Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The men and women whose remains were interred at Hollywood Forever Memorial Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
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Don Adams
Actor, Get Smart
Don Adams was born in New York, to a father of Hungarian Jewish descent, and a mother of German and Irish ancestry. He had a sister, Gloria, and a brother, Dick Yarmy. He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II and contracted malaria during the fighting on Guadalcanal island. After the war he began a career as a stand-up comic...
“ Plot: Section 8, Lot 57, Grave 20
GPS coordinates: 34.0898247, -118.3166809 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Beginnings (formerly Section 2W), Grave 200 ” - Syl
David Abel
Cinematographer, Top Hat
“ Plot: Chapel Columbarium, 1st floor, column 7, T-3 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Legends (formerly Section 8). ” - Syl
Renée Adorée
Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, on September 30, 1898. She had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in acting surfaced during her teen years with minor stage productions in France...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Crypt 219
GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Costume Designer, The Wizard of Oz
Adrian Adolph Greenburg, born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, March 3, 1903, to Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenburg. He began his professional career while still attending the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts by contributing to the costumes for "George White's Scandals" in 1921. He is credited for that production by his created name of Gilbert Adrian...
“ Plot: Garden of Legends (formerly Section 8), Lot 193, next to Janet Gaynor ” - Syl
Helen Ainsworth
Actress, Dance with Me
Formerly a stage actress in San Francisco and on Broadway, Ainsworth went to Hollywood in the 1920s as an agent. She helped many actors attain stardom: Guy Madison, Marilyn Monroe, Rhonda Fleming, Carol Channing and Howard Keel, among others. She also put together a deal for Guy Madison to star in the television series "Wild Bill Hickok."
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Haven of Repose, T-5, N-3 ” - Syl
Albert Akst
Former saxophone player for the Meyer Davis orchestra, he worked as a musician in vaudeville until 1930. He joined Metro as a short subjects film cutter and worked his way up to one of the top editors of the company.
Erville Alderson
A character actor whose film career spanned from Hollywood's Silent Era until the 1950s. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 11, 1882, Erville would start his film career in 1918 at the age of 36 in Her Man. Film pioneer D.W. Griffith utilized Erville in many of his films, including 1924's America and Isn't Life Wonderful...
Frank Alexander
Frank "Fatty" Alexander was an obese comedian who appeared in silent one- and two-reel slapstick comedies as a side-kick before co-starring with two other heavyweights, Hilliard Karr and 'Kewpie Ross' in F.B.O.'s low-budget "Ton of Fun" series at the end of the silent era. Born in Olympia, Washington on May 25...
“ Plot: Section 2, #10 [unmarked] ” - Syl
James Alexander
James Alexander was born in Indiana, on May 20, 1914. He appeared in only a few motion pictures during his brief career and did not start acting until he was 38 years old, with his film debut in the 1952 motion picture "Jack and the Beanstalk", starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. His later credits include "Port of Hell" (1954)...
“ Plot: Section 2, #10 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Hope, #121 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Legends (formerly Section 8) ” - Syl
Lester Allen
Soundtrack, Carol
Murray Alper
Alper, a wonderful movie presence, played in numerous films as a cabbie, bookie, cop or GI. Although he never achieved star rating, he appeared with some of the screens biggest names. One of his last screen appearances was as a judo instructor in "The Nutty Professor" with Jerry Lewis.
“ Plot: Garden of Eternal Love (formerly Section 5), Lot 738 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 1 - Grave 116 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Ancestors, Plot # 470 ” - Syl
Gus Arnheim
Soundtrack, Amélie
Composer, conductor and songwriter ("I Cried For You", "Sweet and Lovely"), leader of his own orchestra, he toured Europe and the US, appearing in theatres, night clubs and ballrooms. He joined ASCAP in 1925, and his chief musical collaborators include Arthur Freed, Jules Lemare, Abe Lyman and Harry Tobias...
“ Plot: Beth Olam Mausoleum, Hall of Solomon, M-8, #5408 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Wall Crypt 3111 Unit 2 ” - Syl
Art Arthur
Writer, Sea Hunt
Arthur started in the business as a Broadway columnist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, later going to work for the Toronto Star. He worked on Cecil B. DeMille¡¦s executive staff as well as serving on the executive board of the Writers Guild of America. He also worked on the Oscar winning documentary, Seeds of Destiny, in 1946.
“ Plot: Garden of Beginnings ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Legends, Lot 53 ” - Syl
Gertrude Astor
The first actress to sign a contract with Universal in 1915, Gertrude Astor (born in Ohio as Gertrude Irene Astor) began her career playing trombone and saxophone on a riverboat. Towering over most of her leading men at 5'11", she often played golddiggers, rich socialites or a leading lady's best friend in such one-reeled films and feature length silents as Polly Redhead...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Haven of Worship, North Wall, Niche 5, Tier 13
GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Agnes Ayres
Actress, The Sheik
Extremely popular silent star of the 1920s. Her popularity was enhanced when she co-starred with Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik and The Son of the Sheik. She made her screen debut at Essanay Studios in 1915. While she was popular in the 1920s (thanks to the patronage of her lover, Jess Lasky), her popularity had slipped by the time she briefly retired from the screen in 1927...
“ Plot: Chapel Columbarium, Niche 3D, Tier 3, Lower South Wall ” - Syl
Leah Baird
Leah Baird first made a name for herself in summer stock and traveling stock companies. After playing several leads in the William F. Brady troupe opposite Douglas Fairbanks Vitagraph signed her to a contract. Her peak years in film were from 1916-1918 at which time she was a very popular player. However...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Haven of Worship, T-12, N1 ” - Syl
C. Graham Baker
Baker started as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn and Manhattan before entering films in 1914. He wrote a number of screenplays for comedian John Bunny and also wrote for Fox, Universal and Warner Bros., studios under the name of Leslie S. Barrows. Baker died following brain surgery.
“ Plot: Section 5 #710 ” - Syl
Rex 'Snowy' Baker
Known as one of Australia's greatest athletes, Baker represented a boxing company in Australia and worked with partner W.F. Howe and his wife who was very involved in the business. In 1908, he gained fame for boxing in the Olympic games which were held in London. Baker was also an expert swimmer and equestrian...
“ Plot: Colonnade, north wall, T-3, N-11 ” - Syl
George Barbier
Barbier was educated for the ministry before going to work on the stage. He appeared on Broadway in such successes as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Man Who Came Back," among others. He signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1929 and later worked as an actor for most of the major studios.
“ Original burial site ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 5, Lot A, space 13 ” - Syl
André Barlatier
Cinematographer, 3 Dumb Clucks
George Barnes
Cinematographer, Rebecca
Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work. Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to director of photography...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Refuge, Corridor G-2, Crypt 2087 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 13, #519 ” - Syl
Anne Bauchens
Anne Bauchens was a pioneering film editor who had a long-standing partnership with director Cecil B. DeMille. In fact, she first edited a DeMille film in 1915 and then edited all of his films for 38 years, beginning with We Can't Have Everything and ending with The Ten Commandments. She was nominated for four Oscars and won one, for North West Mounted Police.
“ Plot: Chapel Columbarium, 1st floor, northwest wall, T-2, N-3 ” - Syl
“ Plot: C Building, #162 ” - Syl
“ Plot: C Building, #162 ” - Syl
William Beaudine
Director, Lassie
William Beaudine, the director of nearly 350 known films (nearly one for every day of the year; some listings of his work put his output at 500 movies and hundreds of TV episodes) and scores of television episodes, enjoyed a directing career that stretched across seven decades from the 'Teens to the '70s (he also was a screenwriter...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Faith, Crypt 3227 ” - Syl
Bertee Beaumont
Beaumont broke into show business in Memphis, Tennessee with an act known as 'Wells, Dunn and Harlan,' after being discovered by actor Otis Harlan. She played on stage in the chorus and later played leading roles. Married to actor Jack Arnold, they entered vaudeville and had a successful run appearing...
Tony Beckley
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Beckley appeared in BBC-TV's "Romeo and Juliet" and later in "War and Peace" and "Julius Caesar." Prior to his death, he had appeared on stage with Maggie Smith in "Snap" and Elaine Strich in Tennesse Williams' "Small Craft Warnings." Veteran actor of over 1000 stage productions and television shows in England...
“ Plot: Garden of Legends (Section 8), Lot 236, east side next to lake ” - Syl
Charles Belcher
Charles Belcher born in San Francisco in 1872. A graduate of San Francisco's Lincoln Grammar School. Became popular in drama and comedy theatre from 1907. White-haired gentleman who appeared in many action adventure and drama films, first starring with Ruth Roland in a adventure serial 'The Adventures of Ruth made at the Pathe Film Co in 1919...
Monta Bell
Producer / director/ screenwriter Monta Bell was born on February 5, 1891, in Washington, DC. He turned to the stage as an actor after trying his hand at journalism in that city. He was cast by Charles Chaplin in the great comedian's The Pilgrim, which was Bell's sole screen appearance as an actor...
“ Plot: Section 8, Lot 88 (close to Nelson Eddy) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 10W, Grave C-832 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Columbarium 1st floor, column 2 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, H-2, Haven of Honor ” - Syl
Flo Bert
Actress, Beau Night
A Broadway actress, Flo appeared in "Cinderella on Broadway: A Fantasy of the Great White Way," which opened June 24, 1920 and ran for 126 performances. She played Miss Moffet in "Humpty Dumpty Lane," "The Silver Slipper Ball" and "Watteau Land." She also played the roles of Amy in "Lies" and the First Mate in "Caproni Station."
“ Plot: Section 8, Lot 199 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden Of Legends. ” - Syl
Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc, known as "The Man of Thousand Voices" is regarded as the most prolific actor to ever work in Hollywood with over a thousand screen credits. He developed and performed nearly 400 distinct character voices with precision and a uniquely expressive vocal range. The legendary specialist from radio programs...
Lilian Bond
An attractive, wavy-haired brunette Londoner, Lilian Bond graduated from Brompton Oratory School and began her show business career in pantomimes and revues as a teenager. She travelled to America in 1926 to appear on Broadway in the 'Ziegfeld Follies' and for Earl Carroll's 'Vanities', as well as playing Rosamanda in 'Fioretta' with Fanny Brice...
“ Plot: Section 6, Lot 306, Space 9 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Haven of Faith, T-11, N-4
GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Egon Brecher
Brecher was a 1900 graduate of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and then toured Austria and Germany acting on the stage. He also served as the chief director of the Stadts Theatre in Vienna before going to the U.S. in 1921. He became a naturalized American citizen on 9 May, 1927, along with his wife Essie and 8-year-old daughter Suse...
“ Plot: Garden of Moses, urn garden ” - Syl
Joseph Carl Breil
Not only did Joseph compose music for movies, he was the first person to compose a score specifically for a motion picture - "Queen Elizabeth" in 1912. In addition to film music, Joseph composed for various operas - `Love Laughs at Locksmiths' 1910, `Prof. Tattle' 1913 and, `The Seventh Chord' 1913. Breil died from heart disease.
“ Plot: Cathedral Mausoleum, Alcove of Reverence, T-10, N-7 ” - Syl
El Brendel
Actor, Wings
“ Plot: Garden of Legends, #38 (Formerly Section 8) ” - Syl
Felix Bressart
Bressart made his stage debut in 1914 and his film debut in 1928. Going to the U.S. after being forced out of Germany in 1936, Bressart starred in his first American film, "Swanee River," in 1939. He went on to a successful career in films and during the filming of "My Friend Irma," Bressart passed away.
Jack Brooks
Soundtrack, Enchanted
Songwriter ("Ole Buttermilk Sky", "That's Amore"), composer and author, he came to the US in 1916 and wrote special material for Bing Crosby, Fred Allen and Phil Harris. He also wrote material for the Armed Forces Radio Service's "Command Performance". Joining ASCAP in 1946, his chief musical collaborators included Hoagy Carmichael...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Haven of Faith, T-11, N-4
GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Coral Browne
Actress, Auntie Mame
Australian actress who worked primarily in Britain and specialized in superior, upper-crust sorts. Browne began her stage career in Melbourne but moved to England at the age of 21 and quickly brightened the West End with her sharp delivery and stylish sense of comedy. Her film appearances were sporadic...
“ Plot: Ashes were scattered in the Rose Garden ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 8, near Janet Gaynor ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 7, Lot 7988, grave 5A ” - Syl
“ Plot: Behind Cathedral Mausoleum, Section 9, Near Fairbanks Garden Mausoleum, Stack Nine (L-R) / Section on Left (West) Side ” - Syl
R. Dale Butts
Music Department, My Pal Trigger
For thirteen years, Butts was the chief pianist and arranger for NBC Radio in Chicago. He left for Hollywood in 1941 and joined Republic Studios as staff composer in 1943. Nominated for his original score: "Flame of the Barbara Coast" in 1945.
“ Plot: Section 2, #69
GPS coordinates: 34.0899582, -118.3165588 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Louis Calhern
Actor, Notorious
Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school there that he was spotted by a representative of a touring acting troupe and hired as an actor...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Abbey Foyer, niche 308, tier 3, South wall
GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Beginnings (formerly Section 2), L-6 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Beginnings (formerly Section 2), #6 ” - Syl
Edwin Carewe
Director, Evangeline
Married petite actress Mary Akin when she was just 17 and he was 38. He was already married once - in 1905 but the records of that union are lost - and divorced. Carewe and Akin had two children during their first marriage, daughter Sally Ann (b. 1925) and son William (b. 1927). A third child with Mary, Carol Lee (b. 1932), happened during their second marriage.
“ Plot: Section 1, #471 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Chapel Columbarium, 2nd floor ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Memory, #187 (unmarked) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 17, Row V, grave 102 ” - Syl
Lynn Cartwright
Frequently appearing for or alongside her actor/writer husband of 50 years, noted stage, screen and TV heavy and writer Leo Gordon, actress Lynn Cartwright is probably best remembered for one of her early screen roles as the brusque, Brooklyn-accented switchboard operator in the cult horror The Wasp Woman...
“ Plot: Chapel columbarium, 2nd floor, north wall. ” - Syl
Maurice Cass
Maurice Cass was born on October 12, 1884, in Vilnius, Lithuania (then Vilno, Russian Empire). He emigrated to the USA, and in his pursuit of an acting career, he began as announcer and comedian in New York. Cass had a pleasant face, a small body and a big voice. With his nearsightedness and his inevitable pince-nez adding weight to his intelligent face...
Joseph Cawthorn
Cawthorn made his stage debut in 1872 at the age of four. At nine, he went to England and played in music halls for four years. In 1898, Cawthorn made his debut on Broadway and carried on a successful career for some twenty-five years. Moving to Hollywood in 1927, he began a career as a character actor...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Refuge, #2085 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Refuge, #2085 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Trust, Crypt 1065, Corridor E-2
GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Emile Chautard
French director and actor of American and French films. He began his career as a stage actor at the Odeon in Paris, then at the Eclair, where he became artistic director and chief director of the theatre school in 1910. Five years later he traveled to America and began a successful career as a film director for a variety of American film companies...
“ Plot: Chapel Columbarium, Lower Column E, Tier 1. ” - Syl
Al Christie
Producer, Know Thy Wife
Al Christie began his career in 1909 with the Nestor Company. In 1912 he was put in charge of production for a series of westerns. By 1916 he had set up his own production company that produced comedy two-reelers and occasionally a full-length feature. He was the brother of producer/director Charles Christie...
“ Plot: Section 8, Lot 178 ” - Syl
Charles Christie
Director, 813
Charles H.V. Christie, the motion picture studio owner and real estate developer, was born on April 14, 1880 in London, Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to the United States with his younger brother Al to seek employment in the film industry. Al eventually became head of comedy production at Adolph Zukor's Universal Film Manufacturing Co...
“ Plot: Garden of Legends, #178 - family marker ” - Syl
Gertrude Claire
Actress, The Coward
Claire made her stage debut at 16 and later played on the stage in New York with John Drew, Edwin Booth and Richard Mansfield. At one time, she managed her own stock company in Boston.
“ Plot: Chapel Mausoleum, Corridor C, Crypt 149 (closed to the public for many years). ” - Syl
Lana Clarkson
Actress, Scarface
This beautiful, long-legged blonde actress was known to be a kind, intelligent and dependable actor with a comedic talent as well. She appeared in many American TV hits of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Three's Company, The Jeffersons, The New Mike Hammer, Riptide, Knight Rider, Who's the Boss?...
“ Plot: Chapel Columbarium, 2nd floor, south wall ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 10W ” - Syl
W.H. Clune
In 1915, Clune purchased forty acres of land near Hollywood Memorial Park and built a soundstage for making movies. When United Artists was formed, the production office moved to the studio and lensed a handful of films on that lot. In 1922, Columbia Pictures occupied the lot, followed by Inspiration Pictures...
“ Plot: Cathedral Mausoleum, Crypt 994 ” - Syl
Iron Eyes Cody
Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or "Oscar" DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from "DeCorti" to "Corti" to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American. He married an Indian woman, Bertha Parker...
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Memories, crypt 3301, corridor H-4-1
GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 16, Row A, Grave 7 ” - Syl
Harry Cohn
He was crude, uneducated, foul and, even on his best behavior, abrasive. No major studio executive of the so-called "Golden Age" was more loathed (although at times the dictatorial Samuel Goldwyn and the hard-nosed Jack L. Warner came close) than Harry Cohn. Born in the middle of 5 children to Joseph Cohn...
“ Plot: Garden of Legends (Section 8), Lot 86, directly across street from Cathedral Mausoluem
GPS coordinates: 34.0885811, -118.3168030 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Jack Cohn
Arguably there wouldn't have been a Columbia Pictures without him. Jacob (Jack) Cohn was born into an impoverished immigrant family that eventually numbered four children. Hollywood history may credit his younger brother Harry Cohn for a begrudging amount of greatness but he not only followed in Jack's footsteps into the film business...
Joan Perry
Born in Florida, Joan went to New York where she worked as a model. In 1935 she went to Hollywood where she was signed at Columbia Pictures. While at Columbia, Joan appeared in a number of films and worked with leading men such as Ralph Bellamy, Melvyn Douglas and Lew Ayres. She also caught the eye of studio mogul Harry Cohn who wanted Joan for his wife...
“ Plot: Section 8, lot #78, Cohn family plot, in the crypt next to Harry Cohn
GPS coordinates: 34.0887184, -118.3166275 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Ralph Cohn
Producer, Sleep, My Love
Cohn started Screen Gems as a subsidiary to Columbia Pictures and served as it's general manager. He was responsible for starting the The Ford Television Theatre on television and in 1952 was named vice president and general manager of Screen Gems, becoming president in 1958. Columbia Pictures' willingness to enter television production flew in the face of then-prevailing industry mentality...
“ Plot: Section 8, #78 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Legends (formerly Section 8), Grave #78 ” - Syl
Lois Collier
Born Madelyn Earle Jones in South Carolina in 1922, this actress' childhood dream was to be a missionary in China, but a taste of acting in school plays soon changed her mind and she decided on a career on stage. Her mother was supportive of her decision and, while Madelyn was attending college in South Carolina...
“ Plot: New Beth Olam Mausoleum, Hall of David, T-6-2, Crypt 6386 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 2W, #696 ” - Syl
Edward Connelly
American character actor of silent films, Edward Connelly, a native New Yorker, was a newspaperman before he became an actor, being a reporter for the New York Sunl. At 25 he joined a theatrical stock company in Kansas City and appeared subsequently on Broadway in such plays as "Shore Acres," "The Belle...
“ Plot: Chapel Mausoleum, Corridor C, Crypt 283 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Memories, Building A, Crypt 209. ” - Syl
Eddie Conrad
Former vaudeville comic, Conrad appeared in many Shubert stage shows. Married to stage actress Marian Eddy.
“ Plot: Section 16, Row L, grave 20 [unmarked] ” - Syl
Morty Corb
Music Department, Hatari!
“ Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Shrine of Eternal Glory, G-9 ” - Syl