The stars on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame” are more for us, the fans, the “common people,” than they are for the stars. When a living celebrity gets one, and gets to go put his hands in concrete (or is that somewhere else?) and gets to celebrate the fact that he has one, then it benefits the star. But when the celebrity is deceased, it only matters to that celebrity’s fans and his family. I had no idea that Lon Chaney, Jr. didn’t already have one. We need to remedy that. For Lon’s family and for his fans, and also for our own culture. Given the number of worthless, facile, talentless jokes who have stars, it really looks bad for us when a true cinematic legend like Lon, Jr. does not. Look, the man’s legacy exists, whether they put his name on a star or a concrete slab or not. It can’t be denied and will not be forgotten. Even so, he is deserving of the honor. How can the Wolfman NOT be included when Dracula and Frankenstein (Bela and Boris) already have one?
It seems that the person being so honored, or people representing the one being so honored, has to pay for his own star? What’s up with that? You can, however, help the Chaney’s get Lon’s name on the Walk of Fame. Make a donation, or visit their online store and purchase some cool swag. Every nickel helps!