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 Lon Chaney, Sr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lon Chaney has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1994, he was honored with his image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera
Chaney is chiefly remembered as a pioneer in such horror films as (the silent versions of) The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lon_Chaney,_Sr.   (464 words)

  
 Skullduggery-Lon Chaney Sr.
Lon Chaney as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1922)
Lon Chaney was among the last few big stars who held out from making the transition to sound films.
Chaney was making a study of sound recording techniques with the same intensity and discipline that he'd previously applied when studying the intricacies of physical and facial make-up.
www.laughingsage.com /macabrefiles/Fpg_1000faces3.htm   (946 words)

  
 MSN Encarta - Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney (1883-1930), American motion-picture actor, best known for his horror films, in which he appeared in gruesome and grotesque makeups of characters warped by psychological or physical deformities.
Chaney was also a versatile and persuasive actor in more conventional roles, as he demonstrated in such films as Tell It to the Marines (1926) and While the City Sleeps (1928).
His parents were deaf-mutes, and the pantomimic skill Chaney learned as a child in order to communicate with them served him well in his acting career.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761555439/Chaney_Lon.html   (300 words)

  
 Lon Chaney Sr. - Biography
Lon Chaney, like Charlie Chaplin, shunned the transition to talking films and was one of the last of the silent screen stars to holdout against speaking roles.
Lon was forced to return to the furniture and carpet laying business in order to support his family, but his deep love of the theater soon found him returning to the stage in vaudeville shows around Oklahoma City.
Lon was forced to seek new employment and turned to the booming industry of silent films, securing a job with Universal Film Manufacturing Company where he received his first screen credit in a one reel short film titled Poor Jakes Demise.
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 Skullduggery-Lon Chaney Sr.
Lon Chaney was very articulate, both mentally and physically; able to pick up the latest dance routines and steps, like buck and wing, tap, soft-shoe, and more.
Lon Chaney made almost 150 films during his career, creating some of the screen's most intricate, macabre, and memorable characters for all time - without a single word heard by the audience.
Chaney would often be seen walking away from these places with his overcoat pockets bulging from wrapped cheese, meat, and bread - after filling up on a large meal himself.
www.laughingsage.com /macabrefiles/Fpg_1000faces1.htm   (1155 words)

  
 Lon Chaney: A History of Horror
The story of Lon Chaney, the first real horror star, has all the elements of a classic tragedy; a humble beginning as the son of deaf mutes, years of hard struggle followed by fame and success, and then, at the peak of it all--illness and death.
Chaney returned to his mountain cabin in California where he hoped that a long rest would improve his health but was then struck down with pneumonia.
Chaney feared the talkies, not only because they had ended the careers of other silent stars whose voices had disappointed the public, but also because they meant the end of his speciality--pantomime.
eric.b.olsen.tripod.com /chaney.html   (1647 words)

  
 Silent Film Sources Review
Chaney gave his brutish characters, such as "Blizzard" in The Penalty and the one-eyed rogue in The Road to Mandalay, complexity and a sense of mystique.
Chaney had a genius for makeup which he refined as a journeyman actor at Universal City from 1913 to 1918.
Chaney's biographer, Michael Blake, claims that Chaney was not a horror star per se.
www.cinemaweb.com /silentfilm/chaney   (852 words)

  
 Honorary Academy Awards Nomination : lon chaney sr.
Lon Chaney is one of the greatest actors in motion picture history, and his amazing makeup only enhanced his unique and special talent.
Chaney is one of the greatest actors in the history of motion pictures.His make-up talents took the craft to another level!His genius should not be over looked.Lon Chaney died over 75 years ago,but his fan base continues to grow!He is a pure legend!
There are more reasons, not the least of which is that the name Lon Chaney still resonates as synonymous with the golden age of Hollywood.
www.oscarworld.net /awardlobby_read.asp?LobbyId=5127   (795 words)

  
 VH1.com : Movies : Person : Lon Chaney : Biography
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.
Chaney's breakthrough film was 1919's The Miracle Man, in which he played a phony cripple.
), Chaney had to find a more steady source of income than the theater.
www.vh1.com /movies/person/10860/bio.jhtml   (430 words)

  
 Lon Chaney, Jr. Bio
The son of silent screen star Lon Chaney Sr and his alcoholic wife Cleva, his birth was premature and he would have died had the doctor not submerged him in the cold water of the nearby Belle Isle Lake to shock life into him.
Lon Chaney Jr was born Creighton Tull Chaney in Oklahoma City on February 10, 1906.
"Lon Chaney Jr was under contract and as far as the public was concerned, there were no other actors who could be the Wolf Man," explained Universal producer Paul Malvern.
www.houseofhorrors.com /chaneyjrbio.htm   (915 words)

  
 Darkweb Online - Lon Chaney Profile and Filmography!
Chaney's son, Lon Chaney Jnr., followed into his son's footsteps, performing in such horror classics as 'The Wolfman', 'The Son of Dracula', and 'The Ghost of Frankenstein'.
Chaney learn to communicate with his parents through visual means, learning early on the ability of communicating without words through exaggerated movements and facial expressions, abilities much needed in the silent age of cinema.
Chaney's previous performances as lovelorn brutes, and his incredible use of make-up techniques, made his a natural for the role of Quasimodo in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'.
www.darkwebonline.com /PROFILES1.ASP   (1384 words)

  
 Grandson Of The Wolf Man
Indeed, he was the son of the renowned, "Man of a Thousand Faces", Lon Chaney, Sr., the prolific star of silent pictures, who chilled audiences with his painstaking mastery of make-up in such classic films as 1923's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and 1925's The Phantom Of The Opera.
So, he worked under the name of "Creighton" for a number of years, then "Lon Chaney, Jr." for a number years, but it was of his own accord that he finally got his own break and made it, without taking advantage of his father's name.
Ron Chaney is seeking to follow in his grandfather's footsteps as the Wolf Man. He recently filmed a short "teaser" of a Wolf Man film he is slated to star in--Curse Of The Wolf Man--that was shown at The Monster Bash 2000.
www.horror-wood.com /ronchaney.htm   (4364 words)

  
 Lon Chaney - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There were two famous American actors named Lon Chaney, both known for their work in horror movies.
This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lon_Chaney   (98 words)

  
 The Films of Lon Chaney by Michael F. Blake PopMatters Book Review
Lon Chaney, known for his uncanny acting ability, was known to appear for casting calls already adorned in extremely convincing make-up and often uncomfortable, hand-made prosthetic devices, to suggest a missing limb, hump, or eye.
This large volume will serve fans of Lon Chaney, the extraordinary, Protean actor of the early American cinema who starred in over 100 films.
Chaney's work as the tragic Hunchback of Notre Dame is thought to be secondary to the portrayal by Charles Laughton in 1936, but Chaney's characterization of The Phantom of the Opera can be considered the pinnacle of his career and his performance remains unmatched to this day.
www.popmatters.com /books/reviews/f/films-of-lon-chaney.shtml   (1506 words)

  
 Welcome to Tom Moffit's Model Mania
Below are two photos of Lon Chaney Sr from the film The Phantom of the Opera on which this model is based.
www.mcfaddenweb.com /modelmania/erik.html   (22 words)

  
 ActionFigureCollectors.com
Next is London After Midnight, "The man in the beaver hat" (played by Lon Chaney Sr.) limited to a mere 250 pieces.
Chaney's inspector disguises himself with a heavy black coat, immense top hat, sallow make-up and eerily symmetrical pointed teeth set in a fixed grin, perhaps hoping to hypnotize and frighten his prey into revealing the secrets of the murder that he is investigating.
Chaney's portrayal of the character was so memorable, and so disturbing, that the character will forever be regarded as one of the great horror icons.
www.actionfigurecollectors.com /news_files/sideshow_buffyclassicsilverscreen_nov05.shtml   (628 words)

  
 The Unknown (1927)
Also of interest is the documentary Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) concerning the fascinating career of Chaney.
Tod Browning other genre films are:- the lost vampire film London After Midnight (1927), also featuring Chaney; the Bela Lugosi Dracula (1931), the classic Freaks (1932); Mark of the Vampire (1935); and The Devil-Doll (1936).
It is all conducted with marvelous dramatic flourish, reaching a fabulous climax where, as fitting with the arm/armless symbology, Chaney tries to sabotage the strongman's act of trying to hold back two horses running in opposite directions on a conveyor belt so that they will tear his arms off.
www.moria.co.nz /horror/unknown.htm   (738 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) : Video
Quasimodo (Lon Chaney) lives within the towering walls of the Notre Dame cathedral.
Chaney would star in other horror movies until his death in 1933 (including the first horror-comedy The Monster in 1925) but Phantom, Hunchback and the Tod Browning movies have come to be regarded by horror critics and collectors as his signature roles in the silent era.
Chaney would equally go on to become Universal's most bankable star in the silent period and be justifiably regarded as the greatest character actor of his time - and he was a bona fide horror star to boot.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/630182671X?v=glance   (1822 words)

  
 The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Lon Chaney attached a strip of fish skin (a thin, translucent material) to his nostrils with spirit gum, pulled it back until he got the tilt he wanted, then attached the other end of the fish skin under his bald cap.
Lon Chaney's performance is easily the highlight of the movie.
For some shots, a wire and rubber device was used, and according to cameraman Charles Van Enger, cut into his nose and caused a good deal of bleeding.
www.imdb.com /Title?0016220   (577 words)

  
 MetroActive Movies 'The Unknown'
Chaney himself is mostly remembered as a horror-film actor for his roles: his bad clowns, his Phantom of the Opera, his Hunchback of Notre Dame, the top-hatted, hollow-eyed, filed-toothed vampire he played in London after Midnight.
Strange attraction: Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford star in The Unknown.
Chaney's later film The Unknown--in a restored print--will be screened as part of the Sonoma Valley Film Festival (see sidebar).
www.metroactive.com /papers/sonoma/03.29.01/unknown-0113.html   (556 words)

  
 Chaney, Lon on Encyclopedia.com
HE WAS A PHANTOM' ; THE INIMITABLE LON CHANEY (ABOVE) STARS AS ERIK, THE DUNGEON- DWELLING TITLE CHARACTER OF "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA," ADVERTISED IN THE POSTER AT LEFT.
More to actor Lon Chaney than even his '1,000 faces'
C118/76: The Big City: Lon Chaney holding dress
www.encyclopedia.com /html/C/Chaney-L1.asp   (349 words)

  
 dOc DVD Review: Outside the Law/Shadows (1920/1922)
Although at one time Lon Chaney was one of the biggest box office stars in Hollywood, he hasn't been given very wide exposure on DVD.
When one considers that fully two-thirds of Chaney's one hundred fifty-plus films are no longer extant in any form whatsoever, we should be grateful that this much of the picture is present.
This DVD gives us an excellent opportunity to see Lon Chaney in non-horror character roles; fans of Chaney and silent movies will definitely want to own this disc.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=258   (1499 words)

  
 The Unholy Three movie posters and memorabilia at MovieGoods
Chaney remade his silent hit of 1925 for his first and only talking picture (he died before the film was released).
Rumors that Chaney was a mute had him agreeing to appear in a "talkie" and he actually used five different voices for his various roles.
Chaney is a ventriloquist who, with his circus friends, work as scam artists and thieves.
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 LON CHANEY SR. WILLIAM HAINES ELEANOR BOARDMAN TELL IT TO THE MARINES MOVIE CAST Autograph
Chaney, known as "the man of a thousand faces", died four years later at the age of 47.
Also in the photograph, but not signing, is Brigadier General Smedley Butler, Commander of the Marine Barracks at San Diego and winner of two Congressional Medals of Honor.
This photograph was taken in San Diego in 1926 during the filming of Tell It to the Marines.
www.historyforsale.com /html/prodetails.asp?prodid=674&start=31   (230 words)

  
 MakingOfTheWolfman5
had fought Creightons' attempts to become an actor.&; He even forced his son out of Hollywood High and into a plumbing school when he asked to take acting lessons.  As Chaney Sr.s' career soared to its heights in the late 1920's Chaney Jr.
than two years, he reluctantly changed his name to Lon Chaney Jr.
Finally, in 1939, only days after his car and f urniture were reposessed by a furniture company, Chaney scored a hit in a stage version of "Of Mice And Men"  That led to a starring role in the movie version and in 1940, a contract with Universal.
www.homestead.com /UniversalMonsters/MakingOfTheWolfman5.html   (321 words)

  
 Bureau 42 Halloween Review - "The Phantom of the Opera (1929)"
This was probably Lon Chaney Sr.'s definitive role.
Lon Chaney designed his own makeup, and he did an excellent job.
certainly earned the nickname "the man of 1000 faces." (From the back of the DVD: "Lon Chaney, or it can't be done!") All of the effects are convincing, due to a deliberate limitation of camera views to accomodate the available technology.
www.bureau42.com /view/2257   (598 words)

  
 Lon Chaney Cabin, Historical Site, Big Pine Creek, John Muir Wilderness
That is, this was the summer home of one of Hollywood's most famous character actors, Lon Chaney, Sr.
Many of the 2,000 homes he planned were for other film celebrities, but Lon Chaney's Cabin is the only mountain cabin Williams designed throughout his distinguished career.
The cabin was so much a part of Chaney's life that when Universal Studios filmed his biography, "Man of a Thousand Faces," staring James Cagney, they used his summer home for a portion of it.
www.cityconcierge.com /activities/lon_chaney.shtml   (434 words)

  
 The Monsters & Magic Memorabilia Sale - Liveauctioneers
Owned & Used Fishing Pole Fishing pole owned and used by Lon Chaney Sr.
Chaney was an avid sportsman and his favorite...
Following Chaney's death in 1930 the pole was...
www.liveauctioneers.com /catalogs/333.html   (954 words)

  
 JackPierce
The most famous of course was Lon Chaney Sr.
If there was ever a sucessor to Lon Chaney Sr.
As time went on and the silents faded into history, more and more talking pictures were being made and after awhile actors were no longer allowed to do their own makeup.
www.homestead.com /UniversalMonsters/JackPierce.html   (373 words)

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