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Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney Jr. was an American actor, well-known mainly for his roles in monster movies and as the son of his better-known father, Lon Chaney.

Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. But he also studied makeup under his father. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 film Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small.

In 1941 he starred in the title role of The Wolf Man, the characterization which would be his stereotypical role for the rest of his life. He maintained a strong career in horror movies, playing all four of the classic horror roles -- the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Mummy in The Mummy's Tomb (1942) and Dracula in Son of Dracula (1943). He achieved immortality by appearing on one of a series of United States postage stamps portraying movie monsters, as the Wolf Man, in 1977.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Lon Chaney Jr. Facts

Birth NameCreighton Tull Chaney
BirthdayFebruary 10, 1906
Date of deathJuly 12, 1973 (age 67)
Height6' 3½" (1m92)  How tall is Lon Chaney Jr. compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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