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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. In 2004 Dafoe lent his likeness and voice for the highly successful James Bond video game Everything or Nothing. 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). Dafoe also worked briefly as a model in a 1990 Prada campaign. 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 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1986 for the Platoon and 2000 for the Shadow of the Vampire. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. He also played Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).

His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. He has since become a popular character actor; due to his harsh facial features, he is often typecast as unstable or villainous characters, most recently the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man movies. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. A year later he starred as the leader of a motorcycle gang in The Loveless, but his first breakthrough film role was as Sergeant Elias in Platoon (1986). But he also studied makeup under his father. Dafoe's film career began in 1981, when he was cast in Heaven's Gate, but his role was removed from the film during editing. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. Lecompte and Dafoe left the Performance Group together and became both collaborators and life partners; they are not married, but have a son.

Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. After touring with Theatre X for four years in the United States and Europe, he moved to New York City and joined the Performance Group, where he met director Elizabeth Lecompte. Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. He studied drama at the University of Wisconsin, but left before graduation in order to join the newly formed avant-garde group Theatre X. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. Born William Dafoe Jr., in Appleton, Wisconsin, the seventh of eight children, he acquired the nickname "Willem" in childhood. 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 is a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group.

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