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Dexter Gordon Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Composer (Music Score), Songwriter
  • Born: Feb 27, 1923
  • Died: Apr 25, 1990

One of the great jazz tenor sax players, Dexter Gordon is best remembered by filmgoers for playing fictional sax player Dale Turner in Bertrand Tavernier's [[Feature~V130791~'Round Midnight~roundmidnight]] (1986). His realistic portrayal of a burned-out American jazz man who finds refuge in the cellar clubs of Paris earned Gordon an Oscar nomination -- making him the first instrumental musician to be so honored. Gordon made his film debut in the 1955 prison drama Unchained. His final film appearance was as a mental patient in the drama [[Feature~V3464~Awakenings~awakenings]] (1990). The film was released after Gordon's death. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi