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Lon Chaney Jr. Biography

Birth Name:
Creighton Tull Chaney
Birth Place:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Fast Facts

  • Of English, French and Irish descent
  • At six months old, joined his parents for the first time onstage
  • Attended business college and worked in an appliance corporation
  • Developed makeup skills which he learned from his father
  • Started working in films in 1930 after his father's death
  • In 1935, changed his stage name to Lon Chaney Jr
  • Played classic movie monsters like a wolf man, Frankenstein's Monster, a mummy and a vampire (Dracula's son)


  • Dorothy Marie Hinckley -- Ex-wife
  • Leonidas Frank Chaney -- Father
  • Francis Cleveland Creighton -- Mother
  • Lon Ralph Chaney -- Son
  • Ronald Creighton Chaney -- Son
  • Patricia Beck -- Wife