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Gordon Mitchell is a Actor and Writer American born on 29 july 1923 at Denver (USA)

Gordon Mitchell

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Birth name Charles Allen Pendleton
Nationality USA
Birth 29 july 1923 at Denver (USA)
Death 20 september 2003 (at 80 years) at Marina del Rey (USA)

Gordon Mitchell (born Charles Allen Pendleton; July 29, 1923 – September 20, 2003) was an American actor and bodybuilder.


Charles Allen Pendleton was born in Denver, Colorado, and began working out in his Denver neighbourhood to deal with his tough companions. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the Battle of the Bulge where he was taken prisoner of war. He later obtained a degree at the University of Southern California under the G.I. Bill. He became a high school teacher and guidance counselor in Los Angeles where due to his physique he was given classes containing many delinquent students.

Following a return enlistment in the Korean War he found film extra work in movies such as Prisoner of War, The Man with the Golden Arm and Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments where he and his friend Joe Gold dragged Charlton Heston's Moses to Pharaoh Yul Brynner. Mae West chose him to appear in her nightclub act.

He was one of the American bodybuilder-actors who migrated to Italy in the wake of Steve Reeves after he sent a photo to an Italian producer who signed him on a contract. Prior to going to Italy, he saw a clairvoyant who asked him if he had ever been known by the name of Gordon Mitchell. He replied no, but on arrival in Rome, Mitchell was given his new name. He found work first in sword and sandal films such as Sinbad, Seven Slaves Against the World, Treasure of the Petrified Forest (1965), then in Spaghetti Westerns such as Beyond the Law and Savage Guns. Mitchell also appeared in Fellini Satyricon (1969), directed by Federico Fellini.

From the early 1970s onwards, his career started to diversify into everything from horror (Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks - 1974), Nazi exploitation (Achtung! The Desert Tigers! -1977), Sexploitation (Porno-Erotic Western - 1979), French criminal comedy (The Umbrella Coup - 1980), and post-apocalyptic films (Endgame - 1983). Mitchell appeared in the bizarre 1982 Israeli adaptation of H. Rider Haggard's She as "Hector." The film was directed by Avi Nesher and co-starred Sandahl Bergman.

Mitchell was close friends with fellow American expatriate actors Richard Harrison, Mike Monty (he appeared in a number of films with both and shared an apartment with Monty in Italy during the 1960s), and John P. Dulaney. Like Monty, Harrison and Dulaney, Mitchell acted in low-budget action films in the Philippines during the 1980s, having roles in Commando Invasion and SFX Retaliator for director John Gale.

He returned to the United States in the late 1980s and retired from acting but kept making occasional film appearances until his death from undisclosed causes in Marina Del Rey, California, aged 80.

Best films

Umbrella Coup (1980)

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Filmography of Gordon Mitchell (68 films)

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The Little Mermaid, 1h23
Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Mermaids in film, Witches in film, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars
Roles Additional Voices (voice)
Rating75% 3.7967953.7967953.7967953.7967953.796795
Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with underwater life and is curious about the human world. With her best friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle the seagull, who offers very inaccurate knowledge of human culture. She ignores the warnings of her father King Triton, the ruler of Atlantica, and his adviser and court composer Sebastian that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden.
Cobra Mission
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Oliver Tobias, John Steiner, Ethan Wayne, Donald Pleasence, Gordon Mitchell, Luciano Pigozzi
Roles Col. Mortimer
Rating50% 2.5247952.5247952.5247952.5247952.524795
Dix ans après la guerre du Vietnam, quatre anciens marines retournent sur place pour libérer des prisonniers que le gouvernement tente de faire oublier.
She (1984)

Directed by Avi Nesher
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Sandahl Bergman, Gordon Mitchell, Maria Cumani Quasimodo, Scott Coffey
Roles Hector
Rating48% 2.407672.407672.407672.407672.40767
Set 23 years after an event called "The Cancellation", the film follows Tom, whose sister is captured by a local tribe. He sets out to find and rescue her, while avoiding the dangerous tribes he encounters along the way. Sandahl Bergman plays "She" who ends up aiding Tom after he escapes from her. She decides to help after learning of a prophecy given to her by a local seer.
White Fire
White Fire (1984)

Directed by Jean-Marie Pallardy
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Robert Ginty, Fred Williamson, Belinda Mayne, Jess Hahn, Gordon Mitchell, Bruno Zincone
Roles Olaf
Rating47% 2.359222.359222.359222.359222.35922
Mike et Ingrid sont un frère et une sœur dont les parents ont été tués par des malfaiteurs. Les deux héros, encore enfants, sont recueillis par Sam, un Américain. Une fois adulte, Mike et Ingrid travaillent avec Sam au sein d'un trafic de diamants en Turquie. En guise de couverture, Ingrid est la secrétaire du patron d'une mine de diamants, dans laquelle les ouvriers de la mine déterrent un jour le légendaire « White Fire », le plus gros diamant du monde. Ingrid et Mike - ce dernier étant quelque peu amoureux de sa sœur - décident alors de comploter pour voler le White Fire. Mais Ingrid est tuée par une bande rivale. Mike, d'abord désespéré, décide ensuite de mener à bien le vol du White Fire. Il recrute Olga, une jeune femme qu'il entraîne et transforme en sosie d'Ingrid à l'aide de la chirurgie esthétique, afin d'infiltrer la mine en se faisant passer pour sa sœur décédée. Mike et Olga deviennent amants.
Rush (1983)

Directed by Tonino Ricci
Genres Science fiction, Action
Actors Gordon Mitchell, Laura Trotter, Riccardo Pizzuti
Roles Yor
Rating44% 2.214012.214012.214012.214012.21401
Rush is a solitary survivor in a post-nuclear holocaust world. Water is scarce, as is plant life, and often fought to the death for. Rush discovers that water is being hoarded by the evil Yor and becomes a one man army to save the world.
Endgame (1983)
, 1h20
Directed by Joe D'Amato, Michele Soavi
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Al Cliver, Laura Gemser, Jack Davis, George Eastman, Gabriele Tinti, Gordon Mitchell
Roles Col. Morgan
Rating52% 2.602332.602332.602332.602332.60233
In the year 2025, a nuclear holocaust has left New York City an irradiated, but not abandoned, wasteland. The ruined city is inhabited now by scavenger packs and telepathic mutants, who are persecuted by the elite survivors. Keeping the people pacified is the reality television program Endgame, where hunters and gladiators fight to the death.
The Yellow Panther
Directed by Giorgio Capitani
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Lino Banfi, Agostina Belli, Gordon Mitchell, Nando Paone, Pino Colizzi, Stefano Antonucci
Roles killer
Rating59% 2.95812.95812.95812.95812.9581
Pour remonter dans l'estime de ses supérieurs, un commissaire de police en difficulté se lance à la poursuite d'un tueur international avec l'aide d'un mystérieux témoin.
The Doctor Prefers Sailors, 1h28
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Alvaro Vitali, Paola Senatore, Renzo Palmer, Marisa Mell, Gianni Ciardo, Gordon Mitchell
Roles killer russo
Rating39% 1.9988551.9988551.9988551.9988551.998855
The ship of the Italian Navy commander Carlo Morelli (Renzo Palmer) anchors at Bari port and he arranges a rendezvous with his mistress Dr. Paola (Paola Senatore) at a hotel but who arrives is his wife Clara (Marisa Mell). Meanwhile, cleaners Alvaro (Vitali) and Gianni (Ciardo) witness a murder at the hotel and the assassin (Gordon Mitchell) starts trying to kill them. They are now in the middle of an international conspiracy.
Umbrella Coup, 1h30
Directed by Gérard Oury, Bernard Stora, Louis Becker, Marc Rivière
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Mafia films, La provence, Gangster films
Actors Pierre Richard, Gordon Mitchell, Gert Fröbe, Valérie Mairesse, Christine Murillo, Gérard Jugnot
Roles Moskovitz, le tueur à gages
Rating66% 3.3056353.3056353.3056353.3056353.305635
The unsuccessful actor Grégoire Lecomte is heading for a casting but then he takes a wrong turn. While he thinks he talks to casting director who wants an actor to play a henchman, he actually talks to a mafia don who wants a real killer.
The Iron Hand of the Mafia, 1h20
Genres Crime
Actors Gordon Mitchell, Margit Evelyn Newton, Malisa Longo, Franco Angrisano
Roles Don Nicola
Rating52% 2.622522.622522.622522.622522.62252
The heirs of the old mafia give rise to a bloody struggle to secure the monopoly on oragnized crime.
Strategy for a Mission of Death
Origin France
Genres Erotic, Action, Adventure
Actors Florence Cayrol, Richard Harrison, Gordon Mitchell, Jean-Marie Lemaire, Olivier Mathot
Roles Paul
Rating48% 2.4221052.4221052.4221052.4221052.422105
Pendant le choc pétrolier des années 1970, un pays du Moyen-Orient a rompu ses relations commerciales avec les pays de l'Occident. Des agents spéciaux sont envoyés par les services français pour saboter des raffineries.
Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot, 1h47
Directed by Steno
Genres Comedy, Horror
Actors Paolo Villaggio, Edwige Fenech, Gianrico Tedeschi, Gordon Mitchell, Geoffrey Copleston
Roles Pretorius
Rating51% 2.566782.566782.566782.566782.56678
The evil genius Dr. Jekyll, director of the powerful multinational food company PANTAC which has flooded the world with a large number of pollutants and harmful products, accidentally drinks the "serum of good", turning into a good-natured and placid Mr. Hyde...
Oil (1977)
, 1h30
Directed by Mircea Drăgan
Origin Roumanie
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Disaster films
Actors Stuart Whitman, Gheorghe Dinică, Radu Beligan, Florin Piersic, Jean Constantin, Jean Constantin
Roles Joe
Rating60% 3.040353.040353.040353.040353.04035
An International petroleum company named "Consolidated Oil" secretly lights an oil well in the Sahara because the local government in the Middle East doesn't comply with their demands. Due to the expected size of the damage oil prices hit the roof. Merely as an alibi the company's president (Mr. Stewart) assigns John Carter aka "Salamander" to take care of this matter. Yet once Carter arrives on location one of the company's representants hinders him to extinguish the endurance burning and signalises to him that this catastrophe happened for a reason. "Consolidated Oil" hires a Romanian crew with lesser experience in regards to this kind of burnings. But the Romanian specialists team up with Carter and find prove for arson. Step by step they succeed in putting the seven fire sources to rest. "Consolidated Oil" tries to sabotage the firefighting but their attempts are proven futile. Finally the International news media disclose the conspiration. Stewart is unmasked as one of the driving forces behind the scheme. He needs to learn that he is chosen as a pawn sacrifice and while he still thinks this over he is murdered. His secretary isn't surprised at all when she's informed he just died. Instead she is eager to show the obituary she wrote. Meanwhile the Romanian firefighters are publicly celebrated in Arabia.
The Household, 1h45
Directed by Ary Fernandes, Luigi Filippo D’Amico
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Lando Buzzanca, Martine Brochard, Malisa Longo, Arnoldo Foà, Femi Benussi, Leonora Fani
Roles General Von Werner
Rating63% 3.182793.182793.182793.182793.18279
À la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Rosario « Sasà » Cavadunni, intendant de Badoglio, est déporte en Allemagne où, grâce à sa débrouillardise, il réussit à faire face à toutes les situations.
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, 1h29
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Frankenstein films, Cyberpunk films
Actors Rossano Brazzi, Michael Dunn, Edmund Purdom, Gordon Mitchell, Luciano Pigozzi, Xiro Papas
Roles Igor
Rating38% 1.915541.915541.915541.915541.91554
A neanderthal man is lynched by villagers and a Count Frankenstein brings the monster back to life. Trying to avoid detection from the authorities and the locals, his creation escapes and wreaks havoc.