George Chandler


Actor

About

Birth Place
Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Born
June 30, 1898
Died
June 10, 1985
Cause of Death
Alzheimer's Disease

Biography

Long-faced, instantly recognizable veteran character player with a slightly plaintive voice, often typecast as obnoxious reporters or country yokels, a former vaudevillian known as "the musical nut." Chandler, who appeared in well over 100 films between the late 1920s and the late 70s, was a welcome presence in small roles in many of the films of his close friend, director William Wellma...

Biography

Long-faced, instantly recognizable veteran character player with a slightly plaintive voice, often typecast as obnoxious reporters or country yokels, a former vaudevillian known as "the musical nut." Chandler, who appeared in well over 100 films between the late 1920s and the late 70s, was a welcome presence in small roles in many of the films of his close friend, director William Wellman.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Every Which Way but Loose (1978)
Dmv Clerk
Griffin and Phoenix (1976)
Old Man
Capone (1975)
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
Pickup on 101 (1972)
Pawnshop owner
One More Train to Rob (1971)
Conductor
Buckskin (1968)
Storekeeper Perkins
Apache Uprising (1966)
Jace Asher
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
Judge
Law of the Lawless (1964)
Hotel clerk
Dead Ringer (1964)
George
Gunsight Ridge (1957)
Gus Withers
Spring Reunion (1957)
Zimmie
Apache Ambush (1955)
Chandler
The Girl Rush (1955)
The Steel Cage (1954)
Shorty
Rails into Laramie (1954)
Grimes
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Ben Sneed
Marry Me Again (1953)
Telegram messenger
Island in the Sky (1953)
Rene
Rose of Cimarron (1952)
Deputy
The WAC from Walla Walla (1952)
Jud Canova III
My Man and I (1952)
Frankie
This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
Dr. Ryan
Meet Me at the Fair (1952)
[Deputy] Leach
Woman of the North Country (1952)
Harris
And Now Tomorrow (1952)
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
Farmer
Westward the Women (1952)
Mackerel face
Somebody Loves Me (1952)
Stage hand
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
Gowie
Disc Jockey (1951)
Peerless
Double Dynamite (1951)
Messenger
The Whip Hand (1951)
Jed
Triple Trouble (1950)
Squirrely Davis
Perfect Strangers (1950)
Lester Hubley
Pretty Baby (1950)
Henderson
Singing Guns (1950)
Smitty
Kansas Raiders (1950)
Willie
The Next Voice You Hear (1950)
Officer
The Happy Years (1950)
Johnny
Once More, My Darling (1949)
Motel proprietor
Knock on Any Door (1949)
Cashier
Battleground (1949)
Mess sergeant
Adventure in Baltimore (1949)
The Judge Steps Out (1949)
Station agent
The House Across the Street (1949)
Boss
Homicide (1949)
Photographer
The Paleface (1948)
First patient
Night Song (1948)
Bartender
Race Street (1948)
Herman
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
Max
Silver River (1948)
Newspaperman
If You Knew Susie (1948)
Graham
The Hunted (1948)
Joe, the bartender
The Pirate (1948)
Carriage driver
The Girl from Manhattan (1948)
Monty
Lightnin' in the Forest (1948)
Elevator operator Jenkins
Hollow Triumph (1948)
Aubrey, assistant
Sons of Adventure (1948)
Billy Wilkes
The Cobra Strikes (1948)
Janitor
Alias a Gentleman (1948)
Curly Britt
Killer McCoy (1947)
Photographer
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Second mate
It Had to Be You (1947)
Road to Rio (1947)
Valet
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Hobo
It's a Joke, Son! (1947)
Grocer
I'll Be Yours (1947)
Tall man in phone booth
Saddle Pals (1947)
Dippy
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Louis Ord
Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
Peddler
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947)
Newspaper photographer
Magic Town (1947)
Bus driver
Because of Him (1946)
Busboy
Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)
Drummer
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
Reporter
Lover Come Back (1946)
Waiter
A Guy Could Change (1946)
Gus, photographer
The Last Crooked Mile (1946)
Roller coaster operator
The Glass Alibi (1946)
Bartender
Little Giant (1946)
O'Brien
Behind the Mask (1946)
Shrevvie
The Missing Lady (1946)
Shrevvie
Strange Impersonation (1946)
Jeremiah Wilkins Rinse
Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Sergeant Hannigan
So Goes My Love (1946)
Mr. Williams
Heldorado (1946)
Photographer
Suspense (1946)
Louie
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
Rancher
See My Lawyer (1945)
Captain Eddie (1945)
Heckler
Lady on a Train (1945)
Customer
Patrick the Great (1945)
Bellboy
Tell It to a Star (1945)
Al Marx
Without Love (1945)
Elevator boy
This Man's Navy (1945)
Bert Bland
The Great Morgan (1945)
Dresser
Strange Confession (1945)
Harper
The Shanghai Cobra (1945)
Joe Nelson
Man from Oklahoma (1945)
Janitor
Pardon My Past (1945)
Cab driver
It's in the Bag! (1945)
Elevator operator
Since You Went Away (1944)
Taxi driver
Step Lively (1944)
Country yokel
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
Sailor
Swing Fever (1944)
Vendor
Buffalo Bill (1944)
Trooper Clancy
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Bob
Goin' to Town (1944)
Jameson
Allergic to Love (1944)
Joe
Bride by Mistake (1944)
Armed guard
Three Men in White (1944)
Parking lot attendant
Tall in the Saddle (1944)
Saddler
Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)
Electrician
They Got Me Covered (1943)
Smith
Hers to Hold (1943)
Soldier
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Jimmy Carnes
My Kingdom for a Cook (1943)
Gas man
City Without Men (1943)
Chester
Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
Fred
Here Comes Elmer (1943)
Eddie, reporter
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)
Butler
Hi, Buddy (1943)
Oscar
Never a Dull Moment (1943)
Businessman
A Scream in the Dark (1943)
Reporter
Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Jake
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
Kelly
Obliging Young Lady (1942)
Skip
Secrets of the Underground (1942)
Lynch
That Other Woman (1942)
Charlie
A Night to Remember (1942)
Taxi driver
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942)
Piano mover
Call Out the Marines (1942)
Freddie
Here We Go Again (1942)
Waiter
Highways by Night (1942)
Gas station attendant
Roxie Hart (1942)
Amos Hart
The Great Gildersleeve (1942)
Messenger
Scattergood Survives a Murder (1942)
Sam Caldwell
Isle of Missing Men (1942)
Steward
Night in New Orleans (1942)
Taxi driver
The Forest Rangers (1942)
Keystone Cop
Castle in the Desert (1942)
Bus driver
Private Buckaroo (1942)
Corporal
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
Forbes
Remember the Day (1942)
Telegraph clerk
Pardon My Sarong (1942)
Newsman
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942)
Elevator man
Sleepers West (1941)
Yokel
Buy Me That Town (1941)
Smedley son-in-law
Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Cameraman
A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1941)
Look Who's Laughing (1941)
Alex
Private Nurse (1941)
Messenger boy
Western Union (1941)
Herb
Mountain Moonlight (1941)
Steve Brown
Repent at Leisure (1941)
Conductor
Design for Scandal (1941)
Taxicab driver
Dance Hall (1941)
Switchboard operator
Broadway Limited (1941)
Photographer
The Captain of Koepenick (1941)
Kelle, Kallenberg
Double Date (1941)
Attendant
The Mad Doctor (1941)
Elevator operator
Tobacco Road (1941)
Clerk
Man at Large (1941)
Taxi driver
Three Sons O'Guns (1941)
Cleaner
Model Wife (1941)
Joe
Charter Pilot (1940)
Sound man
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1940)
First clerk
The Light That Failed (1940)
First voice
Edison, the Man (1940)
Operator
Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)
Counterman
Manhattan Heartbeat (1940)
Hawker
Arizona (1940)
Haley
Melody Ranch (1940)
Cab driver
Trail of the Vigilantes (1940)
Railroad station attendant
Shooting High (1940)
Charles Pritchard
The Return of Frank James (1940)
Roy
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Mr. Jones
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
Cameraman
Everybody's Baby (1939)
G. Randolph
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
Photographer
Beau Geste (1939)
Cordier
Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
Laundryman
Fast and Furious (1939)
Clerk
Boy Slaves (1939)
Deputy
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Reporter
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Loafer
The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)
Pay orderly
King of the Turf (1939)
Second tout
Calling All Marines (1939)
John Gordon
I Stole a Million (1939)
Double Hat
Thou Shalt Not Kill (1939)
Johnny
Second Fiddle (1939)
Taxi driver
The Jones Family in Hollywood (1939)
Hotel clerk
20,000 Men a Year (1939)
Soda jerker
Jesse James (1939)
Roy
Exile Express (1939)
Marvin McGee
One Wild Night (1938)
First bank teller
Joy of Living (1938)
Taxi driver
The Shopworn Angel (1938)
Tommy, a soldier
Man-Proof (1938)
Third reporter
Up the River (1938)
Trusty
Men with Wings (1938)
Cody
Gateway (1938)
Reporter
There Goes My Heart (1938)
Taylor
Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
Man in fight crowd
Valley of the Giants (1938)
Second fireman
Secrets of a Nurse (1938)
"Dopey"
The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
Reporter
Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)
Baggage master
The Shining Hour (1938)
Press agent
Block-Heads (1938)
Reporter
Checkers (1938)
Three Comrades (1938)
Comic
Rascals (1938)
Patient
Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
Radio operator
Hot Water (1937)
Photographer
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Photographer
Wake Up and Live (1937)
Janitor
A Star Is Born (1937)
Delivery man
Saratoga (1937)
Cameraman
God's Country and the Woman (1937)
Flunky
Woman-Wise (1937)
Clerk
Woman Chases Man (1937)
Taxi driver
Mannequin (1937)
"Swing" Magoo
They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
Taxi driver
Big Town Girl (1937)
Red Evans
Big City (1937)
Mr. Briggs
Time Out for Romance (1937)
Simpson
Small Town Boy (1937)
Bill Clipper
Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)
Counter clerk
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
Usher
Fair Warning (1937)
Hotel clerk
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
Attendant
One Mile from Heaven (1937)
Herman
A Family Affair (1937)
Waiter
Old Hutch (1936)
Cigar store clerk
The Accusing Finger (1936)
Reporter
High Tension (1936)
Man at Honolulu dock
Fury (1936)
Milton Johnson
All American Chump (1936)
Bank clerk
Speed (1936)
Rustic bystander
Here Comes Trouble (1936)
Purser Brooks
Women Are Trouble (1936)
Reporter
Sworn Enemy (1936)
Lunch stand man
Libeled Lady (1936)
Bell hop
The Country Doctor (1936)
Greasy
Princess Comes Across (1936)
Film man
Three Men on a Horse (1936)
Al
Flying Hostess (1936)
Florist
Pennies From Heaven (1936)
Waiter
Sing, Baby, Sing (1936)
Reunion (1936)
Crook
While the Patient Slept (1935)
Stooge
Broadway Gondolier (1935)
Photographer
Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
Henry
Welcome Home (1935)
Barber
Front Page Woman (1935)
Reporter
The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Pilot
The Woman in Red (1935)
Reporter
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
Cashier
Murder Man (1935)
Sol Hertzberger
Star of Midnight (1935)
Witness
Spring Tonic (1935)
Taxi driver
Stars over Broadway (1935)
Charlie
6 Day Bike Rider (1934)
Abner
Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Autopsy surgeon
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
Reporter
He Was Her Man (1934)
Waiter
Big Hearted Herbert (1934)
Murphy
Music in the Air (1934)
Assistant stage manager
Hi Nellie! (1934)
Danny
Fog over Frisco (1934)
Driver
Footlight Parade (1933)
Druggist
The Power and the Glory (1933)
Board member
The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
Lady Killer (1933)
Thompson
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
Homer [Howard]
The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
Reporter
The Sport Parade (1932)
Train ticket salesman
Blessed Event (1932)
Hanson
Me and My Gal (1932)
Eddie Collins
Beast of the City (1932)
Reporter
The Tenderfoot (1932)
Depot bum
Too Many Cooks (1931)
Cousin Ned
Doctors' Wives (1931)
Dr. Roberts
Man of the World (1931)
Fred
Sob Sister (1931)
Reporter
In Gay Madrid (1930)
Enrique
Only Saps Work (1930)
Elevator boy
The Light of Western Stars (1930)
Slig
The Last Dance (1930)
Sam Wise
The Florodora Girl (1930)
Georgie Smith
The Kid's Clever (1929)
Hank
The Cloud Dodger (1928)
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Music (Feature Film)

Rooftops (1989)
Song
The Bitch (1979)
Song Performer

Cast (Special)

Indemnity (1958)
George Thompson (Guest)

Cast (Short)

So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)
Bars and Stripes (1937)
Soak the Poor (1937)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Bastard (1978)

Life Events

1928

Feature debut, "The Cloud Dodger"

1937

First collaboration with director William Wellman, "Nothing Sacred"

1952

TV debut in the syndicated series, "The Abbott and Costello Show"

1957

Network debut in the CBS series, "Timmy and Lassie"

1958

Appeared in the NBC special, "Indemnity"

1976

TV-movie debut, "Griffin and Phoenix"

1978

Final TV role in the miniseries, "The Bastard"

1978

Final feature appearance, "Every Which Way But Loose"

1979

Debut as a song performer with the feature, "The Bitch"

1989

Final film credit for song, "Drop" from "Rooftops"

Videos

Movie Clip

Blessed Event (1932) - The Devil In Southampton Columnist Moxley (Ned Sparks) returns from vacation to chew out his substitute (Lee Tracy as Alvin Roberts) for printing outrageous society gossip, Miss Stevens (Ruth Donnelly) steering clear, when the editor Miller (Walter Walker) arrives with a surprise ruling, in director Roy Del Ruth’s Blessed Event, 1932, from Warner Bros.
Hi, Nellie! (1934) - Polish Children's Picnic Yarn First scene for Paul Muni in his first comedy, as big city news editor “Brad” Bradshaw, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, with George Chandler, Donald Meek, Douglas Dumbrille (as “Dawes”), and Paul Kaye in support, the picnic story having nothing to do with the Bob Dylan song, written about a similar (but not fictional) event almost 30-years later, in Hi, Nellie!, 1934.
High And The Mighty, The (1954) - Whistlin' Dan After the aerial credit sequence, the first order of business for director William A. Wellman, introducing his producing-partner and star John Wayne, as co-pilot Dan Roman, who meets mechanic Sneed (George Chandler), via the script from Ernest K. Gann, and the same team that made the hit Island In The Sky the previous year, in The High And The Mighty, 1954.
Hunted, The (1948) - Why Else Do Guys Drink? Having just helped his now-paroled ex-girlfriend, whom he sent to jail, and who maintains her innocence, find a new job, cop Johnny (Preston Foster) drops in on barkeep Joe (George Chandler), who remembers the case, in The Hunted, 1948, from director Jack Bernhard and writer Steve Fisher.
Arizona (1940) - Opening: Tucson Credits and prologue lead to an intimate review of a wagon train and its arrival in at Tucson, led by Muncie (William Holden) and Haley (George Chandler) in director Wesley Ruggles' Arizona, 1940.
Great Morgan, The (1946) - Produced By Frank Morgan Opening scene, venerable Frank Morgan as himself, George Chandler his dresser, Leon Ames as executive "K-F," in the MGM comedy-satire-musical-programmer The Great Morgan, 1946.
Beast Of The City, The - Happiness Squad Impressive process-shot action as cops including Captain Fitzpatrick (Walter Huston) are summoned to a crime scene, in MGM's crime drama Beast Of The City, 1932, from a story by W.R. Burnett.

Trailer

God's Country and the Woman - (Original Trailer) A lady lumberjack falls for one of her workers, not realizing it's a business rival in disguise in God's Country and the Woman (1937).
Dead Ringer - (Original Trailer) Bette Davis vs. her evil twin in Dead Ringer (1964), a thriller directed by her former Now, Voyager co-star Paul Henreid.
Bureau of Missing Persons - (Original Trailer) A police chief (Pat O'Brien) helps a young bride (Bette Davis) find her missing husband...or at least his corpse at the Bureau Of Missing Persons (1933).
Broadway Gondolier - (Original Trailer) Joan Blondell and Adolphe Menjou cut up with Frank McHugh in the trailer for the "radio romance" Broadway Gondolier (1935).
Big Hearted Herbert - (Original Trailer) Character actor Guy Kibbee gets a starring comedy as Big Hearted Herbert (1934) whose business success makes him neglect his family.
All-American Chump - (Original Trailer) A small-town math whiz is exploited by card sharks and hustlers in All-American Chump (1936).
Alias a Gentleman - (Original Trailer) Wallace Beery plays an aging convict who tries to keep his daughter from following in his footsteps in Alias a Gentleman (1948).
6 Day Bike Rider - (Original Trailer) A young failure tries to impress his girlfriend by entering a bicycle race in 6 Day Bike Rider (1934).
While the Patient Slept - (Original Trailer) A nurse investigates murder at a mysterious mansion in While The Patient Slept (1935) starring Aline MacMahon and Lyle Talbot.
Tenderfoot, The - (Original Trailer) Joe E. Brown stars as an innocent cowboy who sets out to back a Broadway play in The Tenderfoot (1932) based on George S. Kaufman's play The Butter And Egg Man.
Libeled Lady - (Original Trailer) When an heiress sues a newspaper, the editor hires a gigolo to compromise her in Libeled Lady, 1936, starring Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and William Powell.
Three Loves Has Nancy - (Original Trailer) A country girl (Janet Gaynor) follows the man who jilted her to the big city, where she finds two new suitors.

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