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Creighton Tull Chaney (February 10, 1906 –July 12, 1973), known by his stage name Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr., was an American actor known for playing Larry Talbot in the 1941 film The Wolf Man and its various crossovers, Count Alucard ( Dracula
Dracula
spelled backward), Frankenstein's monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein, the Mummy in three pictures, and various other roles in numerous horror films produced by Universal Studios.[1] He also portrayed Lennie Small
Lennie Small
in Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
(1939) and supporting parts in dozens of mainstream movies. Originally referenced in films as Creighton Chaney, he was later credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, and after 1941's Man Made Monster, beginning as early as The Wolf Man later that same year, he was almost always billed under his more famous father's name as Lon Chaney. Chaney had English, French, and Irish ancestry, and his career in movies and television spanned four decades, from 1931 to 1971.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 As Creighton Chaney 2.2 As Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr 2.3 20th Century Fox 2.4 Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
(1939) 2.5 Universal Pictures 2.6 Horror Film Star: The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Inner Sanctum 2.7 Leaving Universal 2.8 1960s 2.9 Final films

3 Personal life

3.1 Honors

4 Death 5 Biography 6 Filmography

6.1 1920s 6.2 1930s 6.3 1940s 6.4 1950s 6.5 1960s 6.6 1970s

7 Selected television appearances 8 Select radio credits 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit]

Lon Chaney, Creighton's father

Creighton was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory, the son of silent film star Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
and Frances Cleveland Creighton Chaney, a singing stage performer who traveled in road shows across the country with Creighton. His parents' troubled marriage ended in divorce in 1913 following his mother's scandalous public suicide attempt in Los Angeles. Young Creighton lived in various homes and boarding schools until 1916, when his father (now employed in the film industry) married Hazel Hastings and could provide a stable home. From an early age, he worked hard to get out of his famous father's shadow. In young adulthood, his father discouraged him from show business, and he attended business college and became successful in a Los Angeles
Los Angeles
appliance corporation. Creighton, who had begun working for a plumbing company, married Dorothy Hinckley the daughter of his employer Ralph Hinckley, and they had two sons: Lon Ralph Chaney and Ronald Creighton Chaney. Creighton's life changed forever when his father was diagnosed with throat cancer and died on August 26, 1930, at the age of 47. Many articles and biographies over the years report that Creighton was led to believe his mother had died while he was a boy, and was only made aware she lived after his father's death. Creighton always maintained he had a tough childhood. Career[edit] As Creighton Chaney[edit] It was only after his father's death that Chaney started acting in films, billed by his own name. He began with an uncredited bit part in the 1931 serial The Galloping Ghost and signed a contract with RKO
RKO
who gave him small roles in a number of films, including Girl Crazy (1932), The Roadhouse Murder
The Roadhouse Murder
(1932), Bird of Paradise (1932), and The Most Dangerous Game (1932). RKO
RKO
gave him the starring role in a serial, The Last Frontier (1932). He got bigger film roles in Lucky Devils (1933), Son of the Border (1933), Scarlet River
Scarlet River
(1933), The Life of Vergie Winters (1934). Over at Mascot Pictures he supported John Wayne
John Wayne
in a serial, The Three Musketeers (1933), which was later re-edited into a film entitled Desert Command
Desert Command
(1946). "I did every possible bit in pictures" said Chaney later. "Had to do stuntwork to live. I bulldogged steers, fell off and got knocked off cliffs, rode horses and precipes into rivers, drove prairie schooners up and down hills."[2] He had the lead in the independent film Sixteen Fathoms Deep (1934) and a small part in Girl o' My Dreams
Girl o' My Dreams
(1934) at Monogram. The last film he made under the name "Creighton Chaney" was The Marriage Bargain (1935) for Screencraft Productions. After this point he was billed as "Lon Chaney, Jr." until 1942, when be began being usually billed, at the insistence of Universal Studios, with his iconic father's name: "Lon Chaney," although the "Jr." was usually added by others when they referred to him to distinguish him from his much more famous forebear. As Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr[edit] He had the lead in A Scream in the Night
A Scream in the Night
(1935) made for Commodore Pictures, a horror movie.[3] He played small roles at Paramount: Hold 'Em Yale (1935), Accent on Youth (1935) and Rose Bowl (1936). A small outfit, Ray Kirkwood Productions, gave him a lead, The Shadow of Silk Lennox (1935). At Republic he starred alongside Gene Autry
Gene Autry
in The Singing Cowboy (1936) and The Old Corral
The Old Corral
(1937). He was a henchman in a serial for Republic, Undersea Kingdom
Undersea Kingdom
(1936). Universal got him to play a henchman in their serial, Ace Drummond (1937) and he was uncredited in Columbia's Killer at Large (1937). He leant his name to a cafe which was embroiled in a liquor scandal.[4] Chaney was the main villain in a Tom Tryon
Tom Tryon
B Western, Cheyenne Rides Again (1937) and was in a serial, Secret Agent X-9
Secret Agent X-9
(1937). 20th Century Fox[edit] He signed a contract at 20th Century Fox and appeared in Love Is News (1937), Midnight Taxi (1937), That I May Live
That I May Live
(1937), This Is My Affair (1937), Angel's Holiday
Angel's Holiday
(1937), Born Reckless (1937), Wild and Woolly (1937), The Lady Escapes (1937), Thin Ice (1937), One Mile from Heaven (1937), Charlie Chan on Broadway (1938), Life Begins in College (1937), Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937), Second Honeymoon (1937), Checkers (1937), Love and Hisses
Love and Hisses
(1938), City Girl (1938), Happy Landing (1938), Sally, Irene and Mary
Sally, Irene and Mary
(1938), Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938), Walking Down Broadway (1938), Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), Josette (1938), Speed to Burn (1938), Passport Husband (1938), Straight, Place and Show (1938), Submarine Patrol
Submarine Patrol
(1938), and Road Demon (1939). He was almost killed by a train while filming a bank robbery scene in Jesse James (1939.[5] He later made Charlie Chan in City in Darkness
Charlie Chan in City in Darkness
(1939) and Frontier Marshal (1939). Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
(1939)[edit] Chaney Jr's only stage appearance had been as Lennie Small
Lennie Small
in a production of Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
with Wallace Ford.[6] He was cast in that role in the 1939 film Of Mice and Men, which was produced by Hal Roach Studios. The film was Chaney Jr's first major role in a film and was a critical success for him. Chaney was asked to test for the role of Quasimodo
Quasimodo
for the 1939 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The role went to Charles Laughton. Hal Roach used him in his third-billed character role in One Million B.C. (1940) as Victor Mature's caveman father, Chaney began to be viewed as a character actor in the mold of his father. He had in fact designed a swarthy, ape-like Neanderthal make-up on himself for the film, but production decisions and union rules prevented his following through on emulating his father in that fashion. Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
used him in a support role in North West Mounted Police (1940) and MGM used him in Billy the Kid (1941). That studio considered putting Chaney Jr in a remake of his father's hit He Who Gets Slapped
He Who Gets Slapped
but decided not to make it.[7] Universal Pictures[edit] Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
offered Chaney Jr the lead in Man-Made Monster (1941), a science-fiction horror thriller originally written with Karloff in mind. Chaney's first horror film, it was successful enough for them to offer him a long-term contract. Universal kept him in support roles for a while: a comedy Too Many Blondes (1941), a musical San Antonio Rose (1941), a serial Riders of Death Valley (1941), the Western Badlands of Dakota
Badlands of Dakota
(1941) and the "Northern" North to the Klondike (1942). Horror Film Star: The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Inner Sanctum[edit] Chaney was then given the title role in The Wolf Man (1941) for Universal, a role which, much like Karloff's Frankenstein
Frankenstein
monster, would largely typecast Chaney as a horror film actor for the rest of his life. Chaney Jr was now an official horror star, and Universal gave him the role of Frankenstein's Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein
The Ghost of Frankenstein
(1942). He was in a crime film, Eyes of the Underworld
Eyes of the Underworld
(1942) and the wartime shorts Keeping Fit (1942) and What We Are Fighting For (1943). Chaney Jr played Kharis the Mummy in The Mummy's Tomb (1942), another hit. He was in a Western Frontier Badmen (1943), then reprised his role as the Wolf Man in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
(1943). Chaney was given the role of Dracula
Dracula
in Son of Dracula
Dracula
(1943). This made him the only actor to portray all four of Universal's major horror characters: the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, and Count Dracula. After a cameo in Crazy House (1943) he was given the lead in Calling Dr. Death (1943), based on the Inner Sanctum mysteries. It kicked off another series starring Chaney, the first of which was Weird Woman (1944). He made a second mummy movie, The Mummy's Ghost
The Mummy's Ghost
(1944) and had a support part in Cobra Woman
Cobra Woman
(1944), starring Maria Montez
Maria Montez
and Ghost Catcher (1944), with Ole and Johnson. Dead Man's Eyes
Dead Man's Eyes
(1944) was the third Inner Sanctum, after which he was back as the Wolf Man in House of Frankenstein
Frankenstein
(1944). The Mummy's Curse (1944) was Chaney's third and final appearance as Kharis. He had a small role in an Abbott and Costello
Abbott and Costello
comedy Here Come the Co-Eds (1945), then made more Inner Sanctums: The Frozen Ghost
The Frozen Ghost
(1945) and Strange Confession
Strange Confession
(1945). He returned as the Wolf Man in House of Dracula
Dracula
(1945), one of the last of the Universal horror cycle. Pillow of Death (1945) was the last Inner Sanctum. The Daltons Ride Again (1945) was a Western. Leaving Universal[edit] Despite being typecast as the Wolf Man, the 6-foot 2-inch, 220 pound actor managed to carve out a secondary niche as a supporting actor and villain. He was in a Bob Hope comedy My Favorite Brunette
My Favorite Brunette
(1947), supported Randolph Scott
Randolph Scott
in Albuquerque (1948) and had a support in The Counterfeiters (1948) and played a villain in 16 Fathoms Deep (1948) for Monogram Pictures, a remake of his 1934 film. He reprised his Wolfman role to great effect in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Frankenstein
(1948) but it did not cause a notable boost to his career. In April 1948 Chaney went to hospital after taking an overdose of sleeping pills.[8] He recovered and played Harry Brock in a Los Angeles
Los Angeles
theatre production of Born Yesterday in 1949.[9] Chaney kept busy in support roles: Captain China
Captain China
(1950), Once a Thief (1950), Inside Straight (1951), Bride of the Gorilla
Bride of the Gorilla
(1951), Only the Valiant (1951), Behave Yourself! (1951), Flame of Araby
Flame of Araby
(1952), The Bushwackers (1952), Thief of Damascus
Thief of Damascus
(1952), Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952) (in the title role), High Noon
High Noon
(1952), Springfield Rifle (1952), The Black Castle
The Black Castle
(1952) (a return to horror), Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953), A Lion Is in the Streets (1953), The Boy from Oklahoma (1954), Casanova's Big Night
Casanova's Big Night
(1954), Passion (1954), The Black Pirates (1954), Jivaro (1955), Big House, U.S.A.
Big House, U.S.A.
(1955), I Died a Thousand Times (1955), The Indian Fighter
The Indian Fighter
(1955), and The Black Sleep (1956) He had a leading role in Indestructible Man
Indestructible Man
(1956) then was back to support parts; Manfish
Manfish
(1956), a Martin and Lewis
Martin and Lewis
comedy, Pardners (1956); Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
(1957), The Cyclops (1957) and The Alligator People (1959). Chaney established himself as a favorite of producer Stanley Kramer; in addition to playing a key supporting role in High Noon
High Noon
(1952) (starring Gary Cooper), he also appeared in Not as a Stranger (1955)—a hospital melodrama featuring Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
and Frank Sinatra—and The Defiant Ones (1958, starring Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
and Sidney Poitier). Kramer told the press at the time that whenever a script came in with a role too difficult for most actors in Hollywood, he called Chaney. One of his most legendary roles was a 1952 live television version of Frankenstein
Frankenstein
on the anthology series Tales of Tomorrow
Tales of Tomorrow
for which he allegedly showed up drunk, though that contention is unsubstantiated.[10] During the live broadcast, Chaney, playing the Monster, apparently thought it was just a rehearsal and he would pick up furniture that he was supposed to break, only to gingerly put it back down while muttering, "I saved it for you."[11] He became quite popular with baby boomers after Universal released its back catalog of horror films to television in 1957 (Shock Theater) and Famous Monsters of Filmland
Famous Monsters of Filmland
magazine regularly focused on his films. In 1957, Chaney went to Ontario, Canada, to costar in the first ever American-Canadian television production, as Chingachgook in Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, suggested by James Fenimore Cooper's stories. The series ended after 39 episodes. That same year, Universal released the popular film biography of his father, Man of a Thousand Faces, featuring a semi-fictionalized version of Creighton's life story from his birth up until his father's death. Roger Smith played the young Creighton. He appeared in a 1958 episode of the western series Tombstone Territory titled "The Black Marshal from Deadwood", and appeared in numerous western series such as Rawhide. He also hosted the 13-episode television anthology series 13 Demon Street in 1959, which was created by Curt Siodmak.

Chaney Jr. in Dracula
Dracula
vs. Frankenstein
Frankenstein
(1971)

1960s[edit] In the 1960s, Chaney specialised in horror films, such as House of Terror (1960), The Devil's Messenger
The Devil's Messenger
(1961) and The Haunted Palace (1963), replacing Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
in the latter for Roger Corman. He was in a Western Law of the Lawless (1963), Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964), Witchcraft (1964), and Stage to Thunder Rock
Stage to Thunder Rock
(1964). He had one of his best later roles in Spider Baby, made in 1964 but not released until 1967. Then it was back to Westerns - Young Fury (1965), Black Spurs
Black Spurs
(1965), Town Tamer
Town Tamer
(1966), Johnny Reno
Johnny Reno
(1967), Apache Uprising
Apache Uprising
(1967), Welcome to Hard Times (1967) and Buckskin (1968). There was also horror, such as Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (1967) and Hillbillys in a Haunted House
Hillbillys in a Haunted House
(1967). His bread-and-butter work during this decade was television – where he made guest appearances on everything from Wagon Train
Wagon Train
to The Monkees – and in a string of supporting roles in low-budget Westerns produced by A. C. Lyles
A. C. Lyles
for Paramount. In 1962, Chaney got a brief chance to play Quasimodo
Quasimodo
in a simulacrum of his father's make-up, as well as return to his roles of the Mummy and the Wolf Man on the television series Route 66 with friends Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
and Peter Lorre. During this era, he starred in Jack Hill's Spider Baby
Spider Baby
(filmed 1964, released 1968), for which he also sang the title song. Final films[edit] In later years, he battled throat cancer and chronic heart disease among other ailments after decades of heavy drinking and smoking. In his final horror film, Dracula
Dracula
vs. Frankenstein
Frankenstein
(1971), directed by Al Adamson, he played Groton, Dr. Frankenstein's mute henchman. He filmed his part in the spring of 1969, and shortly thereafter performed his final film role, also for Adamson in The Female Bunch. Chaney had lines in The Female Bunch
The Female Bunch
but his hoarse, raspy voice was virtually unrecognizable. Due to illness he retired from acting to concentrate on a book about the Chaney family legacy, A Century of Chaneys, which remains to date unpublished in any form. His grandson, Ron Chaney, was working on completing this project.[12] Personal life[edit] Chaney was married twice. His first wife Dorothy divorced him in 1936 for drinking too much and being "sullen".[13] He remarried in 1937. He had two sons by his first wife, Lon Ralph Chaney (born July 3, 1928) and Ronald Creighton Chaney (born March 18, 1930), both now deceased. He was survived by a grandson, Ron Chaney, who attended film conventions and discussed his grandfather's life and film career. Chaney was well liked by some co-workers – "sweet" is the adjective that most commonly emerges from those who acted with, and liked him – yet he was capable of intense dislikes. For instance, he and frequent co-star Evelyn Ankers
Evelyn Ankers
did not get along at all despite their on-camera chemistry. He was also known to befriend younger actors and stand up for older ones who Chaney felt were belittled by the studios. One example was that of William Farnum, a major silent star who played a bit part in The Mummy's Curse. According to co-star Peter Coe, Chaney demanded that Farnum be given his own chair on the set and be treated with respect, or else he would walk off the picture. Chaney had run-ins with actor Frank Reicher
Frank Reicher
(whom he nearly strangled on camera in The Mummy's Ghost) and director Robert Siodmak
Robert Siodmak
(over whose head Chaney broke a vase).[14] Actor Robert Stack
Robert Stack
claimed in his 1980 autobiography that Chaney and drinking buddy Broderick Crawford were known as "the monsters" around the Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
lot because of their drunken behavior that frequently resulted in bloodshed.[15] Honors[edit] In 1999, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[16] Death[edit] Chaney died of heart failure at age 67 on July 12, 1973 in San Clemente, California.[17] His body was donated for medical research.[1] He was honored by appearing as the Wolf Man on one of a 1997 series of United States postage stamps depicting movie monsters. His grandson Ron Chaney Jr. has frequently appeared as a guest at horror movie conventions.[18][19] Biography[edit] Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
JR, Horror Film Star, 1906–1973 (1996) ISBN 0-7864-1813-3 Filmography[edit] This is a list of known Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. theatrical films broken down by decade. Television appearances are listed separately. 1920s[edit]

The Trap (1922) (Hand only)[20]

1930s[edit]

The Galloping Ghost (1931) Girl Crazy (1932) The Roadhouse Murders
The Roadhouse Murders
(1932) Bird of Paradise (1932) The Most Dangerous Game (1932) The Last Frontier (1932) The Black Ghost
The Black Ghost
(1932) Lucky Devils (1933) Desert Command
Desert Command
(1933) The Three Musketeers (1933) Son of the Border
Son of the Border
(1933) Scarlet River
Scarlet River
(1933) Sixteen Fathoms Deep (1934) Girl o' My Dreams
Girl o' My Dreams
(1934) The Life of Vergie Winters (1934) The Marriage Bargain (1935) Hold 'Em Yale
Hold 'Em Yale
(1935) A Scream in the Night
A Scream in the Night
(1935) Accent on Youth (1935) The Shadow of Silk Lennox (1935) The Singing Cowboy (1936) Undersea Kingdom
Undersea Kingdom
(1936) Ace Drummond (1936) Killer at Large (1936) Rose Bowl (1936) The Old Corral
The Old Corral
(1936) Cheyenne Rides Again
Cheyenne Rides Again
(1937) Love Is News
Love Is News
(1937) Midnight Taxi (1937) Secret Agent X-9
Secret Agent X-9
(1937) That I May Live
That I May Live
(1937) This Is My Affair
This Is My Affair
(1937) Angel's Holiday
Angel's Holiday
(1937) Born Reckless (1937) Wild and Woolly (1937) The Lady Escapes (1937) One Mile From Heaven
One Mile From Heaven
(1937) Thin Ice (1937) Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) Life Begins in College (1937) Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937) Second Honeymoon (1937) Checkers (1937) Love and Hisses
Love and Hisses
(1937) City Girl (1938) Happy Landing (1938) Sally, Irene and Mary
Sally, Irene and Mary
(1938) Mr. Moto's Gamble
Mr. Moto's Gamble
(1938) Walking Down Broadway (1938) Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) Josette (1938) Speed to Burn (1938) Passport Husband (1938) Straight Place and Show (1938) Submarine Patrol
Submarine Patrol
(1938) Road Demon (1938) Jesse James (1939) Union Pacific (1939) Charlie Chan in City in Darkness
Charlie Chan in City in Darkness
(1939) Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
(1939) Frontier Marshal (1939)

1940s[edit]

North West Mounted Police (1940) One Million B.C.
One Million B.C.
(1940) Too Many Blondes
Too Many Blondes
(1941) Billy the Kid (1941) Man-Made Monster (1941) San Antonio Rose (1941) Riders of Death Valley (1941) serial Badlands of Dakota
Badlands of Dakota
(1941) The Wolf Man (1941) North to the Klondike (1941) Overland Mail (1942) serial The Ghost of Frankenstein
The Ghost of Frankenstein
(1942) Keeping Fit (1942) Eyes of the Underworld
Eyes of the Underworld
(1942) The Mummy's Tomb (1942) Frontier Badmen (1943) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
(1943) What We Are Fighting For (1943) Son of Dracula
Dracula
(1943) Crazy House (1943) Calling Dr. Death
Calling Dr. Death
(1943) Weird Woman
Weird Woman
(1944) The Mummy's Ghost
The Mummy's Ghost
(1944) Cobra Woman
Cobra Woman
(1944) The Ghost Catchers (1944) Dead Man's Eyes
Dead Man's Eyes
(1944) House of Frankenstein
Frankenstein
(1944) The Mummy's Curse
The Mummy's Curse
(1944) Here Come The Co-Eds
Here Come The Co-Eds
(1945) The Frozen Ghost
The Frozen Ghost
(1945) Strange Confession
Strange Confession
(1945) House of Dracula
Dracula
(1945) The Daltons Ride Again (1945) Pillow of Death (1945) Desert Command
Desert Command
(1946) My Favorite Brunette
My Favorite Brunette
(1947) Laguna U.S.A. (1947) Albuquerque (1948) The Counterfeiters (1948) Abbott and Costello
Abbott and Costello
Meet Frankenstein
Frankenstein
(1948) 16 Fathoms Deep (1948)

1950s[edit]

Captain China
Captain China
(1950) There's a Girl In My Heart (1950) Once a Thief (1950) Inside Straight (1951) Bride of the Gorilla
Bride of the Gorilla
(1951) Only the Valiant
Only the Valiant
(1951) Behave Yourself! (1951) Flame of Araby
Flame of Araby
(1951) The Bushwhackers (1952) The Thief of Damascus
Thief of Damascus
(1952) Battles of Chief Pontiac
Battles of Chief Pontiac
(1952) High Noon
High Noon
(1952) Springfield Rifle (1952) The Black Castle
The Black Castle
(1952) Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953) Bandit Island (1953) A Lion Is in the Streets (1953) The Boy from Oklahoma
The Boy from Oklahoma
(1954) Casanova's Big Night
Casanova's Big Night
(1954) The Big Chase (1954) Passion (1954) The Black Pirates
The Black Pirates
(1954) Jivaro (1954) Big House, U.S.A.
Big House, U.S.A.
(1955) I Died a Thousand Times
I Died a Thousand Times
(1955) The Indian Fighter
The Indian Fighter
(1955) Not as a Stranger (1955) The Silver Star (1955) The Black Sleep
The Black Sleep
(1956) Indestructible Man
Indestructible Man
(1956) Manfish
Manfish
(1956) Pardners
Pardners
(1956) Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
(1956) The Cyclops (1957) The Defiant Ones (1958) The Alligator People
The Alligator People
(1959) Money, Women, and Guns (1959)

1960s[edit]

House of Terror (1960) The Phantom (1961) The Devil's Messenger
The Devil's Messenger
(1961) Rebellion in Cuba (1961) The Haunted Palace (1963) Law of the Lawless (1963) Face of the Screaming Werewolf
Face of the Screaming Werewolf
(1964) Witchcraft (1964) Stage to Thunder Rock
Stage to Thunder Rock
(1964) Spider Baby
Spider Baby
(1964) House of Black Death (1965) Young Fury
Young Fury
(1965) Black Spurs
Black Spurs
(1965) Town Tamer
Town Tamer
(1965) Johnny Reno
Johnny Reno
(1966) Apache Uprising
Apache Uprising
(1966) Welcome to Hard Times (1967) Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (1967) Hillbillys in a Haunted House(1967) The Far Out West (1967) Spider Baby
Spider Baby
(1968) Cannibal (1968) Buckskin (1968) The Fireball Jungle (1969) The Female Bunch
The Female Bunch
(1969) A Stranger in Town (1969)

1970s[edit]

Dracula
Dracula
vs. Frankenstein
Frankenstein
(1971)

Selected television appearances[edit]

Versatile Varieties (1949–1950) I love Lucy
I love Lucy
as a poker player friend of Ricky and Fred. "Be a Pal" episode (1951) The Red Skelton Show, five episodes (1954–1959) Studio 57
Studio 57
as Jubal Pickett in "The Ballad of Jubal Pickett" (1955) Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957) Chaney was a regular on this television series, portraying the role of Chingachgook Along the Mohawk Trail (1957) The Redmen and the Renegades (1957) The Pathfinder and the Mohican (1957) Tombstone Territory
Tombstone Territory
as Marshal Daggett in "The Black Marshal from Deadwood" (1958) Rawhide as Jesse Children in "Incident on the Edge of Madness (1959) and as Rock in "Incident at Spider Rock" (1963) The Texan as Wylie Ames in "No Love Wasted" (1959) General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
as Bucknell in "The Family Man" (1959) 13 Demon Street, host of horror anthology series (1959) Border Patrol as a racketeer in "The Homecoming" (1959) Wanted: Dead or Alive as Sheriff Lon Paulson in "The Empty Cell" (1959) The Rough Riders as Ben "Pa" Hawkins in "An Eye for an Eye" (1959) Have Gun - Will Travel, two episodes, 1959 and 1963 Johnny Ringo as Ben Rafferty in "The Raffertys" (1960) Wagon Train, two episodes (1960–1961) Bat Masterson as Rance Fletcher in "Bat Trap" (1961) The Deputy as Tom Arnold in "Brother in Arms" (1961) Klondike as Macfin in "The Hostages" (1961) Stagecoach West as Ben Wait in "Not in Our Stars" (1961) Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
as Michael Peters in "A Warm Day in Heaven" (1961) Surfside 6
Surfside 6
as Tank Grosch in "Witness for the Defense" (1961) Route 66, three episodes (1961–1963) Lawman as Jess Bridges in "The Tarnished Badge" (1962) The Rifleman
The Rifleman
as Charlie Gordo in "Gunfire" (1962) Empire as Bart Howe in "Hidden Asset" (1963) Pistols 'n' Petticoats
Pistols 'n' Petticoats
as Chief Eagle Shadow, four episodes (1966–1967) The Monkees as Lenny in "Monkees in A Ghost Town" (1966)

Select radio credits[edit]

Inner Sanctum - "Ring of Doom" (1943)[21]

References[edit]

^ a b " Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr., Actor, Is Dead at 67; Portrayed Monsters". New York Times. July 14, 1973. Retrieved 25 February 2014. Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr., the film actor, died yesterday at the age of 67. A long series of illnesses had put Mr. Chaney in and out of hospitals for the last year. He was released from a San Clemente ...  ^ FILLER OF FATHER'S FOOTWEAR: FILLER OF FATHER'S FOOTWEAR Smith, Frederick James. Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif] 28 July 1940: J6. ^ Mary Pickford Considers Leading Drive to Produce Pictures in England: British Films Would Use American Actors Cycle of Kipling Stories Looms Both Here and Abroad; Lon Chaney, Jr., Follows in Noted Parent's Footsteps Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]07 Sep 1935: 5. ^ Cash Given to Werners, Says Witness at Hearing: BOARD VOTE BOAST CITED BY WOMAN Owner of Cafe Takes Stand Weinblatt Asked $1000 in Liquor License Renewal, She Testifies Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 June 1936: 1. ^ Lon Chaney, Jr., Escapes Injury The Washington Post (1923-1954); Washington, D.C. [Washington, D.C]20 Oct 1938: X7 ^ Chaney Jr. Nixes Horror Make-ups Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]15 Jan 1940: 9. ^ Young Chaney May Do 'He Who Gets Slapped': Preston 'Night' Star Fellows Subject Named Warners Sign Darwell Ink Spots, Faye Cast Bellamy Set for Comedy Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Jan 1941: A9. ^ Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. Takes Too Many Sleeping Pills, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]23 Apr 1948: 1. ^ Kanin's 'Born Yesterday' Well Acted at Biltmore Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]18 Jan 1949: A7. ^ "Film Threat – The Bootleg Files: Tales Of Tomorrow – Frankenstein". Retrieved 25 February 2014.  ^ A kinescope of the January 18, 1952 broadcast is available on DVD, YouTube, and also open to the public for viewing at The Paley Center for Media in New York City
New York City
and Los Angeles. ^ Interview with Ron Chaney, including references to Lon's book ^ Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. Is Sued for Divorce; Wed 10 Years Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963); Chicago, Ill. [Chicago, Ill]26 June 1936: 23. ^ Smith, Don G., Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr.: Horror Film Star, McFarland & Co., 1996 ^ Stack, Robert, Straight Shooting, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1980, p. 64 ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Palm Springs Walk of Stars
by date dedicated Archived 2012-10-13 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Cumuseumofterror.com Archived 2008-06-04 at the Wayback Machine. (Includes Chaney's Death Certificate) ^ Vest, Jason; Vest, Jason (1993-05-31). "MEETING THE CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-05-07.  ^ "Monster Bash: It's a Graveyard Smash". Geek Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2017-05-07.  ^ Lonchaney.com Archived 2010-11-26 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. On Air. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963); Chicago, Ill. [Chicago, Ill]04 Apr 1943: W6.

External links[edit]

Official website from Chaney Entertainment Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. on IMDb Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. at AllMovie Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. Informative Biograph Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
Jr. at Find a Grave Chaney Jr. Application's of Make-Up Through the 1940s–1960s Additional Information on Chaney's Career Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture – Chaney, Lon Jr.

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