The late gay actor Billi Gordon became famous as the drag queen in the movie “Arriving in America” but his acting was nowhere near. He decided to drop everything and follow his dream.
Gay actor Billi Gordon, who passed away three years ago, is considered one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. Before becoming famous in the industry, the late actor had a humble but difficult start.
Gordon grew up overweight in Dowagiac, Michigan. In high school, he weighed about 300 pounds. He briefly attended a Roman Catholic Seminary after people told him he was called to be religious.
Left: Billi Gordon dressed as the trailer queen in the 1988 movie “Arriving in America”. Right: Billi Gordon in a hospital gown. | Photo: youtube.com/Roseanne Barr | twitter.com/dialmformovies
He began a tumultuous life in Los Angeles, working as a male escort and a prostitute looking after women. Later, he discovered his talent for comic writing and performing as a woman.
Gordon modeling greeting cards. His work has opened the door for him into the brilliant world of manipulative – dressing up, hairdo, and make-up.
Gordon is an icon of charisma thanks to her feminine features and sense of humour. His husband, Robert Lindsay Schallert, who was with the actor until his death, speak in a 2009 LA Times interview:
“It’s very convincing. There are people who still think he’s a woman.”
The couple married in 1988. Schallert is active as an actor, whose first major television role was as Wolfie Smith in the series “Citizen Smith”, which ran from 1977 to 1980.
SEARCH FAME IN HOLLYWOOD
A crowd pleaser by nature, later Gordon Has become popular in Hollywood through movies and television. He appeared in the 1986 film “The Party Animal”, starring actor Matthew Causey.
With Gordon’s love of food and talent for writing, he published a cookbook, “You’ve Got Worse In Your Mouth”.
He briefly starred in the 1987 family sitcom “Married… with Children”, playing a drag character. He also portrayed the drag queen in the 1988 film “Coming 2 America”.
LONG JOURNEY TO HOLIDAY
Despite a promising career in Hollywood, Gordon still felt unsatisfied. He decided to put aside his career to start over. In 1997, he completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan.
He then attended California State University- Northridge and completed his master’s degree in psychology and sociology in 2001. He continued to strengthen his educational background.
In 2004, Gordon obtained his Ph. in Integrative Behavioral Neuroscience at Union Institute and University. He then pursued a postdoctoral and research career in neuroscience at UCLA.
At UCLA, Gordon has researched emotions, race, minority health disparities, digestive health and obesity – issues that affect him personally. He researches topics because he feels it is his duty to help others.
Despite making jokes about her weight while acting, the late TV star has remained open about her health issues, including obesity.
Previously, he wrote a popular column titled “Obesely Speaking” for Psychology Today magazine. He also writes several blogs published in the Huffington Post and LA Times.
HEALTH AND WEIGHT STRATEGIES
Despite surviving the effects of harmful diet pills at a young age, Gordon unfortunately suffered the consequences that affected his health in later life.
In 2009, he was admit to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a large tumor grew from his right thigh. It was quite a difficult time for him at the hospital because of his size.
Because of his weight, the doctors couldn’t put Gordon on the MRI machine. The largest MRI machine in the hospital has a weight limit of 550 pounds. Gordon’s weight exceeded the weight limit.
Billi Gordon lies on a hospital bed receiving care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2009. | Photo: Getty Images
Because there was no MRI machine, Gordon went on a liquid protein diet, which helped him lose a significant amount of weight. He was later discharged from the hospital but continued his diet at home.
Gordon attributes many factors to his weight struggles. He shares that he has thyroid issues, stress, a bad reaction to beta-blockers, and that his mother is bipolar.
He also has problems with overeating because of his depression. According to his husband, Schallert, he says he has tried everything to stop Gordon’s weight.
Among Schallert’s efforts to prevent Gordon from overeating was locking their refrigerator. When they got married, he noted that Gordon’s weight was 400 pounds. Schallert speak:
“My biggest hope for him is to lose weight to free him. He can’t go where he needs to go, he can’t get where he wants to go.”
Despite loving and accepting Gordon as he is, Schallert wants him to feel lighter. He describes Gordon’s life as “composite” as he surrounds himself in a room with a TV and computer.
Gordon was a researcher at the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Adolescent Health Disparities. He does most of his work from home on his computer.
Neuroscientist Mark Cohen, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and a supervisor of Gordon’s postdoctoral research, said he had previously urged the actor to lose weight.
With Gordon’s love of food and talent for writing, he published a cookbook, “You’ve Got Worse In Your Mouth”. Inside the book, he was wear scissors and adapted a character from the movie “Gone with the Wind”.
He is also an author five research publications, including his thesis on the perception of black male sexual power and assertions about “The Mystery of the Black Horse”.
After a tumultuous youth, a colorful career in drag, television and film, Gordon has passed away. in 2018. Because of Gordon’s health problems, his family also experienced financial crisis after his death.
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