Gordon was born in New York City on July 11, 1925 to Polish immigrants. Sometime during his early childhood the Charles and Blanche Fisher Laite became his foster parents.
Charles Laite was a Broadway actor and appeared in four silent films. Charles died in February 17, 1937 of a heart attack at the stage door of the Cleveland House Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, were he was an understudy for the play "In a Nutshell"..
Blanche was the illustrator of one of the most popular children's book's ever sold, The Real Mother Goose by Rand McNally. Over 3,600,000 copies of this book have been sold since its first printing in 1916.
He attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and the Chicago Art Institute.
Gordon married his wife Jeanne in 1948 and the couple had three children.
His later years were spent in Gallup, New Mexico until his death in 1978 at the age of 52.