Lon Chaney Jr.


Actor
Lon Chaney Jr.

About

Also Known As
Creighton Chaney, Creighton Tull Chaney, Lon Chaney [Jr.]
Birth Place
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Born
February 10, 1906
Died
July 12, 1973
Cause of Death
Liver Failure

Biography

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)....

Photos & Videos

Hillbillys in a Haunted House - Movie Poster
Spider Baby - Scene Stills
Of Mice and Men - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

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

Notes

Credited as Creighton Chaney until 1935.

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Female Bunch (1971)
Monti
Spider Baby (1968)
Bruno
Fireball Jungle (1968)
Sammy
Buckskin (1968)
Sheriff Tangley
Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (1967)
Dr. Mendel
Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)
Maximillian
Welcome to Hard Times (1967)
Avery
Apache Uprising (1966)
Charlie Russell
Johnny Reno (1966)
Sheriff Hodges
Black Spurs (1965)
Kile
Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1965)
Mummy/werewolf
Town Tamer (1965)
Mayor Leach
Young Fury (1965)
Bartender
Witchcraft (1964)
Morgan Whitlock
Stage to Thunder Rock (1964)
Henry Parker
Law of the Lawless (1964)
Tiny
The Haunted Palace (1963)
Simon Orne
The Devil's Messenger (1962)
The Devil
Chivato (1961)
Gordo
The Alligator People (1959)
Mannon
Money, Women and Guns (1959)
Art Birdwell
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Big Sam
The Cyclops (1957)
Martin Melville
Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956)
Blackfish
Manfish (1956)
"Swede"
The Black Sleep (1956)
Mungo, assumed name of Dr. Munroe
Pardners (1956)
Whitey
Indestructible Man (1956)
Charles "The Butcher" Benton
Big House, U.S.A. (1955)
Alamo Smith
The Indian Fighter (1955)
Chivington
I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
Big Mac
Not As a Stranger (1955)
Job [Marsh]
The Silver Star (1955)
John W. Harmon
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
Emo
Passion (1954)
Castro
The Black Pirates (1954)
Father Felipe
Jivaro (1954)
Pedro Martines
The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)
Crazy Charlie
The Big Chase (1954)
Kip
Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
Peg Leg
A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)
Spurge
Flame of Araby (1952)
Borka Barbarossa
The Black Castle (1952)
Gargon
Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)
Chief Pontiac
Thief of Damascus (1952)
Sinbad
High Noon (1952)
Martin Howe
Springfield Rifle (1952)
Pete Elm
The Bushwackers (1952)
Only the Valiant (1951)
Kebussyan
The Bushwhackers (1951)
Artemis Taylor
Inside Straight (1951)
Shocker
Behave Yourself! (1951)
Pinky
Bride of the Gorilla (1951)
Taro
Once a Thief (1950)
Gus
There's a Girl in My Heart (1950)
Colton
Captain China (1950)
Red Lynch
16 Fathoms Deep (1948)
Dimitri
The Counterfeiters (1948)
"Louie" [Struber]
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Lawrence Talbot/The Wolfman
Albuquerque (1948)
Steve Murkil
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Willie
The Frozen Ghost (1945)
Alex Gregor [also known as Gregor the Great]
The Daltons Ride Again (1945)
Grat Dalton
Here Come the Co-Eds (1945)
["Strangler"] Johnson
The Mummy's Curse (1945)
Mummy [Kharis]
House of Dracula (1945)
Lawrence Talbot
Pillow of Death (1945)
Wayne Fletcher
House of Frankenstein (1945)
Larry Talbot
Strange Confession (1945)
Jeff [Carter]
Follow the Boys (1944)
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
Kharis
Ghost Catchers (1944)
Bear [Joe]
Dead Man's Eyes (1944)
Dave Stuart
Weird Woman (1944)
[Prof.] Norman Reed
Cobra Woman (1944)
Hava
Crazy House (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
Count Dracula [also known as Count Alucard]
Calling Dr. Death (1943)
Doctor [Mark] Steele
Frontier Badmen (1943)
Chango
Eyes of the Underworld (1943)
Benny
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
The Wolf Man [Lawrence Stewart Talbot]
North to the Klondike (1942)
Nate Carson
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
"The Mummy" [Kharis]
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Monster
Overland Mail (1942)
San Antonio Rose (1941)
Jigsaw Kennedy
Badlands of Dakota (1941)
Jack McCall
Billy the Kid (1941)
"Spike" Hudson
Man Made Monster (1941)
Dan McCormick
Too Many Blondes (1941)
Marvin [Gimble]
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Wolf Man [Lawrence Talbot]
Riders of Death Valley (1941)
One Million B.C. (1940)
Akhoba
City in Darkness (1939)
Pierre
Frontier Marshal (1939)
Pringle
Of Mice and Men (1939)
Lennie [Small]
Union Pacific (1939)
Dollarhide
Jesse James (1939)
One of James gang
Happy Landing (1938)
Reporter
Walking Down Broadway (1938)
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
Photographer
Road Demon (1938)
Bud Casey
Passport Husband (1938)
Bull
Speed to Burn (1938)
Mug
Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
Joey
City Girl (1938)
Gangster
Straight Place and Show (1938)
Chauffeur
Josette (1938)
Boatman
Submarine Patrol (1938)
Marine
Slave Ship (1937)
Laborer
The Lady Escapes (1937)
Reporter
Wild and Woolly (1937)
Dutch
Angel's Holiday (1937)
Eddie
Midnight Taxi (1937)
Erickson
Life Begins in College (1937)
Gilks
Cheyenne Rides Again (1937)
Girard
Born Reckless (1937)
Mechanic
One Mile from Heaven (1937)
Policeman
Second Honeymoon (1937)
Reporter
Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937)
Chauffeur
That I May Live (1937)
Engineer
Love and Hisses (1937)
Attendant
Thin Ice (1937)
American reporter
Rose Bowl (1936)
Football player
The Old Corral (1936)
Garland
The Singing Cowboy (1936)
Martin
Killer at Large (1936)
Coffin man
Ace Drummond (1936)
Undersea Kingdom (1936)
Captain Hurricane (1935)
Dave
Accent on Youth (1935)
Chuck
The Shadow of Silk Lennox (1935)
John Arthur "Silk" Lennox
Scream in the Night (1935)
Jack Wilson/Butch Curtain
Within the Rock (1935)
Bob Gordon
Girl O' My Dreams (1934)
Don Cooper
Sixteen Fathoms Deep (1934)
Joe Bethel
The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
Hugo McQueen
Lucky Devils (1933)
Frankie
Scarlet River (1933)
Jeff Todd
Son of the Border (1933)
Jack Breen
The Three Musketeers (1933)
Bird of Paradise (1932)
Thorton
The Last Frontier (1932)

Life Events

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

Photo Collections

Hillbillys in a Haunted House - Movie Poster
Hillbillys in a Haunted House - Movie Poster
Spider Baby - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from Spider Baby (1968), directed by Jack Hill and starring Lon Chaney, Jr.
Of Mice and Men - Lobby Card Set
Of Mice and Men - Lobby Card Set
The Wolf Man - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills taken for Universal Pictures' The Wolf Man (1941), starring Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Bela Lugosi, and Claude Rains. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Behave Yourself! - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from RKO's Behave Yourself! (1951), starring Shelley Winters and Farley Granger. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
My Favorite Brunette - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from My Favorite Brunette (1947), starring Bob Hope. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Spider Baby - Lobby Cards
Here are a few lobby cards from Spider Baby (1968), directed by Jack Hill and starring Lon Chaney, Jr.
Spider Baby - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Spider Baby (1968), directed by Jack Hill and starring Lon Chaney, Jr. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Of Mice And Men (1939) - A Place Like That... Disabled Candy (Roman Bohnen) wonders if he can join new farm-hand pals George (Burgess Meredith) and Lenny (Lon Chaney Jr.) in their fantasy of buying their own place, in director Lewis Milestone's Of Mice And Men, 1939, from the Steinbeck novel.
Of Mice And Men (1939) - Opening, Lenny And George California migrant farm workers Lenny (Lon Chaney Jr.) and George (Burgess Meredith) are fleeing angry citizens of "Weed" in the opening of Lewis Milestone's Of Mice And Men, 1939, from the John Steinbeck novel.
Of Mice And Men (1939) - Them New Guys Candy (Roman Bohnen) introduces farm workers George (Burgess Meredith) and Lenny (Lon Chaney Jr.) to his skeptical boss Jackson (Oscar O'Shea) in Lewis Milestone's Of Mice And Men, 1939, from John Steinbeck's novel.
Of Mice And Men (1939) - Down By The River Ranch-hand George (Burgess Meredith) is making sure slow-witted pal Lenny (Lon Chaney Jr.) doesn't get in trouble with vampy Mae (Betty Field) or her husband Curley (Bob Steele) in Of Mice And Men, 1939, from John Steinbeck's novel.
Straight Place And Show (1938) - A Horse, Not A Convict! Straight Place And Show (1938) — (Movie Clip) A Horse, Not A Convict!
One Million B.C. (1940) - The Saga Concerns Two Tribes Hiding from a storm in the Alps, climbers addressed by a scholar they met in a cave (Conrad Nagel), only too willing to reveal what he's learned, offering Carole Landis and Victor Mature as models for the story he's deduced, opening Hal Roach's One Million B.C., 1940.
Defiant Ones, The (1958) - Old Fashioned Prayer Meeting Caught trying to steal food at a Southern work camp, handcuffed escaped cons Cullen (Sidney Poitier) and Joker (Tony Curtis) look like they'll be lynched at the whim of crew boss Mac (Claude Akins), until Big Sam (Lon Chaney Jr.) intervenes, in Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones, 1958.
Wolf Man, The (1941) - A Wolf And A Star Lon Chaney Jr. (as Larry Talbot) carries off the vapid Americanized playboy piece of his role, dropping in on English shop-girl Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), whom he's seen through his telescope, early in Universal's The Wolf Man, 1941.
Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942) - I Told You He Was Alive! Folks in the village of Frankenstein have been given permission to destroy the old baron’s castle, where they fear Ygor (Bela Lugosi) may still be alive, and where the monster (Lon Chaney Jr.) is believed to be buried in the sulphur pits, and it goes badly, early in The Ghost Of Frankenstein, 1942.
Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942) - Are You A Giant? Crafty Ygor (Bela Lugosi) and the revived monster (Lon Chaney Jr.) have gotten separated in the town where they’ve come to see the son of Baron Frankenstein, leading to an encounter with young Cloestine (Janet Ann Gallow) and her father (Olaf Hytten), in Universal’s third sequel, The Ghost Of Frankenstein, 1942.
Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942) - He Seems To Recognize You Ralph Bellamy is the prosecutor, Lon Chaney Jr. the “man” in custody for killing two citizens in the process of saving a girl (Janet Ann Gallow), when Dr. Frankenstein (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), who alone realizes this must be his father’s creation come back to life, arrives, crisis averted by Ygor (Bela Lugosi) playing a weird pipe, in Universal’s The Ghost Of Frankenstein, 1942.
Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - You Won't Feel A Thing Abbott And Costello are at Universal so there’s no worry about licensing monsters, though only two are originals, here in mayhem toward the end, Dracula (Bela Lugosi) plans to give Lou’s brain to the monster (Glenn Strange, not Karloff) and Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) is on their side until the moon comes out, in Bud Abbott And Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948.

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Family

Lon Chaney
Father
Actor, director. Born on April 1, 1883, died on August 26, 1930.
Cleva Creighton
Mother
Ronald Chaney
Son
By first wife.
Lon Chaney
Son
By first wife.

Companions

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

Bibliography

Notes

Credited as Creighton Chaney until 1935.