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Lon Chaney

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Chaney during the production of The Miracle Man, 1919

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Leonidas Frank "Lon" Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930) was an American stage and film actor, director and screenwriter. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of early cinema, renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup. Chaney is known for his starring roles in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). His ability to transform himself using makeup techniques he developed earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces."

Fact file

  • Born: Leonidas Frank Chaney April 1, 1883 Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
  • Died: August 26, 1930 (aged 47) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Lung cancer
  • Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
  • Occupation: Actor, director, screenwriter
  • Years active: 1902–1930
  • Spouse(s): Cleva Creighton (m. 1905; div. 1913) Hazel Hastings (m. 1915–30) (his death)
  • Children: Creighton Tull Chaney (later known as Lon Chaney, Jr.)
  • Website: lonchaney.com

Read more about Lon Chaney at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Film Review: ‘Wolves’
Variety, 2014-11-15 17:16:52
Eschewing extensive CGI effects for actors growling and scampering around in old-school Lon Chaney Jr.-style fur-face and fangs, “Wolves” is pretty silly, though it never takes itself all that seriously.

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