/1923
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Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks
3.8
Frankenstein '80
Frankenstein '80
4.3
Reflections in a Golden Eye
Reflections in a Golden Eye
6.5
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The Doctor Prefers Sailors
4.9
Fever of 40!
Fever of 40!
0
Finders Killers
Finders Killers
4
The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe
The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe
4.8
Emmanuelle: Queen of Sados
Emmanuelle: Queen of Sados
6.1
The Giant of Metropolis
The Giant of Metropolis
4.4
Beyond the Law
Beyond the Law
5.5
Cross of the Seven Jewels
Cross of the Seven Jewels
1.9
Endgame
Endgame
4.9
The Mines of Kilimanjaro
The Mines of Kilimanjaro
2
Umbrella Coup
Umbrella Coup
6.9
I Am Sartana Your Angel of Death
I Am Sartana Your Angel of Death
6.3
The Crazy Westerners
The Crazy Westerners
5.7
She
She
5.1
Cobra Mission
Cobra Mission
4.8
Star Pilot
Star Pilot
4.3
The Fury of Achilles
The Fury of Achilles
5.2
The Yellow Panther
The Yellow Panther
6
Tre nel mille
Tre nel mille
6
Nightfall
Nightfall
1
Special Squad Shoots on Sight
Special Squad Shoots on Sight
4.5
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Ali Baba and the Seven Saracens
5
The Big Bust Out
The Big Bust Out
4.4
White Fire
White Fire
4.5
SFX Retaliator
SFX Retaliator
3
Three Bullets for Ringo
Three Bullets for Ringo
6.2
Angel's Leap
Angel's Leap
5.4
Coffin Full of Dollars
Coffin Full of Dollars
5.3
Savage Guns
Savage Guns
4.2
Adios Compañeros
Adios Compañeros
6
Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
4.5
His Name Was Pot, but They Called Him Allegria
His Name Was Pot, but They Called Him Allegria
6
A Gunman Called Dakota
A Gunman Called Dakota
0
Let's Go And Kill Sartana
Let's Go And Kill Sartana
0
John the Bastard
John the Bastard
6.5
Born to Kill
Born to Kill
9
Once Upon a Time in the Wild, Wild West
Once Upon a Time in the Wild, Wild West
7
Thompson 1880
Thompson 1880
4.7
Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End
Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End
4.5
Blood Delirium
Blood Delirium
4.6
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Go Away! Trinity Has Arrived in Eldorado
6
Anything for a Friend
Anything for a Friend
5
Down with Your Hands... You Scum!
Down with Your Hands... You Scum!
0
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Dead Men Don't Make Shadows
4.2
The Tiger From the River Kwai
The Tiger From the River Kwai
5.5
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His Colt, Himself, His Revenge
10
Seven Savage Men
0
Vulcan, Son of Giove
Vulcan, Son of Giove
3.7
Achtung! The Desert Tigers
Achtung! The Desert Tigers
3.6
Strategy for a Mission of Death
Strategy for a Mission of Death
2.8
Kerim, Son of the Sheik
Kerim, Son of the Sheik
5
Caesar Against the Pirates
Caesar Against the Pirates
6
Rush
Rush
4.4
Death on the Run
Death on the Run
6.3
Little Godfather from Hong Kong
Little Godfather from Hong Kong
7
Fellini Satyricon
Fellini Satyricon
6.7
Kill or Be Killed
Kill or Be Killed
3
Overdose
Overdose
0
Radhapura – Endstation der Verdammten
Radhapura – Endstation der Verdammten
10
Lady Morgan's Vengeance
Lady Morgan's Vengeance
5.8
The Arizona Kid
3
Two .38 Magnums for a City of Carrion
Two .38 Magnums for a City of Carrion
0
The Iron Hand of the Mafia
The Iron Hand of the Mafia
6.8
Seven Slaves Against the World
Seven Slaves Against the World
8
The Revenge of the Gladiators
The Revenge of the Gladiators
0
Tutto Totò - Totò Ciak
Tutto Totò - Totò Ciak
5.5
Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen
Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen
3.8
The Stone Forest
The Stone Forest
0
Operation Orient
Operation Orient
1
Brennus, Enemy of Rome
Brennus, Enemy of Rome
3
Spartacus
Spartacus
7.5
Invasion 1700
Invasion 1700
5.8
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
7.8
White Fang and the Kid
White Fang and the Kid
6
My Darling Slave
My Darling Slave
4.8
The Wings of War
The Wings of War
3
Hercules and the Princess of Troy
Hercules and the Princess of Troy
6.2
Commando Invasion
Commando Invasion
6.2
Four for All
Four for All
6
Erik the Viking
Erik the Viking
8.5
Seven Times Seven
Seven Times Seven
6.5
Dead for a Dollar
Dead for a Dollar
7
The Household
The Household
6.2
The Alien Within
0
The Skin Under the Claws
The Skin Under the Claws
3.9
My Name Is Texas Bill
My Name Is Texas Bill
0
Curse of the Red Butterfly
Curse of the Red Butterfly
0
The French Sex Murders
The French Sex Murders
4.9
The Centurion
The Centurion
4
Diamond Connection
Diamond Connection
2.5
Cheers... Cyanide!
Cheers... Cyanide!
0
Around the World in Eighty Days
Around the World in Eighty Days
6.6
All on the Red
All on the Red
0
Atlas Against the Cyclops
Atlas Against the Cyclops
6.1
A Very Special Woman
A Very Special Woman
4.9
Three Men on Fire
Three Men on Fire
6
An Enraged New World
An Enraged New World
6
Malevolence
Malevolence
3.8
Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co
Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co
0
Se tutto va bene siamo rovinati
Se tutto va bene siamo rovinati
4
The Sewer Rats
The Sewer Rats
4
Natascha - Todesgrüße aus Moskau
Natascha - Todesgrüße aus Moskau
5
Santa Lucia
6
Oil
Oil
5.1
Trois filles dans le vent
Trois filles dans le vent
0
Lisa with the Blue Eyes
Lisa with the Blue Eyes
4.5
Porno erotico western
Porno erotico western
5.5
Slaughter Day
Slaughter Day
0
Secret Force
Secret Force
4
Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot
Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot
5
I'll Die for Vengeance
I'll Die for Vengeance
3.7
Cry of Death
Cry of Death
1
È mezzanotte... butta giù il cadavere
È mezzanotte... butta giù il cadavere
0
Gli Uccisori
Gli Uccisori
0
The Man from Chicago
The Man from Chicago
0
Ora X Pattuglia Suicida
Ora X Pattuglia Suicida
0
Holocaust 2
Holocaust 2
3.5
L'Estate
L'Estate
6.5
Treasure of the Lost Desert
Treasure of the Lost Desert
0
Fists, Dollars and Spinach
Fists, Dollars and Spinach
0
Io non spezzo... rompo
Io non spezzo... rompo
3.9
From the Archives of the Criminal Police
From the Archives of the Criminal Police
4
Anasının Gözü
0
The Man with the Golden Arm
The Man with the Golden Arm
7.1
The Killer Likes Candy
The Killer Likes Candy
5
Bikini Drive-In
Bikini Drive-In
5.3
The Young Lions
The Young Lions
6.7
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