San Fernando Mission Cemetery

The Men and Women who are interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.
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Edward Arnold
Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style and superb baritone voice...
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 132, Grave 9 ” - Syl
Laurie Anders
Singer, dancer, trick roper, ventriloquist, martial-arts (jujitsu) expert and deadpan-comedienne Laurie Anders was born and raised on a ranch in Casper, Wyoming. She worked as a stenographer and secretary to the president of a steamfitters and plumbers union there, then started singing with a country-and-western combo in Wyoming...
“ Plot: Section C, Tier 338, Grave 10 ” - Syl
Philip Abbott
Actor, The F.B.I.
Phillip Abbott was born March 21, 1924 in Lincoln Nebraska, USA as Phillip Abbott Alexander. He was an actor and director known for The F.B.I. (1965), General Hospital (1963)and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). He was married only once to Jane Dufrayne. They had two sons and a daughter. He died on February 23, 1998 (age 73) in Tarzana, California.
Charles Beaumont
Writer, Brain Dead
Charles Beaumont was the pseudonym for Charles Leroy Nutt, born on Chicago's North Side on January 2 1929. He also occasionally wrote under the names Charles McNutt and E.T. Beaumont (the latter apparently based on the name of a Texas town). Tragically short-lived, Beaumont was a dynamic and imaginative author and screenwriter of macabre...
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 236, Grave 10 ” - Syl
Scotty Beckett
Scotty Beckett was one of the cutest, most successful child actors of the 1930s and 1940s. His descent into a life of alcoholism, drugs, and crime remains one of the most tragic of Hollywood stories. Born Scott Hastings Beckett on October 4, 1929 in Oakland, California, he and his family moved to Los Angeles when Scotty was 3 years old...
Ed Begley
Charismatic character star Edward James Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut of Irish parents and educated at St.Patrick's school. His interest in acting first surfaced at the age of nine, when he performed amateur theatricals at the Hartford Globe Theatre. Determined to make his own way, he left home aged eleven and drifted from job to job...
“ Plot: Section C, Block 8, Lot 401 ” - Syl
William Bendix
William Bendix was not a son of Brooklyn, New York, although because of his stereotypical "Brooklyn accent" it has been widely supposed that he was. Bendix was actually born in the Borough of Manhattan (New York City proper), in a midtown flat hard by the tracks of the long-since defunct Third-Avenue Elevated Railway...
Larry J. Blake
Larry Blake was born in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York on April 24, 1914. At the age of 18, his talent at impersonations and dialects grew into an vaudeville act. Blake eventually became a headliner, playing the Orpheum circuit, as well as the Roxy Theatre and the Rainbow Room in Rockerfeller Center...
“ Plot: Section C, Tier 152, Grave 8 ” - Syl
Walter Brennan
In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and performed in school plays...
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 445, Grave 8 ” - Syl
Evelyn Brent
Petite, sultry leading lady of the 1920's and 30's, who was born and schooled in Tampa, Florida, until the age of ten when she lost her mother. She moved to New York with her dad and started modelling while still in her teens. Her original intention was to go into the teaching profession. Instead, she...
“ Plot: Lot B-698, Grave 12
GPS coordinates: 34.2761688, -118.4659195 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Jerry Colonna
Comedian, composer, songwriter ("At Dusk", "I Came to Say Goodbye"), author and trombonist, educated in high school, then a trombonist with the Columbia Symphony (1931-1936). He was a member of the Bob Hope radio program, and appears in many films. Joining ASCAP in 1956, his other songs include "Life of a Sailor", "Sleighbells in the Sky", "Take Your Time", and "One Day".
“ Plot: Section B, Lot 848, Grave 7
GPS coordinates: 34.2760506, -118.4651337 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Betty Compson
A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on Alexander Pantages Theatre Circuit...
“ Plot: Section B, Lot 853, Grave 4
GPS coordinates: 34.2762604, -118.4651031 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors was born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, New York, to Marcella (Londrigan) and Alban Francis "Allan" Connors. His parents were immigrants from the Dominion of Newfoundland (now part of Canada), and were of Irish descent. Chuck and his two-years-younger sister, Gloria, grew up in a working-class section of the west side of Brooklyn...
“ Plot: Section J, T-20, grave 123
GPS coordinates: 34.2773094, -118.4659882 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Carmine Coppola
Composer, conductor, arranger and flautist, educated at the Manhattan School of Music (BA, MA) and Juilliard (on scholarship) (MM). He was first flautist for Radio City Music Hall from 1934 to 1936, the Detroit Symphony from 1936 to 1941, the NBC Toscanini Orchestra from 1942 to 1948 and staff arranger for Radio City Music Hall from 1948 to 1956...
“ Plot: Mausolem, BL 28 Crypt E4 [unmarked] ” - Syl
Henry Corden
Although versatile character actor and voice extraordinary Henry Corden will forever be associated with, and fondly remembered for, providing the bellicose, gravel-toned rasp of cartoon immortal Fred Flintstone, he enjoyed a long and varied career prior to this distinction, which took up most of his later years...
“ Plot: Mausolium, B-125, Row 3 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section C, Lot 416, Grave 2
GPS coordinates: 34.2752686, -118.4664230 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Roy Del Ruth
Director, Topper Returns
Roy Del Ruth was born on Oct. 18, 1895 in Philadelphia, PA, Del Ruth began his Hollywood career during the silent era as a writer for Mack Sennett in 1915.He began directing in 1919 for Sennett with his first short film Hungry Lions. In the early 1920s, he moved over to features with such early efforts as "Asleep at the Switch" (1923)...
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 259, Grave 3 ” - Syl
Carmen Dragon
Composer, conductor and arranger, educated at San Jose College (MA degree). He made many records as conductor of the Hollywood Bowl (which he conducted for ten years) and Capitol Symphony orchestras, and he composed, conducted and arranged for a number of American radio and television programs (including the Standard School Broadcast in 1949)...
“ Plot: Section A, Tier 6, Grave 6 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section F, Tier 17, Grave 62 ” - Syl
Frank Faylen
American character actor who specialized in average-guy parts and who could be equally effective in sympathetic or unlikeable roles. His parents, the vaudeville team of Ruf and Cusik, took him onstage with them when he was a baby, and Faylen grew up in the theatre. He attended St. Joseph's Preparatory College in Kirkwood...
“ Plot: Section C, Lot 25, Grave 2-unmarked ” - Syl
Ted Fio Rito
Composer, songwriter ("Charley My Boy", "I Never Knew"), conductor and pianist, educated at Barringer High School. He was a pianist for a New York music publishing company, and then organized a dance orchestra in St. Louis, and then in Chicago. He made many recordings and also owned a membership club in Scottsdale...
Dick Foran
Dick Foran was the matinée idol of the B movies. He started as a band singer and then sang on the radio. He was hired by Warner Brothers as a supporting actor who could croon a tune when called upon. His good looks and good natured personality made him a natural choice for the supporting cast....
William Frawley
William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to San Francisco in 1910...
“ Plot: Section 4, Lot 66, Grave C
GPS coordinates: 34.2748184, -118.4665222 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Anita Garvin
Actress, Blotto
Dark-haired beauty, best known for her portrayals of a shrewish wife in Laurel (Stan Laurel) & Hardy (Oliver Hardy) films. Retired in the early 1940's.
“ Plot: Section E, urn garden, row 67, #8 ” - Syl
Bert Glennon
Cinematographer, Stagecoach
While attending Stanford University in 1912, Bert Glennon was hired as an assistant cameraman, and, upon graduation, went into the film business full-time. Becoming a director of photography in 1916, Glennon became one of the industry's most respected craftsmen and worked often for such perfectionist directors as John Ford and Cecil B. DeMille...
“ Plot: Section B, Tier 26, grave 36 ” - Syl
George Gobel
Squat, easygoing, brushcut-blonde George Gobel first won Midwest attention singing as "Little Georgie Gobel" on radio. He also toured with country music bands while billed as "The Littlest Cowboy." His career was interrupted by WWII, in which he served as a pilot instructor. He also began doing standup for his fellow servicemen and took to the nightclub...
“ Plot: Section D, Tier 191, Grave 3 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section F, Tier 38, Grave 5 ” - Syl
Ray Heindorf
Music Department, The Music Man
Raymond John Heindorf was born August 25, 1908. in Haverstraw, New York. He grew up in Mechanicville, New York, where he moved to when he was about 10 years old. In 1926 he graduated from Mechanicville High School. He was interested in cars and machinery; he loved to play pool with his father, the late John J...
“ Plot: Section BB, Lot 237, Grave 21 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section C, Lot 25, Grave 3 ” - Syl
Alice Joyce
Alice Joyce, the film actress whose career stretched from the nickelodeon days into the sound era, was a natural actress, a true original. In an era that rewarded the unnatural in performance, Alice Joyce, with her understated performances, proved to be quite unlike most other silent-screen divas. She was born in Kansas City...
Peggy Knudsen
Actress, The Big Sleep
A knockout curvaceous screen siren with a smart, confident air, Peggy Knudsen had the blonde pulchritude and the presence to make it in Hollywood. Somehow, stardom eluded her. The daughter of a Duluth fire chief, she had studied violin as a child and later showed some promise acting in school plays...
Rosemary La Planche
Back in the days, winning the title of "Miss America" sometimes provided a springboard to Hollywood and a film career as a leading lady. This was certainly true in the case of California-born Rosemary La Planche. Born on October 11, 1923, in the Southern California city of Glendale, Rosemary and her older sister Louise La Planche (by four years) both expressed a desire to perform as children...
“ Plot: St. Jude, Lot 13, Crypt A-7 ” - Syl
Charles Lamont
One of the more prolific American directors, Charles Lamont entered films as an actor in 1919 and became a director in 1922. He churned out numerous one- and two-reel comedies for various producers, including Mack Sennett and Al Christie, and began directing features in the mid-'30s. Lamont was a staple of such independent studios as Chesterfield and Republic...
Winnie Lightner
Actress, Dancing Lady
Winnie Lightner was known as Broadway's "Song a Minute Girl" because she could belt out a song in less than 60 seconds. Her brassy outgoing style lent itself to Warner's Vitaphone shorts when sound came in and soon Winnie Lightner was a top Warner star. The missing "Gold Diggers of Broadway" was a triumph for Lightner in 1929...
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 259, Grave 3 ” - Syl
Richard Loo
One of the most familiar Asian character actors in American films of the 1930s and 1940s, Richard Loo was most often stereotyped as the Japanese enemy flier, spy or interrogator during the Second World War. Chinese by ancestry and Hawaiian by birth, Loo spent his youth in Hawaii, then moved to California as a teenager...
“ Plot: Section F, T-8, grave 28 ” - Syl
Edmund Lowe
Actor, Dillinger
Tall, athletic leading man, the son of a judge. Lowe was initially slated for the priesthood but switched career paths on several occasions, at one time studying law, then teaching English and elocution. The latter led to his involvement in the acting profession. After briefly appearing in vaudeville...
Ken Lynch
If there was ever an actor born to play a tough Irish cop, it was Ken Lynch, and he played so many of them in his long career that he could probably do it in his sleep. His suspicious manner, aggressive attitude, steely eyes and snarling voice broke down many a quavering suspect. He also played military officers...
Michael Maltese
During the heyday of cartoon slapstick in Hollywood, one basic tenet held precedence: namely, that an inseparable connection existed between perennial antagonists like Tom and Jerry, Sylvester and Tweetie, Wile E. Coyoye and the Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam (or Elmer Fudd). In other words...
“ Plot: Section F, Tier 49, Grave 51 ” - Syl
“ (Original Burial Site) Plot: Section B, Block 5, Lot 845
GPS coordinates: 34.2758904, -118.4650192 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section C, Lot 273, Grave 3 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B, Lot 1048, Grave 7
GPS coordinates: 34.2764816, -118.4642715 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 25, Lot 47, Grave F
GPS coordinates: 34.2762794, -118.4635696 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 73, Grave 11 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B, Lot 1048, Grave 7 ” - Syl
Eva Novak
Actress, Sky High
As a fetching, shapely silent screen co-star, Eva Novak would be best known for her early work as cowboy Tom Mix's love interest in ten of his popular westerns. Although she sparked a number of florid dramas and light comedies with other top actors of the day, in retrospect it was with Mix with whom she would be memorably partnered...
Jane Novak
A soulful, fragile-looking blonde beauty, silent screen star Jane Novak was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 12, 1896, and supposedly began her film career at age 17 when a director took to a photo of the young girl on the makeup table of her own aunt, the film star Anne Schaefer. From 1913 Jane appeared in a host of short films from the Vitagraph Company...
Jay Novello
Short, dapper Jay Novello specialized in playing ethnic types, sometimes Spanish, Greek or Mexican but usually Italian--not surprising, since his parents were Italian immigrants and he grew up speaking the language before he learned English. Born in Chicago in 1904, he came from a very diverse neighborhood and...
Pat O'Malley
Often confused with the British-born comic actor J. Pat O'Malley, who is the better remembered, silent dramatic film star Pat O'Malley had an enduring career that stands on its own. He was of solid Irish-American stock, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, in 1890. A one-time railroad switchman, he also had circus experience by the time he discovered an interest in movie making...
Henry O'Neill
Actor, Jezebel
Suave, well-mannered, silvery-haired character actor Henry O'Neill played top supports in hundreds of films, often as a benign, wise, sensible father, judge, doctor, executive or lawyer. Most of his uppercrust career was split between two studios: Warner Bros in the 1930s and MGM in the 1940s. O'Neill was born in New Jersey in 1891 and dropped out of college to join a traveling theatre troupe...
“ Plot: Section C, Lot 124, Grave 7 ” - Syl
Ernie F. Orsatti
Born in Beverly Hills, California. Started in the movie business over 40 years ago at the age of sixteen. Mother was a famous opera singer. His father, Ernie Orsatti, was a famous baseball player who played for The St. Louis Cardinals, known as "the gas house gang." The "Orsatti" name has been associated with Hollywood for decades...
Paul Picerni
As a child Paul Picerni had aspirations to become an attorney until he acted in an eighth-grade play and later learned that the school principal liked his performance and called him "a born actor". He next appeared in little theater productions, then (after World War II Air Force service) on the stage at Loyola University...
Eddie Quillan
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 31, 1907, Eddie Quillan was seven years old and already performing in vaudeville with his sister and three brothers in an act called "The Rising Generation." His parents, Joseph Quillan and Sarah Quillan, were well-known performers with Joseph himself managing the family act...
Jobyna Ralston
Actress, Wings
Curly-locked, cherubic knockabout comedienne of the silent cinema. Her mother, portrait photographer Mrs. Kemp Raulston, named her after her favorite actress, Jobyna Howland. She harbored ambitions for her daughter to achieve similar fame and trained her to that end. After a failed teenage marriage to a local farmer...
“ Plot: Section B, Row 70, Grave 27 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 386, Grave 5 ” - Syl
Ted Fio Rito
Composer, songwriter ("Charley My Boy", "I Never Knew"), conductor and pianist, educated at Barringer High School. He was a pianist for a New York music publishing company, and then organized a dance orchestra in St. Louis, and then in Chicago. He made many recordings and also owned a membership club in Scottsdale...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Block 35K, Crypt C-1 ” - Syl
Olga San Juan
Actress, Blue Skies
She possessed the same tiny frame and fervid Latin temperament as her Brazilian counterpart, Carmen Miranda, and, for most her career, Puerto Rican singer/dancer Olga San Juan, like Miranda, was a welcome distraction by American audiences. A flavorful, scene-stealing personality who delightfully mangled the English language...
“ Plot: Section J, Tier 14, Grave 16 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section BB, Lot 16, Grave 196 (NM) ” - Syl
Penny Singleton
Actress, The Jetsons
Her father was Irish Philadelphian newspaperman, Benny McNulty. He was related to Jim Farley Roosevelt's campaign managers and later Postmaster General. As a child, she sang songs at a silent movie theater. After the sixth grade she joined a touring vaudeville act called "The Kiddie Kabaret." Billed as Penny McNulty...
“ Plot: Section C, Lot 349, space 5 ” - Syl
Gloria Talbott
Gloria Talbott was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, a city co-founded by her grandfather. Growing up in the shadows of the Hollywood studios, her interests inevitably turned to acting, with the result that she participated in school plays and landed small parts in films such as "Maytime" (1937)...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Block 112, Wall crypt B7 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Block 102, Crypt C-1 ” - Syl
Ritchie Valens
Soundtrack, Grease
“ Plot: Section C, Lot 248, Grave 2 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B, Block 1113, Grave 9 ” - Syl
Michael Whalen
A dark, debonair, mustachioed, slick-looking leading man who cut a fine figure in 1930s Fox movies, Michael Whalen's good looks were interestingly offset by a slightly prominent Romanesque nose. Born Joseph Shovlin on June 30, 1902, in Wilkes-Barre, Penssylvania, he took piano lessons as a child but the talent never went anywhere...
Frank Wilcox
American character actor in scores of films after substantial stage experience. He was born in DeSoto, Missouri, but raised in Atchison, Kansas. The son of a railroad worker and law clerk (some publicity material states the father was a physician, but family and census records show otherwise), he wavered between various careers including oil exploration...
“ Plot: Section BB, Tier 9, Grave 19
GPS coordinates: 34.2771301, -118.4634476 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Jane Wyatt
Born in Campgaw, New Jersey, Jane Waddington Wyatt came from a New York family of social distinction (her father was a Wall Street investment banker and her mother was a drama critic). Jane was raised from the age of three months in New York City and attended the fashionable Chapin School and later Barnard College...
“ Plot: Mausoleum wall crypt 40H - 3 ” - Syl
Bobby Chacon
Self, El Boxeo
Professional boxer who scored world championships in two weight classes--featherweight and super-featherweight--with a record of 59 wins (45 by knockout), 7 losses, and 1 draw. In 1983, Ring Magazine named Chacon its "Comeback Player of the Year." In 1988, Warren Zevon in his song "Boom Boom Mancini" from his album "Sentimental Hygiene" mentioned Chacon...
“ Plot: Mission Garden Mausoleum ” - Syl