Friday, January 25, 2008

John Chandler From The Young Savages

A pencil portrait of character actor John Davis Chandler from the John Frankenheimer film THE YOUNG SAVAGES-- This art was done for porcelain artist Charlie Krafft, who's a big fan of Mr. Chandler-- Coincidentally, THE YOUNG SAVAGES is finally available on DVD this month--

9 comments:

Charles W. Krafft said...

How in the heck do I get in touch with John Davis Chandler? I've tried and tried. He's just disappeared!
BTW all the info in the John Davis Chandler discussion group at imdb is dated and useless. I've written to the talent agency mentioned there and they're not representing him. Fan mail for him just goes into their wastebasket.

-Charlie K.

Dave Chandler said...

This is great, John Chandler is my second cousin (my dad's first cousin). Haven't heard any news in many years about John, last I knew he lived in the LA area. Met him a few times as a kid while living in CA, he's probably in his late 70s or early 80s by now.

John Davis Chandler was the son of Arthur Cecil Chandler, an optomitrist in Charleston, WVA. Arthur Cecil has been dead at least 20 years or so. My Dad was named after Arthur, also Arthur Cecil Chandler.

Dave Chandler
Burnsville, NC

graysev20022000 said...

Such a wonderful picture of John.It should be put in a nice frame.Now that he is gone and no longer in pain,his legacy and memory will live on.I was the last person he wrote back to and we became friends.I always cherish the time I had with him.He was so good at being bad and yet in real life a kind,gentle man.He will be missed. John Davis Chandler 1935-2010

Gary said...

This pencil sketch of the late great John Davis Chandler is absolutely wonderful. Well done, Mr Blanchard. KUDOS! It's sad that the talented (but underated) character actor John Davis Chandler is no longer with us. He gave us so many superb movie & TV performances. Nice to know that even though he portrayed some very despicable nogoodniks, in real life he was a longtime yoga devotee and a kind, intelligent, sensitive, gentle & thoughtful gentleman. May he rest in peace.

graysev20022000 said...

Indeed Gary! John would have loved the pencil drawing. He also would have appreciated having such devoted fans. He is looking down and enjoying the fact that he left us with such a legacy of films to watch over and over again.

Jim Blanchard said...

Thanks for the comments, guys! I just read about Chandler's role as a "weird albino trigger-man" in the lost 1965 film ONCE A THIEF-- I'd love to locate a copy of that-- Also with Jack Palance and Ann Margaret--

graysev20022000 said...

Once A Thief is on Youtube.It is in 5 parts.The first part is in english,the other four are in french. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGyS7TLzgDI

Jim Blanchard said...

Thanks for the link! Looks like it was on TCM, so there might be a DVD one of these days--

graysev20022000 said...

I certainly hope so,Jim. Barquero is another of John's films that isn't on dvd yet.Maybe some day. Hope you were able to use the link. I watched the film twice and very much enjoyed the film.