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RIP Susan Gordon

Teaneck, N.J. — Susan Gordon, the daughter of director Bert I. Gordon who at the age of 10 began a successful acting career that continued for nearly a decade, died here of cancer Dec. 11, according to an announcement on her Web site. She was 62. MSTies will recall she played suspicious little Sandy Hubbard in the movie in episode 414- TORMENTED.

39 Replies to “RIP Susan Gordon”

  1. Wow…did not see this coming. I didn’t even know she was sick. I still picture her as the little girl from Tormented, so it almost feels like hearing about a little kid dying, if that makes any sense. The worst part is, Bert I. Gordon will have to live to see his daughter buried. RIP.


  2. JCC says:

    R.I.P. I’m gonna go with arguably the best performance by a child in an MST3k movie, with the caveat of most of the other child actors being dubbed.


  3. big61al says:

    I just watched Tormented recently and thought for a child actor she did a very good job. RIP Suzan.


  4. Aww I’m sad to hear that!! I just watched her in another Bert I movie recently too. I will watch Tormented again in her memory.


  5. Gary Bowden says:

    Ah,man.Just clicked on here and saw that.Very sad to hear this.She was good in TORMENTED and in that Twilight Zone episode,which I can’t think of the name of it right now..She has appeared at the MONSTER BASH convention a couple of times in Butler,Pa.,which they have every year,too..RIP Susan. :weep: :weep: :weep:


  6. bad wolf says:

    Such a shame! She was so gracious in those extra features they made for the Rhino DVD.


  7. Rich says:

    Thank you for posting the information about my dear friend, Susan Gordon. I’ve been Susan’s friend for many years, and the webmaster of her official website since 2004. Gary, her Twilight Zone episode was called “The Fugitive.” Susan was very sick for quite some time. Incredibly, she appeared at an autograph show in NYC in May. She was a very determined lady.


  8. Steve A. Laimo says:

    Very sad news. I thought she was great in Tormented. She is certainly gone way too soon.


  9. OnenuttyTanuki says:

    That’s a shame she seemed like a nice lady when I had a chance to meet her at Hollywood Collectors show that I went to get her father’s autograph on a marketing book for Food of the Gods.


  10. mst3ktemple says:

    RIP Susan. You brought some happiness into the lives of many.


  11. dsman71 says:

    OMG – I just met her in April at MonsterPalooza..this is so sad


  12. Truly sad news to hear,for I enjoyed her presences in both TORMENTED and PICTURE MOMMY DEAD. :( :(


  13. Mr. B(ob) says:

    Sorry to hear that.


  14. Hollysdower says:

    Susan gave the best performance in Tormented. She out-acted Gene Roth AND Merritt Stone. R.I.P.


  15. ckdexterhaven says:

    Oh no. Rest in peace.


  16. Krepta says:

    I’m glad she went on to live a successful and full but too-short life. Yet I’ll always see her as the little girl in the magician’s hat and inexplicable pencil mustache. One of the most pure ‘kid moments’ on the show up until Rock N’ Roll Martian– say, those would make a good Weekend Discussion Thread. Wow, Susan, thanks for the idea! And rest in peace.


  17. GregS says:

    Man, very sad to hear that.

    I just watched “The Fugitive” episode the other day. I share in the mourning of all here.


  18. ck says:

    I’m glad she made that dvd extra with her father and
    (I believe) the blackmailing water taxi driver). It
    now works as almost a memorial. Wonder
    if they knew she was sick at the time. She seems to have
    been active until quite recently.


  19. Kathy says:

    Damn. RIP


  20. clonus says:

    I really enjoyed her in that Tormented reunion bonus feature – lots of fun. And yes, she was quite good in that film. RIP.


  21. dafs says:

    Gotta agree with everyone here. Easily the best thing about Tormented.


  22. Dan in WI says:

    You know, looking at the photo on this thread, she still looked amazingly like the kid in Tormented.


  23. radioman970 says:

    Yep, that TZ episode as well. Among my favorites of the series. Vividly remember the first time I saw that one.

    I enjoyed her being interviewed with her dad on a MST3K DVD. That’s sad when parents outlive their kids. Hang in there BIG.

    I need to get The Five Pennies. I’m a huge Danny Kaye fan.


  24. radioman970 says:

    yeah, “The Fugitive” TZ episode. I saw that one in the early early 80s and never forgot it. I hadn’t seen that one again until recently. Truth be told, I thought it was an outer limits or something since I was watching TZ on Sci-fi regularly in the 90s early 2000s and they never showed that one that I saw. It’s superb.


  25. Kali says:

    “The Fugitive” was one of my favorite Zone episodes. I saw Ms. Gordon at a TZ convention years ago but didn’t put two and two together so I never got a chance to ask her about Mr. BIG. Best thing he ever produced. Very talented actress.

    She will be missed. Best wishes to her family.


  26. Alex says:

    Bummer. Hope the Gordon’s do ok soon. She was a pretty good actress in Tormented. R.I.P. :(


  27. MikeK says:

    That’s terrible. I thought she was really good in Tormented. R.I.P. Susan Gordon. Too soon. It especially bothers me since she’s close to my mother’s age.


  28. Spector says:

    RIP, Susan, you were enjoyed.


  29. Tamar Simon says:

    The Aviner Family very much appreciates all the condolences.

    Emails for the family can be sent to

    Donations can be made in her memory to Chai Lifeline, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill children around the world.


    Please direct any email correspondence for her family to

    Regular mail can be sent care of:

    Mean Streets Management
    209 West 97th Street, 1D
    New York, NY 10025
    ATT: Susan Gordon Memorial / TSimon


  30. I want to thank everyone for their very kind and caring comments. I am devastated by my sisters death. There are no words to describe the level of loss I feel. Though she was older than me, I often would call her my little sis since she was so short. I also so appreciate your admiration of my dad. Both my parents, my other sister and her whole Family are missing her terribly. It does warm my heart to hear the appreciation. She was an incredibly talented woman. In all areas of her life. I miss her SO,


  31. Justin says:


    I wish you and the family strength and peace during this difficult time.

    I’ve only seen Susan in one film: Tormented. The MST3k guys may have had fun with this movie, but your sister was adorable and quite fun to watch. She’s one of my favorite child actors from the MST series.


  32. ck says:

    Listening to the dvd extra the Gordon’s made, Susan did
    an amzing job in Tormented. It was her first movie role,
    and she did it essentially as an emergency fill-in. I
    especially liked the way bert I. handled it and her overall
    movie career. It made her professional and personal life
    much saner then many child actors. :)


  33. Turkey Volume Guessing Man says:

    Sandy died? Well, I’m officially bummed out! She was one child who could give Lupita a run for her money in the adorable category.


  34. Mrs. Dick Courrier says:

    I had just rewatched Tormented this Tuesday night. It’s so sad, she was a good little actress. Better than a lot of the crappy more famous names out there *cough cough the Olsen twins*

    And the interview with her dad on the extras is great too. She seemed very gracious and down to earth.


  35. radioman970 says:

    I’m moved her sister’s posting above. We’re all fans of your family’s work. Truly sorry about your loss.

    Young Susan was so great in that TZ episode. She worked with that wonderful character actor (who I couldn’t name on a bet) and they were terrific together.

    I have Puppet People on DVD. That’s one I always wondered why MST3K didn’t show. Maybe it’s a little too good, kind of like Colossal man was almost too good. Now, Empire of the Ants….that is one that could have been a classic episode.


  36. Michael Howe says:

    OMG!! I saw her at the Burbank Autograph Show a few years ago, and she helped me meet and interview Bert for my Village of the Giants fanpage that day.

    She was very kind and gracious to me, and even showed me some of her dabbling in computer graphics programs.

    I still have the picture she signed of her appearance in the Twilight Zone episode.


  37. Rich says:

    I like that many people are saying nice things about the only person to ever give my youngest son a Sponge Bob t-shirt for Christmas.


  38. codename zirconium head says:

    little sandy was my favorite character from ANY mst movie – she was a rarity in a mst movie – a character that was clever, competent, sympathetic… and well-acted!

    my condolences for her family.


  39. Dropo221 says:

    RIP Susan! We never did find out what was wrong with a “jazz magician.”


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