George Chandler

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George Chandler
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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
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Years active 1928–1979
Spouse(s) Catherine Ward (1935-?); three children

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]


He was born in Waukegan, Illinois on June 30, 1898. Chandler served in the United States Army during World War I.

Chandler appeared six times in Bill Williams's western series The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–1955) in episodes entitled "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.[2]

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.

He died in Panorama City, California of cancer, on June 10, 1985, at the age of eighty-six.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "George L. Chandler, 86, Dies. Film Actor Who Headed Guild". New York Times. Associated Press. June 14, 1985. 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. ^ "The Cassie Tanner Story". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 

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