Jeff Chandler


Actor
Jeff Chandler

About

Also Known As
Ira Grossel
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
December 15, 1918
Died
June 17, 1961
Cause of Death
Blood Poisoning Following Surgery For Slipped Spinal Disc

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

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

Notes

Formed and own music publishing company Chandler Music.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Merrill's Marauders (1962)
Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Lewis Jackman
The Plunderers (1960)
Sam Christie
Thunder in the Sun (1959)
Lon Bennett
The Jayhawkers! (1959)
Luke Darcy
A Stranger in My Arms (1959)
Pike Yarnell
Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)
Karl Wirtz
Raw Wind in Eden (1958)
Marino Moore, also known as Scott Moorehouse
The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958)
Mike Dandridge
Man in the Shadow (1957)
Ben Sadler
The Tattered Dress (1957)
James Gordon Blane
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
Sal Satori
Drango (1957)
[Maj. Clint] Drango
Pillars of the Sky (1956)
First Sergeant Emmett Bell
The Spoilers (1956)
Roy Glennister
The Toy Tiger (1956)
Rick Todd
Away All Boats (1956)
Capt. Jebediah S. Hawks
Foxfire (1955)
Jonathan ["Dart"] Dartland
Female on the Beach (1955)
Drummond "Drummy" Hall
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
Cochise
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Marcian
Yankee Pasha (1954)
Jason [Starbuck]
The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)
Jonathan Westgate
East of Sumatra (1953)
Duke Mullane
War Arrow (1953)
Major Howell Brady
Meet Danny Wilson (1952)
Nightclub patron
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)
Cochise
Red Ball Express (1952)
Lt. [Chick] Campbell
Because of You (1952)
Steven Kimberly
Yankee Buccaneer (1952)
Commander David Porter
Flame of Araby (1952)
Tamerlane
Iron Man (1951)
Coke Mason
Double Crossbones (1951)
Narrator
Bird of Paradise (1951)
Tenga
Smuggler's Island (1951)
Steve Kent
Broken Arrow (1950)
Cochise
Deported (1950)
Vic Smith, also known as Vittorio Mario Sparducci
Two Flags West (1950)
Maj. Henry Kenniston
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
Pratt
Abandoned (1949)
Chief McRae
Sword in the Desert (1949)
Kurta
Johnny O'Clock (1947)
Turk
Roses Are Red (1947)
Knuckle
The Invisible Wall (1947)
Al Conway

Producer (Feature Film)

The Plunderers (1960)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Six Bridges to Cross (1955)
Composer
Foxfire (1955)
Composer

Life Events

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

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

Photo Collections

The Tattered Dress - Movie Poster
The Tattered Dress - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Foxfire (1955) - What's The Diff? After credits with an eponymous title song (with the lyric written by leading man Jeff Chandler!) promising mining industry melodrama, top-billed Jane Russell encounters car trouble and some sassy Native fellow motorists, in Foxfire, 1955, from the popular novel by Anya Seton.
Merrill's Marauders (1962) - My Big Nightmare Merrill (Jeff Chandler), expecting relief after having completed his mission in 1944 Burma, gets bad news from Stilwell (John Hoyt), his troops (Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Will Hutchins, Claud Akins, Charles Briggs et al) already celebrating, in Samuel Fuller's Merrill's Marauders, 1962.
Merrill's Marauders (1962) - Seasoned Jungle Fighters Former newsman and combat veteran Samuel Fuller directing and co-writing, the real General Joseph Stilwell briefly featured, shot on location in the Philippines, the opening of Merrill's Marauders, 1962, starring Jeff Chandler and Ty Hardin.
Broken Arrow (1950) - I Am Cochise Having spent a month learning Apache language and customs, and a big riding-in sequence from director Delmer Daves, Arizona scout Jeffords (James Stewart), having decided on his own to negotiate with Cochise (Jeff Chandler) to permit mail service, meets the imposing chief, in Broken Arrow, 1950.
Broken Arrow (1950) - White Painted Lady Received into the Arizona stronghold of Apache leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler), scout and former soldier Jeffords (James Stewart), seeking negotiations over mail service, observes tribal customs and meets young initiate Sonseeahray (Debra Paget), in Delmer Daves’ Broken Arrow, 1950.
Sword In The Desert (1949) - Jewish Army Of Resistance Vogel (Stephen McNally), who has just smuggled a group of Jews into British Palestine, with his Haganah fighter friend Jeno (Paul Marion), tuning in as Sabra and Kurta (Marta Toren, Jeff Chandler, their first appearances) broadcast on underground radio, in Sword In The Desert, 1949.
Jeanne Eagels - Beauty Contest Jeanne (Kim Novak) loses a beauty carnival beauty contest but complains and wins a consolation from owner Sal Satori (Jeff Chandler) in this early scene from director George Sidney's bio-pic Jeanne Eagels, 1957.
Ten Seconds to Hell - Frau Bauer German bomb disposal experts Wirtz (Jeff Chandler), Tillig (Dave Willock) and Koertner (Jack Palance) meet their liaison Frau Bauer (Virginia Baker) in Ten Seconds to Hell, 1959.

Trailer

Family

Philip Grossel
Father
Connected with restaurant busniness.
Anna Shevelew
Mother
Divorced from Philip Grossel.
Jamie Chandler
Daughter
Dana Chandler
Daughter

Companions

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

Bibliography

Notes

Formed and own music publishing company Chandler Music.