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Lon Chaney
Birthday: December 31, 1969

Birth Place: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Height: 5' 8"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for Lon Chaney. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



Even after 65 years, the phrase "Man of a Thousand Faces" brings to mind only one name: Lon Chaney Sr. The son of deaf-mute parents, he learned at an early age to rely on pantomime as a communication skill. The stagestruck Chaney worked in a variety of backstage positions at the opera house in his hometown of Colorado Springs; he was eventually allowed to appear on stage, and, before his 17th birthday, was on tour with a play he'd co-written with his brother. Sensitive about his youth and plain features, Chaney hid behind elaborate makeup when appearing on-stage. Forced into single parenthood after divorcing his first wife Cleva Creighton (the mother of his son Creighton, Lon Chaney Jr.), Chaney had to find a more steady source of income than the theater. He began picking up extra work at Universal Studios in 1912, making himself valuable — and ultimately indispensable — with his expertise with character makeup. He rose from featured player to star at Universal between 1913 and 1920, sometimes doubling as director and scriptwriter. Chaney's breakthrough film was 1919's The Miracle Man, in which he played a phony cripple. It was the first of many films in which he underwent severe physical discomfort to achieve a convincing screen effect; in The Penalty (1920), for example, he not only bound his legs to play a double amputee, but also contrived to jump from great heights and land on his knees. As Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), Chaney wore a rubber hump weighing as much as 70 pounds, and the film made him a bona fide star. After Universal's Phantom of the Opera (1925), the actor moved to MGM, where he starred in several highly successful Grand Guignol horror films directed by Tod Browning. Some of Chaney's best work during this period was actually done without makeup, in such bread-and-butter vehicles as Tell It to the Marines (1926) and The Big City (1928). Offscreen, he was a loner, preferring to live far from Hollywood with his son and second wife. When sound pictures took hold in 1929, Chaney initially refused to participate, concerned that he'd have to come up with a different voice for each performance; he finally acquiesced with 1930s The Unholy Three (a remake of his 1925 silent film success), in which he not only utilized four different vocal characterizations but also proved to be a superior performer in his natural voice.), but a growth in his throat developed into bronchial cancer. He died in 1930 at the age of 47; in his last days, his illness rendered him unable to speak, forcing him to rely on the pantomimic gestures of his youth in order to communicate with his friends and loved ones.

Movie Credits
The Unholy Three (1930)
Thunder (1929)
Where East Is East (1929)
West of Zanzibar (1928)
[ Lionel Barrymore ]
While the City Sleeps (1928)
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
The Big City (1928)
London After Midnight (1927)
Mockery (1927)
The Unknown (1927)
Mr. Wu (1927)
Tell It to the Marines (1926)
The Road to Mandalay (1926)
The Blackbird (1926)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Unholy Three (1925)
The Monster (1925)
The Tower of Lies (1925)
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
[ Bela Lugosi ]
The Next Corner (1924)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
The Shock (1923)
While Paris Sleeps (1923)
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1923)
A Blind Bargain (1922)
Quincy Adams Sawyer (1922)
Shadows (1922)
Oliver Twist (1922)
The Light in the Dark (1922)
Flesh and Blood (1922)
The Trap (1922)
[ Lon Chaney Jr. ]
Voices of the City (1921)
Bits of Life (1921)
The Ace of Hearts (1921)
For Those We Love (1921)
Outside the Law (1920)
Nomads of the North (1920)
The Penalty (1920)
The Gift Supreme (1920)
Treasure Island (1920)
Daredevil Jack (1920)
The False Faces (1919)
Victory (1919)
When Bearcat Went Dry (1919)
Paid in Advance (1919)
The Miracle Man (1919)
A Man's Country (1919)
The Wicked Darling (1919)
Danger, Go Slow (1918)
The Talk of the Town (1918)
That Devil, Bateese (1918)
Riddle Gawne (1918)
A Broadway Scandal (1918)
Fast Company (1918)
The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918)
Broadway Love (1918)
The Grand Passion (1918)
The Rescue (1917)
Fires of Rebellion (1917)
A Doll's House (1917)
The Flashlight (1917)
The Girl in the Checkered Coat (1917)
The Mask of Love (1917)
Hell Morgan's Girl (1917)
The Piper's Price (1917)
The Scarlet Car (1917)
Bondage (1917)
Anything Once (1917)
The Empty Gun (1917)
Triumph (1917)
Pay Me! (1917)
The Gilded Spider (1916)
Tangled Hearts (1916)
The Grip of Jealousy (1916)
Dolly's Scoop (1916)
The Price of Silence (1916)
Accusing Evidence (1916)
The Place Beyond the Winds (1916)
Felix on the Job (1916)
If My Country Should Call (1916)
The Mark of Cain (1916)
The Grasp of Greed (1916)
Bobbie of the Ballet (1916)
Bound on the Wheel (1915)
When the Gods Played a Badger Game (1915)
The Trust (1915)
The Threads of Fate (1915)
The Violin Maker (1915)
The Measure of a Man (1915)
Steady Company (1915)
A Small Town Girl (1915)
Stronger Than Death (1915)
The Oyster Dredger (1915)
The Star of the Sea (1915)
Father and the Boys (1915)
The Stronger Mind (1915)
The Sin of Olga Brandt (1915)
Under a Shadow (1915)
An Idyll of the Hills (1915)
The Millionaire Paupers (1915)
The Stool Pigeon (1915)
Lon of Lone Mountain (1915)
The Girl of the Night (1915)
A Mother's Atonement (1915)
The Grind (1915)
Alas and Alack (1915)
Maid of the Mist (1915)
The Fascination of the Fleur de Lis (1915)
The Desert Breed (1915)
The Pine's Revenge (1915)
All for Peggy (1915)
The Chimney's Secret (1915)
Outside the Gates (1915)
Quits (1915)
Where the Forest Ends (1915)
Mountain Justice (1915)
Such Is Life (1915)
A Miner's Romance (1914)
Remember Mary Magdalen (1914)
The Oubliette (1914)
The Honor of the Mounted (1914)
By the Sun's Rays (1914)
The Lie (1914)
Her Grave Mistake (1914)
A Ranch Romance (1914)
The Hopes of Blind Alley (1914)
Her Escape (1914)
The Old Cobbler (1914)
A Night of Thrills (1914)
The Forbidden Room (1914)
The Lion, the Lamb, the Man (1914)
Heart Strings (1914)
Lights and Shadows (1914)
The Unlawful Trade (1914)
Her Life's Story (1914)
The Tragedy of Whispering Creek (1914)
Virtue Is Its Own Reward (1914)
The End of the Feud (1914)
The Pipes o' Pan (1914)
The Lamb, the Woman, the Wolf (1914)
Richelieu (1914)
The Embezzler (1914)
The Higher Law (1914)
The Menace to Carlotta (1914)
Her Bounty (1914)
Discord and Harmony (1914)
Bloodhounds of the North (1913)
Red Margaret, Moonshiner (1913)
Back to Life (1913)
An Elephant on His Hands (1913)
Almost an Actress (1913)
The Restless Spirit (1913)
The Trap (1913)
Shon the Piper (1913)
The Blood Red Tape of Charity (1913)
The Sea Urchin (1913)
Poor Jake's Demise (1913)
Suspense (1913)
The Ways of Fate (1913)
The Honor of the Family (1912)


  • A child of deaf mute parents, Chaney became a master of pantomime and understanding people who were born different.
  • Father of Lon Chaney Jr..
  • Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum (unmarked).
  • Great-grandfather of Ron Chaney.
  • Were it not for his death, Chaney, rather than Bela Lugosi, would have been Tod Browning's choice for the starring role in _Dracula (1931/I)_ .
  • The Lon Chaney Theater in Colorado Springs, Co., is named for one of that city's most famous native sons.
  • At Chaney's death, in addition to Tod Browning's _Dracula (1931/I)_ , several other vehicles were being planned for him. Most were filmed with other actors in the parts intended for Chaney: The Sea Bat (1930) (Charles Bickford), The Phantom of Paris (1931) (John Gilbert), The Big House (1930) (Wallace Beery) and The Bugle Sounds (1942) (Beery, again).
  • Great-great grandfather of 'Nicholas Kalionzes' .
  • Pictured on one of ten 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating stars of the silent screen, issued 27 April 1994. Designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, this set of stamps also honored Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Charles Chaplin, John Gilbert, Zasu Pitts, Harold Lloyd, Theda Bara, Buster Keaton and the Keystone Kops.
  • Pictured on one of a set of five 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps, issued 30 September 1997, celebrating "Famous Movie Monsters". He is shown as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera (1925). Other actors honored in this set of stamps, and the classic monsters they portray, are Bela Lugosi as _Dracula (1931/I)_ ; Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man (1941); and Boris Karloff on two stamps as The Mummy (1932) and the monster in Frankenstein (1931).
  • A friend of Afro-American actor Noble Johnson since both were boys in Colorado together, Chaney was responsible for giving his old friend some early breaks in a career that spanned more than four decades. Likewise, Chaney befriended the young Boris Karloff shortly after the latter's arrival in Hollywood. As with Johnson, he helped Karloff gain a foothold in the movies, and until the end of his life, Karloff always spoke kindly of Chaney as a good friend and colleague.
  • A quiet soul by nature, Chaney valued his privacy highly. Granting few interviews and disliking the Hollywood social whirl, he much preferred spending quiet time with his family and a few close friends, often at his cabin in the Sierra Nevadas. This avoidance of publicity led him to be unfairly labeled by some as strange and unfriendly. Yet those who knew him best always described him as a good, loving husband, father, and friend. Similarly, his co-stars, among them Loretta Young and 'Joan Crawford' , remembered him as being very cooperative and helpful, especially to those performers without much experience.
  • In the late 1950s there was a resurgence of interest in Chaney. The first factor was the biopic, Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) made by Univeral (then Universal International) starring James Cagney as Chaney. Of greater influence was the magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland" started in 1958 and edited by devoted Chaney fan Forrest J Ackerman. Ackerman published many photographs and articles about Chaney. Each issue also included at least one full page devoted to Chaney under the title "Lon Chaney Shall Not Die." This coverage introduced Chaney to new generations who would have probably never heard of him. The interest in Chaney also led to early efforts to find and and preserve Chaney's films.
  • For many years, the cause of the throat cancer that brought about his death at the age of 47 was thought to have been a piece of artificial snow, made out of crushed gypsum, that lodged in his throat during the filming of Thunder (1929), his last silent film. However, Chaney biographer and scholar Michael Blake points out that the most likely cause was the fact that Chaney was a heavy smoker, and that the piece of artificial snow merely hastened the inevitable.
  • A popular joke of the era was "Don't step on it; it might be Lon Chaney!"
  • His father, Frank Chaney, was not born deaf, but was rendered so by a childhood illness when he was not quite two. He ultimately became a successful barber, and always claimed he could remember some sounds. His mother, the former Emma Hennessey, was born deaf, and was a teacher at a school for the deaf before her marriage. When her most famous son was nine years old, she was stricken with inflammatory rheumatism which left her an invalid. Lon Chaney himself was the second of four children, three boys and a girl. All of his siblings survived him, and were generously provided for in his will.
  • Before turning to films, he was mainly known for his stage work.
  • With the exception of Charles Chaplin, Chaney was the last major silent film star to make a talkie. Assaying five different voices in his first talkie, Chaney signed a notarized statement attesting to the fact that the different voices were his: "I, Lon Chaney, being first duly sworn, depose and say: In the photoplay entitled The Unholy Three (1930), produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation, all voice reproductions which purport to be reproductions of my voice, to wit, the ventriloquist's, the old woman's, the dummy's, the parrot's, and the girl's, are actual reproductions of my own voice, and in no place in said photoplay or in any of the various characters portrayed by me in said photoplay was a 'double' or substitute used for my voice. Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 19th day of May, 1930, J. L. Hendrickson, Notary Public in and for the county of Los Angeles, State of California."
  • Unbeknown to many people, who consider Chaney a "horror actor", he was an amazing dancer in his stage years. The only film that contains footage of him dancing is the incomplete The Fascination of the Fleur de Lis (1915). He was also known to be a hilarious comedian. In fact, one report of the day said, "As a comedian, he is irresistible". And according to Michael F. Blake (Chaney's biographer), Lon could even sing. Sadly, no audio recordings exist of Chaney singing, but people who knew him said that he had a rich baritone voice.
  • Mentioned in the Warren Zevon song "Werewolves of London".
  • The working title of his film 'The Unknown' was 'Alonso the Armless,' which seems to have led to a great deal of confusion over the years regarding the actor's actual name. As religious as Chaney's parents were, they would probably have never considered giving one of their children a name not shared by a religious saint, and to this date there is neither a St. Alonso nor a St. Lon. Chaney's birth name was Leonidas Frank Chaney; both St. Leonidas and St. Francis are prominent in the traditional Litany of Saints.
  • Part of Chaney's makeup for the role of Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" required that his right eye be buried under makeup, simulating a growth over that eye, as specified in the original Victor Hugo novel. The result of looking out of only one eye for weeks at a time left Chaney extremely short-sighted, and he had to wear thick glasses off screen for the rest of his life to correct this.

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