Friday, December 08, 2006

George Chandler

You knew the face was George Chandler, you just couldn't place the name...
He was born in Waukegan, Illinois June 30, 1898. He went into vaudeville in 1919 billed as George Chandler, the Musical Nut. Chandler started in films in 1927 in a series of shorts called "Tenderfoot Thrillers" for Universal. Beginning with 1937's A Star is Born, he appeared in over 20 of famed director William Wellman's films. He is probably best remembered as Uncle Petrie in the Lassie television series. He succeeded Ronald Reagan as President of the Screen Actors Guild in 1960 and served until 1963. After losing his first wife, Catherine Ward in 1963, he married Helen Gutcheon in 1968. Due to the onset of Alzheimer's Disease in 1980, Chandler was forced to retire. He died June 10, 1985 from complications following cancer surgery.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mr.Chandler also starred in the only picture I recall seeing him in, "Dead Ringer" with Bette Davis, playing the chauffeur of her rich twin who innocently lets the "cat-out-of-the-bag" about her twin's marriage to the man she was in love with.