Lon Chaney the man of a thousand faces makeup artist and movie star- did his own makeup

Lon Chaney the man of a thousand faces makeup artist and movie star- did his own makeup

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Lon Chaney as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), directed by Rupert Julian. Filmed in the haunted Studio 28 in Universal Studios, California

Lon Chaney as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), directed by Rupert Julian. Filmed in the haunted Studio 28 in Universal Studios, California

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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.

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.

Lon Chaney in London After Midnight. Only stills exist. The film was lost.
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Lon Chaney as the Phantom with his make-up kit, via William Forsche, via universalmonstersblog.

Lon Chaney as the Phantom with his make-up kit, via William Forsche, via universalmonstersblog.

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