Bert GordonShow Count: 8
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: April 8, 1895
, New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 30, 1974, Duarte, California, USA
An American comedian and voice actor who appeared in vaudeville, radio, and occasionally films.
Bert Gordon was born Barney Gorodetsky. He appeared in many roles over his lengthy career and was known by the moniker "the Mad Russian". He was a regular on The Eddie Cantor Program, and also appeared on The Jack Benny Program, and The Abbott and Costello Program. In 1945 he starred in his own film vehicle, How Doooo You Do!!!, directed by Ralph Murphy.
Gordon played himself in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1964 along with several other radio-era performers.
Gordon's character was parodied a number of times in Warner Bros. cartoons, including
- Bob Clampett's What's Cookin' Doc? (1944), in which Bugs Bunny wins a "Booby Prize Oscar", and tells it "I'll take youse to bed with me every night,", upon which the Oscar-like statue comes to life and says, in the Mad Russian's voice, "Do you mean it?".
- Clampett's Russian Rhapsody (1944), in which a "Gremlin from the Kremlin" says "How dooooo you do" with Gordon's inflections before hitting Hitler with a mallet.
- Clampett's "Hare Ribbin'" (1944), in which the Gordon character, voiced by Sammy Wolfe, is a dog with red-hair who chases Bugs Bunny
|Eddie Cantor Show, The|
Show Count: 14
Broadcast History: 13 September 1931 to 1 July 1954
Sponsor: Chase and Sandborne
Cast: Eddie Cantor, Dave Rubinoff, Harry Einstein, Bert Gordon, Bobby Breen, Deanna Durbin, Shirley Dinsdale, Hattie McDaniel, Gerald Mohr, Sara Berner, Veola Vonn, Frank Nelson, Elvia Allman, Herb Vigran
Director: Abbott K Spencer, Vick Knight, Manning Ontroff