Gordon Parks Biography (1912-)

Full name, Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks; born November 30, 1912, inFort Scott, KS; son of Jackson and Sarah (Ross) Parks; married Sally Alvis, 1933 (divorced, 1961); married Elizabeth Campbell, December, 1962 (divorced, 1973); married Genevieve Young (a book editor), August 26, 1973; children: Gordon Roger, Jr. (died, 1979), Toni Parks-Parsons, David (first marriage); Leslie (second marriage). Addresses: HOME--860 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. AGENT--c/o Ben Benjamin, Creative Management Associates, 9255Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Birth Details
November 30, 1912
Fort Scott, Kansas, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
  • Croupier, Shaft's Big Score, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1972.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK; DIRECTOR
  • (Also producer) The Learning Tree (also known as Learn, Baby, Learn), Warner Brothers, 1969.
  • Shaft, MGM, 1971.
  • Shaft's Big Score, MGM, 1972.
  • The Super Cops, MGM, 1974.
  • Aaron Loves Angela, Columbia, 1975.
  • Leadbelly, Paramount, 1976.
  • Also directed Flavio (documentary), 1961; Moments without Proper Names, 1986.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SPECIALS
  • Gordon Parks: Moments without Proper Names, PBS, 1988.
  • Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION WORK; ALL AS DIRECTOR EPISODIC
  • "Solomon Northrup's Odyssey," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • Gordon Parks: Moments without Proper Names, PBS, 1988.
  • Also Diary of a Harlem Family (documentary), 1968.
  • Writings
  • See production details above.
  • Writings;FILM
  • Flavio (documentary), 1961.
  • (also composer of score) The Learning Tree, 1969.
  • (composer of score) Shaft's Big Score, 1972.
  • Writings;TELEVISION; EPISODIC
  • "Solomon Northrup's Odyssey," American Playhouse, 1984.
  • Writings;SPECIALS
  • Diary of a Harlem Family (documentary), 1968.
  • (composer of score) Gordon Parks: Moments without Proper Names, 1988.
  • Writings;OTHER
  • Flash Photography (non-fiction), 1947.
  • Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture (non-fiction), F. Watts, 1948.
  • The Learning Tree (autobiographical novel), Harper, 1963.
  • A Choice of Weapons (autobiography), Harper, 1966.
  • Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera (poetry and photographs), Viking, 1968.
  • Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things (poetry), Viking, 1971.
  • Born Black (essays), Lippincott, 1971.
  • In Love (poetry), Lippincott, 1971.
  • Moments without Proper Names (poetry), Viking, 1975.
  • Flavio (biography), Norton, 1978.
  • To Smile in Autumn (autobiography), 1979.
  • Shannon (novel), 1981.
  • Photographs appear in The Photographs of Gordon Parks, by Martin H.
  • Bush, 1983.
  • Writings;COMPOSITIONS
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, 1953.
  • Tree Symphony (film score), 1967.
  • Run Sister Run (film score).
  • Martin (ballet).
  • Piece for Cello and Orchestra, Five Piano Sonatas, Work for Piano and Woodwinds, Piano Sonatas for Gordon, Jr, Toni, David, and Leslie.
  • Celebrations for Sarah Ross and Andrew Jackson Parks.
  • Also blues and popular music.

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