Jeff Chandler was an American film actor and singer in the 1950s.
Chandler was born Ira Grossel to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Anna and Phillip Grossel. He attended Erasmus Hall High School, the alma mater of many stage and film personalities. Later, he took a drama course at the Feagin School of Dramatic Art in New York. He worked in radio briefly and spent two years in stock companies. He served in World War II, mostly in the Aleutians. His enlistment record for the Cavalry in November 18, 1941 gave his height as six foot four inches and his weight as 210 pounds. After being discharged from the military, he was a busy radio actor both in drama and comedy. His first film appearance was in Johnny O’Clock. In the 1950s, Chandler became a star in western and action movies. His first important role was in Sword In the Desert, as an Israeli freedom fighter. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Cochise in Broken Arrow. The first of three screen appearances as the legendary Apache chief, he repeated the role in The Battle at Apache Pass and in a cameo in Taza, Son of Cochise. He was the first actor nominated for an Academy Award for portraying a Native American. His agent was Doovid Barskin of The Barskin Agency in the late 50’s.
During the latter part of the decade and into the early 1960s, Chandler became a top leading man. His sex appeal, prematurely gray hair, and ruggedly handsome tanned features put him into drama and costume movies. Among the movies of this period are Female on the Beach, Foxfire, Away All Boats, Toy Tiger, Drango, The Tattered Dress, Man in the Shadow, A Stranger in My Arms, The Jayhawkers!, Thunder in the Sun, and Return to Peyton Place .