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"Mr. Mooney,' Gale Gordon dies

Gale Gordon was the embodiment of stuffiness during decades of playing television straight men, a role he filled so well that Lucille Ball used him as a foil in three series.

Mr. Gordon died of cancer Friday at the Redwood Terrace Health Center in Escondido, where his actress wife died just a few weeks ago. He was 89.

Mr. Gordon saw no magic in his characters, who were often "pompous, stuffy, opinionated and loud," he said in a 1951 interview. "Therefore it is easy to make them humorous if the scriptwriter is skillful."

Mr. Gordon's most memorable role may have come on The Lucy Show, when he played the prissy bank manager Mr. Mooney, constantly bedeviled by employee Lucy Carmichael, from 1963 to 1968.

From 1968 to 1974, Mr. Gordon played Lucy Carter's blustery brother-in-law on Here's Lucy, then Ball cast him again in her short-lived 1986 series Life with Lucy.

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