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Also Known As: Ira Grossel Died: June 17, 1961
Born: December 15, 1918 Cause of Death: blood poisoning following surgery for slipped spinal disc
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, lyricist, radio performer, music publisher

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Tough, virile lead with prematurely steel grey, wavy hair and a muscular physique who starred in action films of the late 1940s and 50s, often as American Indians (three times as Cochise), gangsters, cavalrymen and "natives". Not a docile star, Chandler rebelled against Universal's mediocre action projects and was suspended several times. Chandler's career was cut short by his premature death--due to blood poisoning after routine spinal surgery for a slipped disc--at age 42.

Tough, virile lead with prematurely steel grey, wavy hair and a muscular physique who starred in action films of the late 1940s and 50s, often as American Indians (three times as Cochise), gangsters, cavalrymen and "natives". Not a docile star, Chandler rebelled against Universal's mediocre action projects and was suspended several times. Chandler's career was cut short by his premature death--due to blood poisoning after routine spinal surgery for a slipped disc--at age 42.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Merrill's Marauders (1962) Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill
2.
 Return to Peyton Place (1961) Lewis Jackman
3.
 The Plunderers (1960) Sam Christie
4.
 Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) Karl Wirtz
5.
 Thunder in the Sun (1959) Lon Bennett
6.
 The Jayhawkers! (1959) Luke Darcy
7.
 A Stranger in My Arms (1959) Pike Yarnell
8.
 The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958) Mike Dandridge
9.
 Raw Wind in Eden (1958) Marino Moore, also known as Scott Moorehouse
10.
 The Tattered Dress (1957) James Gordon Blane
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First job as a restaurant cashier
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Acted in summer stock and formed studio publicity company with friend before WWII
1945:
Involved in serious car accident while on his way to a screen test; left with a large scar on his forehead
1947:
Film acting debut (had one line as a surly gambler) in "Johnny O'Clock"
1948:
Worked in radio on "Mr. Dana" and "Michael Shayne Detective" (date approximate)
1949:
Brought to attention of Universal with his role as Eve Arden's boyfriend on radio's "Our Miss Brooks"; signed to seven-year contract
1950:
Received Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as Cochise in "Broken Arrow"
1952:
Reprised role of Cochise in "Battle at Apache Pass"
1954:
Again played the leader of the Apache Nation in "Taza, Son of Cochise"
1954:
Signed recording contract with Decca Records
1955:
Wrote lyric for title song of "Six Bridges to Cross"
1955:
Cast as a Native American who marries a socialite in "Foxfire"; also did own singing in opening scene
1957:
Made debut as nightclub singer in Las Vegas
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After Universal contract was up, moved to United Artists
1957:
Formed Earlmar Productions with agent Meyer Mishkin; produced first film (also directed for a few weeks), "Drango" (released by UA)
1961:
Was to star in "Operation Petticoat" at time of death
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Education

Erasmus Hall High School: Brooklyn , New York -
Feagin School of Dramatic Art: New York , New York -

Notes

Formed and own music publishing company Chandler Music.

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wife:
Marjorie Hoshelle. Married in 1946; divorced in 1959; died in 1989 at age 71.
companion:
Esther Williams. Actor. Romantically involved in the late 1950s; in her autobiography, she claimed Chandler was a cross-dresser.

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father:
Philip Grossel. Connected with restaurant busniness.
mother:
Anna Shevelew. Divorced from Philip Grossel.
daughter:
Jamie Chandler.
daughter:
Dana Chandler.
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Source: Wikipedia The free internet encyclopedia

Born Ira Grossel to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, Chandler attended Erasmus Hall High School, the nucleus of many stage and film personalities. Later, he took a drama course and spent two years in stock companies before serving in World War II. After being discharged from the military, he was a busy radio actor both in drama (such as episodes of Escape) and comedy (playing bashful biology teacher Phillip Boynton on Our Miss Brooks). His first film appearance was in Johnny O'Clock (1947). In the 1950s, Chandler became a star in western and action movies. His first important role was in Sword In The Desert ( 5AC 1948), as an Israeli freedom fighter. He would be nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Cochise in Broken Arrow (1950), the first of three screen appearances as the legendary Apache chief, followed by The Battle Of Apache Pass (1952) and Taza, Son Of Cochise (1954). During the latter part of the decade, Chandler turned into a top leading man. His sex appeal, curiously heightened by his prematurely gray hair and tanned features, would put him into drama and costume movies. Some of his pictures in this period include Away All Boats, Toy Tiger, Drango, The Tattered Dress, Man In The Shadow, Foxfire, A Stranger In My Arms, and Thunder In The Sun. His leading ladies would include June Allyson, Joan Crawford, Rhonda Fleming, Susan Hayward (a friend from Brooklyn), Maureen O'Hara, Jane Russell and Esther Williams. Shortly after completing his role in Merrill's Marauders (1962), Chandler entered a Culver City hospital and had surgery for a spinal disc herniation on May 13, 1961. There were severe complications, an artery was damaged and Chandler hemorrhaged. In a seven and a half hour emergency operation over and above the original surgery, he was given an enormous amount of blood, 55 pints. Another operation followed, date unknown, where he received an additional 20 pints of blood. An average adult has about 14 to 18 pints of blood, so his entire blood volume was replaced 4 to 5 times! Chandler fought hard to live, 5AC but expired June 17, 1961. His death was deemed malpractice and resulted in a large lawsuit and settlement for his children. Tony Curtis was a pallbearer at Chandler's funeral. He was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

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