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S17 Ep2: Lon Chaney: Thousand Faces

Career Timeline

For Chaney, acting was the art of continual transformation, and it came from a desire to become someone else, to leave his own skin and enter another's.
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1883

Leonidas Frank Chaney is born on April 1st to deaf-mute parents.

1883
1905

Makes theatrical debut in an amateur play, and soon after joins a traveling musical comedy troupe

1905
1905

Marries Cleva Creighton

1905
1906

Son Creighton (Lon Jr.) born

1906
1913

Divorced from Cleva. Leaves theater to focus on a career in film

1913
1918

Between 1912 and 1918 appears in over 50 silent films

1918
1919

Lands his first important role as a bogus cripple in "The Miracle Man"

1919
1920

In "Outside the Law," plays both a gangster and a Chinese servant. Plays a legless gangster in "The Penalty"

1920
1922

Stars in "Oliver Twist" as Fagin, and "Shadows" as the shipwrecked Yen Sin

1922
1923

Plays Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

1923
1924

In "He Who Gets Slapped," plays a scientist-turned-clown

1924
1925

Plays the Phantom in "Phantom of the Opera". Plays a conman dressed as a widow in "The Unholy Three"

1925
1926

Plays a sergeant in "Tell It To the Marines"

1926
1927

In "The Unknown," plays an armless knife thrower

1927
1930

Stars in his only talkie, a remake of "The Unholy Three." Dies of cancer less than two months after its premiere

1930
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