Bruce Gordon
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Bruce Gordon Passed away on January 20, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on February 1, 1916. He was a stage, movie and television actor during a career spanning five decades, making his first professional appearance on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace with Boris Karloff. Mr. Gordon performed in over 400 live major network television productions as well as numerous television movies. His starring roles in television series included four years with The Untouchables, in which he played the infamous Frank Nitti. In later years, he chose to live in Santa Fe, and came out of retirement to appear in two stage productions at the College of Santa Fe. A private family memorial will be held in Big Sur, California. Arrangements by Rivera Family Mortuaries and Crematory of Santa Fe Funeral Options 417 East Rodeo Road Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)989-7032

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 25, 2011.
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April 18, 2020
Mr Gordon was a fine actor. I really miss him. He played Frank Nitti very well. He was the best !!!!!
Cheryl Davila
November 26, 2018
Rod Brumley
He was the best of the regular guests on the Untouchables - he played a great Frank Nitti
One of my favorite shows as a kid. RIP
Rod Brumley
April 28, 2018
I love watching the old untouchables episodes with Bruce Gordon, great actor!
Karen Hawkins
February 26, 2018
To a real tuff guy, who had a warm smile and kind heart !! Miss ya Frank!
May 29, 2017
Mah man....Mr Gordon "Frank the enforcer Nitti" good job, may you RIP!!!
Harry Davis
April 10, 2017
I always enjoyed watching Bruce on the untouchables some of his lines were quite funny even if his character was not suppose to be.I javelin l the Untouchables movies at home and still watch then today as a senior citizen as I did as a teenagers
Garry DeManty
July 11, 2015
Enjoyed your work. RIP
Robert Coleman
July 11, 2015
March 14, 2015
Bruce was a good friend of my Grandpa's Jimmy Bowers. The two of them opened Frank Nitti's Place here in Kansas City Missouri. I still have an autographed picture of him. RIP Bruce.
Tim Griggs
March 12, 2015
I grew up in northridge and went to school with your Vince. Although my first meeting was when climbed up to my shine stand at the rams horn barber shop. You were so curtious and kind
Dan Savard
February 11, 2015
Although I never saw Mr. Gordon in person, I dined in his Kansas City restraint "Frank Nitti's Place" on several occasions. I remember the atmosphere being like a place in the 20's with memorabilia from the Untouchables show all over the place. The food was very good. I always looked forward to watching The Untouchables at midnight when I got home from work and still enjoy them on dvd. Rest in peace Mr. Gordon
January 10, 2015
Bruce Gordon was a colorful character actor who brought mobster Frank Nitti to life on the classic TV series, The Untouchables. Always impeccably dressed, Bruce Gordon's rendition of Frank Nitti is unforgettable. I will always remember his great performances in such Untouchables episodes as "The Frank Nitti Story ,"The Purple Gang" and then some. I enjoyed talking to Mr.Gordon only once on the telephone back in 2005. Moreover, Bruce Gordon's on-screen chemistry with rival good-guy Eliot Ness (brilliantly played by Robert Stack) on "The Untouchables" will forever be priceless.
Jeffrey Haber
November 10, 2014
Mr. Gordon played Frank Nitti in "The Untouchables" so well that when I saw a real photo of Frank Nitti, I would say, No, the real Frank Nitti WAS Bruce Gordon! Mr. Gordon was the best! Along with that, Robert Stack will always be Eliot Ness! They complemented each other in their roles!! Still a hugh fan!!
Daryl Behling
June 13, 2014
A good actor. Bye bye.
Jeanne d'Arc Duval
March 29, 2014
Wish I could hsve met you. I remember you fondly--even when you were playing the bad guys.
peg moore
January 3, 2014
I met Bruce Gordon one time at his home in June 1999. He was such a great guy and I made one photo of him. He could be very funny at times.
November 16, 2013
One of my favorite "bad guys" from The Untouchables. You were big and tough and charismatic as Frank Nitti. I always look forward to watching the show and especially when I know that you are going to be in an episode. Thanks for the great memories.
Rob Macdonald
September 19, 2013
Like a great sports rivalry, Eliot Ness vs. Frank Nitti was must see TV. But as Bob Stack said, "Bruce Gordon really was a crook. He stole every scene he was in." U da man, Mr. Gordon.
Ed Murphy
December 8, 2011
Fabulous actor at the best time in the history of television. I am glad I lived to see this time with such compelling actors as Mr Gordon. For it always is his episodes in the Untouchables that to this day I watch regularly. Thank You Mr. Gordon for being the pro that you were.
guy gonzalez
September 29, 2011
The greatest Frank Nitti ever. I'm very sorry for his family's loss.
September 27, 2011
I remember you greeting patrons at a pizza restaurant in Kansas City named "Frank Nitti's Place" back in the early 1980's. You were the first film celebrity I had ever met and appreciated your staying in character as customers enjoyed REAL Chicago style pizza. RIP Bruce, you were the epitome of TV gangsters!

---Gary Merchant, Olathe, KS
June 23, 2011
Wonderful strong actor and a heackuva nice guy, too. Never had the chance to meet Mr. Gordon, though I'd heard he was very friendly and approachable. He did graciously send me an autographed photo in his unforgettable guise as Frank Nitti. The ultimate tough guy on that program, but still played with humor and even a bit of charm. Condolences to the family. RIP Mr. Gordon
Stone Wallace
May 14, 2011
One of the best reasons to watch The Untouchables..he will be missed:.(
Jack Griffin
April 17, 2011
the best tv gangster in history
chad mcck
April 9, 2011
I knew Bruce Gordon when I lived in Santa Fe in 1989-1991. He was such a charming man and he made me laugh with his stories about his acting days and about his parents coming over on a ship.
He brought me his vhs movie of 'Carmen' to borrow because he thought I would like it. I did, but mostly because he made it special to me.
At Christmas I gave him a package of Swedish goodies I made and he liked the candy called Knack best. He told me he could use 100 more of them, so I made him another whole batch. He gave me an autographed picture and signed it: "To my favorite knackers". I cherish that picture and will always remember our conversations with fondness.

For 6 months his address has been sitting by my phone and I was going to write to him. I very much regret not finding the time to do so and it makes me very sad.

A terrific, warm hearted man!

Thanks for the memories!
Eva Wikstrom
April 7, 2011
Terrific in "The Untouchables." He MADE the show!
william Blome
March 7, 2011
unforgettable with pinache actor in untouchables
harry stsavior
February 4, 2011
I have just been watching the first series of the Untouchables on DVD & am very sorry to hear of Bruce Gordon's passing. I grew up with The Untouchables and as a TV program, it was very popular here in Australia. Bruce was the best choice to play Frank Nitti, & he did so with power & menace. He will be sorely missed. My sympathies go out to his family. Alistair Macfarlane, Adelaide, South Australia.
alistair macfarlane
February 3, 2011
I am watching the Untouchables right now as I sign this book. I wanted to look him up because he is one of my favorites in the show and I am just finding out that he has passed. I am missing him already. Great actor!! My condolences to the family...Cynthia Monroe (Chicago, IL)
Cynthia Monroe
February 2, 2011
There aren't any actors like this guy anymore. He leaves a great legacy to people like me who love vintage television.
Rex Anderson
Rex Anderson
February 1, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
edmund rossy
February 1, 2011
enjoyed your work, i still watch the untouchables
January 31, 2011
Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.
Christy Stone
January 31, 2011
My favorite was when he played Bella Oxmix in a Piece Of The Action. A sincere believable actor with strong prescence is what my Grandfather called him when he worked as an extra and stuntman together on Untouchables. Said he was the nicest fellow on the set and could turn on the mean when cameras rolled.

God Bless!

Grange Edwards Jr.
Cocoa Beach FL.
Grange Edwards
January 31, 2011
The Best... Good Bye Frank Nitti.... The Untouchable.....
Kenneth Grindle
January 31, 2011
Thank you Bruce Gordon for your roll in one of my favorite shows of all times, The Untouchables. I sat one foot from the T.V. not wanting to miss one minute of excitement. Well done.
Carol Ludington---Little Meadows, Pa.
January 31, 2011
They certainly do not make them like they used to

Thank you for the memories

Bill Tennis
January 31, 2011
What a loss...Mr. Gordon played many great parts and his character of Frank Nitti in the UnTouchables was fantastic and lives on every weekday at 11:30 PM on MeTV in Chicago. I will always remember his graveling voice, on the series talking on the phone to one of his henchmen, "and you just remember I want dat guy dead" (referring to Robert Redford's Character) Mr. Gordon was one of the greatest character actors and he will missed.
Bob O'Donnell
Schererville, IN (Chicago suburb)
Bob O'Donnell
January 31, 2011
I have been watching the untouchables since I was a little boy ...and when my parents went to sleep ...i would get up and go down stairs... and turn on ch. 11 every night at 11:30.... and I was taken into another world...I couldn't believe what I was's been a long time since i watched the show .... but i just recently found it on the internet.... which has been nothing short of wonderful for myself.... to time warp back to my childhood... once more... even for only a short while.... as a 51 yr old true blue fan of all of the untouchables..... and a lot of great bad guys too.... but of all the bad guys... and some of them scared me pretty good as I remember.... but none of them... not one.... could hold a candle.... to the fear ....that Bruce Gordon... aka Frank Nitty... put into had to have rocks in your head mess around with that guy ....and its all because of the ...PERFECT .. precise job my mind ...that... Mr. Gordon .... portrayed.... of the second most famous and feared gangster of them all... and thank you ...."mr. nitti".... for giving me something ...i could not wait to go to bed for .... and now to watch all over again ... only now with no commercials...Thank you very much
Tony Carr
January 31, 2011
Did not recognize the name but I certainly remembered his face. I grew up in the old black and white days of TV and remember him well. He was a good actor whether he was playing a hero or villan
Laurel Barrett
January 31, 2011
Thanks for all of the wonderful story lines and outstanding acting.
One of the greats!
Margie Daniels
January 30, 2011
Thank you Mr Gordon for all your rolls. Cousin Jim
January 30, 2011
January 30, 2011
His portrayal of Frank Nitti was actually bang-on; see Ronald D. Humble's "Frank Nitti: the True Story of Chicago's Notorious Enforcer".
January 30, 2011
What memories people like Bruce Gordon stir in us who grew up watching all the shows he played a part in. He was a fine actor and I'm glad he lived a long life; I only wish he had known how so many of us admired him but never had the chance to tell him.
Laura Thompson
January 30, 2011
Before the Untouchables, from 1954-56 Mr. Gordon also made his mark on television on The Goldbergs. He gives a great understated comedic perfromance by portraying Jake Goldberg's business partner in the dress making business. Innovator and creator of that show Gertrude Berg knew talent when she saw it, and Mr.Gordon proved to be a versatile example of that.
Andrew Stone, Milwaukee
January 30, 2011
Growing up I watched the Untouchables and Mr Gordon was a fine actor in any role he played. He will be missed.
Lynn Smith
January 29, 2011
In most shows you remember the "good guy", the "bad guy", and the "girlfriend". Everyone who watched "The Untouchables" looked forward to the next Frank Nitti law-breaking episode. I am sorry for the family's loss and may he rest in peace.
Eraina Woodworth
January 29, 2011
Rest in Peace. I saw "Untouchables TV 1959 to 1963.
Richard Herrick
January 29, 2011
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