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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:||Cast ... actor lyricist radio performer music publisher|
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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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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