Charles Gordon, Producer of ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Field of Dreams,’ Dies at 73

Gordon and his producer brother Lawrence helped revolutionize action films in the 1980s and ’90s

Last Updated: November 1, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

Charles Gordon, the Hollywood producer whose credits include 1980s and ’90s hits like “Die Hard” and “A Field of Dreams,” has died at age 73, according to his publicist.

Born in a Jewish family in Belzoni, Mississippi, Charles “Chuck” Gordon built a career alongside his brother, Lawrence, built on action films. Some of the biggest films of the 1980s and ’90s were credited to the pair like the “Die Hard” series starring Bruce Willis as well as a series of films with Kevin Costner that included the costly 1995 flop “Waterworld.” On the flip side, the Gordons’ partnership with Costner paid off immensely with the 1989 baseball classic “Field of Dreams,” which earned the two brothers an Oscar nomination when the film was nominated for Best Picture.

Other films the Gordons produced together include the Sylvester Stallone prison drama “Lock Up,” the Jim Belushi buddy cop comedy “K-9” and the cult art deco adventure film “The Rocketeer.”

His most recent credits include a series of films — as well as a planned TV series — based on IO’s “Hitman” video games. His television credits include executive producer credit on shows like “The Renegades,” “Just Our Luck,” “Lone Star,” “The Streets,” “Our Family Honor” and “Things That Go Bump.”

Gordon died at his Los Angeles home after a battle with cancer. He is survived by three children Jamie, Kate and Lily and wife Lynda Gordon.