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Chaney

Chaney

[chey-nee]
Chaney, Lon, 1883-1930, American film actor, b. Colorado Springs, Colo. Chaney was the son of deaf-mute parents. He made more than 150 silent films. A master of the use of grotesque, distorting makeup, he is best remembered for his work in horror films such as The Phantom of the Opera (1925). His son, Lon Chaney, Jr., 1907-73, made many horror films and westerns.
Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman, American civil-rights workers in the South during the 1960s. Michael Schwerner (b. 1939) and Andrew Goodman (b. 1943), both white New Yorkers, went to Mississippi in 1964 as volunteers to aid in the registration of African-American voters as part of the Mississippi Summer Project. They and fellow volunteer James Earl Chaney (b. 1943), an African American from Mississippi, disappeared on the evening of June 21, 1964. The FBI recovered their bodies, which had been buried in an earthen dam, 44 days later. The Neshoba County deputy sheriff and 17 others, all Ku Klux Klan members, were indicted for the crime; seven were convicted in 1967 and an eighth in 2005.
in full Alonso Chaney

Lon Chaney.

(born April 1, 1883, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S.—died Aug. 26, 1930, Los Angeles, Calif.) U.S. film actor. Born to deaf-mute parents, he learned pantomime and became an actor at 17. He moved to Hollywood in 1912 and played supporting roles until The Miracle Man (1919) made him a star. Known as “the man of a thousand faces,” he was famous for his ability to transform himself through the use of makeup. He often played grotesque or dual characters in films directed by Tod Browning, including The Unholy Three (1925). His other silent films include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and London After Midnight (1927). His son Lon Chaney, Jr. (1905–73), appeared in numerous horror films in such repeated roles as the Wolf Man and the Mummy and, notably, in Of Mice and Men (1939).

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in full Alonso Chaney

Lon Chaney.

(born April 1, 1883, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S.—died Aug. 26, 1930, Los Angeles, Calif.) U.S. film actor. Born to deaf-mute parents, he learned pantomime and became an actor at 17. He moved to Hollywood in 1912 and played supporting roles until The Miracle Man (1919) made him a star. Known as “the man of a thousand faces,” he was famous for his ability to transform himself through the use of makeup. He often played grotesque or dual characters in films directed by Tod Browning, including The Unholy Three (1925). His other silent films include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and London After Midnight (1927). His son Lon Chaney, Jr. (1905–73), appeared in numerous horror films in such repeated roles as the Wolf Man and the Mummy and, notably, in Of Mice and Men (1939).

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