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Also Known As: Creighton Chaney, Creighton Tull Chaney, Creighton Chaney, Lon Chaney [Jr.] Died: July 12, 1973
Born: February 10, 1906 Cause of Death: liver failure
Birth Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Profession: actor, boilermaker, fruit picker, butcher boy, plumber

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Heavy-set character actor, mostly in horror films or westerns whose most famous role was as "The Wolf Man" in numerous films. Chaney also appeared out of monster makeup in support of Bob Hope in "My Favorite Brunette" (1947), and as the arthritic marshall in "High Noon" (1952), but his finest starring role was as the slow-witted Lennie in Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" (1939).

Heavy-set character actor, mostly in horror films or westerns whose most famous role was as "The Wolf Man" in numerous films. Chaney also appeared out of monster makeup in support of Bob Hope in "My Favorite Brunette" (1947), and as the arthritic marshall in "High Noon" (1952), but his finest starring role was as the slow-witted Lennie in Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" (1939).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Female Bunch (1971) Monti
2.
 Buckskin (1968) Sheriff Tangley
3.
 Fireball Jungle (1968) Sammy
4.
 Spider Baby (1968) Bruno
5.
 Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967) Maximillian
6.
 Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (1967) Dr. Mendel
7.
 Welcome to Hard Times (1967) Avery
8.
 Johnny Reno (1966) Sheriff Hodges
9.
 Apache Uprising (1966) Charlie Russell
10.
 Town Tamer (1965) Mayor Leach
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Made first stage appearance at age of six months
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Worked as butcher boy, boilermaker, plumber and fruit picker before begining his acting career
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Joined stock companies in the Middle West and played bit parts in film as Creighton Chaney
1932:
Film debut in serial, "The Last Frontier" and feature, "Girl Crazy"
1935:
First billed as Lon Chaney, Jr.
1939:
Major film breakthrough when he recreated his stage role of Lennie in a fine screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"
1941:
First starring roles in horror films, "Man Made Monster" and "The Wolf Man"; the latter marked the first of several times he played the cursed Lawrence Talbot
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Notes

Credited as Creighton Chaney until 1935.

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wife:
Patsy Beck. Former photographic model. Second wife; married from 1937 until his death.

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father:
Lon Chaney. Actor, director. Born on April 1, 1883, died on August 26, 1930.
mother:
Cleva Creighton.
son:
Ronald Chaney. By first wife.
son:
Lon Chaney. By first wife.
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