Me? In 1952, exhibitors voted Chandler the 22nd-most popular star in the US. He later reflected "I've tried heavies – but audiences didn't seem to take to that. He was the first actor nominated for an Academy Award for portraying an American Indian. [76] He died on June 17, 1961. The last of those was distributed by Paramount, which released Chandler's next film, another Western, The Jayhawkers! jeff chandler, actor of many motion pictures some 40 years ago, died before his time & before he explored all of his overt & hidden talents. Broken Arrow turned out to be a considerable hit, earning Chandler an Oscar nomination and establishing him as a star. Tony Curtis and Gerald Mohr were among the pallbearers at Chandler's funeral, attended by more than 1,500 people. His acting versatility and on-screen presence won him a long list of high-profile roles alongside a variety of top leading ladies. by THOMAS M. PRYOR. [28] 20th Century-Fox was keen to use Chandler again and offered him roles in The Day the Earth Stood Still, Lydia Bailey, Les Misérables, and The Secret of Convict Lake. And let's face it, acting is the easiest way I know to make a buck. [17] As part of the arrangement, Chandler signed a deal with Fox to make a film a year with them for six years. Chandler stated: I don't want to make pictures in other countries; I want to stay home. (Thanks to Robert) Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) … [56] In Ten Seconds to Hell and The Jayhawkers! Jeff Chandler (born Ira Grossel; December 15, 1918 – June 17, 1961) was an American actor, film producer, and singer best remembered for playing Cochise in Broken Arrow (1950), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Chandler said he always wanted to act, but courses for commercial art were cheaper, so he studied art for a year and worked as a layout artist for a mail-order catalogue at $18 a week. He was to star opposite Tony Curtis in Operation Petticoat (1959), but fell ill and had to withdraw.[9][55]. A fifth operation, a tracheotomy, was never confirmed and a private autopsy was performed on the body. July 12, 1960 - May 1, 2019. Published in Olean Times Herald on Nov. 27, 2020. He was meant to make Death on a Sidestreet[19] and The Lady Count[20] but neither ended up being made. [3], Universal announced him for Chief Crazy Horse,[35] but the role ended up being played by Victor Mature. Jeff Chandler (born Ira Grossel; December 15, 1918 – June 17, 1961) was an American actor, film producer and singer best remembered for playing Cochise in Broken Arrow (1950), for which he was Oscar nominated. "Tribune GO-TO-MOVIE GUIDE: Tony Martin Gives Views on Career" Jeff Chandler died in Culver City, California on June 17th 1961. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Chandler "is proving remarkable in performing singing duty, even though he is not exactly a singing type". Jeff Chandler was a 6'4" gorgeous hunk of beefcake with thick curly silvery hair and he was often photographed to show off his massive hairy chest. Family will receive friends Saturday, November 28, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Funeral service at KENNEDY'S 219 Ohio St. Johnstown, Rev. "Drama: Hayward Slates Picture; 20th Casts Chandler; 'Chaplains' Activated" Schallert, Edwin. In her autobiography Hold the Roses (2002), Rose Marie wrote that "Jeff Chandler was a great guy, but he was no singer. [75], On May 13, 1961, he entered a hospital in Culver City, California, and had surgery for a spinal disc herniation. Hopper, Hedda. "Jeff Chandler Finally Gets to 'Act His Age': Rising Young (31) Screens Player Considers Himself 'a Lucky Kid'" SCHEUER, PHILIP K. "The News of Radio: John Kieran Will Perform for Television in Series of Films on Natural History", "WELLMAN DIRECTOR OF 'BATTLEGROUND': METRO NAMES HIM TO HANDLE FILM OF BATTLE OF THE BULGE – CRAIG IN 'SIDE STREET'" by THOMAS F. BRADY, "THEDA BARA MOVIE GOES TO COLUMBIA: De Sylva's 'The Great Vampire' Will Be Distributed by Studio -- 'Champion' Suit Ruling" by THOMAS F. BRADY. Jeffrey Todd Chandler Jr. 3 The third result is Jeffrey Todd Chandler Jr. age 20s in Mesa, AZ in the Lehi neighborhood. The movie actor Jeff Chandler died at the age of 42. Even before Broken Arrow was released, Chandler was upped to leading-man status back at Universal. Jeff leaves behind two sons, Jordan and Zac Chandler, and countless numbers of friends he made along the way. Jebediah S. Hawks]: Hit by shrapnel when a kamikaze plane hits his ship, he dies of the injury some time later. Council Opens Campaign to Halt Cheaper Production Abroad by U. S. Studios Special to The New York Times". "ACTOR TO RELIVE INCIDENT OF WAR: Philip Carey Again Will Be Aboard Carrier 'Bombed' for 'Battle Stations'" by THOMAS M. PRYOR . Share Jeff's life story with friends and family. All other countries are giving inducements to companies and to players; even a little country like Israel is trying to formulate a plan for subsidies. Instead, he appeared in Yankee Pasha, and started singing in nightclubs. "JEFF CHANDLER MAN OF MANY FACES: He Can Play Any Kind of Character Role, and Is a Glamor Guy, Too Hedda Hopper Writes of Jeff Chandler" Hopper, Hedda. Chandler's next two movies were made for a brand new company, Seven Arts: Ten Seconds to Hell, a drama with Jack Palance for director Robert Aldrich, and Thunder in the Sun, a Western with Susan Hayward. Gossip columnist Liz Smith scolded her in print for outing Chandler 38 years after his death and wrote, "You didn't have to do it, Esther." But suddenly there are not enough pictures being made here. Jeffrey is related to Jeff G Chandler and Dana Leigh Chandler as well as 2 additional people. He attended Erasmus Hall High School, the alma mater of many stage and film personalities, where he acted in school plays; his schoolmates included Susan Hayward. [10] He went on to appear in episodes of anthology drama series such as Escape and Academy Award Theater, and became well known for playing the lead in Michael Shayne. TO MAKE SPACE-TEST FILM: Feature to Depict Efforts of U.S. Scientists to Launch an Earth Satellite" by THOMAS M. PRYOR, Louella Parsons: "Linda Darnell Signs With Jeff Chandler", "Tuesday Proclaimed as L.A. Free Enterprise Day", "SYMBOLIC DRAMA WILL BE A MOVIE: 'A Passenger to Bali,' Which Ran Here in 1940, Bought by Security Pictures" by THOMAS M. PRYOR. [53] A Motion Picture Exhibitor Poll listed him as the tenth most popular male star in the US in 1957. [63], In 1957, he had an affair with Esther Williams while making a movie together, and his wife filed for divorce at the end of the year. Chandler received more attention playing Eve Arden's love interest on radio in Our Miss Brooks, which debuted in July 1948 and became a massive hit. Jeffrey C. Kesterson. Mar 1, 2013 - Founder, Make-A-Wish Foundation San Diego Chapter. [70], He was linked with Esther Williams, who wrote in her 1999 autobiography Chandler was a cross dresser and she broke off the relationship. In Part 5 of Accidental Deaths in Hollywood I look at five drownings, four actors who died from falls, and another who failed to survive a botched operation. When you're trekking the country – as I am now for my Decca records "I Should Care" and "More Than Anyone" and for Universal International, my home studio – every hour of the day, from the morning disc jockeys to the midnight program is filled. I was born to be an executive – an idea man. The cause was a blood infection complicated by pneumonia. In the coloured stills and on posters his studio always showed his hair as blue, heightening the unreality. Chandler’s death certificate revealed the details of an undisclosed fourth operation for a gall bladder inflammation. Chandler appeared in Return to Peyton Place for Fox. "FILM UNIT OPPOSES FOREIGN VENTURES: A.F.L. "Big Chief Cochise Set; Sidney to Direct 'Keys;' Trevor 'Package' Looms" Schallert, Edwin. [3] Universal refused to lend him, though, as he was now one of their biggest stars. [40] He announced "being a movie star isn't worth it", complaining that: I can't go anywhere as an ordinary individual. "I don't know why I got it," Chandler joked at the time, "maybe it's because I'm saving them money. [39] He was replaced in the role by George Nader. Interment Grandview Cemetery. I like to push buttons. Hearn Role in 'The Naked and the Dead' for Norma Productions" by THOMAS F. BRADY. CHANDLER, Jefrey Kidd Loving husband, father, and friend to all, Jefrey Kidd Chandler, son of Lydia and Jack Chandler, and brother to Marlena Chandler, passed away May 29th, 2019 while vacationing with his wife of 39 years, Kathi Chandler. For a number of years, film exhibitors voted Chandler among the top stars at the box office. [43], In May, Chandler performed at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. "Looking at Hollywood: Orson Welles Will Star in and Direct 'Badge of Evil'" Hopper, Hedda. [67], Chandler was involved in a will dispute concerning his stepfather in 1960.[68]. Chandler had a concurrent career as a singer and recording artist, releasing several albums and playing nightclubs. He's The Busiest, Now". [5][6], Chandler formed his own company, the Shady Lane Playhouse, in Illinois in the summer of 1941. Chandler appeared in an expensive (for Universal) epic, playing the Emperor Marcian in Sign of the Pagan and co-starred with Jane Russell in Foxfire (1955), which he enjoyed because, "I don't have to be so darned monosyllabic in this one. Chandler married actress Marjorie Hoshelle (1918–1989) in 1946. [3][4], Eventually, he saved up enough money to take a drama course at the Feagin School of Dramatic Art in New York. Buys Rose TV Play" by THOMAS M. PRYOR, "R.K.O. "Film Unit Opposes Foreign Ventures: A.F.L. Here is all you want to know, and more! He went on to play small roles as gangsters in Roses are Red and The Invisible Wall, and a policeman in Mr Belvedere Goes to College. Cross-dressing is the last thing I would expect of Jeff. Anyone in the world with imagination and initiative can become a success. : As an Indian, Jeff Chandler caused countless feminine hearts to flutter; now, in straight dramatic roles, he's a box office smash". Chandler refused the role and was replaced again by George Nader, but this time, the dispute was not over money, but due to Chandler's overwork. [44], He made a Western, Pillars of the Sky, then had a change of pace with the comedy The Toy Tiger, the fourth movie he made that year. "Looking at Hollywood: Movie Studio Plans Remake of 'The Magnificent Obsession'" Hopper, Hedda. "Foy, 'Breen Shape 'Tanks Are Coming' for Screen; Bushman Acts King Saul" Schallert, Edwin. He said he earned $250,000 in 1957 from his acting and singing, but had a lot of expenses, with his personal manager, business manager, and agent taking 25% of his income. Tinee, Mae. "'Chief Crazyhorse' Held Right for Jeff Chandler; Slate Signs Term Deal" Schallert, Edwin. Jeff was born February 22, 1954 to Clare and Norabelle (Bouck) Washburn in Owosso, MI. Jeff was a customer service specialist for Johnstown Wire Technologies and member of Liberty Grace and Bridge of Life Church, Westmont. His next film, The Story of David, was filmed for American TV, his first work in that medium, but was shown theatrically in other countries. [26] Young later said Chandler "was more of a personality than an actor... a charming man."[27]. In 1955 he became only the second star to play at the Riviera, after Liberace was the featured headliner. He left to work on a movie after three and a half weeks. He put together an act and we opened at the Riviera. While working on Merrill's Marauders in the Philippines, on April 15, 1961, Chandler injured his back while playing baseball with U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers who served as extras in the film. If the movies had not found him the advertising agencies would have done – and in fact, whenever you saw a still of him you looked at his wrist-watch or pipe before realising that he wasn't promoting something. A member of the Lane Arts Council who shared her art experience with youngsters through the programs such as YouthArts as well as her own studio in Cottage Grove. According to the Los Angeles Times, many friends and colleagues of Chandler's rejected Williams' claims. He was 42. "Renewal at Allied for Jeff Chandler: 'Plunderers' Pleases Studio; Star Urges Subsidy for Films" Scheuer, Philip K. "Marsha Hunt Signs for 'Plunderers': 'Threepenny Opera' Due Here; 'Untouchables' Will Expand" Scheuer, Philip K. "CHANDLER SIGNED FOR BIBLE DRAMAS: Actor to Play David in Two Specials on A.B.C.-TV – Baseball Schedule Set" By RICHARD F. SHEPARD. The actor is only a small part of the performance. "Jeff Chandler Will Star in 'Holy Grail'" Hopper, Hedda. "Rock Hudson, Doris Day Top New Poll; U-I Gives Boost to Joanna Moore" Scheuer, Philip K. "GOLDWYN NAMED FOR MOVIE HONOR: Producers Guild to Give Him Milestone Award – Jeff Chandler Gets Role" by THOMAS M. PRYOR. It was followed by more adventure fare: East of Sumatra and War Arrow with Maureen O'Hara. In 1954, Chandler was starting to gripe about his workload: You just can't call your time your own. Our Miss Brooks transferred to television, but Chandler was not permitted to do TV under his contract; his part was taken by Robert Rockwell. He had commitments to make two films per year at Universal until 1959.[52]. He was born in Decatur, GA the son of George F. Chandler, Jr. and Barbara Holt Chandler. [29] On Peggy Lee's radio show, he had demonstrated a talent for singing, and he pursued this through the decade.[30]. "Jeff Chandler Among Movie Visitors Here" Tinee, Mae. [80] It was deemed malpractice and resulted in his children suing the hospital for $1.5 million. Sister of Jamie Tucker. Jeff Chandler Among Movie Visitors Here He was reunited with Fox and Delmer Daves to play a Polynesian chief in Bird of Paradise (1951), which Chandler admitted was a variation of his performance as Cochise. 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