Rondo Hatton (April 22, 1894 – February 2, 1946) was an American actor who appeared in various B Movies before his death in 1946.His striking physical features were caused by a growth hormone disorder called acromegaly, which was also known to affect the late André the Giant and Richard Kiel.Due to his condition, he'd usually play a thug of some kind. This lead to his role as the backbreaking murderer known as "The Creeper", who appeared in three Universal films late to his career, which cemented his status as a cult actor.Partial filmography:
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) — "Ugly man"
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) — Gabe Hart
- The Pearl of Death (1944) — The Creeper
- The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946) — Mario
- House of Horrors (1946) — The Creeper
- The Brute Man (1946) — The Creeper
The man exemplifies these tropes:
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Characters that look like Hatton have appeared in Swamp Thing (as a psychic), The Rocketeer (as a homicidal former circus strongman) and Judge Dredd (a crooked lawyer).
- Expy: His looks were copied for the brutish Lothar in The Rocketeer, and one of the aliens in Men in Black II.
- Face of a Thug: As mentioned above, this was caused by acromegaly, but proved rather useful for his career.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He was reportedly a very nice guy.
- Pretty Boy: Believe it or not, before he was afflicted with acromagely, he was this.◊ He was said to be quite the charmer and ladies' man, too.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: From The Great War. In fact, studio publicity claimed that his disfigurement was due to exposure to mustard gas on the Western front.