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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 was an advocate for healthy diet and authored the 1960 book, Stay Young and Vital. He died of Parkinsons disease in 1990 and is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. 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). Cummings was married five times, and had seven children. 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. His last significant credit was the 1973 TV movie Partners in Crime, also starring Lee Grant. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. He also spent a season starring in My Living Doll (1964), another sitcom.

His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. That was followed by The New Bob Cummings Show, 1961-1962. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. He was in the first performance of Twelve Angry Men to be televised, a live production that aired in 1955, and received an Emmy award for his role as Juror Number Eight. Beginning in 1955 and continuing through 1959, Cummings starred in his own sitcom, The Bob Cummings Show (shown in reruns as Love That Bob). But he also studied makeup under his father. Cummings began a long career on television in 1952 with the comedy My Hero. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. He served duty at a base in Oxnard, California during World War II, and later was a pilot in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. His many film comedies also include: The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) with Jean Arthur, and The Bride Wore Boots (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Cummings gave memorable performances in three notable dramas: Kings Row (1942), Saboteur (1942), and Dial M for Murder (1954). Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. He achieved stardom in 1939 in Three Smart Girls Grow Up opposite Deanna Durbin. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. In the 1930s Cummings worked (under his own name) as a contract player and appeared in a number of minor roles. 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 had a brief career on Broadway under the stage name Blade Stanhope Conway, a supposed Englishman, before moving to Hollywood, California, first acting under the name and persona of Bruce Hutchens, wealthy Texan.

He studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. While attending high school there he was taught to fly by his godfather, Orville Wright. Cummings was born in Joplin, Missouri. He chiefly performed in comic roles but was effective in his few dramas, especially two Alfred Hitchcock films, Saboteur and Dial M for Murder.

Robert Cummings (June 10, 1908 - December 2, 1990), also known as Bob Cummings, was an American motion picture and television actor.

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