Stuart Gordon Biography, Stuart Gordon Wiki
Stuart Gordon (August 11, 1947 – March 24, 2020) was an American filmmaker, theatre director, screenwriter, and playwright. Initially recognized for his provocative and frequently controversial work in experimental theatre, Gordon is perhaps more widely known for work in film. Most of Gordon’s cinematic output was in the horror genre, though he also ventured into science fiction and film noir.
Like his friend and fellow filmmaker Brian Yuzna, Gordon was a fan of H. P. Lovecraft and adapted several of the author’s stories for the screen, including Re-Animator, From Beyond, and Dagon, as well as the Masters of Horror episode Dreams in the Witch-House. He turned to the work of Edgar Allan Poe on two occasions, directing The Pit and the Pendulum in 1991 and The Black Cat for the Masters of Horror Showtime series in 2007. Several of his films have gone on to become cult classics.
Stuart Gordon, co-writer of the classic film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and filmmaker behind the cult classic Re-Animator passed away on Tuesday evening. He was 72.
“Horror and sex go hand in hand. I think that the two are life and death.” RIP, Stuart Gordon. pic.twitter.com/FDVjqm6f3w
— Raven Banner (@RavenBanner) March 25, 2020
The sad news was confirmed to Variety by his family, but a cause of death was not immediately given. He is survived by Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, his wife of nearly 52 years, daughters Suzanna, Jillian, and Margert Gordon, and four grandchildren.
RIP to Stuart Gordon, one of few directors that nailed the Lovecraft-to-film transition not once but TWICE pic.twitter.com/FopXBcfYX7
— peter pepperoni (@retorgeson) March 25, 2020
Born on August 11, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, Gordon graduated from Lane Technical High School before studying at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he majored in theatre. However, the budding filmmaker dropped out and moved back to Chicago to start the Organic Theater with his wife Carolyn, which was wildly successful. They’re largely credited from jumpstarting the career of playwright David Mamet after performing the world premiere of “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.”
Stuart Gordon Age
He was 72 years old.
Stuart Gordon Wife
Married since college, the two remained partners in life and frequent artistic collaborators. While still in college, she starred as a nude dancer in Gordon’s controversial student play version of Peter Pan, which caused him to arrested for obscenity.
Stuart Gordon was one of our favorite filmmakers and frequent guests. Seen here at FROM BEYOND with his wife, actress Carolyn Purdy-Gordon. Honored to have be able to meet and talk to him about his films. RIP you madman. pic.twitter.com/IvNeXCm6Kv
— Friday Night Frights (@FriNightFrights) March 25, 2020
She appeared as Rose in Norman Lear’s Bleacher Bums, the TV series E/R, and most of Gordon’s films including Re-Animator, Robot Jox, The Pit and The Pendulum, Space Truckers, and more.
The news of Gordon’s passing was difficult for his fans, friends and fellow filmmakers, all of whom shared beautiful tributes online late on Tuesday evening. Point Blank director Joe Lynch tweeted, Stuart Gordon was a massive influence on so many of us, myself included.
He was a Cinema maverick, a SplatterPunk & an actor’s auteur. Stuart always brought his A game to any B flick. Thank you for the Lovecraft and “Happy Landings” From Beyond, Maestro. #RIPStuartGordon.”
Gordon left a lasting image even those who merely interviews him. Los Angeles Times reporter Jan Yamato tweeted, “I’m so sorry to hear of Stuart Gordon’s passing. He was a great storyteller and a very kind man who went out of his way to mentor a number of younger filmmakers who absolutely adored him.”
So sad to have heard today Stuart Gordon passed. He was the sweetest damn guy. Always supportive and helpful. Here’s a pic I took of him back in 2004 in the Masters of Horror editorial suite. Honored to have known the guy. SPACE TRUCKERS is my favorite movie of his. Go watch it. pic.twitter.com/pSE0ZAS4vB
— Mike Williamson (@WilliamsonMike_) March 25, 2020
Sorry to hear about the great Stuart Gordon passing. Along with his storied career in theatre and independent film, he is in the horror hall of hame forever for films like ‘From Beyond’ & the outrageous gem that is ‘Re-Animator’. Put a plaque up at Miskatonic University for him. pic.twitter.com/Uv56Bc4Isd
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) March 25, 2020