Lon Chaney Sr. - The Man of a Thousand Faces
Characters and films clockwise from left:
- Granny O’Grady - The Unholy Three (1925, and remade as a talkie in 1930)
- Singapore Joe - The Road to Mandalay (1925)
- Blizzard - The Penalty (1920) - To play this role, Chaney’s legs were bound behind him with leather straps, with his knees inside two wooden buckets. He was not allowed to wear this device for longer than 20 minutes at a time, as the contraption cut off the circulation to the lower halves of his legs.
- Jan - The Tower of Lies (1925)
- Sergei - Mockery (1927)
- Yen Sin - Shadows (1922)
- Both bottom images: Phroso - West of Zanzibar (1928)
- Erik the Phantom - The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
- Professor Edward C. Burke - London After Midnight (1927)
- Quasimodo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) - The makeup Chaney wore for the film proved quite heavy - the plaster hump on his back alone weighed 20lbs.
- Tito - Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
- Mr. Wu - Mr. Wu (1927)
- Wu’s Grandfather - see above.
- Fagin - Oliver Twist (1922)
- The Ape Man - A Blind Bargain (1922)
- Alonzo the Armless - The Unknown (1927) - For this role, Chaney’s arms were bound against him inside a tight corset.
- Blind Pew - Treasure Island (1920)
- Tiger Haynes - Where East is East (1929)
- Dr. Ziska - The Monster (1925)
- The Frog - The Miracle Man (1919)
- Sergeant O’Hara - Tell It to the Marines (1926) - Chaney’s performance in this role gained him the affection of the US Marine Corps, who made him their first honorary member from the motion picture industry
- Chaney proudly displaying his famous makeup kit.
- Paul Beaumont - He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
A popular joke that went around during the 1920’s went:
"Don’t step on that spider! It might be Lon Chaney!"