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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.


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Born:
Jul 29, 1923 In Denver, Colorado, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
109
First Appeared:
In the movie Around the World in Eighty Days 1956-10-17
Latest Project:
Movie Uomini forti 2006-10-09
Known For
Poster of Trois filles dans le vent
Poster of Oil
Poster of Ti darò un posto all'inferno

Gordon Mitchell Movies Filmography

Movie
Uomini forti
2006-10-09
Movie
Malevolence
Don Fabrizio De Martino 2004-06-18
Movie
An Enraged New World
General Murchison 2002-03-28
Movie
Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co
Himself 2000-01-01
Movie
The Alien Within
Dan Thorn 1990-01-01
Movie
Overdose
Costa 1989-12-08
Movie
SFX Retaliator
Morgan 1988-02-01
Movie
Blood Delirium
Hermann 1988-01-01
Movie
Commando Invasion
1987-01-01
Movie
Cross of the Seven Jewels
Black Mass Leader 1987-01-01
Movie
Cobra Mission
Col. Mortimer 1986-07-31
Movie
The Mines of Kilimanjaro
Rolf 1986-07-31
Movie
Three Men on Fire
1986-11-04
Movie
White Fire
Olaf 1984-07-05
Movie
She
Hector 1984-07-12
Movie
Rush
Yor 1983-10-28
Movie
Secret Force
1983-01-01
Movie
Endgame
Col. Morgan 1983-11-05
Movie
Se tutto va bene siamo rovinati
Jack Volpetti 1983-12-29
Movie
Diamond Connection
Abdul Pascha 1982-01-01
Movie
Vai avanti tu che mi vien da ridere
killer 1982-01-01
Movie
Curse of the Red Butterfly
Brado 1982-01-01
Series
Marco Polo
Arnolfo, Jailer 1982-12-05
Movie
Trois filles dans le vent
Gordon Mitchell 1981-03-11
Movie
The Doctor Prefers Sailors
The Killer 1981-12-01
Movie
The Iron Hand of the Mafia
Don Nicola 1980-01-01
Movie
Fever of 40!
Mr. Temple 1980-01-01
Movie
Umbrella Coup
Moskovitz, le tueur 1980-10-08
Movie
Emmanuelle: Queen of Sados
Robert 1980-03-12
Movie
Strategy for a Mission of Death
Paul 1979-06-26
Movie
A Very Special Woman
Gordon 1979-04-01
Movie
Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot
Pretorius 1979-08-31
Movie
Porno erotico western
(as Charles Pendleton) 1979-09-12
Movie
Operation Orient
1978-04-25
Movie
Oil
Joe 1978-07-21
Movie
White Fang and the Kid
Morgan 1978-12-15
Movie
Achtung! The Desert Tigers
Kommandant von Stolzen 1977-01-15
Movie
Special Squad Shoots on Sight
David 1976-04-01
Movie
Seven Savage Men
Cooper 1975-03-29
Movie
The Skin Under the Claws
Professor Helmut 1975-05-10
Movie
Due Magnum .38 per una città di carogne
Renato Proietti 1975-10-02
Movie
Tiger From River Kwai
Jack Mason 1975-09-23
Movie
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks
Igor 1974-02-19
Movie
Una donna per 7 bastardi
1974-06-05
Movie
Little Godfather from Hong Kong
1974-06-28
Movie
Ti darò un posto all'inferno
Alfred 1974-10-10
Movie
The Household
General Von Werner 1974-10-04
Movie
Anything for a Friend
Miller 1973-02-18
Movie
My Darling Slave
Von Thirac 1973-10-04
Movie
The Fighting Fists Of Shanghai Joe
Burying Sam 1973-12-28
Movie
Once Upon a Time in the Wild, Wild West
Mike 1973-10-17
Movie
His Colt, Himself, His Revenge
Martin 1973-12-19
Movie
My Name Is Texas Bill
Martin 1972-05-27
Movie
A Gunman Called Dakota
Dakota 1972-03-05
Movie
The Big Bust Out
El Kadir 1972-05-25
Movie
The French Sex Murders
Man in nightclub 1972-06-15
Movie
Frankenstein '80
Dr. Otto Frankenstein 1972-12-12
Movie
Go Away! Trinity Has Arrived in Eldorado
Jonathan Duke 1972-11-12
Movie
Tre nel mille
1971-03-06
Movie
Savage Guns
Gordon Mitchell 1971-01-01
Movie
Coffin Full of Dollars
John Hamilton 1971-04-01
Movie
Finders Killers
Chris Forest 1971-03-27
Movie
Ballad of Django
Ironhead 1971-04-17
Movie
Angel's Leap
Henry Di Fusco 1971-09-21
Movie
Day of Judgment
Deputy 1971-09-09
Movie
Hero Called Allegria
Ray Potter 1971-11-26
Movie
The Arizona Kid
Coyote 1970-09-05
Movie
The Stranger That Kneels Beside the Shadow of a Corpse
Roger Murdock 1970-11-27
Movie
Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End
Black Burt Keller / Burt Kelly 1970-11-14
Movie
Lisa dagli occhi blu
1969-01-01
Movie
The Wings of War
1969-01-01
Movie
Sartana the Gravedigger
Degueyo 1969-11-20
Movie
Fellini Satyricon
Il predone 1969-09-18
Movie
Beyond the Law
Burton 1968-04-10
Movie
Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen
Gregory Falkoff AKA Phenomenal 1968-03-04
Movie
Cheers... Cyanide!
Al Rubino 1968-04-04
Movie
Seven Times Seven
Big Ben 1968-04-25
Movie
All on the Red
Erikson 1968-05-25
Movie
Trusting Is Good... Shooting Is Better
Roy Fulton 1968-08-17
Movie
If One is born a Swine... Kill him
Morgan “Mule” Pitt 1968-11-21
Movie
Radhapura – Endstation der Verdammten
Alfredo 1968-07-25
Movie
Born to Kill
Rod Gordon 1967-06-15
Movie
Tutto Totò - Totò Ciak
Ringo 1967-06-07
Movie
Crazy Westerners
Häuptling Sitzender Büffel 1967-08-11
Movie
John the Bastard
Danite 1967-11-16
Movie
Moving Target
1967-10-09
Movie
Il tesoro della foresta pietrificata
Hunding 1967-12-01
Movie
Reflections in a Golden Eye
Sergeant 1967-10-11
Movie
Star Pilot
Murdu 1966-10-01
Movie
Thompson 1880
Glenn Sheppard 1966-10-13
Movie
Kill or Be Killed
Baltimore Joe/Ringo 1966-11-01
Movie
Hercules and the Princess of Troy
Pirate Captain 1965-03-08
Movie
Erik the Viking
Sven 1965-09-24
Movie
Lady Morgan's Vengeance
Roger 1965-12-16
Movie
Revenge of the Gladiators
Arminio 1964-09-24
Movie
Seven Slaves Against the World
Balisten 1964-08-28
Movie
Ali Baba and the Seven Saracens
Omar 1964-12-18
Movie
Brennus, Enemy of Rome
Brenno 1963-12-23
Movie
Giulio Cesare contro i pirati
1962-04-23
Movie
Kerim, Son of the Sheik
1962-06-29
Movie
Vulcan, Son of Giove
Pluto 1962-03-16
Movie
Invasion 1700
Ulrich 1962-07-14
Movie
Fury of Achilles
Achilles 1962-09-23
Movie
Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops
Maciste [Atlas - U.S.] 1961-03-29
Movie
The Centurion
General Metellus 1961-10-20
Movie
The Giant of Metropolis
Obro 1961-10-25
Movie
Spartacus
Gladiator (uncredited) 1960-10-06
Movie
Rio Bravo
Bar Cowboy Watching Fistfight (uncredited) 1959-03-17
Movie
Around the World in Eighty Days
Extra (uncredited) 1956-10-17