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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. He married Bond Girl Carole Bouquet in 1997. 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 also did "Le Retour de Martin Guerre" in 1982. 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. In addition to the nearly sixty motion-pictures he has appeared in, he has also directed and/or produced several major films through his company, "DD Productions". He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. Depardieu is the highest paid actor in France, and one of the most powerful within the French film industry.

His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. His most significant English-language productions are Green Card with Andie MacDowell and 1492: Conquest of Paradise. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. In the 1990s he achieved some fame in North America too. But he also studied makeup under his father. In addition he also earned the following:. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. He has been nominated a record-setting 14 times for the Cesar Award as Best Actor. After his first win in 1981, he won a second time in 1991 for Cyrano de Bergerac for which he was also nominated for the 1990 Academy Award for Best Actor.

Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. His acting career started in the 1970s and by the early 1980s, he was one of the leading French actors gaining much attention for his role opposite Fanny Ardant in Francois Truffaut's film La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door), and winning his first Cesar Award for Best Actor for his role in Le Dernier métro. Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. He was born in Chateauroux, Centre, France, the son of a sheet metal worker. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. Gérard Depardieu (born December 27, 1948) is a French actor. 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. Cinema of France.

Maitresse - (1973). Les Valseuses - (1974). 1900 - (1976). La Femme d'à côté - (1981).

Le Dernier métro - (1981). Police (movie) - (1985). Jean de Florette - (1986). Camille Claudel - (1989).

Green Card - (1990) (English). Cyrano de Bergerac - (1990). Uranus - (1990). 1492: Conquest of Paradise - (1992) (English).

My Father, the Hero - (1994) (English). Bogus - (1996) (English). The Man in the Iron Mask - (1998) (English). Le comte de Monte Cristo - (1999) (TV miniseries).

Balzac: A Life of Passion - (1999). Un Pont entre deux rives (The Bridge) - (2000) - (Acted, Produced & Directed). 102 Dalmatians - (2000). Les Misérables - (2001) - (TV miniseries co-produced by Depardieu).

Le Placard (The Closet) - (2001). I Am Dina - (2002). CQ - (2002). 1997: Lion d'or: Venice Film Festival.

1991: winner Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Green Card. 1990: Best Actor Award: Cannes Film Festival for his role in Camille Claudel. 1985: Best Actor Award: Venice Film Festival for his role in Police.

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