Wednesday, May 5, 2010

RIP John Davis Chandler

Character actor John Davis Chandler passed away on February,16, 2010. John was born in West Virginia and moved to Southern California at an early age. He made his home in Toluca Lake. He was an avid practitioner of yoga. Short and stocky, with fair hair, piercing blue eyes, he specialized in portraying mean, neurotic and dangerous villains. He made an impressive film debut in his sole starring part as the titular sniveling, psychotic, homicidal weasel gangster in Mad Dog Coll. He acted in a trio of Westerns for director Sam Peckinpah and is especially memorable as the creepy Jimmy Hammond in the magnificent Ride in the High County. He was excellent as vicious punk Arthur Reardon in The Young Savages. He made an effectively loathsome appearance as a vile bushwhacker in the supremely spooky horror-western The Shadow of Chikara. He had a nice bit as a bounty hunter in Clint Eastwood’s terrific The Outlaw Josey Wales. He played a foul shark poacher in Jaws. Over the years, John did many television guest spots on such shows as: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Walker, Texas Ranger, Chicago Hope, ER, Simon & Simon, Hunter, Murder, She Wrote, Hill Street Blues, T.J. Hooker, Fantasy Island, The Incredible Hulk, Police Woman, Gunsmoke, Adam-12, The Fugitive, Combat, The Rifleman, Triumphs of a Man Called Horse, The Little Dragons, Whiskey Mountain, Colombo, High Chaparral, The Treasure Seekers, Route 66 and The Men from Shiloh. He is survived by a brother, Arthur Chandler, and the many friends that he made along his journey here on earth. He will be greatly missed.

CHANDLER, John Davis
Born: 1/28/1935, Hinton, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 2/16/2010, Toluca Lake, California, U.S.A.

John Davis Chandler's westerns – actor:
The Rifleman (TV) – 1962 (Brooks)
Ride the High Country – 1962 (Jimmy Hammond)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962 (Dog
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Aflen)
The Trials of Jimmie McPheeters (TV) – 1963, 1964 (Dick McBride)
Major Dundee – 1965 (Jimmie Lee Benteen)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1965 (Cassidy)
Return of the Gunfighter – 1967 (Sundance)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1967 (Kid Curry)
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1969 (Deuce)
Barquero – 1970 (Fair)
Hitched (TV) – 1971 (railroad worker)
Shootout – 1971 (Skeeter)
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – 1973 (Norris)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1973, 1974 (Rogers, Willie Towsen)
Doc Hooker's Bunch – 1976 (Roy)
The Outlaw Josie Wales – 1976 (bounty hunter)
The Shadow of Chikara – 1977 (Rolfe)
Triumphs of a Man Called Horse – 1982 (Mason)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1996 (homeless man)


  1. According to Chandler's brother,he was not stocky.Always thin.He also was born in 1935,making him 75 when he died.His brother has asked me to clear these things up.JohnDavis Chandler was my all time favorites.He was also a very dear friend.

  2. This fall,Ballyhoo motion Pictures will be releasing a documentary John participated in.He gave his last interview for the project in 2008.They Came From The Swamp:The Films of William Grefe.John was in some of the movies William Grefe directed.To honor John's memory and keep his legacy going,I ask that fans look for the documentary when it comes out.

  3. Just saw him in an old Columbo episode "Publish or Perish" and had to look him up. A real scene stealer. Riveting to watch. And definitely thin, tall, not "short and stalky".