Charles Gordon, Producer of 'Field of Dreams,' 'Die Hard' and 'Waterworld,' Dies at 73

Producer Charles Gordon
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Charles Gordon

He earned an Oscar nom, shared with older brother and frequent producing partner Lawrence Gordon, on the Kevin Costner baseball drama.

Charles Gordon, the Oscar-nominated producer behind such films as Field of DreamsDie Hard, October Sky and Waterworld, has died of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 73.

He earned his Oscar nomination (shared with older brother and frequent producing partner Lawrence Gordon) for his work on Universal's Field of Dreams (1989), the heart-tugging baseball drama that starred Kevin Costner and was written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson. (Driving Miss Daisy won for best picture that year.)

"Although he was 11 years younger, he was more like an older brother to me in many parts of my life. He was a wonderful family man with excellent judgment. On our movies, he was invaluable," Lawrence Gordon told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

The brothers also produced other films including Die Hard 2 (1990), Leviathan (1989), Lock Up (1989), K-9 (1989), Unlawful Entry (1992) and The Rocketeer (1991).

Gordon also produced the 2015 film Hitman: Agent 47.

On the television side, he executive produced shows including The Renegades, Just Our Luck, Lone Star, The Streets, Our Family Honor and Things That Go Bump.

Gordon was born on May 13, 1947, and raised in Belzoni, Mississippi.

He is survived by his children, Jamie, Kate and Lily, and wife, Lynda.

Kim Masters contributed to this report.