Candace Pert, Ph.D., who discovered opiate receptors on the brain, said, “Dr. Billi Gordon is truly one of the most unforgettable people I have ever met—to move, from the artistic world of Hollywood to the highly structured, and serious world of the UCLA neuroscientist as he did took not only courage and commitment, it took a kind of brilliant intelligence that is extraordinarily rare. Arguably, to be able to reliably make people laugh hysterically is more important of a gift than being able to add an innovative paper to the scientific literature–Billi can do both. Billi’s love and understanding of what makes people tick is the skill that allows him to nimbly bridge the two worlds and enrich them both. Yes I love talking to Billi and being with Billi–it’s always hilarious and fascinating–but Billi’s truly unique quality that makes so many diverse folks gravitate into his orbit is his extreme warmth and genuine caring toward others. Billi’s just a gigantic-hearted, nurturing, Midwesterner with whom I would, (and have) trusted the psyche of my youngest son. Bless this fabulous and phenomenally sophisticated man!”
Dr. Gordon received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. He has an Interdisciplinary Masters in Psychology and Sociology, with foci in Chronic Episodic Violence Syndrome (Serial Killers) and Potentially Lethal Modes of Sexual Expression (Sexual Homicide and Lethal Fetishes). He studied under Dr. James Elias, Director of the Center for Sex Research, who is the last active Kinsey Researcher, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court’s sexuality expert. Dr. Gordon’s committee also consisted of Dr. Sandra Cole, University of Michigan School of Medicine and James Toy, MSW also from the University of Michigan.
In 2004, Dr. Gordon received his doctorate in Neuroscience. His committee consisted of Candace B. Pert, Ph.D. Georgetown University Department of Physiology, C.A. (Tony) Buffington, Ph.D. DVM, The Ohio State University, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Sandra Cole, Ph.D. University of Michigan School of Medicine, Peter Fenner, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Beverly Rubrick, Ph.D. University of California – Berkley – Department of Physics. He conducted his research, and completed his internship & training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Digestive Diseases, in the Brain-mapping Core, of the Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women’s Health.
Dr. Gordon did his post-doctoral training in Functional Neuroimaging at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in the Brain Research Institute and Departments of Radiology and Neurobiology under Mark S. Cohen Ph.D. and Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.
Prior to his doctoral pursuits, he had a successful and colorful career as a film and television actor, writer, and he authored three best selling books. Billi was (and remains) the most accomplished and successful alternative model in history.
According to Wikipedia: Models, he was the highest paid alternative model in world and the only alternative model ever represented by The William Morris Agency, which was the top agency in the world at that time.
The San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer, all say Billi’s image spawned a cottage industry, appearing on aprons, t-shirts, calendars, fans, stationary, and hundreds of greeting cards internationally, as well as on European Billboards. He was the only American spokesmodel for a major Japanese Company (Fudosan) on Japanese television. He is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles and is a member of SAG-AFTRA, PEN-USA, and The Writers Guild of America – West. Billi is also a part of the Western Sandblast Repertory Film Group, which originated at Paramount Pictures for broadcast media writers and directors. Billi received his three-camera sitcom training at Paramount Studios from Harvey Lembeck with such notables as Robin Williams, Penny Marshall, and John Ritter.
In addition, when Billi was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Robert Hayden, then Poetry Consultant to The Library of Congress, recognized his poetry talent, and became his mentor. Dr. Gordon is included in an Anthology of Contemporary American Poets, and in 1989, Billi received the Golden Poet Award from The World of Poetry. Dr. Gordon is currently finishing his first coffee table book of poetry, which will include the photographs of renown, celebrity photographer, Harry Langdon Jr., who was also the Chief Photographer for the Reagan White House, and photographs many of the world’s royal families.
CAA has packaged and developed a television docudrama based on Dr. Gordon’s colorful life and compelling struggle with obesity. His blog, Obesely Speaking, on Psychology Today, has over a quarter of a million readers, and he has an equally popular blog on the Huffington Post.
In 1981, when Dr. Gordon’s father died suddenly he moved his mentally challenged mother into his home and cared for her until her death in 2002. In 1988, (during his transgendered phase) the State of California issued Dr. Gordon and his male spouse a marriage license, and they were married in Watsonville, CA in August of that year, and are still married today. Billi is a University of Michigan alumni cheerleader and loves all Michigan sports. He is also an animal rights activist, with a particular devotion to ending brutality to elephants.