Lon Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930) was an American actor during the age of silent movies. He is said to be one of the most best actors of early movies. He was well known for his playing tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters. He was famous for his artistry with makeup. Chaney is remembered for starring in silent horror movies. These include The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. His ability to change himself using makeup techniques which he created earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces."
Leonidas Frank Chaney
April 1, 1883
|Died||August 26, 1930 (aged 47)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Throat hemorrhage caused by lung cancer|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
|Spouse(s)||Cleva Creighton (1906-1915)|
Hazel Hastings (1915-1930)
|Children||Lon Chaney Jr. (born Creighton Tull Chaney)|
Cultural references change
- In the 1970s The Scooby-Doo Movies episode "The Exteriminator", the eccentric actor/master of disguise Lorn Chumley is a tribute to Lon Chaney.
- "Lon Chaney Dies After Brave Fight. On Road to Recovery, Screen Actor Is Stricken by Hemorrhage of the Throat. Was a Master of Makeup. Son of Deaf and Dumb Parents, He Began Career as Property Boy. Excelled in Vivid Personations. Acted as Pike's Peak Guide. Made Stage Debut at 17. Appeared in Slap-Stick Comedy. Wore Straitjacket as "Hunchback." New Disguise for Each Film". New York Times. August 27, 1930.
Although he was believed to be on the road to recovery, Lon Chaney, screen actor, who had been making a valiant fight against anemia and bronchial congestion, died at 12:55.