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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 the New Year's Honours List published 31 December 2004 he was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Music, the Entertainment Industry, and Charity. 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). Daltrey and his second wife, Heather, have two daughters, Rosie and Willow, and a son, Jamie. 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. In 2003, he hosted the History Channel's Extreme History with Roger Daltrey. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. He has played a number of television roles, including BBC Television Shakespeare, the science fiction series Sliders, and Highlander: The Series.
His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. He has appeared on stage in productions of The Wizard of Oz (as the Tin Man) and A Christmas Carol (as Scrooge). He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. Daltrey's appearances in over 30 feature films include starring roles in: McVicar, as British train robber turned journalist John McVicar; Tommy, as "deaf, dumb and blind kid" Tommy Walker; and Lisztomania, as Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. But he also studied makeup under his father. The collaboration came about through Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's girlfriend, whose mother is a friend of Daltrey and his wife. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. In 2003, he provided backing vocals for thrash-metal band Anthrax on the song, "Taking the Music Back" from their album, We've Come for You All.
Chaney worked hard to avoid his father's shadow. In 1992, Daltrey appeared on the Chieftains' Grammy Award-winning album, An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House. Chaney was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and died in San Clemente, California. Daltrey celebrated his fiftieth birthday in 1994 by performing at Carnegie Hall in a show called, "Daltrey Sings Townshend," accompanied by The Julliard Orchestra, Townshend, Entwistle, Irish dancers and a group of folk musicians. He was born Creighton Tull Chaney, and was first credited as "Lon Chaney, Jr." in 1935, as a studio marketing ploy. On Rocks in the Head, Daltrey is credited (along with Gerard McMahon) for co-writing seven of the eleven tracks. 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. Each of the album's tracks, including "Let Me Down Easy" by Bryan Adams, expresses the frustration of growing older as only a man who sang "Hope I die before I get old" can.
The title track to Under a Raging Moon was a tribute to Who drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978. McVicar included two hit singles, Free Me and Without Your Love and was Daltrey's best-selling solo recording. But since it featured all the other members of The Who — Townshend, Entwistle and Kenney Jones — it could almost have passed as a Who album. McVicar was billed as a soundtrack album for the film of the same name, which Daltrey co-produced and starred in.
Paul McCartney contributed the new song "Giddy" to Ride a Rock Horse, where the band included Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee and Mick Ronson. When Sayer launched his own career as an artist, Daltrey called on a widening group of friends to write for and perform on his albums. The emotional range displayed in Daltrey proved that the singer was capable of operating outside the context of The Who and of expressing his own moods, not just Townshend's. and the album, which introduced Leo Sayer as a songwriter, made the Top 50 in the United States.
The top single off the album, "Giving It All Away," reached number five in the U.K. 1973's Daltrey was not the first solo release by a member of The Who, following albums by both John Entwistle and Pete Townshend, but it was the first to make a significant impact. While he has always considered The Who his primary ambition in life, Daltrey has released eight solo albums. When Tommy appeared as a feature film in 1975, Daltrey played the lead role and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture".
With each of The Who's milestone achievements, Tommy, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, Daltrey was the face and voice of the band as they defined themselves as the ultimate rebels in a generation of change. 103). (Giuliano, p. During a recording session (in an incident that Daltrey claimed was overblown), Townshend whacked the singer over the head with his guitar and Daltrey responded by knocking Townshend unconscious, again with a single blow.
Later, in October, 1973, with Townshend at a low point after struggling through the Lifehouse and Quadrophenia projects while Daltrey was experiencing some success with his solo projects and acting roles, tension between the two created more sparks. He once flushed drummer Keith Moon's pills down the toilet and, when Moon protested, knocked him down with one punch. Yet, in the midst of the band's success, Daltrey repeatedly found himself fighting to keep the other members of The Who away from the drug and alcohol dependence that he believed would destroy them. Later, his scream near the end of Won't Get Fooled Again became a defining moment for the band and for all of rock music.
Daltrey's stuttering expression of youthful anger, frustration and arrogance in the band's breakthrough single, My Generation, captured the revolutionary feeling of the 1960s for many young people around the world and became the band's trademark. His habit of swinging the microphone around by its cord on stage became a signature sign of his exuberance. (Their second single, Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere was the only song on which Daltrey and Townshend collaborated.) As Townshend developed into one of rock's most accomplished composers, Daltrey's vocals became the vehicle through which Townshend's visions were expressed, and he gained an equally vaunted reputation as an incomparably powerful vocalist. With the band's first record deal in early 1965, Townshend began writing original material and Daltrey's dominance of the band began to recede.
In 1964, he also helped decide on a new name for the group that had been suggested by Townshend's roommate, Richard Barnes — "The Who.". 26) He generally selected the music they performed, including songs by The Beatles, various Motown artists, James Brown, and other rock standards. If you argued with him, you usually got a bunch of fives." (Giuliano, p. According to Townshend, Roger "ran things the way he wanted.
Early on, Daltrey was the band's leader, earning a reputation for using his fists to exercise control when needed, despite his small stature. After a couple of years, Daltrey switched to vocals and Townshend to lead guitar. At the time, the band included Daltrey on lead guitar, Pete Townshend on rhythm guitar, John Entwistle on bass, Doug Sandom on drums and Colin Dawson on lead vocals. He became a sheet metal worker during the day, while practicing and performing nights with the band at weddings, pubs and men's clubs.
Soon after, interested in nothing but rock and roll, he was expelled from school. He made his first guitar from a block of wood and formed a band called, "The Detours." When his father bought him an Epiphone guitar in 1959, he became the lead guitarist for the band. His parents, Harry and Irene, hoped he would eventually continue on to study at a university, but obeying the rules and learning from his instructors was not in the plans of the self-described "school rebel.". He showed academic promise as a child in the English public school system, ranking at the top of his class on examinations that led to his enrollment at the Acton County Grammar School for boys.
Daltrey was born in the Shepherd's Bush section of London, the same working class neighborhood that produced fellow Who members Pete Townshend and John Entwistle. In addition, he has enjoyed a successful solo music career, and has acted in a large number of film, theater and television roles. Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE (born March 1, 1944) is a popular music artist, best known as the founder and lead singer of the British rock band The Who. Extreme History with Roger Daltrey, The History Channel (http://www.historychannel.com/global/listings/castbios.jsp?ACatId=8923935&CaseId=8923933&EGrpId=8921282).
Barling, Biography of Roger Daltrey, thewho.net (http://www.thewho.net/index.php?modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=5&page=1). David M. Steve Huey, Roger Daltrey - Biography, AllMusic.com (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3ueyxdgbjolj~T1). ISBN 0-8154-1070-0.
Behind Blue Eyes: The Life of Pete Townshend. Penguin Books, Ltd. Geoffrey Giuliano (1996). Best (Rodney Marsh), 2000. Chasing Destiny, 2000.
Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula (King Janos), 2000. Like It Is (Kelvin), 1998. Vampirella (Vlad), 1996. Coles), 1994.
Lightning Jack (John T. If Looks Could Kill (Blade), 1991. Buddy's Song (Terry Clark); also Music Score Composer, Producer, 1991. Cold Justice (Keith Gibson), 1989.
Mack the Knife (Street Singer), 1989. The Little Match Girl, 1987. Murder: Ultimate Grounds for Divorce, 1985. McVicar (John McVicar), also Producer, 1980.
The Legacy (Clive), 1978. Tommy (Tommy Walker), also Music Score Composer, 1975. Legacy (Clive Jackson), 1975. Lisztomania (Franz Liszt), 1975.
Free Me (#39 UK), 1980. Without Your Love (#20 US), 1980. I'm Free (#13 UK), 1973. Giving It All Away (#5 UK), 1973.
Rocks in the Head, 1992. Can't Wait to See the Movie, 1987. Under a Raging Moon, 1985. Parting Should be Painless, 1984.
McVicar, 1980. One of the Boys, 1977. Ride a Rock Horse, 1975. Daltrey, 1973.