Funeral services were held Friday for director Michael Gordon, who died of natural causes April 29 at Century City Hospital. He was 83.
Gordon, whose film credits included “Pillow Talk” and the 1950 “Cyrano de Bergerac,” was a veteran of Broadway and Hollywood, and a victim of blacklisting in the 1950s.
Gordon was born in Baltimore in 1909, attended Johns Hopkins University and received his master of fine arts degree from Yale Drama School in 1932.
He was a director for New York’s Theater Union and, from 1935-40, a member of the Group Theater. At the Group, Gordon worked on such productions as “Waiting for Lefty,””Golden Boy, “Awake and Sing” and “Johnny Johnson.”
Gordon arrived in Hollywood in 1940, where he started as a director for Frontier Films and turned out B movies for a number of studios.
Returning to Broadway, he directed “Home of the Brave,””Laura” and “The Gods Sit Back.”
Gordon directed such films during the ’40s and ’50s as “Another Part of the Forest,””The Lady Gambles,””The Web,””I Can Get It For You Wholesale” and “The Secret of Convict Lake.”
In 1951, as a result of refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation of the movie industry, Gordon was blacklisted and left Hollywood.
He returned to the East Coast and directed such Broadway productions as “Anna Christie,””The Male Animal,””The Tender Trap” and “His and Hers.”
Gordon returned to Hollywood with “Pillow Talk.” The 1959 production was the first to pair Rock Hudson and Doris Day and won an Oscar for its script.
Other film credits include “Boys Night Out,””Move Over Darling,””Texas Across the River” and “The Impossible Years.”
Gordon later taught in the theater department at UCLA.
He is survived by two daughters, Jane and Susannah, and a son, Jonathan.