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Obviously, that didn't work out too well, as after the elder Chaney's death his son started acting in films, beginning with a bit part in the 1932 film ''Girl Crazy''. He appeared in films under his true name until 1935, when he began to be billed as Lon Chaney Jr. From 1942 onward he was bill as just "Lon Chaney", though the "Jr." was often added to distinguish him from his father. His first starring role was as Lennie Small in the 1939 film version of ''Film/OfMiceAndMen'', but it was not until his role in ''One Million B.C.'' that Chaney's true calling as a character actor became clear. He was then cast in ''Man-Made Monster'', in a performance that led to an offer to star in ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', a role that would lead to him being typecast as a horror actor for the rest of his life.

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Obviously, that didn't work out too well, as after the elder Chaney's death his son started acting in films, beginning with a bit part in the 1932 film ''Girl Crazy''. He appeared in films under his true name until 1935, when he began to be billed as Lon Chaney Jr. From 1942 onward he was bill as just "Lon Chaney", though the "Jr." was often added to distinguish him from his father. His first starring role was as Lennie Small in the 1939 film version of ''Film/OfMiceAndMen'', but it was not until his role in ''One Million B.C.'' that Chaney's true calling as a character actor became clear. He was then cast in ''Man-Made Monster'', in a performance that led to an offer to star in ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', a role that would lead to him being typecast as a horror actor for the rest of his life.
life. In addition to playing cinema's most famous werewolf, he would also go on to play Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Mummy, which means he probably played more iconic monsters than any other actor.



Among many horror fans, Chaney is half-jokingly known as "monster royalty". In a meaningful quirk of fate, his father had the distinction of starring in the very first Franchise/UniversalHorror film ''Film/{{The Hunchback of Notre Dame|1923}}'' in 1923, as well as its 1925 follow-up ''Film/{{The Phantom of the Opera|1925}}''--arguably making him the ''original'' Universal monster. Conversely, ''Film/TheWolfMan'' was one of the last films in Universal's "classic" era of monster movies, and the Wolf Man himself was the studio's last new {{recurring character}}--arguably making Lon Chaney Jr. the ''[[LastOfHisKind last]]'' Universal monster. [[BookEnds Now that's one hell of a family legacy.]]

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Among many horror fans, Chaney is half-jokingly known as "monster royalty". In a meaningful quirk of fate, his father had the distinction of starring in the very first Franchise/UniversalHorror film ''Film/{{The Hunchback of Notre Dame|1923}}'' in 1923, as well as its 1925 follow-up ''Film/{{The Phantom of the Opera|1925}}''--arguably making him the ''original'' Universal monster. Conversely, ''Film/TheWolfMan'' was one of the last films in Universal's "classic" era of monster movies, and the Wolf Man himself was the studio's last new {{recurring character}}--arguably making Lon Chaney Jr. the ''[[LastOfHisKind last]]'' Universal monster.monster (unless you count the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon). [[BookEnds Now that's one hell of a family legacy.]]


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Creighton Tull Chaney (February 10, 1906 -- July 12, 1973), best known by his stage name Lon Chaney Jr., was an American actor best known for his work as a character actor in the Franchise/UniversalHorror monster movies.

Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory, the son of silent film star Creator/LonChaney. After his parents' marriage ended in divorce, young Creighton lived in various homes and boarding schools until his father remarried and was able to provide a stable home. Creighton worked hard to get out of his father's shadow, and the elder Chaney discouraged him from show business.

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->''"Nothing is more natural to me than horror."''

Creighton Tull Chaney (February 10, 1906 -- July 12, 1973), best better known by his [[StageNames stage name name]] Lon Chaney Jr., was an American character actor best known for his work as a character actor in the Franchise/UniversalHorror monster movies.

Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory, the son of silent film star Creator/LonChaney. After his parents' marriage ended in divorce, young Creighton lived in various homes and boarding schools until his father remarried and was able to provide a stable home. Creighton worked hard to get out of from his father's shadow, and shadow growing up, while the elder Chaney discouraged him from entering show business.

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Obviously, that didn't work out too well, as after the elder Chaney's death his son started acting in films, beginning with a bit part in the 1932 film ''Film/GirlCrazy''. He appeared in films under his true name until 1935, when he began to be billed as Lon Chaney Jr. From 1942 onward he was bill as just "Lon Chaney", though the "Jr." was often added to distinguish him from his father. His first starring role was as Lennie Small in the 1939 film version of ''Film/OfMiceAndMen'', but it was not until his role in ''Film/OneMillionBC'' that Chaney's true calling as a character actor became clear. He was then cast in ''Film/ManMadeMonster'', in a performance that led to an offer to star in ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', a role that would lead to him being typecast as a horror actor for the rest of his life.

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Obviously, that didn't work out too well, as after the elder Chaney's death his son started acting in films, beginning with a bit part in the 1932 film ''Film/GirlCrazy''.''Girl Crazy''. He appeared in films under his true name until 1935, when he began to be billed as Lon Chaney Jr. From 1942 onward he was bill as just "Lon Chaney", though the "Jr." was often added to distinguish him from his father. His first starring role was as Lennie Small in the 1939 film version of ''Film/OfMiceAndMen'', but it was not until his role in ''Film/OneMillionBC'' ''One Million B.C.'' that Chaney's true calling as a character actor became clear. He was then cast in ''Film/ManMadeMonster'', ''Man-Made Monster'', in a performance that led to an offer to star in ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', a role that would lead to him being typecast as a horror actor for the rest of his life.



Among many horror fans, Chaney is half-jokingly known as "monster royalty". In a meaningful quirk of fate, his father had the distinction of starring in the very first Franchise/UniversalHorror film ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1923 The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' in 1923, as well as its 1925 follow-up ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''--arguably making him the ''original'' Universal monster. Conversely, ''Film/TheWolfMan'' was one of the last films in Universal's "classic" era of monster movies, and the Wolf Man himself was the studio's last new {{recurring character}}--arguably making Lon Chaney Jr. the ''[[LastOfHisKind last]]'' Universal monster. [[BookEnds Now that's one hell of a family legacy.]]

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Among many horror fans, Chaney is half-jokingly known as "monster royalty". In a meaningful quirk of fate, his father had the distinction of starring in the very first Franchise/UniversalHorror film ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1923 The ''Film/{{The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' Dame|1923}}'' in 1923, as well as its 1925 follow-up ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''--arguably ''Film/{{The Phantom of the Opera|1925}}''--arguably making him the ''original'' Universal monster. Conversely, ''Film/TheWolfMan'' was one of the last films in Universal's "classic" era of monster movies, and the Wolf Man himself was the studio's last new {{recurring character}}--arguably making Lon Chaney Jr. the ''[[LastOfHisKind last]]'' Universal monster. [[BookEnds Now that's one hell of a family legacy.]]



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Among many horror fans, Chaney is half-jokingly known as "monster royalty". In a meaningful quirk of fate, his father had the distinction of starring in the very first Franchise/UniversalHorror film ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' in 1923, as well as its 1925 follow-up ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''--arguably making him the ''original'' Universal monster. Conversely, ''Film/TheWolfMan'' was one of the last films in Universal's "classic" era of monster movies, and the Wolf Man himself was the studio's last new {{recurring character}}--arguably making Lon Chaney Jr. the ''[[LastOfHisKind last]]'' Universal monster. [[BookEnds Now that's one hell of a family legacy.]]

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Among many horror fans, Chaney is half-jokingly known as "monster royalty". In a meaningful quirk of fate, his father had the distinction of starring in the very first Franchise/UniversalHorror film ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1923 The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' in 1923, as well as its 1925 follow-up ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''--arguably making him the ''original'' Universal monster. Conversely, ''Film/TheWolfMan'' was one of the last films in Universal's "classic" era of monster movies, and the Wolf Man himself was the studio's last new {{recurring character}}--arguably making Lon Chaney Jr. the ''[[LastOfHisKind last]]'' Universal monster. [[BookEnds Now that's one hell of a family legacy.]]

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Among many horror fans, Chaney is half-jokingly known as "monster royalty". In a meaningful quirk of fate, his father had the distinction of starring in the very first Franchise/UniversalHorror film ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' in 1923, as well as its 1925 follow-up ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''--arguably making him the ''original'' Universal monster. Conversely, ''Film/TheWolfMan'' was one of the last films in Universal's "classic" era of monster movies, and the Wolf Man himself was the studio's last new {{recurring character}}--arguably making Lon Chaney Jr. the ''[[LastOfHisKind last]]'' Universal monster. [[BookEnds Now that's one hell of a family legacy.]]

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