Movie Actor

Jeff Chandler’s Death – Cause and Date

The movie actor Jeff Chandler was only 42 years old when he died due to the incompetence of his doctors.

Biography – A Short Wiki

Silver-haired actor who portrayed Cochise in Broken Arrow. His role as Kurta in the 1949 film, Sword in the Desert, led to him accepting a long-term contract from Universal Studios.

He married actress Marjorie Hoshelle in 1946 and they separated in 1954. At the time of his death, Chandler was involved with British actress Barbara Shelley.

How did Jeff Chandler die?

On April 15, 1961, Chandler injured his back while working on the film Merrill’s Marauders. The incident occurred when he played baseball with some of the film’s extras (soldiers from U.S. Army Special Forces). To relieve his pain, he got some injections, which enabled him to finish the production.


A few critical surgeries ensued:

The actor tragically passed away on June 17, 1961. The cause was a blood infection complicated by pneumonia.


An investigation followed Chandler’s death. It was deemed malpractice and resulted in his children suing the hospital for $1.5 million.

Funeral and burial

Tony Curtis and Gerald Mohr were among those who carried Chandler’s casket at his funeral. More than 1,500 people attended the funeral.

He is buried in Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, Culver City, California.

In the picture: Jeff Chandler’s gravestone in California. He was born Ira Grossel.