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Lon Chaney Jr. (Actor)

Real Name:
Creighton Tull Chaney (named for his mother, singer Cleva Creighton)
10th Februrary 1906 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
12th July 1973 in San Clemente, California, USA (beriberi, liver failure)


The American character actor first had several jobs as a plumber, a meatcutter's apprentice, a metal worker and a farm worker, and studied makeup at his father's side, silent film star Lon Chaney. It was not until his father's death in 1930 that Chaney Jr. went to work in films, where he first appeared under his real name. After becoming Lon Chaney Jr. in 1936, he made his first spectacular performance 1939 as the simple-minded Lenny in the adaption of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men".When Universal cast him for the role of Lawrence Talbot in "The Wolf Man" (1941), he achieved some kind of stardom through the line of horror films that followed. He is the only person who has played all four of the classic movie monsters (The Wolf Man; The Frankenstein Monster; The Mummy; Dracula). His last memorable role was the retired sheriff in "High Noon" (1952), and he ended his career in 1971 (Dracula Vs. Frankenstein). In his later years he had to deal with failing health and problems with alcohol.


Dracula Vs. Frankenstein (1971) (as Lon Chaney) .... Groton
Dr. Terror's Gallery Of Horrors (1966) (as Lon Chaney) .... Dr. Mendell
Apache Uprising (1966) .... Charlie Russell
House Of The Black Death (1965) .... Belial Dessard
Face Of The Screaming Werewolf (1964) .... The Mummified Werewolf
Haunted Palace, The (1963) .... Simon Orne
Phantom, The (1961) .... Jed
High Noon (1952) (as Lon Chaney) .... Martin Howe, Kane's Mentor
Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) (as Lon Chaney) .... Lawrence Talbot
House Of Dracula (1945) .... Lawrence Talbot
Mummy's Curse, The (1944) (as Lon Chaney) .... Kharis
House Of Frankenstein (1944) (as Lon Chaney) .... Lawrence Talbot, the Wolfman
Dead Man's Eyes (1944) (as Lon Chaney) .... David Stewart
Mummy's Ghost, The (1944) (as Lon Chaney) .... Kharis
Calling Dr. Death (1943) (as Lon Chaney) .... Dr. Mark Steel
Son Of Dracula (1943) (as Lon Chaney) .... Count Anthony Alucard, aka Count Dracula
Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943) (as Lon Chaney) .... The Wolf Man/Lawrence Stewart 'Larry' Talbot
Mummy's Tomb, The (1942) (as Lon Chaney) .... Kharis, The Mummy
Ghost Of Frankenstein, The (1942) .... The Frankenstein Monster
Wolf Man, The (1941) (as Lon Chaney) .... Larry Talbot/Wolf Man
Of Mice And Men (1939) .... Lennie Small
Charlie Chan in City In Darkness (1939) .... Pierre
Jesse James (1939) .... One Of The James Gang
Charlie Chan On Broadway (1937) .... Desk Man

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