Harry Chandlee

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Harry Chandlee (born December 7, 1882 in Washington, DC , † August 3, 1956 in Hollywood , California ) was an American screenwriter who was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay .


Chandlee began his career as a screenwriter in the Hollywood film industry in 1914 for the silent comedy The Ragged Earl by Lloyd B. Carleton with Andrew Mack , William Conklin and Ormi Hawley in the leading roles. In the following ten years he wrote the scenarios and scripts for numerous other silent films and also worked as a film editor between 1926 and 1930 , and produced four films as a film producer in 1927 and 1928. In total, Chandlee was involved in the production of around seventy films as a screenwriter, editor and producer until 1949.

At the 1942 Academy Awards , Chandlee was nominated, along with Abem Finkel , John Huston and Howard Koch, for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the biopic about Alvin C. York starring Gary Cooper, directed by Howard Hawks under the title Sergeant York (1941) in the title role and Walter Brennan and Joan Leslie in other roles.

Chandlee was the father of actor Dick Chandlee , who appeared in fourteen films between 1938 and 1943 as a teenager. His great-grandson is the actor, film director and producer Matt Nix , best known for the TV series Burn Notice (2007–2012).

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