Gordon Parks

Director, Writer, Actor

Director, Writer, Actor


The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film effort, The Learning Tree (1969), was selected among ...
Birth date
1912-11-30
Death date
2006-03-07
Awards
3 wins.

Known For


The Learning Tree
The Learning Tree
Director (1969)
Malcolm X
Malcolm X
Thanks (1992)
Shaft
Shaft
Director (1971)
Shaft's Big Score!
Shaft's Big Score!
Director (1972)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
DirectorMoments Without Proper Names1987
DirectorAmerican Playhouse
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984)
1984
DirectorLeadbelly1976
DirectorThe Super Cops1974
DirectorShaft's Big Score!1972
DirectorShaft1971
DirectorThe Learning Tree1969
DirectorThe World of Piri Thomas1968
DirectorFlavio
(Documentary short)
1964
RoleTitleYear
WriterMoments Without Proper Names1987
WriterThe Learning Tree
(novel) / (written for the screen by)
1969
WriterDiary of a Harlem Family
(Documentary short)
1968
WriterFlavio
(Documentary short)
1964
RoleTitleYear
ActorShaft
Lenox Lounge Patron
2000
ActorLincoln
(TV Movie) Henry H. Garnet (voice)
1992
ActorShaft's Big Score!
Croupier (uncredited)
1972
ActorShaft
Apartment Landlord (uncredited)
1971
RoleTitleYear
Camera and Electrical DepartmentMy Voyage to Italy
(Documentary) (still photographer)
1999
Camera and Electrical DepartmentMalcolm X
(still photographer: Malcolm X)
1992
Camera and Electrical DepartmentA Soldier's Story
(special still photographer - uncredited)
1984
Camera and Electrical DepartmentFlavio
(Documentary short) (still photographer)
1964
RoleTitleYear
ComposerMoments Without Proper Names1987
ComposerAmerican Playhouse
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984)
1984
ComposerShaft's Big Score!1972
ComposerThe Learning Tree1969
RoleTitleYear
SoundtrackShaft's Big Score!
(lyrics: "Blowin' Your Mind (Theme from Shaft's Big Score!)", "Don't Misunderstand", "Move On In") / (music: "Blowin' Your Mind (Theme from Shaft's Big Score!)", "Don't Misunderstand", "Move On In")
1972
SoundtrackThe Learning Tree
(lyrics: "The Learning Tree") / (music: "The Learning Tree")
1969
RoleTitleYear
ProducerThe Learning Tree
(producer)
1969
RoleTitleYear
Additional CrewAmerican Experience
(TV Series documentary) (archive source - 1 episode) - Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994) ... (archive source)
1994
RoleTitleYear
ThanksNothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper
(Documentary) (photographs courtesy of)
2016
ThanksNosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk
(special thanks)
2014
ThanksVixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!
(special thanks)
2010
ThanksBro Lee
(Video short) (special thanks)
2008
ThanksIt Wasn't for Love
(special thanks)
2008
ThanksAlma's Rainbow
(special thanks - as Gordon Parks Sr.)
1994
ThanksMalcolm X
(acknowledgment: photos courtesy of)
1992
RoleTitleYear
SelfAn Unlikely Weapon
(Documentary) Self
2008
SelfCharlie Rose
(TV Series) Self / Self - Guest - Episode dated 8 March 2006 (2006) ... Self - Guest - Episode dated 5 December 2000 (2000) ... Self - Episode dated 24 July 1998 (1998) ... Self
1998-2006
SelfHow to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)
(Documentary) Self
2005
SelfThe History Makers
(Video documentary) Self
2005
SelfUnstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2005
SelfFamily Portrait
(Documentary short) Self
2004
SelfSoul Man: Isaac Hayes
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2003
SelfHalf Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2000
SelfAmerican Masters
(TV Series documentary) Self - Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999) ... Self
1999
SelfAll Power to the People! (The Black Panther Party and Beyond)
(Documentary) Self
1996
SelfGordon Parks: In Retrospect
(Video) Self
1996
SelfAmerican Experience
(TV Series documentary) Self - LIFE Photographer - Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994) ... Self - LIFE Photographer
1994
SelfEbony/Jet Showcase
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 1 March 1991 (1991) ... Self
1991
SelfMoments Without Proper Names
Self
1987
SelfThe Core of the Apple
(TV Series documentary) Self - Author / Film Director / Self - Film Director - Blacks in the Media and Performing Arts (1986) ... Self - Author / Film Director - Shades of Harlem - skyggerne fra Harlem (1986) ... Self - Film Director
1986
SelfPassion and Memory
(TV Movie documentary) Self
1986
SelfPersonenbeschreibung
(TV Series documentary) Self - Gordon Parks - Schwarz ist nicht schön, sondern wie alle andern (1979) ... Self
1979
SelfMiss Universe Pageant
(TV Special) Self - Judge
1977
SelfThe 45th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Audience Member
1973
SelfNew York, New York
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 25 June 1972 (1972) ... Self
1972
SelfSoul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location
(Short documentary) Self - Film Director
1971
SelfThe Mike Douglas Show
(TV Series) Self - Composer / Self -Photographer / Filmmaker / ... - Episode #11.53 (1971) ... Self - Composer - Episode #10.195 (1971) ... Self -Photographer / Filmmaker / Writer - Episode #8.188 (1969) ... Self - LIFE photographer
1969-1971
SelfThe David Frost Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode #1.34 (1969) ... Self
1969
SelfThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode dated 5 August 1969 (1969) ... Self - Guest
1969
SelfThe Dick Cavett Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode #3.31 (1969) ... Self
1969
SelfThe Other Americans
(TV Movie documentary) Self
1969
SelfDiary of a Harlem Family
(Documentary short) Self
1968
SelfThe Merv Griffin Show
(TV Series) Self - Jim Backus, Henny Backus, David Burns, Della Reese, Ron Carey, Gordon Parks, Brian Foley (1966) ... Self
1966
SelfThe Young Set
(TV Series) Self - Gordon Parks, Milton Greene, Betty Furness (1965) ... Self
1965
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageThe Movies
(TV Series documentary) Self - The Seventies (2019) ... Self
2019
Archive footageCBS This Morning
(TV Series) Self - Episode #4.141 (2015) ... Self
2015
Archive footageHell Up in Hollywood: Soul Cinema and the 1970s
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2003
Archive footageBaadasssss Cinema
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2002