Lawrence Gordon (born March 25, 1936) is an American producer and motion picture executive. He specializes in producing action-oriented films and other genres. Some of his most popular productions include Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), Predator 2 (1990), Point Break (1991), Boogie Nights (1997), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
Gordon was raised in a Jewish family in Belzoni, Mississippi. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans. After moving to Los Angeles he began his producing career in 1964 working for Aaron Spelling and became writer and associate producer on the TV series Burke's Law. He quickly moved up the ranks and worked as an executive producer at ABC and at Screen Gems.
In the 1970s he was a key executive at American International Pictures and received credit as executive producer on John Milius's Dillinger (1973). He left as worldwide production head in 1973 to produce his first solo production, Hard Times (1975) for Columbia Pictures. In 1978 he had two high-grossing films with Hooper and The End, both starring Burt Reynolds.
He and Walter Hill were going to make The Last Gun. Financing fell through so they made The Warriors instead.
In the early 1980s, he created the TV series Matt Houston.
Gordon was President of 20th Century Fox from 1984 to 1986.
In 1989, he produced Field of Dreams which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. He subsequently formed Largo Entertainment which was backed by the Japanese company JVC.
Gordon also had an independent production deal with Universal Pictures under the shingle Lawrence Gordon Productions. Under Lawrence Gordon Productions, he produced Jumpin' Jack Flash, Boogie Nights, Mystery Men, the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider franchise, and Watchmen.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1977||Rolling Thunder||Executive producer|
|1982||Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again|
|1984||Streets of Fire|
|1986||Jumpin' Jack Flash|
|1988||The Couch Trip|
|The Wrong Guys||Executive producer|
|Field of Dreams|
|1990||Another 48 Hrs.|
|Die Hard 2|
|1997||The Devil's Own|
|Boogie Nights||Executive producer|
|2001||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider|
|2002||K-9: P.I.||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|2003||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life|
|2008||Hellboy II: The Golden Army|
|1991||Point Break||President: Largo Entertainment|
|1992||Back in the USSR|
|Used People||President: Largo Entertainment|
|1994||Timecop||President: Largo Entertainment|
|1997||The Devil's Own|
|2020||Da 5 Bloods||Special thanks|
|1975||The Missing Are Deadly||Executive producer||Television film|
|Home Cookin'||Executive producer||Television film|
|1977||Dog and Cat||Executive producer|
|Executive producer||Television film|
|1978||Lacy and the Mississippi Queen||Executive producer||Television film|
|1980||Stunts Unlimited||Executive producer||Television film|
|1982||The Renegades||Executive producer||Television film|
|Just Our Luck||Executive producer|
|Lone Star||Executive producer||Television film|
|1984||The Streets||Executive producer||Television film|
|1982−84||Matt Houston||Executive producer|
|1985||Our Family Honor||Executive producer|
|2006||Hellboy: Sword of Storms||Executive producer||Television film|
|2007||Hellboy: Blood and Iron||Executive producer||Television film|
|1982||The Renegades||Television film|