Lon Chaney Sr.

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Birth Name: Lon Chaney Sr.
Born: 04/01/1883
Birth Place: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 08/26/1930

Born on April 1, 1883 in Colorado Springs, CO, Chaney was raised by his immigrant father, Frank, a deaf-mute barber shop owner, and his mother, Emma, also a deaf-mute who was crippled by inflammatory rheumatism when he was nine years old. Because both of his parents were deaf, Chaney grew up skilled in pantomime. At some point in his youth, he left school and became a guide, leading tourists along the treacherous trail to Pike's Peak. He later worked as a prop boy at the Colorado Springs Opera House, before taking the stage himself with an appearance in "The Little Tycoon," co-written with his brother, when he was 17 years old. Chaney soon began a successful vaudeville career and joined the ... Continue Bio >>