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    Lon Chaney Sr. Personality Poster (MGM, ca. 1926). Poster (22" X 28"). One of the greatest actors of any age, Lon Chaney Sr. left an indelible mark on the face of cinema. Born to deaf parents in Colorado in 1883, Chaney entered the theater as a young man, and was soon touring with a traveling theater company. In 1912, after divorcing his first wife, and with a young son to support, Chaney moved west to Hollywood, where he initially found work on the fledgling Universal lot. During these early years, Lon worked to hone his skills with make-up, skills that would stand him in good stead throughout his career. Although Chaney was regarded as a gifted character actor early on, his real breakout role was as The Frog in 1919's The Miracle Man. As a fake cripple, Chaney unwinds from a complicated contortion, a scene that is as thrilling today as it must have been 90 years ago. After that, he moved into an increasingly impressive string of leading roles, playing everything from a legless crimelord in The Penalty (1920) to a humble Asian laundryman in Shadows (1922). True superstardom, however, would come in 1923 with his iconic role as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, fame that was further enhanced in 1925 with The Phantom of the Opera, considered the beginning of the Universal Horror genre. Now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Chaney was at the top of his game when this stunning personality poster was issued, most likely sometime around 1926. Sadly, he had only a few more years to live, as he passed away in 1930, on the verge of becoming one of the few silent performers who would make the successful transition to sound films. He remains an icon of the cinema, and one of the most exceptional actors ever to grace the silver screen. This lovely poster had some creasing, a chip in the top right corner, and small chips and tears in the borders, but professional restoration has addressed all these slight flaws, making this a rare prize that any serious collector will be proud to own. Very Fine- on Paper.

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