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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 De Niro re-married his wife Grace Hightower. 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). De Niro played a younger version of Pacino's father in The Godfather, Part II.. 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. De Niro is often compared to fellow iconic actor Al Pacino and they finally teamed together in Michael Mann's Heat (1995). He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. In December De Niro attended an art exhibit in Rome where he presented his late father's art for the first time - Italian officials were surprised and claim that there are now no hard feelings.

His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. In October 2004 he canceled an appearance in Rome, Italy after Italian officials claimed he had presented negative stereotypes of their ethnicity in his films. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. Contrary to popular belief De Niro is primarily Irish-American, not Italian. But he also studied makeup under his father. Interestingly, De Niro and Marlon Brando are the only pair of actors who have won Academy Awards for portraying the same person: De Niro won for playing young Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II, and Brando had won previously (although he declined the award) for playing the elderly Don Vito in The Godfather. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. He has won two Academy Awards: as Best Actor for his role in Raging Bull; and as Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather, Part II.

Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. In the mid-1980s, De Niro began expanding into occasional comedic roles, and has had much success in that area as well with such films as Brazil (1985), Midnight Run (1988), Wag the Dog (1997), Analyze This (1999), and Meet the Parents (2000). Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. In these films, De Niro has primarily played charming but emotionally unstable characters who have sociopathic tendencies. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. He began to work with Martin Scorsese in the same year when the two collaborated on Mean Streets. Later Scorsese films in which De Niro has participated are Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1983), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and Casino (1995). 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. After that, he played some major and minor roles in other films not widely seen, until he gained popularity with his role in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973).

A graduate of the Little Red School House, De Niro made his first film appearance in 1968 in Greetings (directed by Brian De Palma). Although not articulate, De Niro is generally considered a skilled observer of physical tics and details, and an intense perfectionist. Praised for his commitment to his roles, De Niro gained 60 pounds (27 kg) and learned how to box for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, ground his teeth for Cape Fear, and learned to play the saxophone for New York, New York (all Scorsese films). Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943 in New York City) is an acclaimed American film actor who is noted for having starred in several of director Martin Scorsese's films.

Hide and Seek (2005). Shark Tale (2004). Meet The Fockers (2004). The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004).

Godsend (2004). Analyze That (2002). The Score (2001). Men of Honor (2000).

Ronin (1998). Jackie Brown (1997). Cop Land (1997). Heat (1995).

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994). A Bronx Tale (1993) (also directed). This Boy's Life (1993). Backdraft (1991).

Awakenings (1990). The Untouchables (1987). Angel Heart (1987). The Mission (1986).

Once Upon a Time in America (1984). True Confessions (1981). The Deer Hunter (1978). The Last Tycoon (1976).

1900 (1976).

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