Graduate of Yale University.
Attended the Yale Drama School with Elia Kazan in the 1930s.
Was blacklisted in the 1950s.
Grandfather of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dan Gordon-Levitt.
Directed 3 actors to Oscar nominations: José Ferrer (Best Actor, Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)), Doris Day (Best Actress, Pillow Talk (1959)), and Thelma Ritter (Best Supporting Actress, Pillow Talk (1959)). Ferrer won an Oscar for his performance in Gordon's film.
Directed José Ferrer in his Oscar-winning performance as Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). His grandson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was first known for appearing on 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996), which featured a guest appearance by Miguel Ferrer.
His parents, Eva (Kunen) and Paul Gordon, were from Russian Jewish families. His wife, Elizabeth A. (Cohn), was the daughter of Isaac Cohn, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and Mollie Fineberg, a Russian Jewish immigrant.