Lon Chaney

1883 - 1930

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Leonidas Frank "Lon" Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930) was an American actor, director, screenwriter and makeup artist. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of cinema, renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup. Chaney was known for his starring roles in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lon Chaney has received more than 1,636,933 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Lon Chaney is the 283rd most popular actor (up from 1,221st in 2019), the 555th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,265th in 2019) and the 152nd most popular American Actor.

Lon Chaney is most famous for his roles in silent films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.

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Among actors, Lon Chaney ranks 283 out of 10,030Before him are Danny Trejo, Mireille Darc, Romina Power, Kevin Spacey, Melina Mercouri, and David Niven. After him are Sean Penn, Goldie Hawn, Glenn Close, Bibi Andersson, Martin Landau, and Michael Keaton.

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Among people born in 1883, Lon Chaney ranks 27Before him are Theo van Doesburg, Semyon Budyonny, Johannes Blaskowitz, Maurice Utrillo, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, and Andrey Vyshinsky. After him are Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, Celâl Bayar, Douglas Fairbanks, Wang Jingwei, Norman Haworth, and Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov. Among people deceased in 1930, Lon Chaney ranks 15Before him are Allvar Gullstrand, D. H. Lawrence, Cosima Wagner, Horst Wessel, Joan Gamper, and Christiaan Eijkman. After him are Fritz Pregl, Alfred von Tirpitz, Victoria of Baden, Ahmad Shah Qajar, Arthur Balfour, and Siegfried Wagner.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lon Chaney ranks 555 out of 15,968Before him are Clifford Geertz (1926), Kamehameha I (1758), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Eddie Murphy (1961), Henry Mancini (1924), and Philip Glass (1937). After him are Sean Penn (1960), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Goldie Hawn (1945), Richard Stallman (1953), Scott Joplin (1868), and Glenn Close (1947).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Lon Chaney ranks 152Before him are Dwayne Johnson (1972), Ed Harris (1950), Ryan O'Neal (1941), Danny Trejo (1944), Romina Power (1951), and Kevin Spacey (1959). After him are Sean Penn (1960), Goldie Hawn (1945), Glenn Close (1947), Martin Landau (1928), Michael Keaton (1951), and Willem Dafoe (1955).

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