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Lon Chaney, Jr.
Lon Chaney, Jr. (February 10, 1906 - July 12, 1973) was an American character actor, well-known mainly for his roles in monster movies and as the son of his better-known father, Lon Chaney. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy.
Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. But he also studied makeup under his father. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small.
In 1941 he starred in the title role of The Wolf Man, the characterization which would be his stereotypical role for the rest of his life. He maintained a strong career in horror movies, playing all four of the classic horror roles -- the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Mummy in The Mummy's Tomb (1942) and (the son of) Dracula in Son of Dracula (1943). He achieved immortality by appearing on one of a series of United States postage stamps portraying movie monsters, as the Wolf Man, in 1977.
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He achieved immortality by appearing on one
of a series of United States postage stamps portraying movie monsters, as
the Wolf Man, in 1977.
His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. He has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1735 Vine Street. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. In 1999 he was voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. But he also studied makeup under his father. In 1990, fellow 1950s rock and roll pioneer, Paul Anka, made the speech for Darin's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. In accordance with his wishes, his body was donated to the UCLA Medical Center for research purposes.
Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. A goodwill Ambassador for the American Heart Association, on December 20, 1973, Darin died during surgery to repair a faulty heart valve. Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. Darin also started Wayne Newton's career. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. In 1972 he was well enough to star in his own television variety show, on NBC, which ran for two years, until his health problems finally overcame him. Lon Chaney, Jr. (February 10, 1906 - July 12, 1973) was an American character actor, well-known mainly for his roles in monster movies and as the son of his better-known father, Lon Chaney. In 1971 he underwent his first heart surgery in an attempt to correct some of the heart damage he had lived with since childhood.
At the beginning of the 1970s he continued to act and to record, including at Motown Records. Profoundly affected by Kennedy's assassination, he made two protest albums of alternative rock music. In the mid-1960s, Darin headlined at the major casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, and became politically active, working on the 1968 Presidential election campaign of Robert Kennedy. Newman M.D. At the Cannes Film Festival in France, where his records—in particular his version of the French hit song "La Mer" (in America in English: "Beyond the Sea")—brought him a wide following, he won the French Film Critics Award for Best Actor.
In 1963 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a shell-shocked soldier in Capt. Asking to be taken seriously, he took on more meaningful movie roles, and in 1962 he won the Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Male Newcomer", for his role in Pressure Point. In his first film, a romantic comedy designed to capitalize on his popularity with the teenage and young-adult audience, he co-starred with Sandra Dee, whom he married in 1960 and with whom he had one son. He would write music for several films and act in them as well.
Driven by the inner urgency of a clock ticking away precious time, Darin turned his attention to motion pictures. "Mack The Knife" has since been honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. For his innovation, Darin was voted the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. 1 on the charts, sold several million copies, and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1960.
The song went to No. Darin gave the tune a vamping jazz-pop interpretation. With financial success came the ability to demand more creative control and, despite the objections of most everyone around him, Darin's immense and diverse talent came to the fore with his next record "Mack the Knife", the classic standard from Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera. In 1959, Bobby Darin recorded "Dream Lover", a complex ballad that would become a multi-million seller and one that is still remembered to this day.
This was followed by more hits recorded in the same successful style. There, after three mediocre recordings, his career took off in 1958 when he released his unique rock song "Splish Splash" that became an instant hit, selling more than a million copies. He left Decca to sign with Atlantic Records, where he wrote and arranged music for himself and others. Like other performers, Darin was at first pigeon-holed, recording the banal, meaningless songs popular with record executives at the time.
However, this was a time when rock and roll was still in its infancy and the number of capable record producers and arrangers in the field was extremely limited. As was common with ethnic minorities at the time, he changed his Italian name and, in 1956, his agent negotiated a contract for him with Decca Records where Bill Haley & His Comets had risen to fame. Wanting a career in the New York theater, he left college to play small nightclubs around the city with a musical combo. An outstanding student, after graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, Darin attended college on a scholarship.
Driven by his poverty and illness, and with an innate talent for musical sounds, by the time he was a teenager he could play several musical instruments. The illness left him with a seriously diseased heart, and he would live with the constant knowledge that his life might end at any moment. Frail as an infant, perhaps from the poverty that resulted in a lack of proper diet and medical attention, at the age of 8 he was stricken with rheumatic fever. The identity of his true father was never publicly disclosed.
As a result, his mother had to accept social assistance to take care of her infant son. It was not until he was an adult that he learned his sister Nina, 19 years his senior, was in fact his mother. Darin was born to a poor, working-class family in the Bronx, New York, and his father died a few months before he was born at the height of the Great Depression. However, he is widely respected for being a multi-talented, versatile performer. Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936–December 20, 1973), born Walden Robert Cassotto, was one of the most popular rock and roll American teen idols of the late 1950s.
The Happy Ending (1969). Gunfight In Abilene (1967). That Funny Feeling (1965). The Lively Set (1964).
Newman M.D. (1963). Capt. If A Man Answers (1962). Pressure Point (1962).
State Fair (1962). Come September (1960). "A Simple Song of Freedom" -- 1967. "Mame" -- 1966.
"If I Were a Carpenter" -- 1966. "18 Yellow Roses" -- 1963. "You're the Reason I'm Living" -- 1963. "Things" -- 1962.
"What'd I Say?" -- 1962. "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" -- 1961. "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?" -- 1960. "Beyond The Sea" (the French hit song "La Mer") -- 1960.
"Mack the Knife" -- 1959. "Dream Lover" -- 1959. "Plain Jane" -- 1959. "Queen of the Hop" -- 1958.
"Splish Splash" -- 1958.