- When younger played Rugby League for Moldgreen ARLFC.
- The unusual spelling of the name Gorden (usually spelt Gordon) was the result of an Equity typing error.
- Suffered serious head injuries from a car accident in 1999. Had major surgery following the accident and took a long time to recover.
- Is best known as Rene in ‘Allo, Allo’ (1982) but got an early break on Coronation Street (1960) as Elsie Tanner's nephew.
- Released his life story in Rene & Me: A Sort of Autobiography (1989).