Follow That Food's Gordon Elliott began his broadcast career as a law student at Sydney University in his native Australia. Late as usual for his essays on media and society, he thought a shrewd piece of public opinion research would give him the grade he needed.
Gathering opinions about Australia's leading media personalities from people in the street, Gordon presented his findings to the personalities themselves. Several offered him an opportunity to interview them, and one made the mistake of putting Gordon on his radio show. What started as a five-minute guest spot turned into two hours of co-hosting. The station owner offered him a job on the spot. Gordon had found his calling.
Taking a year off from his legal studies, Gordon hosted his own call-in program from Perth, Western Australia. He returned to law school but kept working part-time on Sydney radio. In 1971, he sat in for Casey Kasem's American Top 40 in Hollywood, then hosted the show again in 1980. Gordon was determined to make his way in America, but fate intervened in the form of Australia's first morning news shows: Good Morning, Australia.
After spending six years as a down-under version of Matt Lauer, Gordon finally got his chance as a US reporter/producer on A Current Affair, where he worked from 1987 to 1991. Traveling all over the world to cover breaking stories, he was the first television journalist to stand atop the Berlin wall without fear of being shot. He moved on to Hard Copy in 1991, during which time he also hosted the NBC network re-launch of To Tell the Truth.
Feeling restless in the early mornings, Gordon and his friend Peter Brennan started a breakfast show called Good Day New York. Live on camera, Gordon barged into New York homes before the sleeping occupants had a chance to open their eyes. He entrapped a rarely gullible Donald Trump with a fake Mikhail Gorbachev, awoke a surprised Bill Cosby with the 101 voices of the New York Choral Society singing the Hallelujah Chorus, and terrified the occupants of a Brooklyn high-rise apartment by hiring a cherry picker to lift him to bedroom windows on the 13th floor.
A large following of equally sadistic New Yorkers enjoyed the show, boosting it to number one in the ratings. In 1993, Gordon left for CBS This Morning, then hosted The Gordon Elliot Show for CBS Entertainment from 1994 to 1997.
Besides making his mark in the television world, Gordon has acted in several movies and is raising two sons, Angus and Duncan.