Gale Gordon

Gale Gordon

Born with a cleft palate, he was sent to England for corrective surgery while a baby.

Father, Charles T. Aldrich, was a vaudevillian.

First big break into show business was in 1923 when he met the renowned financier Baron Rothschild, who gave him a letter of introduction to the Shuberts. Gale made his Broadway debut under their auspices in "The Dancers" (1923).

Gale Gordon was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

Gale's wife, Virginia, died about a month before he did.

Gordon got his break on radio as "Mayor Latrivia" on the ever popular "Fibber McGee & Molly Show" which was on the radio from 1935-1959.

He died at the Redwood Terrace Health Center in Escondido, California after a long battle with cancer.

He had some experience with banks before he played Theodore J. Mooney on "The Lucy Show" (1962). He portrayed bank president Rudolph Atterbury on CBS Radio's "My Favorite Husband" (1948-1951).

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

He was the Rexall Drugs spokesman for NBC Radio's "The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show" (1948-1950). His part was integrated into the actual scripts.

Played the Walter Huston role on the 10/07/46 Lux Theater broadcast of "Dragonwyck" with Gene Tierney and Vincent Price.

Portrayed principal Osgood Conklin on CBS Radio's "Our Miss Brooks" (1948-1957).

Son of actress Gloria Gordon.

Was known for his ability to do cartwheels, even after reaching his senior years. Can be seen doing a cartwheel on several episodes of "Here's Lucy".

Was Lucille Ball's original choice to play Fred Mertz on 'I Love Lucy'.