Mark Gordon (II)

Mark Gordon (II)


10/10/1956, Newport News, Virginia, USA

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Mark R. Gordon
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Award-winning motion picture producer, executive producer, financier and international distributor, Mark Gordon's film credits include The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, The Jackal, and Speed. He is best-known by television viewers as executive producer for Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Army Wives, and Reaper.

His awards include 2 Emmy…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005, Mark won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie in his work on Warm Springs.

    • Mark Gordon has served on the Holocaust Documentation and Information Center board of directors and is a former member of the Motion Picture Committee of the United States Information Agency.

    • Mark Gordon has produced more than a dozen films for television, including And Starring Poncho Villa as Himself for HBO, which received nine Emmy Award nominations in 2003.

    • Mark Gordon serves on the boards of the Producers Guild of America, the Virginia Film Festival, and Teach for America-Los Angeles.

    • In June 2008, Gordon was honored with the Spirit of Chrysalis Award for his work in helping the financially disadvantaged find employment. The celebrity-studded Butterfly Ball was reported to have raised over $1 million for Chrysalis.

    • Mark Gordon has produced and financed more than 50 films and television programs with theatrical box-office revenue that exceeds 3 billion dollars.

    • Mark Gordon received the BAFTA Award for Best Children's Film in 1998 for Paulie: A Parrot's Tale.

    • Mark Gordon produced Fly By Night, a rap musical that won the Filmmaker's Prize at the 1993 Sundance Festival.

    • Mark Gordon produced and directed the critically acclaimed documentary short subject Nothing But Sun, a journey through The Holocaust as seen through the eyes of young people. Hosted by Keanu Reeves, the film aired as a CBS Schoolbreak Special.

    • Responding to the question on what shows have influenced his career, Mark Gordon listed The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, The Wild Wild West, and The Bold Ones.

    • Mark Gordon is a graduate of New York University Film School.

    • Besides his own shows, Mark Gordon's favorite television programs are Boston Legal, Heroes, The Sopranos, Entourage, and House.

    • In 1986, Mark won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special in his work on The War Between the s.

    • Mark Gordon began his producing career in 1984 with the off-broadway play The Buddy System, which was written by Jonathan Marc Feldman.

  • Quotes

    • Mark Gordon: (discussing Ed Bernero and Criminal Minds) Making a series is different from making a pilot. Having a guy like Ed as the showrunner makes a huge difference. The reason the show is run so well is because of him, and I give him an enormous amount of credit.

    • Mark Gordon: (on what defines his personal gratification) Getting up every morning and working on shows that I love, with people I love working with.

    • Mark Gordon: (discussing the most difficult aspect of being a producer, Variety - June 2007) It's only difficult if you make yourself miserable. I'm happy and I love doing what I do. What do I have to complain about?