JEFF CHANDLER & RICHARD EGAN
Jeff Chandler did a good deal of radio drama,
including the not-really-any-good private detective series
The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne,
and the-not-so-good-but-likable western Frontier Town.
In movie westerns, Chandler owned the role of Cochise,
playing the Chiricahua chief in three movies.
He was also in the fort film Two Flags West,
one of the The Spoilers remakes,
and the modern western Man in the Shadow.
Richard Egan seems never to have done radio,
but he rode in more cowboy movies,
appearing as Elvis' brother in Love Me Tender
and as Wes Tancred in the lovable and tender Tension at Table Rock.
He starred in Kathleen Hite's modern tv western, Empire.
How to tell them apart, besides Jeff's white hair?
Egan may have had a wider career and gotten better roles,
but watch The Battle at Apache Pass (1952),
where Chandler was billed second in his patented role of Cochise,
and Egan was in a mere secondary supporting role.
Equally solid & square-jawed actor Victor Mature
could easily be included in this page,
especially since he paved the sandalous way for Chandler and Egan
via The Robe and Demetrius and the Gladiators,
but even though he is only a few years older than the two,
he seems from another era.
George Nader was also considered,
but he is more a lookalike or dark-haired twin of Stephen Boyd.
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