Lon Chaney as "The Phantom of the Opera," 1925
The son of deaf-mute parents, he mastered the arts of pantomime and facial expression
to become known as the silent screen's "Man of a Thousand Faces."
He died of cancer at the height of his career in 1930.
His son, Lon Chaney, Jr., inherited his acting ability and became famous as
the talking screen's "Wolf Man," (1941) but displayed greater dramatic talent
the year before as the simple-minded migrant worker, Lennie, in "Of Mice and Men."
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