Gordon Thomson

Gordon Thomson


3/3/1945, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Gordon Thomson is a Canadian actor best known for playing the role of "Adam Carrington" on the prime time series Dynasty and for his portrayal of "Mason Capwell" on the daytime drama Santa Barbara.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Gordon's theater credits include:
      - Godspell
      - The Fantasticks
      - Oh Coward

    • When Gordon joined the cast of Sunset Beach he requested the same dressing room he used when he was on Santa Barbara. The two shows were filmed on the same lot and had the same set of dressing rooms although Santa Barbara ended 4 years before Sunset Beach began.

    • Gordon was hired to play "Patrick Baker" on The Young and the Restless for 13 weeks in 1997. Fans enjoyed the character so much that producers kept him around for a year.

    • In 1990, Gordon replaced actor Terry Lester as "Mason Capwell" on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara, however, the switched happened mid-episode, a first for a daytime drama. Although fans were happy to see Thomson's return to television, the sudden departure of Lester caused the show's ratings to suffer for a time.

    • Gordon was married once, however the marriage ended in divorce in 1982. Since then, he prefers to keep his personal life very quiet.

    • At age 18 Gordon enrolled in McGill University. He says he picked the Montreal school in order to get a degree in "architecture, law or whatnot."

    • Gordon made his acting debut in the 1969 Canadian film Explosion.

    • Gordon admits that he rarely watches himself on television.

    • Gordon is 6'2" with brown hair and brown eyes.

    • In 1988, Gordon was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" for his role on Dynasty. The award eventually went to Rutger Hauer for Escape from Sobibor.

    • When Gordon was 18 years old, his father died in a drunk driving accident with his girlfriend. As a result, his mother was forced to divorce his father posthumously.

  • Quotes

    • Gordon: When a virgin blushes, she already knows too much.

    • Gordon: (describing himself) I'm a very slow learner, I'm a stubborn person. I'm a romantic, and I can be very unrealistic. I need to be bashed over the head a few times.

    • Gordon: I got very lucky with Dynasty. It is very nice not to have to worry about money. Money is the root of all evil in many ways, and the cause of most stress. You can't enjoy life when you are worrying about the rent.

    • Gordon: I think we all have a dark side to us. I find that I can't trust sunny-natured people, people who are constantly sunny. I think that's major denial.

    • Gordon: (on his lawsuit against Aaron Spelling Productions in the 90s) It's the last thing I wanted to do, but I realized that in order to protect myself, I had to.

    • Gordon: I'm not blazingly gifted like Leonardo DiCaprio is.

    • Gordon: I like to work hard. I like to work intensely. I like the pace and the pressure of daytime. What I don't like is that we still don't get the respect I think we're due. There are some extremely good actors working in daytime. The only drawback is that when you have a good day, there's no time to sit back and say, 'Look at what we've accomplished.'

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  • A man who contibutes both ruthless scheming, and vulnerable senses, is a real artist who has the right touch for a role on "Dynasty".

    Gordon Thomson was evil Adam Carrington on the popular nitght-time drama "Dynasty". His performance was genuinely outstanding. His character was the child of Blake and Alexis. Like his mother, Adam was vindictive, rapacious, and ambitious, with an idea behind every word he uttered. Thomson gave us these characteristics seemingly effortlessly. He also made us care about Adam, because through all the conniving and plotting, he was also vulnerable, full of sensitive feelings that could crush him. This certainly gave us reason to hope, and to care. Adam was both a monster, and a human. Thomson gave us this, in one character. It's a shame that he does not act as frequently he used to. His apprearance in the big-budget flop "Poseidon" was very brief and almost missed. I hope we see more of him in the future. He really is talented.moreless