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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. All but a few of those roles listed above fit that description. 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). Dourif was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). It was this performance that established Dourif's reputation as a character actor who plays deranged or unbalanced roles. 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 also appeared as the villain Saavedro in Myst III: Exile (2001), the third game in the popular Myst franchise. He did not achieve stardom until the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. He previously was part of the Star Trek world as "Rex" in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in 1989.

His first movie was an uncredited role in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. Star Trek fans will remember his role as Lon Suder, a murdering psychopath that eventually redeems himself, from a three-episode arc on Star Trek: Voyager. He did not take any movie roles until after his father's death. On television he appeared in the Babylon 5 episode Passing Through Gethsemane, in the early X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea", and in Oliver Stone's Wild Palms. But he also studied makeup under his father. Bradford Claude Dourif (born March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia) is an American actor. He worked menial jobs in order to make his own way. All of the Child's Play movies as the voice of Chucky.

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Escape to Witch Mountain. Alien: Resurrection. Ragtime. His appearance in The Return of the King was cut from the theatrical release but will be seen in the extended VHS and DVD version.

The Two Towers. Mississippi Burning. Heaven's Gate.

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