Lon Chaney Jr. Overview:

Legendary character actor, Lon Chaney Jr., was born Creighton Tull Chaney on Feb 10, 1906 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Chaney Jr. died at the age of 67 on Jul 12, 1973 in San Clemente, CA .


American actor, the son of Lon Chaney. A star in horror films, but a supporting player elsewhere, he was always best as simple-minded brutes unable to cope when dramatic events overtook them - whether they took the shape of men turning into werewolves or worse, or, in the best performance of his career, the pitiable Lenny in Of Mice and Men. Died from cancer. His son Lon Ralph Chaney was killed in a car crash in 1992.

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Chaney Jr. was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1997. Chaney Jr. was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Lon Chaney Jr. Quotes:

Manon: Dirty, stinkin', slimy gators!

Satan: Love is such a stupid emotion.

Willie: Do you care if I feel YOUR muscle, too?
Ronnie Jackson: No, go ahead. Look around. It's there someplace.
Willie: Oh, ho, there it is.
Ronnie Jackson: That's it.
Willie: [surprised and disappointed] It's just like a woman's.

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Lon Chaney Jr. Facts
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 Wolf Man (1941). Other actors honored in this set of stamps, and the classic monsters they portray, are Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera (1925); Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931); and Boris Karloff on two stamps as The Mummy (1932) and the monster in Frankenstein (1931).

He is the only person to have played all four of the classic movie monsters: The Wolf Man (1941) (Larry Talbot/Wolf Man); The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) (The Frankenstein Monster); The Mummy's Tomb (1942) (Kharis, the mummy); Son of Dracula (1943) (Count Anthony Alucard, Dracula's son).

His career suffered in his later years due to alcoholism.

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