John Davis Chandler

Character actor John Davis Chandler, who made a career out of villainous turns, was on the pre-med track at Princeton before joining the U. S. Army and discovering his passion for performing. He trained at the American ... Read more »
Born: 01/28/1937 in Hinton, West Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Chicago Hope 1984 - 1985, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1984 - 1985, 1991 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reasonable Doubts 1984 - 1985, 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Body of Evidence 1993 (Movie)

Dr Novaro (Actor)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

Tyrone (Actor)

Crash and Burn 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Double Revenge 1988 (Movie)

Big Charlie (Actor)

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

Bleak (Actor)

Independence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Sawyer and Finn 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sword and the Sorcerer 1982 (Movie)

1st Guard (Actor)

El Triunfo de un Hombre Llamado Caballo 1981 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

The Little Dragons 1979 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Wishbone Cutter 1977 (Movie)

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Scorchy 1976 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Capone 1975 (Movie)

Hymie Weiss (Actor)

Part 2 Walking Tall 1975 (Movie)

Ray Henry (Actor)

The Jaws of Death 1975 (Movie)

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Chesty Anderson - U.S. Navy 1974 (Movie)

Don Cheech (Actor)

Chase 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Thrill 1973 (Movie)

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Barquero 1970 (Movie)

Fair (Actor)

Shoot Out 1970 (Movie)

Skeeter (Actor)

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 (Movie)

Deuce (Actor)

Major Dundee 1965 (Movie)

Jimmy Lee Benteen (Actor)

Once a Thief 1964 (Movie)

James Sargatanas (Actor)

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

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Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

Ollie Gibbons (Actor)

Ride the High Country 1962 (Movie)

Jimmy Hammond (Actor)

Mad Dog Coll 1961 (Movie)

Vincent Coll (Actor)

The Young Savages 1961 (Movie)

Arthur Reardon (Actor)

Love Among Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

Moon of the Wolf (TV Show)

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Return of the Gunfighter (TV Show)

Actor

Sharon's Secret (TV Show)

Actor

The Desperate Miles (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Character actor John Davis Chandler, who made a career out of villainous turns, was on the pre-med track at Princeton before joining the U. S. Army and discovering his passion for performing. He trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and made his film debut in 1961, landing the title role in the chilling biopic of a 1930s gangster, "Mad Dog Coll". This established his niche as an excellent on-screen weasel, and soon he was scoring numerous roles playing underhanded criminals. Perhaps most memorably, he played a menacing cowboy named Jimmy Hammond in Sam Peckinpah's Western "Ride the High Country" and the sneering gang leader, Bleak, in the 1980s action-comedy "Adventures in Babysitting". When not playing notable heavies, Chandler balanced his film roles with one-offs on a variety of popular television programs, from the docudrama crime series "The Untouchables" to the superhero saga "The Incredible Hulk" to the science-fiction spin-off "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". He made his final onscreen appearance on the last, ending a career that spanned nearly 40 years. Chandler died in 2010, a victim of cancer, but his legacy lives on in his characters, whom audiences love to hate.

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