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Jeff Chandler

Jeff Chandler

D.O.B.: December 15, 1918 (Brooklyn, NY)

D.O.D.: June 17, 1961 (Culver City, CA)

Cause of Death: blood poisoning after spinal surgery

Location: Hillside Memorial; Mausoleum, Hall of Graciousness

Biographical Notes:

Attended Erasmus High School. He took drama, and worked in stock companies for two years. After WWII service, he performed briefly in radio dramas and comedies, then made his film debut in 1947. He was a radio star in "Our Miss Brooks", as Professor Boynton. His curly, prematurely gray hair and ruggedly handsome features gave him a distinctive look that made him a favorite with female audiences, although most of his roles were in male-oriented Westerns and action pictures.

He had a beautiful home in Palm Springs, CA. He enjoyed smoking a pipe. (And looked so handsome with it!) In the fifties, he became a star in Western movies. Played both romantic leads and exotic roles, three times portraying Cochise on the screen. He was nominated for best supporting actor in 1950 for BROKEN ARROW. He starred with such leading ladies as: Kim Novak, Lana Turner, Maureen O'Hara, Rhonda Flemming, Jane Russell, Joan Crawford and June Allyson. He starred with famous men such as: Jimmy Stewart, Rock Hudson and Raymond Burr to name a few.

He owned "Chandler Music" a publishing company, and had success as a recording artist, wrote music and played violin. He took his singing career to Las Vegas, where he performed at the Riviera Hotel. The scar across his eye was from a truck accident. When his friend Sammy Davis Jr. lost an eye in an accident and was in danger of losing the other, Jeff offered to give him one of his own eyes.

He was a neighbor and childhood friend of actress Susan Hayward. Spouse: Majorie Hoshelle (1946-1954) (divorced) He had two daughters, Jamie (1947) and Dana (1948) He died on June 17, 1961, at age 42, of blood poisoning following spinal surgery for a slipped disc in Culver City, CA. Tony Curtis and Jeff were very good friends. Tony was a pall bearer at Jeff's funeral. His death from blood poisoning was deemed malpractice and resulted in a lawsuit and settlement ($200,000.00) for his daughters.

 

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