Man of a Thousand Faces | The actor Lon Chaney Speaks, 1883 - 1930

     "The Phantom of the Opera" 1925                                                        Lon Chaney card                                                          "The Road To Mandalay" 1926

“I wanted to remind people that the lowest types of humanity may have within them the capacity for supreme self-sacrifice.
The dwarfed, misshapen beggar of the streets may have the noblest ideals….These are the stories which I wish to do.”

 Lon Chaney, Movie magazine, 1925

"The Big City" 1928 | Lon Chaney as Chuck Collins                                                       "Where East Is East" 1929 |  Lon Chaney as Tiger Haynes

“My whole career has been devoted to keeping people from knowing me.”

"He Who Gets Slapped" 1924                                                                       Lon Chaney as Flik the Clown in "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" 1928

“There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.” 

"London After Midnight" 1927 |  Lon Chaney as the "Vampire"                                                             "Mr. Wu" 1927 | Lon Chaney as Mr. Wu the Son

"The chief thing for any actor to remember is that it wasn’t his brains that got him to stardom. It was only his acting ability. 
He isn’t paid to think about production plans and when he starts he usually sinks his whole career.” 

Lon Chaney, Sr. with famous make-up kit

“For Chinese makeup, use bits of library mending tissue to draw back the corners of the eyes, thus giving a slant to them. 
Cover with ‘ground’ color and then paint the eyebrows with an upward tilt. A number of light black lines downward 
from the inner corners of the eyes and upward from the outer corners accentuate the slant.” 

 Lon Chaney , 1883 - 1930

Buster Keaton tries out makeup techniques inspired by horror star Lon Chaney

“The history of Lon Chaney is the history of unrequited loves. He brings that part of you out into the open, because you fear that you are 
not loved, you fear that you never will be loved, you fear there is some part of you that’s grotesque, that the world will turn away from.” 

"He was someone who acted out our psyches. He got into the shadows inside our bodies;
he was able to nail down our secret fears and put them onscreen"

Ray Bradbury

Lon Chaney

Leonidas Frank "Lon" Chaney (1883 – 1930) was an American stage and film actor, director and screenwriter. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of early cinema, renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup. 
Chaney is known for his starring roles in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). His ability to transform himself using makeup techniques he developed earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Faces."

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