Lon Chaney, Hollywood’s Finest Character Actor

Per a reader’s request, here is a piece on one of the greatest and most respected silent film legends–Lon Chaney. As you read this, I am currently at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival–and yes, I’ll be recapping every moment of it!

There was a popular, widespread joke back in the 1920s–“Don’t step on that spider, it might be Lon Chaney!” A joke which, of course, referred to his remarkable use of makeup and acting skills to create bizarre characters who stick in the popular imagination. Indeed, Chaney was one of the rare actors who was so skilled that he became a legend in his own time, graced with the title “The Man of a Thousand Faces”–a title which is linked with his name to this very day.

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Taking A Moment To Remember Carla Laemmle (1909-2014)

We usually assume, not unreasonably, that everyone directly connected with the silent era is long gone.  The only exception might be a few child actors/actresses who worked in the late ’20s.  After all, it’s the 2010s.  You can do the math.

But every once in awhile you hear of an early star’s passing, and you wish you had been aware of them earlier. Continue reading