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Barry Gordon

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Professional/singer Barry Gordon entertained children (and adults) seeing that a child superstar along with his million-selling strike record “Nuttin’ for Xmas” within the ’50s, and in the ’90s because the tone of voice of Donatello within the phenomenally successful Television toon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It appears kismet that Gordon was created Dec 21, 1948, as any occasion favorite would end up being his biggest strike. The Brookline, MA, indigenous made his Television debut at 3 years outdated on Ted Mack’s Beginner Hour. He also made an appearance in the Jackie Gleason Present and Star Period with Benny Goodman. Documenting for MGM Information, seven-year outdated Gordon was selected to sing the children’ tune “Nuttin’ for Xmas,” compiled by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. The duo also had written “Bagel and Lox,” “Bullfighter Was a female,” “The Angel within the Fountain,” and music for the Elvis Presley films Jailhouse Rock and roll, Flaming Celebrity, G.We. Blues, and Blue Hawaii. “Nuttin’ for Xmas” b/w “Santa Claus Appears EXACTLY LIKE Daddy” visited quantity six pop on Billboard’s graphs on Dec 31, 1955. His follow-up solitary, “Rock and roll Around Mom Goose” b/w “Seven” was his just other charting launch (quantity 52 pop, early 1956), though he continuing documenting until he was in his thirties. Gordon made an appearance like a leering paperboy within the 1956 Jayne Mansfield film THE LADY Can’t MAKE IT and on such ’50s/’60s Television shows as The Jack port Benny Display, The Danny Thomas Display, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. At 14, he received a Tony nomination for the part of Nick within the Broadway strike ONE THOUSAND Clowns, a job he reprised within the 1965 film edition from the play that starred Jason Robards and Sandy Denis. In 1967, he starred in From it like a super-smart senior high school nerd. Donning a nebbish Woody Allen-like persona, Gordon made an appearance in Television sitcoms THE BRAND NEW Dick Vehicle Dyke Display, The Don Rickles Display, A FAMILY GROUP for Joe, the Barney Miller spin-off Seafood, and Archie Bunker’s Place. Through the ’90s, Gordon became an in-demand voice-over acting professional in Television animation and advertisements, and was the tone of voice from the scholarly, blue bandanna-wearing Donatello around the extremely successful animated toon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which 1st shown in syndication and later on ran for a number of seasons as part of CBS-TV’s Sunday morning hours line-up. Gordon offered as president from the Display Stars Guild. Gordon’s additional releases will be the MGM Information singles “Lady I LEFT OUT,” “Rock and roll Small Chillun” b/w “Pretty Lil Female NEARBY,” “Santa Claus Appears EXACTLY LIKE Daddy” b/w “3,” “Yes WE’VE No Bananas” b/w “Thief,” the Dunhill singles “Ramshackle Man” b/w “Times of Pearly Spencer,” “REMOVE the Veil” b/w “You Can’t Like a kid,” the United Performers Information singles “Chat, Talk, Chat” b/w “Covered Using a Kiss,” “They” b/w “Katy” for the Period label, “You Can’t Rest to some Liar” b/w “You Can’t Start to see the Trees and shrubs” on Cadence, and “Zoomah Santa From Mars.” His LPs will be the MGM record Rock SMALL CHILDREN as well as the Telarc Compact disc Distant Music. “Nuttin’ for Xmas” are available in the 1989 compilation Billboard Ideal Xmas Hits: 1955-Present from Rhino and Oldies Radio K-Earth 101 FM: Vol. 2-Best Christmas Record from Collectables Information.

Quick Facts


Full Name Barry Gordon
Date Of Birth December 21, 1948
Profession Singer, Politician, Child actor, Voice Actor, Television producer, Character Actor, Talk show host
Nationality American
Spouse Gail Schaper
Music Songs Nuttin' For Christmas, Go Back Little Tear, I Can't Whistle, I Like Christmas, Toys for Taylor, The Milkman's Polka, Listen, It's Snowing, Bonners Ferry Valley-Hi, Sealed With a Kiss, Talk Talk Talk, True Love Can Never Die, Me and My Baby on Christmas Eve, Let Me Try, The Two of Them, Sunshine Girl, Silk Stockings, The World Is Mine, Christmas Waltz, A Heart Like Mine, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Pitty Please, Baby It's Cold Outside, Christmas Time Is Here, Let's Get Rocked, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, Let Me Love You, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Briana, Nightfall, Severn, White Christmas
Albums Distant Songs, Santa Swings, Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Nominations Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
Movies A Thousand Clowns, The Girl Can't Help It, The Spirit is Willing, Out of It, Love at First Bite, The Adventures of the American Rabbit, Christmas Comes to Pac-Land, Pressure Point, Body Slam, Hands of a Stranger, The Object of Beauty, Losing Control, Gallavants, Soft Beds, Hard Battles, Warp Speed
TV Shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Snorks, Archie Bunker's Place, Jabberjaw, Pac-Man, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Gravedale High, The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, Mighty Orbots, Space Cats, Fish, A Family for Joe, Good Time Harry, The Don Rickles Show (1972), Shazam: The Animated Series


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#Fact
1 Friends with Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman and Rob Paulsen.
2 Host of the Los Angeles radio show Barry Gordon - From the Left Field. [April 2006]
3 Since losing congressional runs in 1996 and 1998, Gordon returned to acting, usually on TV (most recently on ER (1994) and Becker (1998)).
4 Proud sponsor of Camp Will-A-Way, a camp for the mentally and/or physically disabled
5 Was nominated for Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "A Thousand Clowns."
6 In 1996 Gordon, a Democrat, ran for the Burbank-Glendale based congressional seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Carlos Moorhead. He lost the primary to fellow Democrat Doug Kahn, who went on to lose to then assemblyman James Rogan (R-Glendale). In 1998 Gordon ran again and this time won the primary. He narrowly lost to Rogan 51%-46%, however.
7 In the mid-1950s, rock legend Bill Haley wrote the song, "Six Year Olds Can Rock and Roll", for Barry Gordon. It's not known if Gordon ever recorded it; Haley's demo recording surfaced in the 1980s.
8 He sang the song "I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas" a charming Christmas song from the early 50s
9 (1988-1995) President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
10 One son.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014-2016 TV Series 80s Donatello
Forked Up 2015 TV Series Mr. Goodman
Brothers & Sisters 2011 TV Series Rabbi
Losing Control 2011 Frank
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004-2005 TV Series Rabbi
Dragnet 2003 TV Series Alan Sperry
Becker 2002 TV Series Mr. Levin
Star Trek: Voyager 2001 TV Series Arden Broht
ER 2000 TV Series Baxter
The Hughleys 1999-2000 TV Series The Judge
NYPD Blue 1994-2000 TV Series Preston Ross / Dr. Berger / Philip Fox, Esq.
Grüne Wüste 1999 Alex
Arli$$ 1999 TV Series Doctor
Caroline in the City 1998 TV Series Rabbi Katz
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1997 TV Series Nerdy Monster / Korbutokov
Over the Top 1997 TV Series Marty
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987-1996 TV Series Donatello Bebop Blue Android ...
Empty Nest 1995 TV Series Earl
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron 1993-1994 TV Series Razor Jake Clawson
L.A. Law 1993-1994 TV Series Rossoff Divorce Atty. Seth / Seth
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993 TV Series Nava
Civil Wars 1992-1993 TV Series Mel Wittnauer
Batman: The Animated Series 1993 TV Series Sheldrake
Tom & Jerry Kids Show 1993 TV Series
Darkwing Duck 1991 TV Series Dr. Fossil
Spacecats 1991 TV Series Incidental Characters (1991) (voice)
The Object of Beauty 1991 Auctioneer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 1991 Video Game Donatello (voice, uncredited)
Operation Blue Line 1990 Video short Donatello (voice)
His & Hers 1990 TV Series Bruno Chernak
A Family for Joe 1990 TV Series Roger Hightower
Gravedale High 1990 TV Series Reggie Moonshroud
Snorks 1984-1988 TV Series Junior Wetworth
Superman 1988 TV Series
CBS Summer Playhouse 1988 TV Series Newton Hobbs
Throb 1987 TV Series Josh
Repairs 1987 Short Lew the Studio Exec
Body Slam 1986 Sheldon Brockmeister
Stark: Mirror Image 1986 TV Movie Lee Vogel
The Adventures of the American Rabbit 1986 Rob / American Rabbit / Punk Jackal (voice)
The Smurfs 1985 TV Series The Gamemaster / Additional Voices
The Jetsons 1985 TV Series Lenny Laser / Mechanic / Sneak
Stark 1985 TV Movie Lee Vogel
Pole Position 1984 TV Series
Gallavants 1984 Edil / Bok / Gauk (voice)
The Mighty Orbots 1984 TV Series Robert Simmons (voice)
Pac-Man 1982-1983 TV Series Inky
Archie Bunker's Place 1981-1983 TV Series Gary Rabinowitz
Christmas Comes to PacLand 1982 TV Movie Inky (voice)
Pac Preview Party 1982 TV Movie Inky (voice, uncredited)
Meatballs and Spaghetti 1982 TV Series Clyde (1982) (voice)
Barney Miller 1979-1982 TV Series David Fingler / Stanley Fine
Time Warp 1981 TV Movie Mud
Warp Speed 1981 TV Movie David Ingalls
The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! 1981 TV Series Captain Marvel Jr. Freddy Freeman
I'm a Big Girl Now 1981 TV Series Jerry
The Perfect Woman 1981 TV Movie Emo
Good Time Harry 1980 TV Series Stan
Mr. and Mrs. Dracula 1980 TV Series Cousin Anton
Three's Company 1980 TV Series Gilbert Larwin
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle 1976-1979 TV Series
Supertrain 1979 TV Series Billy
The Incredible Hulk 1979 TV Series Harold Milburn
Love at First Bite 1979 Flashlight Vendor
Fish 1977-1978 TV Series Charlie Harrison
The Practice 1976 TV Series Dr. Byron Fisk
Jabberjaw 1976 TV Series Cleveland 'Clam-Head' Rogers
Good Heavens 1976 TV Series Harold
The Bob Crane Show 1975 TV Series Gordon
Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 TV Series Barry the Waiter
Mannix 1974 TV Series Todd Corvin
The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1973-1974 TV Series Dennis Whitehead
The Don Rickles Show 1972 TV Series Conrad Musk
Love, American Style 1969 TV Series Bill (segment "Love and the High School Flop-Out")
Out of It 1969 Paul
Double-Stop 1968 1st Art Student
The Spirit Is Willing 1967 Steve Powell
My Brother the Angel 1966 TV Series Lester
A Thousand Clowns 1965 Nick Burns / Wilbur Malcome Burns / Theodore Burns / ...
Summer Playhouse 1964 TV Series Kid
Arrest and Trial 1963 TV Series Bobby Randolph
Pressure Point 1962 Boy Patient
Hands of a Stranger 1962 Skeet
Dr. Kildare 1961 TV Series Billy Hoffman
The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1961 TV Series Pepe
The Jack Benny Program 1954-1961 TV Series Harry Johnson / Jack Benny, as a Child
Thriller 1961 TV Series 'Slip-Slip'
Dennis the Menace 1960 TV Series Buzzy Hanson
Cinderfella 1960 Fella at Age 11 (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1960 TV Series Aaron Gold / Ignace 'Iggy' Kovacs
Leave It to Beaver 1960 TV Series Chopper Cooper
Philip Marlowe 1960 TV Series Jamie
Startime 1959 TV Series Larry
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1959 TV Series Tommy
General Electric Theater 1959 TV Series Etienne
The Ann Sothern Show 1958 TV Series Donald / Donald Carpenter
Sally 1957 TV Series Humberto
The Girl Can't Help It 1956 Barry the Paperboy
Make Room for Daddy 1956 TV Series Herbie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Thousand Clowns 1965 performer: "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" 1925 - uncredited
Make Room for Daddy 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BreakUp FixUp 2016 TV Series very special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Meredith Vieira Show 2015 TV Series Himself
Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 Documentary Himself
I Love 1980's 2001 TV Series documentary Donatello
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour 1984 TV Series Himself
Go 1983-1984 TV Series Himself
The $10,000 Pyramid 1978-1983 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1956 TV Series Himself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Harry Johnson - Jack Benny Program

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#Trademark
1 Voice of Donatello on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

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