Chaney, Norman

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Chaney, Norman Gender: M
Norman Myers Chaney
born on 18 October 1914 at 15:45 (= 3:45 PM )
Place Cambridge, Maryland, 38n34, 76w05
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 24°38' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 18°48 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 16°11'

Norman Chaney (as Chubby in School's Out, 1930)


American child actor, notable for appearing in nineteen of the "Our Gang" comedy films as "Chubby" from 1929 to 1931.

In early 1929 Chaney won a nationwide contest to replace Joe Cobb in the popular film series. Chaney was offered a two-year contract. At the time, Chaney was only 3' 11" and weighed about 113 pounds. By spring 1931, Chaney was getting taller and increasingly heavier. He finished out the 1930-31 season without being offered another contract.

Chaney returned to his native Baltimore and attended public school, where he excelled in his studies. He continued to gain weight and eventually topped 300 lb (140 kg), though he never grew beyond 4 ft 7 in (1.4 m). In 1935, Chaney underwent treatment for a glandular ailment at Johns Hopkins Hospital; his weight then dropped from over 300 lb (140 kg) to less than 140 lb (64 kg).

Chaney became seriously ill afterward and died from myocarditis at 4 AM on 29 May 1936 at age 21.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Beard, Matthew (born 1 January 1925). Notes: Co-stars in "Our Gang" films
  • associate relationship with DeBorba, Dorothy (born 28 March 1925). Notes: Co-stars in "Our Gang" films
  • associate relationship with Jackson, Mary Ann (born 14 January 1923). Notes: Co-stars in "Our Gang" films
  • associate relationship with Smith, Jay R. (born 29 August 1915). Notes: Co-stars in "Our Gang" films
  • associate relationship with Spear, Harry (born 16 December 1921). Notes: Co-stars in "Our Gang" films


  • Death by Disease 29 May 1936 at 04:00 AM in Baltimore (Myocarditis, age 21)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield found the birth and death certificates online.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Glandular ailment)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Myocarditis)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Child actor)