Bruce Gordon

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Bruce Gordon (Feb 1, 1916, Fitchburg, MA - January, 20, 2011, Santa Fe, New Mexico) was an American actor.

He played Frank Nitti in "The Untouchables". Along with Marilyn Monroe and Paul Valentine, Gordon was given an "Introducing" credit in the 1949 Marx Brothers opus "Love Happy". The swarthy, cleft-chinned Gordon played one of the henchmen of villainess Ilona Massey (the other henchman was Raymond Burr).

After spending the 1950s in "heavy" film roles, Gordon was shown in a rare heroic light as American intelligence agent Matson on the 1958 TV series "Behind Closed Doors". One year later, Gordon first essayed the role with which he will forever be associated: Frank Nitti, scowling second-in-command of Al Capone (Neville Brand) on the weekly TV series "The Untouchables". Thereafter, Bruce Gordon was almost invariably cast as a mobster – though often with a morbidly humorous streak.

Zappa name-checks him in the "Freak Out!" (1966) list under the heading "These People Have Contributed Materially In Many Ways To Make Our Music What It Is. Please Do Not Hold It Against Them".

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