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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. Currently, Conway voices the character "Barnacle Boy" in the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants. 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). Conway's more recent work includes a series of satirical how-to videos in which he plays a diminuitive Scandinavian known as "Dorf." Conway continues to appear in movies and has cameo appearances in TV series; most of these appearances showcase his comedic talent. 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. Conway's work on the show earned him three Emmy Awards. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. He is probably best known, however, for his work on The Carol Burnett Show where his antics sometimes caused his fellow players to fall out of character by bursting out in laughter.

His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. The most popular of these is probably The Apple Dumpling Gang series of movies. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. Of these films for Disney, he was often paired with fellow funnyman, Don Knotts. But he also studied makeup under his father. Afterwards, he starred in a string of doomed series before appearing in several slapstick family films. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. He gained a following from his appearance in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy.

Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. After graduating, he joined the Army, following which he took a job answering mail for a Cleveland radio station, where he went on to become a writer for the promotional department. Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. He attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he majored in speech and radio. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. Conway was born in Willoughby, Ohio, and grew up in Chagrin Falls. 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. Conway was born Thomas Daniel Conway, but changed his first name to "Tim" to avoid confusion with actor Tom Conway.

Tim Conway (born December 15, 1933, Willoughby, Ohio) is an American comedic actor.

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