Charles Gordon, who produced such hit films as Field of Dreams, Waterworld, and October Sky, has died of cancer in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai, surrounded by family. He was 73.
Gordon, along with brother Lawrence Gordon, was raised in Belzoni, Mississippi.
Lawrence Gordon confirmed his brother’s passing in a phone conversation with Deadline.
“He was a wonderful man, a great father a great husband and a great human being,” Gordon said. “He was my closest friend, and we collaborated on films that included Field Of Dreams and Die Hard in particular. He also produced without me October Sky, which was just a wonderful movie. Though he was 11 years younger than me, my baby brother, in real life he was more like a big brother, and I never made an important family decision without his input.”
The brothers worked alongside each other for numerous films. Charles Gordon’s producing credits include Field of Dreams, Lock Up, K-9, Waterworld, Unlawful Entry, October Sky, Die Hard 2 and Hitman.
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Charles Gordon began his career as a film agent and also worked as a screenwriter and television producer. He wrote five different series concepts, three of which wen into production in the early 1980s.
He then became a film producer working with his elder brother. For the 1989 drama Field of Dreams, the late producer received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Gordon was married to the casting director Lynda Gordon, with whom he had three daughters, including film producer Kate Gordon, Jamie and Lily.
Mike Fleming contributed to this story.
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