Born Leonidas Frank Chaney
Date of Birth: April 1, 1883
Date of Death: August 26, 1930
- First credited film: Poor Jake’s Demise (1913)
- Final film: The Unholy Three (1930) – His only talkie, and a remake of a 1925 film in which he also starred
- TMP favorite: He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Best known for…
…being nicknamed the “Man of a Thousand Faces”
…his mastery of elaborate special effects make-up
…frequently playing sinister-yet-sympathetic characters
…being incredibly private and granting very few interviews
- Honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960
More Lon Chaney on TMP:
He Who Gets Slapped screening at the Redford Theatre
Review of He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Review of The Unholy Three (1925)
His son was pretty good too!
Yes! I’m a fan of both Chaneys. Jr will be getting his own Star Spotlight post eventually. :)
I buy every Chaney film I can find.
I’ve watched quite a few of his films, even a couple on the big screen, but don’t own many of them, now that I think of it. I need to remedy that!