Job actress, star of stage, radio and screen
Years active 1925-1950
Known for Mothers, housekeepers, washerwomen, landladies
Top Roles Woman, Mrs. Hudson, Screaming Woman, Mrs. O'Rourke, Cook
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Mystery, Musical
Top TopicsBook-Based, Detectives, Romance (Comic)
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Producer), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan, Harry Carey Jr.  see more..

Mary Gordon Overview:

Character actress, Mary Gordon, was born Mary Gilmour on May 16, 1882 in Glasgow, Scotland. Gordon died at the age of 81 on Aug 23, 1963 in Pasadena, CA .


Mary Gordon was a diminutive but heftily-built Scottish-born actress who appeared in Hollywood films from 1925 after coming to America with a touring company. She could be kindly, truculent, or down-to-earth, and played scores of small supporting roles as mothers, housekeepers, washerwomen and landladies before her bun-like features found their perfect niche as Mrs. Hudson, Basil Rathbone's housekeeper, in the Sherlock Holmes films (and on radio). She later played Leo Gorcey's much put-upon mother in the Bowery Boys films.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Often typecast as an Irish mother despite being a native of Scotland. This used to drive Irish film-goers crazy, who could easily detect the Scottish accent.

Most memorable as Mrs Hudson, housekeeper at 221B Baker Street, opposite Basil Rathbone in the Sherlock Holmes films of the 30's and 40's. (She played the same role opposite Rathbone in the Holmes radio series.)

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