Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Lon Chaney Jr. (1906-1973) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Creighton Tull Chaney in Oklahoma City, he spent his earliest years barnstorming vaudeville with his parents but show biz ambitions were stalled by the time they divorced in 1913. It wasn't until after the death of his famed “Man of a Thousand Faces” father Lon Chaney in August 1930, that Creighton embarked upon his own acting career. In 1932 he landed a contract with RKO where he played bits and supporting roles under his own name, but Creighton Chaney failed to catch on, so he took Lon Chaney Jr. as his screen name in 1935. Matters did not improve much—at first. It wasn't until he took on the part of Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, first on stage, then on screen in the 1939 classic, that Chaney Jr's efforts were finally rewarded. He was in One Million B.C. (1939), but it was Man Made Monster (1941) that paved the way to Chaney establishing his own legend several months later in The Wolf Man (1941). Chaney would also play the Wolf Man in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), and ultimately Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). In addition to being Universal’s only Wolf Man during the 1940s, Chaney also played Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Mummy, plus the lead in several dark mysteries in Universal's "Inner Sanctum" series. Afterwards, Chaney found himself among the supporting cast in more mainstream fare such as My Favorite Brunette (1947), Albuquerque (1948), High Noon (1952), Springfield Rifle (1952), Not as a Stranger (1955), and The Defiant Ones (1958). He was also the monster in numerous low budget genre releases. Some of the more popular later horror titles include The Alligator People (1955), The Haunted Palace (1963), Witchcraft (1964), and the wickedly fun Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (1967).
Birthday: February 10