Saturday, October 20, 2007
Actor Lonny Chapman, raised in Joplin, dead at 87
Character actor Lonny Chapman, whose family moved to Joplin shortly after he was born in Tulsa, Okla., died Oct. 12 at age 87.
Chapman appeared in more than 25 movies, including "The Reivers," "Baby Doll," and "Take the Money and Run," and in hundreds of television episodes.
Chapman was named an outstanding alumnus of Missouri Southern in 2005, and in fact, hitchhiked to New York City with his Joplin Junior College (the precursor of MSSU) classmate Dennis Weaver to begin their acting careers.