Lon Chaney Jr.
Lon Chaney Jr.
Bold pencil Signature on autograph album pag, from the collection of another actor of the same period. Tape-repaired tear at top of last name, otherwise in very good condition.
Lon Chaney, Jr. (February 10, 1906 – July 12, 1973) was an American character actor, known mainly for his roles in monster movies and as the son of an famous silent film actor, Lon Chaney. Originally credited in films as Creighton Chaney, he was first credited as “Lon Chaney, Jr.” in 1935.
It was only after his father’s death that Chaney started acting in movies, beginning with an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. He appeared in films under his real name Creighton until 1935, when he began to be billed as “Lon Chaney, Jr.” (and would appear as “Lon Chaney” later in his career). Chaney was asked to test for the role of Quasimodo for the 1939 remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The role went to Charles Laughton. In his final years, Lon would get a brief chance to play Quasimodo, and return to the roles of the Mummy, and the Wolfman on the 1960s television series “Route 66” with friends Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. Lon first achieved stardom and critical acclaim in the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small.
In 1941, Chaney starred in the title role of The Wolf Man for Universal Pictures Co. Inc., a role which would typecast him for the rest of his life. He maintained a career at Universal horror movies over the next few years, replaying the Wolf Man in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein, Kharis the mummy in The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Ghost and The Mummy’s Curse. He also played the offspring of Count Dracula in Son of Dracula. Chaney is thus the only actor to portray all four of Universal’s major monsters: the Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, and the vampire son of Dracula.
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