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Watch: James Cagney Was Silent Star Lon Chaney in ‘Man of a Thousand Faces’

Watch: James Cagney Was Silent Star Lon Chaney in 'Man of a Thousand Faces'

For their 1957 “Silver Jubilee”, Universal offered this occasionally accurate biopic of its biggest silent star, Lon Chaney, as portrayed by the always reliable James Cagney. At the personal request of his widow Norma Shearer, producer Irving Thalberg is played by fledgling actor Robert Evans in his second film role before later becoming a Hollywood mogul himself.

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