Wrote the preface to the book "The Art of Make-Up For Stage & Screen" by Cecil Holland. This was the first book to specifically deal with make-up for motion pictures.
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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[advice to Boris Karloff
] Find something no one else can or will do. The secret of success in movies lies in being different from anyone else.
Unbeknown to many people, who consider Chaney a "horror actor", he was an amazing dancer in his stage years. The only film that contains footage of him dancing is the incomplete The Fascination of the Fleur de Lis
(1915). He was also known to be a hilarious comedian. In fact, one report of the day said, "As a comedian, he is irresistible". And according to Michael F. Blake (Chaney's biographer), ...
Known as the Man of a Thousand Faces. Master of early screen make-up techniques.
Man of a Thousand Faces