Lon Chaney

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

Notable awards:

  • 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)