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 (though it didn't make Hatton as tall as them, since he developed the condition after reaching his full adult height of 5'9").
Due to his condition, he'd usually play a thug of some kind. This led 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Typecasting: Due to his looks, most of Hatton's roles were thugs and murderers.