Lifetime Achievement Award given out in his name at the 14th annual LA Music Awards
Shep E. Gordon (born 1946) is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer. Gordon is featured in a 2014 documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which was directed by Mike Myers.
He was born in 1946 in Jackson Heights, Queens. He is known for his pleasant personality and friendliness. He has developed a close friendship with the 14th Dalai Lama and accompanied him to a visit at UB in 2006.
Of Jewish descent, Gordon practices Buddhism. He obtained his B.A. in 1968 from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) in sociology. He then moved to Los Angeles, California.
He first gained connections in Hollywood by meeting Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Alice Cooper in 1968. He quickly became Cooper’s agent, and subsequently was able to do work for other celebrities such as Anne Murray, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, and the late Luther Vandross.
On March 2, 1980 he married Marzella A. Hanson in Los Angeles and they later divorced.
Gordon has worked on numerous film productions, typically as a producer. These include The Duellists and Kiss of the Spider Woman. He then created one of the first independent film production companies in the U.S., Alive Films.
His most recent work has included ‘Alive Culinary Resources’, which has helped spur publicity about the culinary arts. He owns multiple restaurants but perhaps the most interesting is a sports bar in Phoenix known as Alice Cooper’stown.