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Lon Chaney

Lon Chaney


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Also Known As: Died: August 26, 1930
Born: April 1, 1883 Cause of Death: bronchial cancer
Birth Place: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Profession: Cast ...


Left school and worked as guide, conducting tourists along the tortuous trail to Pike's Peak; then worked as prop boy in Colorado Springs Opera House
First theatrical appearance in "The Little Tycoon" (co-wrote with his brother, a theater manager) at age 17
Went to Chicago and worked on stage as a comic and dancer and helped move scenery (had a stage hand union card)
Joined the Ferris Hartmann Opera Company in San Francisco; travelled with company to Los Angeles
Entered films as Western heavy; appeared unbilled in "False Faces", "Riddle Gawne"
First screen acting credit, "Hell Morgan's Girl"
Debut as film director with the short, "The Stool Pigeon"
Directed and supervised Western star J. Warren Kerrigan in seven films for Universal (also scripted two)
First role which brought national recognition, "The Miracle Man"
Final silent, "Thunder"; although thought lost, footage was discovered in 1996
First talking picture (and his last film), "The Unholy Three" (sound remake of his 1925 silent film)
Was signed to star in Tod Browning's "Dracula" at time of death

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