Chapel of the Pines Crematory

The men and women who were cremated and interred at Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California.
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Lionel Atwill
Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly thereafter...
“ Plot: Ashes were interred here but the family has since moved them to an unknown location. ” - Syl
Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson
American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother was the daughter of Russian Jewish parents...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Ted Adams
The son of vaudeville performers, Richard Theodore "Ted" Adams was part of his parents' troupe before attending Cornell University at the age of 18. After college he did stock work for three years before going to New York City and stage work there. For more than half his life he performed on the stage before coming to films around 1926...
Ross Bagdasarian
Soundtrack, Donnie Brasco
Composer, prolific songwriter ("Come On-a My House", "Witch Doctor", "Chipmunk Song"), author, actor, producer, impressionist, educated at Coll. Writer, and has made many records. He joined ASCAP in 1951, and specialized in catchy, hummable melodies. Some of his other popular-song compositions include "Armen's Theme"; "Safari"; "Freddy...
“ His remains have been moved. ” - Syl
Nigel Bruce
Actor, Rebecca
Nigel was, from the beginning, typecast as bumbling English aristocrats, military types or drawing room society snobs and, within the narrow parameters of his range, he was very, very good at playing these parts. Nigel Bruce was born in Mexico, where his father, Sir William W. Bruce, worked as an engineer...
“ Plot: Vault #35167 ” - Syl
Mae Busch
Mae Busch can certainly claim career versatility, having successfully played Erich von Stroheim's mistress, Lon Chaney's girlfriend, Charley Chase's sister, James Finlayson's ex-wife and Oliver Hardy's wife! She was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1891; her parents were in the theater and when she was six years old the family moved to the US...
“ Plot: Deadora Hall, South on left side in R, Sec. 7 down from top, in middle ” - Syl
“ Plot: Chapel, Section A, Niche 202 ” - Syl
Helen Chandler
Actress, Dracula
Helen Chandler was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 1, 1906. By the late 1920s she had become a hugely popular actress on the New York stage. That Hollywood should beckon was inevitable, but unfortunately whatever quality made Chandler a success on the stage did not survive the transition to film...
“ Plot: Vaultage section ” - Syl
Colin Clive
Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein. Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor Colin Clive - he died at 37 years of age...
“ Plot: Cenotaph located in Rose Garden. Actual ashes likely scattered at sea. ” - Syl
June Collyer
June Collyer was born Dorothea Heermance in New York City on August 19, 1906. She began her career in the film East Side, West Side. After making the successful change to the sound era, June continued to work, something some of her counterparts couldn't do. She appeared on the silver screen until her last meaningful film...
Tom Conway
Actor, Peter Pan
Tom Conway played "The Falcon" in ten of that series' entries. He starred in three Val Lewton horror classics. He appeared in comedies, musicals, two Tarzan films and even science fiction films. He was early television's Detective Mark Saber, but Conway will probably be best remembered as George Sanders' brother...
“ Plot: Cremated. Ashes in vaultage. ” - Syl
William Desmond
Raised in New York City, Dublin-born William Desmond began his show business career in vaudeville and on the stage. He had his own theatrical company by the time he made his film debut in Kilmeny. Starting out in dramatic parts, Desmond soon switched to westerns and action serials, and became a major western star...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Margaret Dumont
Actress, Duck Soup
Margaret Dumont would probably consider it a tragedy that she is best-known for her performances as the ultimate straight woman in seven of the Marx Brothers' films (including most of their best). By all accounts she never understood their jokes (offscreen and on), which is of course a major reason why she's so funny...
“ Plot: Unmarked, ashes scattered in the Rose Garden ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Ashes scattered in Rose Garden ” - Syl
Maude Fulton
Talented Maude Fulton was born on 14 May, 1881 in Eldorado, Kansas, the daughter of Titus P. and Lulu Fulton. Her father was a newspaper editor who over the years operated several papers in Butler and Crawford counties in Kansas before his death sometime in late 1890s. By 1900 Maude was working as a stenographer and living with her mother in St...
“ Plot: Ashes in basement vaultage [unmarked] ” - Syl
Edmund Gwenn
There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn comes to mind, but there aren't many others. However, one who made it was Edmund Gwenn...
“ Plot: Ashes in vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Ashes scattered in Rose Garden ” - Syl
Halliwell Hobbes
Actor, Gaslight
Born at Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, Halliwell Hobbes could perhaps not aspire to anything else but to be an actor. He made his stage debut in 1898 playing Shakespearean repertory with the famous acting company of Sir Frank Benson throughout England. Among others he played opposite Mrs...
“ Plot: Unmarked, ashes scattered in the Rose Garden ” - Syl
Arthur Hoyt
Extremely prolific actor/director of the silent screen, on Broadway from 1905. Hoyt joined the acting fraternity through the recommendations of an uncle, who worked as dramatic editor for a Cleveland tabloid. Signed by theatrical producer George C. Tyler (1868-1946), he began on stage (earning $10 per week)...
“ Plot: Alcove J, Niche 52 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Memory Hall, Section C, Niche H-17 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Deodora Hall North, Section K, Niche 40 ” - Syl
Julanne Johnston
From Indianapolis Julanne's family lived briefly in Pittsburg, Pa., and then settled in Los Angeles where she attended the Hollywood School for Girls. She also studied dancing, went on tour with the Ruth St. Denis dancers, which led to her first screen part as a dancer. In her post-screen life in Grosse Pointe and Detroit she was active as a volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“ Plot: Ashes scattered in Rosegarden ” - Syl
Dorothy Jordan
Actress, The Searchers
Brunette Dorothy Jordan was a graduate of Southwestern University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Trained as a ballerina, she first graced the stage as a chorus girl in top flight musicals, like "Funny Face" (1927), with Fred Astaire, and "Treasure Girl" (1928), with Gertrude Lawrence and Clifton Webb...
Gregory La Cava
Director, My Man Godfrey
A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and began directing two-reel shorts...
Lew Landers
Director, The Raven
Rivaling Sam Newfield and William Beaudine as one of the American film industry's most prolific directors, Lew Landers began directing features in the mid-'30s under his real name of Louis Friedlander, but changed it to Lew Landers after several films. His first effort, The Raven, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
William LeBaron
Producer, Cimarron
Producer, songwriter, composer and author, educated at the University of Chicago and New York University. He wrote a number of Broadway stage scores and libretti, and worked as the managing editor of Cosmopolitan magazine between 1918 and 1919, then was the director general of Cosmopolitan Productions until 1924...
“ Plot: Mezzanine, Section B, Niche 80 ” - Syl
Mitchell Leisen
Director, Midnight
Director noted for his romantic films.
“ Plot: Ashes in vaultage, no public access. ” - Syl
Montagu Love
Montague Love - certainly an intriguing name - but his own - started his working life as a newspaper man in London. His primary expertise centered on being a field illustrator and cartoonist who covered the Boer War (1899-1902). His realistic battle sketches gained him popularity among readers, but he was bound for a different career...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall had trained to become a certified accountant, but his interest turned to the stage. He lost a leg while serving in World War I, he was rehabilitated with a wooden leg. This did not stop him from making good his decision to make the stage as his vocation. He used a very deliberate square-shouldered and guided walk - largely unnoticeable - to cover up his disability...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Ashes in Vaultage. ” - Syl
Gertrude Michael
Actress, Cleopatra
Gertrude Michael was born in Talledega, Alabama on June 1, 1911. After graduating from high school, she appeared on radio, as a musician and "Home Arts" advisor. She attended the University of Alabama and Converse College, Spartenburg,SC and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. It was in Cincinnati...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon; Stagecoach; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Gone with the Wind; It's a Wonderful Life and High Noon. His portrayals are so diverse and convincing that most people don't even realize that one actor could have played them all...
“ Plot: Cremated at the Chapel of the Pines and his ashes are in Vaultage ” - Syl
Leonard Mudie
Actor, The Mummy
Leonard Mudie was a stalwart acting veteran who made nearly 150 appearances before the camera. He was from the Midlands of England and began on stage in 1908 at the Gaiety Theater (1884-1959) in Manchester. This was the first regional repertory theater in England and well noted for the spectrum of plays produced and the patronage of new plays by local writers...
Alan Napier
Actor, Batman
Alan Napier was born on January 7, 1903 in King Norton, Worcestershire, England. Tall, distinguished-looking English character actor with aristocratic bearing and precisely modulated voice. A cousin of the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and spent his formative years as an actor with Oxford Repertory and...
Ray Nazarro
Director, Fury
Boston-born Ray Nazarro began his movie career in the silent-film era, where he often worked as an assistant director. He started his directing career in 1932, beginning with shorts and graduating to low-budget quickie features for Poverty Row studios. He alternated between directing shorts and an assistant director on features--often on westerns at Columbia--for years...
“ Plot: Cremated ” - Syl
Tom Neal
Actor, Detour
Tom Neal is best remembered for his off-screen exploits, which involved scandal, mayhem and a charge of murder. Before his 1938 screen debut in MGM's Out West with the Hardys, Neal had been a member of the boxing team at Northwestern University, had debuted on the Broadway stage in 1935 and had received a law degree from Harvard...
“ Plot: Cremated; Location of ashes unknown ” - Syl
Willis H. O'Brien
In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the designs for the film...
“ Plot: Deodora Hall South, Section W, Niche 15 (near the top of the wall). ” - Syl
Vivien Oakland
Actress, Way Out West
This vivacious, platinum-blonde leading lady of silent screen comedy was a former Ziegfeld Girl (under her birth name 'Anderson'). The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, she appeared in vaudeville from early childhood and began in films in 1915. Two years later she made her debut on Broadway. From the early 1920's...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Philip Ober
Philip Ober's bald head, stern bearing and booming voice made him a natural for the roles of business executives, high-ranking military officers and other authority figures he played so well. A Princeton University graduate, Ober spent years as an advertising executive for several different national magazines before switching careers to acting...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Eileen Percy
Eileen Percy was born in Belfast, Ireland on August 21, 1900. She got an early start in films when she landed the role of Ethel Forsythe in 1917's Down to Earth. She was barely 17 years old. Eileen was kept busy as the twenties rolled in with roles in The Third Eye, Why Trust Your Husband, Let's Go...
Rachel Roberts
Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing a drama film about the life of women in prison...
“ cremation location ” - Syl
Harry Ruby
Soundtrack, The Green Mile
As 'Harry Ruby', Harry Rubenstein was a 'song plugger' for Gus Edwards and for George Gershwin at Jerome H. Remick's, the Detroit music publishing firm. He had unfulfilled ambitions to become a professional baseball player and had previously worked the vaudeville circuit as a pianist with The Bootblack Trio and The Messenger Boys Trio...
“ Plot: In vaultage (not accessible to the general public) ” - Syl
William Nicholas Selig
Born into a large Bohemian-Polish family in Chicago on March 14, 1864, William N. Selig was one of the true pioneers of the motion picture industry. Though not widely remembered today, his Selig Polyscope Co. was responsible for many landmark events in early cinema. Among these were construction of the first permanent studio in Los Angeles in 1908-1909...
“ Plot: Hall of Memory Columbarium, L-6 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Stephen Stucker
Actor, Airplane!
Stephen Stucker was a marvelously wild and dynamic free-spirited actor who specialized in deliciously broad portrayals of memorably outrageous characters in a handful of comedies made in the 70's and 80's. Stucker was born on July 2, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Lincoln School in Alameda, California...
“ Plot: Memorial Hall G, L-10 ” - Syl
Florence Turner
Actress, College
Widely publicized as "The Vitagraph Girl," dark-haired silent film actress Florence Turner was one of the screen's first celebrities to be called by the term "movie star." Born in New York City in 1885, she was pushed into the business at age 3 by an overzealous stage mother, performing on the vaudeville stage as Eugenie Florence...
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
H.B. Warner
Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings. He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced J.B. Warner as Jesus in The King of Kings when J.B...
“ Plot: Ashes in vaultage, not accessible for public viewing. ” - Syl
“ Plot: Vaultage ” - Syl
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Director, Gone with the Wind
He was known as the 'dean of Hollywood art directors'. Lyle Wheeler worked on more than 350 films, winning five Academy Awards ('Gone with the Wind', 'Anna and the King of Siam',The Robe,The King and I and The Diary of Anne Frank) and was nominated for twenty-four others. The former magazine illustrator...
“ Plot: Deodora Hall South, Section U, Niche 68 ” - Syl
Kathlyn Williams
Pioneer silver screen star Kathlyn Williams is primarily known as the spry blonde of the very first Hollywood cliffhanger, The Adventures of Kathlyn, in which her real first name was used in the title. This accomplishment has resulted in many reference works mistakenly referring to her as an adventurous Pearl White-type silent serial queen...
“ Plot: Deodora Hall, South Columbarium ” - Syl
Richard Wallace
Richard Wallace was born in Sacramento, California, in 1894. At 14 years of age he got a job as a theater projectionist, a job he held for four years. He later traveled to Los Angeles to get into the film industry, and wound up as an editor for such studios as Triangle and Robertson-Cole. His career was interrupted by service in the US Army Signal Corps during World War I...