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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. Cooper has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1501 Vine Street. 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). The title comes from Norman Taurog's threat to shoot young Jackie's dog if he couldn't cry in Skippy. 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 autobiography, Please Don't Shoot My Dog, was published in 1981. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. Later in the 1970s, he found renewed fame as Clark Kent's editor, Perry White, in the Superman feature film series starring Christopher Reeve.

His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. It was his television acting that convinced him that he could become a director, and he successfully moved behind the camera, to become one of the busier television directors, for which he won Emmy Awards. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. Cooper had problems finding roles as he became an adolescent, and he served in World War II, so his career was at a nadir when he starred in two popular television series, The People's Choice and Hennesey. But he also studied makeup under his father. He began a long on-screen relationship with actor Wallace Beery in such films as The Champ (1931), The Bowery (1933), Treasure Island (1934), and O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935). He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. Our Gang producer Hal Roach sold Jackie's contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in mid-1931, as he felt the youngster would have a better future in features.

Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. The movie catapulted young Jackie into superstardom. Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. His first non-Our Gang role was in 1931, when his uncle Norman Taurog hired him to star in Skippy, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (the youngest actor ever to receive the nomination). He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. He conntinued to appear in Our Gang for two more years, becoming its main character. His most notable Our Gang shorts explore his character's crush on Miss Crabtree, the schoolteacher played by June Marlowe. 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. Born in Los Angeles, California the nephew of director Norman Taurog, Cooper first appeared in the movies in Boxing Gloves in 1929, one of the Our Gang comedies.

Jackie Cooper (born September 15, 1922) is an American actor and director, one of the few child actors who managed to transition into an adult career.

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