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Chandler Cowles, born in New Haven, Connecticut, was an actor, producer, or co-producer in at least 11 New York theatrical productions from 1946 through 1960. Cowles collaborated closely with Gian-Carlo Menotti and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. on many of these and also was a lifelong friend of ballet legend George Balanchine, with whom he worked on the 1947 Broadway production of The Telephone/The Medium. He also wrote the 1983 TV program, I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind. Chandler Cowles was the father of actor Matthew Cowles.