Lon Chaney

By | Apr 1, 2008

Lon Chaney, the silent film actor, was born on April 1 in 1883 to deaf mute parents, Frank and Emma Chaney.

Chaney, between 1913 and 1930, would play more than 150 roles. He appeared in the movies in widely diverse roles. Frequently they were as the villain and some were just bizarre.

Chaney became known as ‘the man of a thousand faces’, because of his diverse roles and his use of makeup and the art of pantomime. He is most well known for his horror silent films The Hunchback of Norte Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.

It’s thought that Chaney would not have had a successful career in Talking Pictures. He along with Charlie Chaplin was against the new form and he only made one talking picture.

Chaney was diagnosed with bronchial lung cancer after he developed pneumonia in 1929. He died shortly later on August 26, 1930 at the age of 47.

Chaney’s son, Creighton Tull Chaney, would also have a career in the movies. He at first used his real name then the name Lon Chaney Jr and then later as simply Lon Chaney, as a marketing ploy.


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