ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gordon Alan Webb, 85 years old, born on December 15, 1935, and passed away on December 26, 2020. We will remember him forever for the man that he was and the men and woman he helped us all grow into and become. Please contribute to this page with your stories, photos, and tributes and help us keep Gordon's memory alive and strong in our hearts and minds.
-The Webb Family
Posted by Leonard Leonardo on February 11, 2021
The first time I met Gordon we went to the track "breeders cup" imagine that,, a weekend I'll never forget. I fell in love with him by the second race!! I will always remember him for his generosity and and zest for life, he will truly be missed!
Posted by Elliot Kaplan on February 10, 2021
In the 1990's Jeanne and I decided to compete in Cowboy Action Shooting. You shoot two pistols, a rifle and shotgun and it is a timed event. All guns are pre 1800 and dress is of the same time period. I competed in Frontier Cartridge Duelist and Jeanne as Ladies Frontier Cartridge, both being black powder categories, just like the old days. Everyone uses an alias and we asked Gordon if we could use his parents names. We had known Rose and found her an intelligent, loving and dignified lady. While we never met Harry, we believed that Gordon was just like him. One of the people we shot with was related to Wild Bill Hickok and the connection to Harry and Rose Webb gave us a connection to the old west. Gordon was happy to allow us to use his family names and he gave us detailed histories of their movie careers that we incorporated accurately into our characters. Harrison helped us find and frame original movie posters, that we put at the entrance and on the walls of our theater.  In many ways a shrine to the Webb family and their connection to the old west. We got a German shepherd that Jeanne trained for live recovery specializing in children. He would go to every match with us and appeared in several television shows and magazine pictorials. Gordon swore he was Rin Tin Tin resurrected (I had to look this up to spell it correctly) and we gave him the alias of King the Wonder Dog after the dog in Harry and Rose's serial. I even got the logo of their old studio on my loading block. Over the years Harry and Rose won many local and State matches. In 2019 Rose Webb won our Regional Champion in her class and among the top ten at the World Championship. In 2016 and 2019 Harry won top ten in his class at the World Championship. Together Harry and Rose won many costume contests. On several occasions Gordon was going to join us National Matches as a guest celebrity talking about western movies at the banquet that always followed but something always came up. It saddens us deeply that that opportunity has passed forever.
Posted by Harrison Webb on February 9, 2021
Grandpa what an amazing life you had and truly lived. It baffles me every day just how loved your were by friends and family alike and what a large part of our lives you truly were. The hole left behind by your passing can never be filled, those boots are just to large. But the lessons on life and love you have taught us will live on with me and all of us for the rest of our lives. When my time comes if I can be surrounded by friends and family the way you were with friends coming over to hop right into the bed , listening to and telling stories with big old smiles content in just basking in the unconditional love in the room as you had , I will know that, like you, I did enough right and can leave this earth as you did with no regrets and with a heart full of love and joy. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts every day for the rest of my life.

Love,
Harrison

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Posted by Leonard Leonardo on February 11, 2021
The first time I met Gordon we went to the track "breeders cup" imagine that,, a weekend I'll never forget. I fell in love with him by the second race!! I will always remember him for his generosity and and zest for life, he will truly be missed!
Posted by Elliot Kaplan on February 10, 2021
In the 1990's Jeanne and I decided to compete in Cowboy Action Shooting. You shoot two pistols, a rifle and shotgun and it is a timed event. All guns are pre 1800 and dress is of the same time period. I competed in Frontier Cartridge Duelist and Jeanne as Ladies Frontier Cartridge, both being black powder categories, just like the old days. Everyone uses an alias and we asked Gordon if we could use his parents names. We had known Rose and found her an intelligent, loving and dignified lady. While we never met Harry, we believed that Gordon was just like him. One of the people we shot with was related to Wild Bill Hickok and the connection to Harry and Rose Webb gave us a connection to the old west. Gordon was happy to allow us to use his family names and he gave us detailed histories of their movie careers that we incorporated accurately into our characters. Harrison helped us find and frame original movie posters, that we put at the entrance and on the walls of our theater.  In many ways a shrine to the Webb family and their connection to the old west. We got a German shepherd that Jeanne trained for live recovery specializing in children. He would go to every match with us and appeared in several television shows and magazine pictorials. Gordon swore he was Rin Tin Tin resurrected (I had to look this up to spell it correctly) and we gave him the alias of King the Wonder Dog after the dog in Harry and Rose's serial. I even got the logo of their old studio on my loading block. Over the years Harry and Rose won many local and State matches. In 2019 Rose Webb won our Regional Champion in her class and among the top ten at the World Championship. In 2016 and 2019 Harry won top ten in his class at the World Championship. Together Harry and Rose won many costume contests. On several occasions Gordon was going to join us National Matches as a guest celebrity talking about western movies at the banquet that always followed but something always came up. It saddens us deeply that that opportunity has passed forever.
Posted by Harrison Webb on February 9, 2021
Grandpa what an amazing life you had and truly lived. It baffles me every day just how loved your were by friends and family alike and what a large part of our lives you truly were. The hole left behind by your passing can never be filled, those boots are just to large. But the lessons on life and love you have taught us will live on with me and all of us for the rest of our lives. When my time comes if I can be surrounded by friends and family the way you were with friends coming over to hop right into the bed , listening to and telling stories with big old smiles content in just basking in the unconditional love in the room as you had , I will know that, like you, I did enough right and can leave this earth as you did with no regrets and with a heart full of love and joy. You will always be in my heart and my thoughts every day for the rest of my life.

Love,
Harrison
his Life
   Gordon A. Webb, son of late producer/director Harry S. Webb and mother Rose Webb, began his film career at MGM Studios as a messenger in the Production Department. In 1955, at the age of nineteen, he has the opportunity to join the Director’s Guild of America. His first film as an Assistant Director was “Jubal Troop,” directed by Delmar Daves, starring Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Rod Steiger, for Columbia Pictures. For the next two years he continued working at Columbia and other major studios.

   In 1957, at the age of twenty-one, Webb moved to 20th Century Fox and spent nine years as an Assistant Director and Production Manager on the hit TV series “Perry Mason.” In 1965, when the CBS series ended, he began pursuing racing and breeding thoroughbred horses on his ranch in Central California.

   In 1969 he returned to Hollywood and CBS working on “Wild Wild West,” “Mission Impossible,” “Gunsmoke,” and other TV and feature films.

   In the 1970s and early eighties, Webb produced and Production Managed over 20 feature film and TV movies, with such hits as “Brubaker,” “Fletch,” “Golden Child,” “Wild Cats,” and “Couch Trip.”

   In 1986 he joined Ivan Reitman’s company and Co-Produced “Twins,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Beethoven & Beethoven II,” “Dave,” “Junior,” “Space Jam,” “Father’s Day,” and “Six Days Seven Nights.”

   In 1999 Webb retired to consulting on films and running his cattle and horse ranches in Oregon.

   Webb passed peacefully at his home on Dec. 26th, 2020 after his battle with cancer. He is survived by his children Adrienne Manhan, Gordon Webb Jr., Jennifer Bernstein, Lindsay Webb, and Matthew Webb. His ex-wife Karen Webb. His Brother Robert Webb. His grandchildren Ashley Manhan, Hilary Manhan, Jackson Manhan, Kailin Webb, Harrison Webb, and Olivia Webb. And his great grandchildren Mackenzie Hodges, Evan Hodges, Gaven Webb, Wyatt Webb, and Paityn Webb.

Recent stories

No Work & Didn't Forget the Ole Wallet- Grandpa are you ok?

Shared by Harrison Webb on February 11, 2021
There are so many stories when I reminisce about Gordon but one of the first that comes to mind while writing this with a big smile on my face is the following:
   
   As many of us know, quite often when a tab would come at the end of dinner with Gordon, he would either be "heading to the restroom" or "conveniently left his wallet at home". This had become a such a running theme that it  became an "inside"  family joke where anyone who truly knew Gordon and was planning on taking him out to lunch or dinner knew that they were most likely paying. I had told these stories for years to my in-laws before they met Gordon about how gracious and loving my grandfather could be, that he wasn't necessarily cheap when it came to many things but by all means don't expect him to pay for dinner. On top of this story line I had been giving to my in- laws was the second most infamous story line which was Gordon putting you to work. It did not matter if you were coming over for a 5 min. visit or a weekend stay at the desert house, if there was work to be done he would enlist your services willing or unwilling. Before you knew it you would be changing light bulbs, planting cactus, replacing water heaters, etc. There was no task to big or to small to engage your help in. On my in-laws first trip down to the desert and one of their first times meeting my grandfather, they were going into this weekend vacation in La Quinta with a storyline of my grandfather that I had built up for them years in the making. Low an behold we get to the desert to start are weekend siesta and.............nothing. We spent the weekend swimming in the pool, feeding the fish in the lake, watching tv, barbequing, enjoying life and no one was put to work. To add insult to injury on my stories, on our second night in the desert Gordon takes us all out to one of his favorite restaurants in La Quinta. We order so much food and drink that I was to say less than thrilled about the tab that was coming, which I knew I was going to pay for. When the dinner winds down and it comes time for the check, Gordon does not shuffle off to the restroom. In fact he is the first at the table to pull out his wallet and pay for the entire meal. (I think at this point in the weekend I was equal parts confused and questioning if I was dreamin). At the conclusion of the trip I will never forget the drive home with my in-laws. My father in-law let me have it. "For years you have been telling me about your grandfather. I envisioned someone so different. I have never met a more gracious man and what an amazing weekend, you are so lucky to have such a generous and gracious grandfather." At the time I had never looked more foolish. I remember not having much to say that ride back as I was in just as much shock as he was. I had to bide my tongue at that time. Although that trip went much differently  than anyone expected, in the years to come after that weekend my father in law, who happens to be a plumber, would ultimately come to learn that my words rang true about being put to work by Gordon. I often times think back on that trip and and the sentiment of what my father in-law said to me that day and it sticks with me. For all of Gordon's faults and flaws, I will always remember the vast amount of good times we had and how truly lucky I was to have a grandfather who loved and cared for me and my family in the way that he did. 

First Meal with Gordon

Shared by Elliot Kaplan on February 9, 2021
I have hundreds of stories about my friendship with Gordon but most all of them contain hints of confidential information that is it not my place to reveal.  One of my favorite that I can tell was in the early years of our friendship of over forty years.  It was 1981 and I was a third year law student working at a Century City Law Firm when I was tasked with preparing for a trial representing Gordon.  Working for Gordon was glorious not laborious because he was engaging, smart and honest (and a little obsessive).  After several months he invited me to have lunch with him at the Fox Commissary.  He advised me that while the dining room was beautiful and full of movie history, he didn't like eating there because want to be's hire people to come over and make a big deal about them so they can be noticed.  I assured him that I was not interested in being noticed so no worries.  He arranged a lot pass and we went to our table and continued our discussions about his litigation between stories about Arness, Raymond Burr, Mel Brooks, his father, Rose, wives and children.  It was one of the most enjoyable meals I ever had until in a loud woman's voice, almost screaming, came the words "OH MY GOD, IT'S ELLIOT KAPLAN!!!"  The room went silent, I sat there like a deer in the headlights as Gordon sank slowly in his chair and gave that stare that was uniquely his with his chin down on his chest and looking through the top of his glasses glairing at me.  It was my friend Elizabeth Whitney (who would succeed Jesse Unruh as State Treasurer on his death).  We had worked for Jesse in the 1970's when he ran for Treasurer.  I went on to law school and we hadn't spoken for years.  All the suits came over and said hello to Gordon and wanted to shake my hand, a nobody then and in their future.  But Gordon never believed me that I didn't set it up.