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Charles Gordone, American playwright. Recipient grant National Endowment of the Humanities, 1978, David Herbert Lawrence fellowship, 1987.


Gordone, Charles was born on October 12, 1927 in Cleveland. Son of William Lee and Camille (Morgan) Gordone.


Educated, Los Angeles City and State Collegeeducated, New York Universityeducated, Columbia University.


Director in residence, American Stage, Berkeley, California, 1982-1985;distinguished lecturer in English, theatre and speech, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University.


  • Other Work

    • Actor: Broadway production The Climate of Eden, Mistress Patterson. Off Broadway production The Blacks, Crucifiction, Mice and Men, Fortunato, Rebels and Bugs, Escurial, Liliom. Appeared in: off Broadway production No Place to Be Somebody, Of Mice and Men, Mistress Patterson, The Climate of Eden, Gordone is a Mutha: Carnegie Hall.

      Films Broken Arrow, Street Fight, Heavy Traffic, Angel Heart. Author: off Broadway production No Place to Be Somebody (Pulitzer prize for drama 1970), The Last Chord, 1976, also, Gordone is a Muthah. Director: plays Fortunato, Tobacco Road, Detective Story, Hell Bent for Heaven, Faust, Three Men on a Horse, Moon of the Carabees.

      Associate producer: film Nothing But a Man, 1964, Black Like Me. Co-founder (with Godfrey Cambridge) film, Committee for Employment of Negro Performers, 1962 (Recipient award Obie award for acting 1964, Vernon Rice award 1970, Drama Desk award, Critic's Circle award 1970, Image award National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1970, National Institute Arts and Letters 1971).


Married Susan Kouyomjian.

William Lee Gordone

Camille (Morgan) Gordone

Susan Kouyomjian.