Robert Gordon is an American film and television director and producer. He is best known for his work on the hit HBO drama series The Wire and the Emmy Award-winning miniseries Show Me a Hero.
Gordon was born and raised in New York City and attended the High School of Performing Arts. He then received a BFA in film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Gordon began his career working in the art department of the soap opera One Life to Live. He then went on to write and direct several short films, including the festival favorite The Glass Cage, which won the Grand Jury Award at the Hampton’s International Film Festival and the Audience Award at NewFest.
In 2003, Gordon joined the writing staff of The Wire. Over the course of the series, he wrote nine episodes and directed two. His work on the series earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
In 2015, Gordon directed the miniseries Show Me a Hero, which won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for three others. The show was based on the true story of a public housing desegregation battle in Yonkers, New York and starred Oscar Issac, Winona Ryder, and Catherine Keener.
In addition to his television work, Gordon has directed several feature films, including the 2008 crime drama Choke, starring Sam Rockwell, and the horror-comedy Stag Night, starring Kip Pardue. His most recent feature, the 2016 drama A Happy Ending, starred John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
Gordon is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has been nominated for two Directors Guild Awards. He is currently in pre-production for his next feature film, a crime drama set in his hometown of New York City.