Charles Gordone was from the family of African-American, Native American, and European heritage.
Charles Gordone was born on October 12, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He was the son of William Lee and Camille (Morgan) Gordone. He took his stepfather’s surname of Gordon when his mother remarried when he was five years old. The family moved to Elkhart, Indiana, his mother’s hometown, when Charles was very young.