91 Grand Prix new door handle doesn’t work

The Left front door handle on my 91 Grand Prix SE 4 door broke.  I purchased a new one on Ebay for $15.   I installed it being sure that the actuator is in the slot in the handle and was reattached to the slot. When I lift the handle I can feel the actuator moving when I place my hand on it.   It will not open the door from the outside.  I adjusted the actuator thread all the way up and all the way down and in the middle.   It still will not open from the outside.     Is it possible I missed reconnecting something or is the Actuator bar possible bent?