Rondo Hatton Overview:

Character actor, Rondo Hatton, was born on Apr 22, 1894 in Hagerstown, MD. Hatton died at the age of 51 on Feb 2, 1946 in Beverly Hills, CA .


Thanks to the congenital acromegaly that distorted his body and facial features, this American actor was unmistakable. It also confined him to playing villainous or horrific roles. But audiences were fascinated by him as a killer called The Creeper in several films, and in 1946, Universal spun an entire film around him, The Brute Man. In the same year, he was dead from a heart attack.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Rondo Hatton Quotes:

Clifford Scott: Why did you come here?
Hal Moffet, the 'Creeper': I need money.

The Creeper: [Looking at the spartan meal given to him by De Lange] No meat?

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Rondo Hatton's appearance has endured far longer than even the best of his films. His likeness was the basis for the villain in The Rocketeer (1991). Also, in recent years, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, awarded each year for the best in horror research, appreciation and film restoration, uses his name and consists of a statuette based on the mammoth bust of Hatton as the Creeper, seen in Universal's House of Horrors (1946). More information about the "Rondos" can be found at

Both "House of Horrors" and "Brute Man" were released after Hatton's death. Additionally, Universal did not release "Brute Man" but rather sold the rights to Producer's Releasing Corporation (PRC), ostensibly because they were discontinuing distributing b-films, but with all references to Universal even as producer deleted from all credits and advertising.

He played three different "Creeper" characters. In "Pearl Of Death" he is "The Oxton Creeper", a British mute. In "House Of Horrors" and "Brute Man" he can talk. He is unnamed in "House of Horrors" but in "The Brute Man" he has the character name "Hal Moffet.".

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