John Davis Chandler 1/28/35 -2/16/10
Character actor John Davis Chandler passed away on 2/16/10. 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.