Broadway actor Haskell “Hotsy” Gordon died Jan. 8 in Miami of respiratory failure. He was 83.
Born in Chicago, he performed frequently at Punchinello’s in the 1950s. Moving to New York, he appeared in numerous musicals and plays. He also had a recurring role on “One Life to Live” and appeared in TV series including “Route 66.”
He appeared in the U.S. premiere of “Amadeus” in 1980 on Broadway as well as the original productions of “1776” and “Sugar Babies.” He also performed with Jerry Orbach, Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera in a touring production of “Chicago,” leading to a longtime friendship with the late Orbach. Known for his quick wit, he was known for his quips. When a young protege told him he hungered to see his name in lights, Gordon replied, “Change your name to Exit.”
He is survived by a niece, a nephew and two cousins including director Stuart Gordon.