February 10 Birthday Boy

Born 1906: Lon Chaney, Jr.

Lon Chaney Jr as Wolf ManHis first appearance on film was an uncredited bit part in Girl Crazy (1932). Playing Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men (1939) made him a star. He established his acting chops as Victor Mature’s caveman father in One Million B.C. (1940). Hollywood success – a contract with Universal – led to playing the lead in The Wolf Man (1941), which stamped him ever after as a horror movie actor even as it endowed him with a degree of immortality.

His grandson, Ron Chaney, often appears at cons and film-related events, for example this faux candidate debate in 2012.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]