CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Len Lesser and Lon

Len Lesser was on several episodes of "The Monkees." He liked doing the is television show because it was close to his house in Burbank.

In the episode "The Monkees in a Ghost Town," Len Lesser was teamed with Lon Chaney Jr.
Lesser and Chaney portrayed two gangsters, George and Lennie, respectfully. Like most people who are familiar with Chaney's background before "The Wolf Man," Chaney earned his Thespian points for his portrayal as Lennie Small in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."

Taking a cue from this classic, Len's character treated Lon's character like
"a moron."

After two days, the director asked Len, "Why are you treating Lennie as such a moron?"
Len replied to the director, "I thought he was a moron!" Apparently, the director did not make the connection between "Of Mice and Men" with George and Lennie.

When asked about working with Lon Chaney Junior, Len Lesser found the actor to be;
"Quiet and nice. He did the job and we had a nice exchange."

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