Steve Gordon (director)
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Steve Gordon Director
Steve Gordon
DiedNovember 27, 1982 (aged 44)
Alma materOhio State University
OccupationScreenwriter, film director

Steve Gordon (1938 - November 27, 1982) was an American screenwriter and film director who is best known for writing and directing the 1981 comedy Arthur, starring Dudley Moore. Gordon died in New York City on November 27, 1982, from a heart attack.[1][2][3] He was 44 years old.[3][4]

Gordon was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Arthur.[5][6] The film not only marked his directorial debut,[7] but his only work as a film director.[8] He had written only one previous feature film, The One and Only (1978), starring Henry Winkler, after having spent several years writing for television.[9]

Early and personal life

Gordon was born in Chester, Pennsylvania[10] but was raised by his aunt and uncle in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, after his parents died.[11] Gordon grew up in a Jewish family[12] in the Toledo suburb of Ottawa Hills, Ohio,[13] and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1957.[11] Gordon then attended the Ohio State University, where he majored in political science and history; he graduated in 1961.[3] Gordon had resided in New York City since his graduation from Ohio State.[14] He never married.[15]

Death and legacy

According to his brother, Gordon had been suffering from chest pains and had visited the doctor five days before his death.[4][13] Gordon's niece was eating lunch with him at his New York City apartment when he suffered a fatal heart attack.[3][4][13]

In December 1982 an annual scholarship for Ottawa Hills High School was created in Gordon's name.[16][17] In 2010 he was one of five people inducted into the Ottawa Hills Foundation's Community Hall of Fame.[18]



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  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2001). Dudley Moore: An Informal Biography. iUniverse. ISBN 9780595182688.
  3. ^ a b c d Fraser, C. Gerald (1982-11-30). "Steve Gordon, Screen Writer, 44". The New York Times. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c "Director of 'Arthur' dies at 44". Reading Eagle. 1982-11-29. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (29 March 1982). "All About the Oscars". Star-News. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Who will the winners be". The Ledger. 29 March 1982. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Other Deaths". Evening Independent. 30 November 1982. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Wilmington, Michael (2 July 2000). ""Arthur" (Steve Gordon, 1981) at 1:45 p.m. on HBO..." Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Pollack, Dale (27 November 1981). "'Arthur' success even surprised Joffe". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Steve Gordon". Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Steve Gordon: Ottawa Hills Ex-Resident Wrote 'Arthur' Screenplay". The Blade. 29 November 1982. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ Bloom, Nate (April 8, 2011). "Jewish Stars 4/18". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Obituaries". United Press International. 30 November 1982. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ Lynn, Melda (2 February 1976). "What's On? Who's Where?". The Blade. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Heimel, Cynthia (24 August 1981). "If You Loved 'Arthur', You Ought to Meet Steve". New York. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "Scholarship Created Honoring Screenwriter, Television Director". The Blade. 21 December 1982. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ "Scholarship Set In Honor Of Screenwriter". The Blade. 22 December 1982. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Ottawa Hills inducts 5 from arts into its Community Hall of Fame". The Blade. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2015.

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