As a postscript to David Desser's post: I grew up in the 50s, and Jeff
Chandler was my idol.  Today it seems that his case, although not unique, was
typical of a Hollywood attitude toward "race" and "identity" in general. His
first major role was as a Zionist militant in SWORD IN THE DESERT (something
like that--it's a _long_ time ago) and ever after he was cast as an Apache, an
Arab, a half-Apache, generic white guys, whatever. He even lost his real name
in favor of a typical Universal-style movie name of the age (Rock Hudson, Rex
Reason, there seem to have been dozens).  All this mystifed me when I was in
high school.
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