Lon Chaney Jr.

Actor, Butcher boy, Boilermaker
Heavy-set character actor, mostly in horror films or westerns whose most famous role was as "The Wolf Man" in numerous films. Chaney also appeared out of monster makeup in support of Bob Hope in "My Favorite Brunette" ... Read more »
Born: 02/09/1906 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Spider Baby 1994 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

Dracula Vs. Frankenstein 1973 (Movie)

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The Female Bunch 1970 (Movie)

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Buckskin 1968 (Movie)

Sheriff Tangley (Actor)

Welcome to Hard Times 1967 (Movie)

Avery (Actor)

Apache Uprising 1965 (Movie)

Charlie Russell (Actor)

Johnny Reno 1965 (Movie)

Sheriff Hodges (Actor)

Black Spurs 1964 (Movie)

Kile (Actor)

Town Tamer 1964 (Movie)

Mayor Leach (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunted Palace 1962 (Movie)

Simon Orne (Actor)

Telephone Time 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Alligator People 1958 (Movie)

Mannon (Actor)

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

Big Sam (Actor)

Cavalcade of America 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Cyclops 1957 (Movie)

Martin Melville (Actor)

Pardners 1956 (Movie)

Whitey (Actor)

The Black Sleep 1956 (Movie)

Mungo (Actor)

The Indestructible Man 1956 (Movie)

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Big House, U.S.A. 1955 (Movie)

Alamo Smith (Actor)

I Died a Thousand Times 1955 (Movie)

Big Mac (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Job Marsh (Actor)

The Indian Fighter 1955 (Movie)

Chivington (Actor)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

Emo (Actor)

Jivaro 1954 (Movie)

Pedro (Actor)

Passion 1954 (Movie)

Castro (Actor)

The Boy From Oklahoma 1953 (Movie)

Crazy Charlie (Actor)

High Noon 1952 (Movie)

Martin Howe (Actor)

Jack London's Tales of Adventure 1952 (Movie)

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The Black Castle 1951 (Movie)

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The Counterfeiters 1948 (Movie)

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My Favorite Brunette 1947 (Movie)

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The Wolf Man 1940 (Movie)

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Jesse James 1938 (Movie)

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Of Mice and Men 1938 (Movie)

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The Three Musketeers 1932 (Movie)

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Biography

Heavy-set character actor, mostly in horror films or westerns whose most famous role was as "The Wolf Man" in numerous films. Chaney also appeared out of monster makeup in support of Bob Hope in "My Favorite Brunette" (1947), and as the arthritic marshall in "High Noon" (1952), but his finest starring role was as the slow-witted Lennie in Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" (1939).

Relationships

Patsy Beck

Wife
second wife married from 1937 until his death

Lon Chaney

Father
born on April 1, 1883, died on August 26, 1930

Lon Chaney

Son
by first wife

Ronald Chaney

Son
by first wife

Cleva Creighton

Mother

Milestones

1940

First starring roles in horror films, "Man Made Monster" and "The Wolf Man"; the latter marked the first of several times he played the cursed Lawrence Talbot

1939

Major film breakthrough when he recreated his stage role of Lennie in a fine screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

1935

First billed as Lon Chaney, Jr.

1932

Film debut in serial, "The Last Frontier" and feature, "Girl Crazy"

Joined stock companies in the Middle West and played bit parts in film as Creighton Chaney

Worked as butcher boy, boilermaker, plumber and fruit picker before begining his acting career

Made first stage appearance at age of six months

Bonus Trivia

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Credited as Creighton Chaney until 1935.

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