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George Chandler
Chandler in A Star Is Born, 1937
Born (1898-06-30)June 30, 1898
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
Died June 10, 1985(1985-06-10) (aged 86)
Panorama City, Los Angeles
California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Place of burial Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Years active 1928–1979
Spouse(s) Catherine Ward (1935–1963); three children

File:Lassie cast 1957.jpg|thumb|From [[Lassie (1954 TV series), clockwise from top: Jon Shepodd, Cloris Leachman, Jon Provost, and George Chandler (1957)]] George Chandler (June 30, 1898 – June 10, 1985) was an American actor best known for playing the character of "Uncle Petrie Martin" on the CBS television series Lassie.[1]

Early years

He was born in Waukegan, Illinois,[2] on June 30, 1898. During his infancy, his family moved to Hinsdale, Illinois. Early in his career, he had a vaudeville act, billed as "George Chandler, the Musical Nut," which featured comedy and his violin.[3]

Military service

Chandler served in the United States Army during World War I.

Television

Chandler appeared six times in Bill Williams's western series The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–1955) in episodes titled "Law of Boot Hill", "Lost Treasure of the Panamints", "Trails Westward", "The Wrong Man", "Trail to Bordertown", and "Gunsmoke Justice". He guest starred on the Reed Hadley CBS legal drama The Public Defender. He appeared as the character Ames in the two-part episode "King of the Dakotas" in the 1955 NBC western anthology series Frontier. In 1954–1955, he was cast in two episodes of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life. He appeared in the 1956 episode "Joey and the Stranger" of the NBC children's western series, Fury. He was cast as Clay Hunnicutt in the 1957 episode "The Giveaway" of Jackie Cooper's NBC sitcom, The People's Choice.

In 1958, Chandler appeared as Cleveland McMasters opposite Marjorie Main as the frontierswoman Cassie Tanner in the episode "The Cassie Tanner Story" on NBC's Wagon Train.[4]

In the 1960–1961 television season, Chandler guest starred on an episode of Frank Aletter's one-season CBS sitcom, Bringing Up Buddy. In the 1961–1962 television season, Chandler co-starred with Robert Sterling, Reta Shaw, Jimmy Hawkins, Burt Mustin, and Christine White in another CBS one-season sitcom, Ichabod and Me.

Film

Chandler debuted in film in 1929.[2]

Other professional activities

In 1960, Chandler was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild.[2]

Death

Chandler died in Panorama City, California of cancer, on June 10, 1985, at the age of 86.[1]

Partial filmography

  • The Kid's Clever (1929) as Hank
  • The Virginian (1929) as Bug Ears
  • Devil-May-Care (1929) as Timid Royalist
  • The Last Dance (1930) as Sam Wise
  • In Gay Madrid (1930) as Enrique
  • The Light of Western Stars (1930) as Slig Whalen
  • The Florodora Girl (1930) as Georgie Smith
  • Manslaughter (1930) as Roadside Observer
  • Love in the Rough (1930) as Taxi Driver
  • Leathernecking (1930)
  • Her Man (1930) as Barfly
  • Only Saps Work (1930) as Elevator Boy
  • Crashing Hollywood (1931 short)
  • The Lure of Hollywood (1931 short)
  • Up Pops the Duke (1931 short)
  • The Woman Between (1931) as Waiter
  • Sob Sister (1931) as Reporter
  • A Holy Terror (1931) as Joe - Western Union Clerk
  • Too Many Cooks (1931) as Cousin Ned
  • Everything's Rosie (1931) as Jail Guard
  • Man of the World (1931) as Fred
  • Doctors' Wives (1931) as Dr. Roberts
  • Me and My Gal (1932) as Eddie Collins
  • Union Depot (1932) as Panhandler
  • The Beast of the City (1932) as Reporter
  • The Famous Ferguson Case (1932) as Depot Loafer
  • The Tenderfoot (1932) as Depot Bum
  • The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932) as Reporter
  • Is My Face Red? (1932) as Reporter
  • Blessed Event (1932) as Hanson
  • The Sport Parade (1932) as Pullman Ticket Agent
  • Afraid to Talk (1932) as Pete
  • The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933)
  • Parachute Jumper (1933) as Chauffeur
  • The Keyhole (1933) as Joe - Desk Clerk
  • The Mind Reader (1933) as Reporter
  • Elmer, the Great (1933) as Cubs Player
  • Picture Snatcher (1933) as Reporter
  • The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933) as Boxing Handler
  • She Had to Say Yes (1933) as Taxi Driver
  • The Power and the Glory (1933) as Young Member - Board of Director
  • Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) as Homer Howard
  • Footlight Parade (1933) as Druggist
  • The Kennel Murder Case (1933) as First Reporter at Police Station
  • The World Changes (1933) as Piano Player
  • Son of a Sailor (1933) as Sailor
  • Lady Killer (1933) as George Thompson
  • Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934) as Johnny Klinger
  • Hi, Nellie! (1934) as Sullivan
  • Dark Hazard (1934) as Soapy Sam Lambert
  • He Was Her Man (1934) as Highway Service Station Counterman
  • Fog Over Frisco (1934) as Taxi Driver
  • Big Hearted Herbert (1934) as Murphy
  • Happiness Ahead (1934) as Window Washer
  • 6 Day Bike Rider (1934) as Abner
  • Music in the Air (1934) as Assistant Stage Manager
  • Star of Midnight (1935) as Witness
  • The Woman in Red (1935) as First Reporter
  • While the Patient Slept (1935) as Evening Bulletin Reporter
  • Spring Tonic (1935) as Taxi Driver
  • Front Page Woman (1935) as Reporter
  • The Murder Man (1935) as Sol Hertzberger
  • Don't Bet on Blondes (1935) as Henry Purdy
  • Broadway Gondolier (1935) as Photographer
  • Welcome Home (1935) as Barber
  • It's in the Air (1935)
  • The Payoff (1935) as Reporter
  • Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) as Cashier
  • Stars Over Broadway (1935) as Charlie
  • Here Comes Trouble (1936) as Brooks - Purser
  • The Country Doctor (1936) as Greasy
  • Speed (1936) as 'Shorty' - Bystander at Barn Dance
  • The Princess Comes Across(1936) as Reporter for Transatlantic Film
  • Fury (1936) as Milton Jackson
  • High Tension (1936) as Man at Honolulu Dock
  • Women Are Trouble (1936) as Reporter
  • Sing, Baby, Sing (1936) as Hospital Intern
  • Sworn Enemy (1936) as Lunch Stand Man
  • Old Hutch (1936) as Cigar Store Clerk
  • Libeled Lady (1936) as Bellhop
  • All American Chump (1936) as Bank Clerk
  • The Accusing Finger (1936) as Reporter
  • Reunion (1936) as Jake
  • Pennies from Heaven (1936) as Waiter
  • Flying Hostess (1936) as Florist
  • Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937) as Counter Clerk
  • A Star is Born (1937) as Delivery Man
  • Nothing Sacred (1937) as Photographer
  • The Mad Miss Manton (1938) as Newspaper Man
  • Joy of Living (1938) as Taxi Driver
  • Second Fiddle (1939) as Taxi Driver
  • It's a Wonderful World (1939) as Photographer
  • Jesse James (1939) as Roy
  • Arizona (1940) as Haley
  • Design for Scandal (1941) as Taxi Cab Driver
  • Obliging Young Lady (1942) as Skip - the Bellboy
  • Roxie Hart (1942) as Amos Hart
  • The Captain from Köpenick (completed in 1941, released in 1945)
  • Behind the Mask (1946) as Shrevvie
  • The Glass Alibi (1946) as Bartender
  • Dead Reckoning (1947) as Louis Ord
  • The Paleface (1948) as Patient #1
  • Battleground (1949) as Mess Sergeant
  • Pretty Baby (1950) as Henderson
  • Westward the Women (1951) as Mackeral Face - Awaiting Groom
  • Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Gowie
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1951) as Farmer
  • Meet Me at the Fair (1953) as Deputy Leach
  • Island in the Sky (1953) as Rene
  • Marry Me Again (1953) as Telegram Messenger (uncredited)
  • Rails Into Laramie (1954) as Grimes
  • The High and the Mighty (1954) as Ben Sneed
  • The Steel Cage (1954) as Shorty Lanning, Convict segment "The Face"
  • Apache Ambush (1955) as Chandler
  • The Girl Rush (1955) as Kibitzer (uncredited)
  • Good-bye, My Lady (1956) as Reporter
  • Spring Reunion (1957) as Zimmie (uncredited)
  • Gunsight Ridge (1957) as Gus Withers
  • Law of the Lawless (1964) as Martin
  • Dead Ringer (1964) as George, Chauffeur
  • Apache Uprising (1965) as Jace Asher
  • The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) as Judge Harley Nast
  • Buckskin (1968) as Storekeeper J. Perkins
  • One More Time (1970) as Bit Part (uncredited)
  • One More Train to Rob (1971) as Conductor
  • Pickup on 101 (1972) as Pawnshop owner
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975) as Grocer
  • Capone (1975) as Robert E. Crowe
  • The Bastard (1978) as Seadog
  • Every Which Way But Loose (1978) as Clerk at D.M.V.
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) as Elderly Man (Right outside the Police Office)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "George L. Chandler, 86, Dies. Film Actor Who Headed Guild". June 14, 1985. https://www.nytimes.com/1985/06/14/arts/george-l-chandler-86-dies-film-actor-who-headed-guild.html. Retrieved 2015-02-09. "George L. Chandler, an actor who succeeded Ronald Reagan to become the 10th president of the Screen Actors Guild, died Monday of complications following cancer surgery. He was 86 years old. ..." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "George Chandler Heads Actors Guild". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas, Corpus Christi. June 13, 1960. p. 29. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6487921/the_corpus_christi_callertimes/. Retrieved September 3, 2016.  open access publication - free to read
  3. "Director Discover Falls For Chandler". Statesville Record And Landmark. North Carolina, Statesville. February 15, 1947. p. 7. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6488006/statesville_record_and_landmark/. Retrieved September 3, 2016.  open access publication - free to read
  4. "The Cassie Tanner Story". Internet Movie Data Base. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0743064. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 

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