Lon Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930), born Leonidas Frank Chaney, was an American actor during the age of silent films. 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 and The Phantom of the Opera.
Classic Movie Monsters: Various shots of Lon Chaney, Jr. getting his make-up applied for “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”. The shot in the bottom left corner is a test make-up not used in the final production.