How much is Lon Chaney worth? – Wondering how wealthy & rich is Lon Chaney? Or maybe you’re just curious about Lon Chaney’s age, body measurements, height, weight, hair color, eye color, bra & waist size, bio, wiki, wealth and salary?
Lon Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930), nicknamed “ The Man with the Many Faces “, was an American actor during the era of the silent cinema. Considered one of the most versatile actors in the early days of cinema, he is remembered mainly for his interpretations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and for his ability to make up.
Lon Chaney was born with the name of Leonidas Frank Chaney in Colorado Springs, Colorado, son of Frank Chaney and Emma Alice Kennedy; his father was of mainly English descent with some French contribution, and his mother was of Irish descent. Both parents were deaf, so Chaney learned as a child to communicate by pantomime. In 1902 he began his career on stage, and traveled with popular theater and vaudeville actors. In 1905 he met and married the singer Cleva Creighton and in 1906 his first and only child was born: Creighton Chaney (aka Lon Chaney Jr.). The Chaneys continued on tour until they settled in California in 1910.
Unfortunately there were marital problems and, in April 1913, Cleva went to the Majestic Theater, located in downtown Los Angeles, where Lon was directing Kolb and Dill. There, she tried to commit suicide by ingesting mercury bichloride.The suicide attempt failed and ruined her career as a singer; the resulting scandal and divorce forced Chaney to leave the theater and pursue films.
The time he spent there is unknown, but between 1912 and 1917, Chaney worked under contract for Universal Studios, with which he played small roles. At this time, Chaney became friends with the pair of directors Joe De Grasse and Ida May Park, who gave him more important works in their productions.
Chaney also became friends with William Dudley Pelley, who would later form the Silver Legion, a US Nazi organization. While in Hollywood, Pelley wrote sixteen screenplays, of which Chaney starred in two. In addition, Chaney was married to a former colleague of the Kolb and Dill tour, a girl named Hazel Hastings who sang in the choir of the play. Little is known about Hazel, except that her marriage to Chaney was solid. After they married, the couple obtained custody of Chaney’s son, who was already ten years old and had resided in several homes and boarding schools after Chaney’s divorce in 1913.
By 1917, Chaney was a major player in the studio although his salary did not reflect his status. When Chaney requested an increase, studio executive William Sistrom replied: “You’ll never be worth more than a hundred dollars a week.”
After leaving the studio, Chaney fought as an actor throughout his first year. It was not until 1918, when he played a considerable role in the film Riddle Gawne by William S. Hart, that Chaney’s talent as an actor began to be recognized by the film industry.
In 1919, Chaney performed an important performance as “The Frog” (a man who pretends to be a cripple who heals miraculously) in The Miracle Man (The Miracle Man) by George Loane Tucker. The film not only exhibited Chaney’s acting ability, but also his talent as a makeup master. The praise of the critics and a collection of more than 2 million US dollars put Chaney on the map as the main character actor of the United States.
Lon Chaney at Our Lady of Paris.
Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera.