89 (passed away Jun. 30th, 1995)
Feb. 20th, 1906
New York City
Gale Gordon's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1989 - The 'Burbs
1968 - Speedway
Guest TV Roles
Landlord 'Hecky' Heckendorn - AKA Major Heckendorn
Gen. Milton Dagby
Gale Gordon (February 20, 1906 – June 30, 1995) was an American character actor perhaps best remembered as Lucille Ball's longtime television foil—and particularly as cantankerously combustible, tightfisted bank executive Theodore J. Mooney, on Ball's second television situation comedy, The Lucy Show. Gordon also had starring roles in Ball's third series, Here's Lucy and her short-lived fourth series, Life with Lucy. Prior to his television career, Gordon was a respected American radio actor.
Career Radio Born Charles T. Aldrich, Jr., in New York City, the son of British actress Gloria Gordon and her vaudevillian husband Charles Aldrich, Gale Gordon's first big radio break came via the recurring roles of "Mayor La Trivia" and "Foggy Williams" on Fibber McGee and Molly, before playing Rumson Bullard on the show's successful spinoff, The Great Gildersleeve. Gordon and his character of Mayor La Trivia briefly left the show in December 1942 when Gordon enlisted in World War II and the storyline followed.
Gordon died of lung cancer on June 30, 1995, at the Redwood Terrace Health Center in Escondido, California. Virginia, his wife of nearly 60 years, had died in the same facility one month earlier.
- Played the Walter Huston role on the 10/07/46 Lux Theater broadcast of "Dragonwyck" with Gene Tierney and Vincent Price.
- He died at the Redwood Terrace Health Center in Escondido, California after a long battle with cancer.
- He was the Rexall Drugs spokesman for NBC Radio's "The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show" (1948-1950). His part was integrated into the actual scripts.
- Gale Gordon was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Portrayed principal Osgood Conklin on CBS Radio's "Our Miss Brooks" (1948-1957).
- He had some experience with banks before he played Theodore J. Mooney on _"The Lucy Show" (1962)_ (qv). He portrayed bank president Rudolph Atterbury on CBS Radio's "My Favorite Husband" (1948-1951).
- Gordon got his break on radio as "Mayor Latrivia" on the ever popular "Fibber McGee & Molly Show" which was on the radio from 1935-1959.
- Son of actress 'Gloria Gordon (I)' (qv).
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