George Chandler

George Chandler (June 30, 1898 June 10, 1985) was an American actor who starred in over 140 feature films, usually in smaller supporting roles, and he is perhaps best known for playing the character of Uncle Petrie Martin on the television series Lassie.[1]

George Chandler
Chandler in A Star Is Born, 1937
Born(1898-06-30)June 30, 1898
DiedJune 10, 1985(1985-06-10) (aged 86)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Years active19281982
Catherine Ward
(m. 1935; died 1963)
14th President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
12 June 1960  8 August 1963
Preceded byRonald Reagan
Succeeded byDana Andrews

Early years

He was born in Waukegan, Illinois,[2] on June 30, 1898. During his infancy, his family moved to Hinsdale, Illinois. Early in his career, he had a vaudeville act, billed as "George Chandler, the Musical Nut," which featured comedy and his violin.[3] He had his debut in film in 1929.[2]

Military service

Chandler served in the United States Army during World War I.


Chandler appeared six times in Bill Williams's series The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–1955) in episodes titled "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 Public Defender. He appeared as the character Ames in the two-part episode "King of the Dakotas" in Frontier. In 1954–1955, he was cast in two episodes of the sitcom It's a Great Life. He appeared in the 1956 episode "Joey and the Stranger" of Fury. He was cast as Clay Hunnicutt in the 1957 episode "The Giveaway" of the sitcom The People's Choice.

In 1958, Chandler appeared as Cleveland McMasters in the episode "The Cassie Tanner Story" on Wagon Train.[4] Also in 1958 he appeared in Wagon Train's episode The Sacramento Story.

In the 1960–1961 television season, Chandler guest starred on an episode of the one-season sitcom Bringing Up Buddy. In the 1961–1962 television season, Chandler co-starred with in another one-season sitcom Ichabod and Me.

In 1970 Chandler appeared as Hawkins in the TV western The Men From Shiloh, the rebranded name for The Virginian in the episode titled "With Love, Bullets and Valentines."

Other professional activities

In 1960, Chandler was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild.[2]


Chandler died in Panorama City, California of cancer, on June 10, 1985, at the age of 86.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. "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. "George Chandler Heads Actors Guild". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas, Corpus Christi. Associated Press. June 13, 1960. p. 29. Retrieved September 3, 2016 via
  3. "Director Discover Falls For Chandler". Statesville Record And Landmark. North Carolina, Statesville. February 15, 1947. p. 7. Retrieved September 3, 2016 via
  4. "The Cassie Tanner Story". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
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