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Lon Chaney (1883–1930)

Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). Due to his ... See full bio »

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He Who Gets Slapped
He Who Gets Slapped Paul Beaumont / HE
The Phantom of the Opera
The Unknown
The Unknown Alonzo


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 1930 The Unholy Three
 1929 Thunder
Grumpy Anderson
 1929 Where East Is East
Tiger Haynes
 1928 West of Zanzibar
 1928 While the City Sleeps
Dan Coghlan
 1928 Laugh, Clown, Laugh
 1928 The Big City
Chuck Collins
 1927 London After Midnight
Professor Edward C. Burke
 1927 Mockery
 1927 The Unknown
 1927 Mr. Wu
Mr. Wu / Wu's Grandfather
 1926 Tell It to the Marines
Sergeant O'Hara
 1926 The Road to Mandalay
Singapore Joe
 1926 The Blackbird
Dan - The Blackbird / The Bishop
 1925 The Tower of Lies
 1925 The Unholy Three
Echo - The Ventriloquist
 1925 The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom
 1925 The Monster
Dr. Ziska
 1924 He Who Gets Slapped
Paul Beaumont / HE
 1924 The Next Corner
Juan Serafin
 1923/I The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 1923 The Shock
Wilse Dilling
 1923 While Paris Sleeps
Henri Santodos
 1923 All the Brothers Were Valiant
Mark Shore
 1922 A Blind Bargain
Dr. Arthur Lamb / The Ape Man
 1922 Quincy Adams Sawyer
Obadiah Strout
 1922 Shadows
Yen Sin - 'The Heathen'
 1922/I Oliver Twist
 1922 Flesh and Blood
David Webster
 1922 The Trap
Gaspard the Good
 1921 Voices of the City
 1921 The Ace of Hearts
 1921 Bits of Life
Chin Chow
 1921 For Those We Love
Trix Ulner
 1920 Outside the Law
Black Mike Sylva / Ah Wing
 1920 Nomads of the North
Raoul Challoner
 1920 The Penalty
 1920 The Gift Supreme
Merney Stagg
 1920 Treasure Island
Blind Pew / Merry
 1920 Daredevil Jack
Royce Rivers
 1919 Victory
 1919 When Bearcat Went Dry
Kindard Powers
 1919 Paid in Advance
Bateese Le Blanc
 1919 The Miracle Man
The Frog
 1919 A Man's Country
'Three Card' Duncan
 1919 The False Faces
Karl Eckstrom
 1919 The Wicked Darling
Stoop Connors
 1918 Danger, Go Slow
 1918 The Talk of the Town
Jack Langhorne
 1918 That Devil, Bateese
Louis Courteau
 1918 Riddle Gawne
Hame Bozzam
 1918 A Broadway Scandal
'Kink' Colby
 1918 Fast Company
Dan McCarty
 1918 The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin
 1918 Broadway Love
Elmer Watkins
 1918 The Grand Passion
Paul Argos
 1917 The Scarlet Car
Paul Revere Forbes
 1917 Bondage
Seducer (uncredited)
 1917 Anything Once
Waughnt Moore
 1917 Triumph
Paul Neihoff
 1917 Pay Me!
Joe Lawson
 1917 The Rescue
Thomas Holland
 1917 Fires of Rebellion
Russell Hanlon
 1917 A Doll's House
Nils Krogstad
 1917 The Flashlight
Henry Norton / Porter Brixton
 1917 The Girl in the Checkered Coat
Hector Maitland
 1917 Hell Morgan's Girl
Sleter Noble
 1917 The Piper's Price
Billy Kilmartin
 1916 The Price of Silence
Edmond Stafford
 1916 The Place Beyond the Winds
Jerry Jo
 1916 If My Country Should Call
Dr. George Ardrath
 1916 The Mark of Cain
Dick Temple
 1916 The Grasp of Greed
 1916 Bobbie of the Ballet
Hook Hoover
 1916 The Gilded Spider
 1916/I Tangled Hearts
John Hammond
 1916 The Grip of Jealousy
Silas Lacey
 1915 Father and the Boys
Tuck Bartholomew
 1915 Bound on the Wheel
Tom Coulahan
 1914 Damon and Pythias
Wild Man (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1914 Richelieu
 1914 The Trey o' Hearts
One of Judith's Henchmen (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Wrote entry on motion picture make-up in the 1929 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 41 Articles | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Personal Quote:

I wanted to remind people that the lowest types of humanity may have within them the capacity for supreme self-sacrifice. The dwarfed, misshapen beggar of the streets may have the noblest ideals. Most of my roles since The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), such as The Phantom of the Opera (1925), He Who Gets Slapped (1924), The Unholy Three (1925), etc., have carried the theme of self-sacrifice or ... See more »


The life cast he had made of his head, and which he used to test different make-up techniques, still survives to this day. It is kept at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. See more »


Macabre, menacing characters who nonetheless always have an undercurrent of pathos and melancholy See more »


Man of a Thousand Faces

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