He played Burl Ives' trouble-making son, Buck Hannassey. His performance was so strong he was considered for an Academy Award.
The Big Country
The Big Country (1958) starred Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Charles Bickford, Burl Ives, Carroll Baker, Jean Simmons and was directed by William Wyler. It's the story of two families in cattle country, locked in a bitter feud over water rights. Charles Bickford and Burl Ives are the patriarchs of their families and their feud over water eventually spills blood. It was a huge role for Chuck and he did an outstanding job.