Hillside Memorial Park

The men and women who have been interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California.
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Corey Allen
Director, Capitol
Corey Allen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UCLA in Theatre in 1954. While there, he received the department's Best Actor award and starred in the UCLA film, "A Time Out of War", which won the Academy Award & Cannes & Venice Film Festival for Best Short Film. Upon graduation, he appeared in approximately twenty plays in the Los Angeles area...
Irving Aaronson
Soundtrack, The Great Gatsby
At 11, he was a movie theatre pianist. Studied under Albert Sendrey, and at the David Mannes Music School. He started two groups, the Versatile Sextette and The Commanders Orchestra. He appeared in vaudeville, and in US and European night club entertaining, and in the Broadway musical "Paris". Later he was a musical supervisor for MGM...
“ Plot: Everlasting Peace, Block 12, Plot 373, Grave 2 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Canaan Urn Garden Block 1 Plot 2 Grave 27 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Court of Dedication Blk 6 Plot 95 Space 4-B ” - Syl
“ Plot: Acacia Gardens, Upper Level, Wall QQ, Niche 506 ” - Syl
Sandy Baron
Sandy Baron was born Sanford Beresofsky in Brooklyn, New York on May 5, 1936. Raised in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, the young Sandy attended public schools and participated in accelerated classes. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he spent his early years working summers in the Catskill Mountain resorts that were the breeding grounds of many Jewish comedians...
“ Plot: Courts of the Book, Jacob, Inner Court Wall, Wall I, Crypt 7004 ” - Syl
Gene Barry
With effortless class and elegant charm, Gene Barry took 50s and 60s TV by storm after a rather lackluster start on the musical stage and in films. Born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, 1919, the son of Martin, an amateur violinist, and Eva Klass, an amateur singer, he showed a gift at an early age as a violin virtuoso during adolescence (obviously inherited from his father)...
“ Plot: Canaan Garden Mausoleum, Crypt H390A ” - Syl
Jack Benny
The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined vaudeville...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Hall of Graciousness ” - Syl
Mary Livingstone
Grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where she graduated from King George High School. Claims to have first seen future husband and comedy partner Jack Benny perform at the city's famed Orpheum Theatre during the Vaudeville days. Benny toured extensively and played the Orpheum often before hitting it big in radio.
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Hall of Graciousness ” - Syl
“ Plot: Valley of Remembrance, block 24, L-1030 ” - Syl
Milton Berle
Milton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908, in New York City. He was educated at New York Professional Children's School and began performing at age 5. His first stage appearance was in "Florodora" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He appeared at the Palace Theater in New York in 1931, then in nightclubs and theaters...
“ Plot: Acacia Garden, MM 354-B ” - Syl
Pandro S. Berman
Producer, Top Hat
Pandro S. Berman was born on March 28, 1905 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of a future movie industry executive Harry M. Berman. By the time he retired in 1970, he had produced over 100 movies, including six Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, and helped develop or revive the careers of Fred Astaire...
“ Plot: In front of mausoleum, on left side of sidewalk ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Memories, Court of Devotion ” - Syl
“ Plot: Courts of the Book Mausoleum. Sanctuary of Meditation Crypt 314 Third row from the bottom on the left ” - Syl
Ben Blue
Ben Blue was a movie and TV comedian born on September 12, 1901, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Emigrating to the US, he became a dance instructor and dance school owner, as well as a nightclub proprietor. He began his film career in short subjects for Warner Brothers in 1926, and later worked at the Hal Roach Studios...
“ Plot: Mausoleum. Columbarium of Graciousness, #810 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Port of the Patriarchs, private room, basement of mausoleum ” - Syl
Sorrell Booke
Sorrell Booke was born in Buffalo, New York in 1930, the son of a local physician. He found his calling early in life, like most actors, when his family encouraged him to entertain relatives by doing impressions and telling jokes. He went on to study at Yale and Columbia University, and mastered five languages...
“ Plot: Court of Dedication, Block 2, plot 72, space 4B (right under tree) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Canaan section ” - Syl
Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
“ Plot: Canaan Garden Mausoleum ” - Syl
Marion Byron
At Warner Brothers, tiny, five feet tall Marion Byron was nicknamed (and occasionally billed as) "Peanuts". She was a cute and vivacious soubrette who featured in early, long forgotten musicals, with titles like The Show of Shows, Broadway Babies and Playing Around. Marion began her performing career...
Susan Cabot
Susan Cabot was born in Boston and raised in a series of eight foster homes. She attended high school in Manhattan, where she took an interest in dramatics and joined the school dramatic club. Later, while trying to decide between a career in music or art, she illustrated children's books during the day and sang at Manhattan's Village Barn at night...
“ Plot: Sunland Gardens, wall crypt C, space #242 ” - Syl
Eddie Cantor
Soundtrack, Cinderella Man
Singer, songwriter ("Merrily We Roll Along"), comedian, author and actor, educated in public schools. He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall, then became a member of the Gus Edwards Gang, later touring vaudeville with Lila Lee as the team Cantor & Lee...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Hall of Graciousness 2nd floor ” - Syl
Nell Carter
Her trademark sass complimented by a distinctively adenoidal voice that could out-snarl Eartha Kitt and Fran Drescher put together, short (4'11"), round, and robust Nell Carter was one indomitable, in-your-face firecracker...and it made her a star. She was born Nell Ruth Hardy in 1948 in Birmingham...
“ Plot: Acacia Gardens, Wall KK, Crypt 7040 ” - Syl
Jeff Chandler
Jeff was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School. After high school, he took a drama course and worked in stock companies for two years. His next role would be that of an officer in World War II. After he was discharged from the service, he became busy acting in radio drama's and comedies until he was signed by Universal...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Hall of Graciousness, crypt 4015, second floor ” - Syl
Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About...
“ Plot: Sunland Gardens Mausoleum, Court of Matriarchs #S 401 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Alcove of Love. A-217 ” - Syl
Ray Dennis
Actor, Efficiency
Ray Dennis was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He first recognized his love for acting in the first grade when he dazzled the crowd as the Yellow Brick Road in the school's adaptation of "The Wiz". He would continue to perform in roles during Elementary, High School, and College. During his time...
“ Plot: Block 14, Plot 527, Space 7 ” - Syl
Nancy Deale
Actress, Shadows
Selma Diamond
Most familiar to TV audiences as the diminutive but feisty court bailiff on Night Court, Selma Diamond's entrance into acting wasn't through the usual venue of vaudeville, stage work or modeling - she was a writer for TV shows, once having been nominated for an Emmy for Caesar's Hour. Although she had that tough New York accent and street demeanor...
“ Plot: Courts of the Book, Jacob-I-4004 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Valley of Remembrance, Block 24, Plot 1030, Grave 5 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Valley of Remembrance, block 14, lot #711 G-2 ” - Syl
Max Factor
Makeup Department, I Love Lucy
Max Factor Jr., named Frank at birth, was the second son of Max Factor, who opened his first wig shop in Razan, Russia in the 1890s. In April 1904, Max emigrated to the United States and opened a perfume, makeup, and wig concession at the St. Louis World's Fair. Max's son Frank was born in St. Louis...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, outside/rear, U-112 ” - Syl
Percy Faith
Music Department, Love Me or Leave Me
He was educated at the Toronto Conservatory, and studied with Louis Waizman and Frank Wellman. Beginning as a film-theatre pianist, he moved on to dance orchestras, and conducted his own orchestra on radio in 1931, then became staff arranger and conductor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He came to the USA in 1940...
Arthur Freed
Producer, songwriter and author, brother to Ralph Freed, Walter and Ruth Freed. He was educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, and became associated with Gus Edwards musical acts. He performed in vaudeville with Louis Silvers, with whom he wrote revues for New York restaurants. During World War I...
“ Plot: Garden Of Memories, Honor-Lawn Crypt-418
GPS coordinates: 33.9805298, -118.3913193 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng was born Isadore Freleng on August 21, 1906 in Kansas City, Missouri. With no formal training in drawing, his first job as an animator was with United Film Advancement Services in 1924 at the age of 17. The first work Friz is credited with was for Disney Studios where he worked as an animator on the "Alice" series in 1927...
“ Plot: Canaan Section E-249 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Court of the Matriarchs, N 504 ” - Syl
Larry Gelbart
Writer, Tootsie
Author, writer and composer who was co-librettist for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". He joined ASCAP in 1957, and his popular-song compositions include "Wallflower" and "Let's Go Steady".
“ Plot: Canaan Garden Mausoleum, Crypt F475 ” - Syl
L. Wolfe Gilbert
Soundtrack, Reds
Songwriter ("Green Eyes", "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee", "Ramona", "The Peanut Vendor"), author and publisher who came to the US in 1887 and was educated in local public schools, and then became a singer in amateur-night contests, and later a vaudeville and cafe entertainer. He toured with John L...
“ Original burial site. Plot: Mausoleum, Court of Sages, Crypt 223. He was reinterred at Palm Springs Morturary & Mausoleum, in Palm Springs, California. ” - Syl
“ Plot: Mount of Olives, Block 4, Plot 299, Grave 3 ” - Syl
William Goetz
Producer, Sayonara
William Goetz, a producer and studio boss who revolutionized the industry with the development of the profit participation deal, was born on March 24, 1903, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to ship's purser Theodore Goetz and his wife Fanny. William was the youngest in a brood of eight children (six boys and two girls)...
“ Plot: Devotion, Sarcophagus B (at the entrance)
GPS coordinates: 33.9809113, -118.3012009 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Jerry Goldsmith
Music Department, Total Recall
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS...
“ Plot: G/M Truth 265 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Rebecca, Block 12, Plot 106, Space 2
GPS coordinates: 33.9819489, -118.1386566 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Mark Goodson
Producer, The Match Game
Radio and TV game show producer.
Lorne Greene
Actor, Bonanza
Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan "Chaim" Green on February 12, 1915, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He began acting while attending Canada's Queen's University, and after graduation got a job in radio broadcasting. His rich, deep, authoritarian voice quickly propelled him to prominence as Canada's top newscaster...
“ Plot: Courts of the Book, Outer Lawn, Block 5, Plot 800, Grave 8
GPS coordinates: 33.9797096, -118.3878632 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Family plot in Garden of Rebecca ” - Syl
Moe Howard
Moe Howard, the "Boss Stooge" and brother of Stooges Curly Howard and Shemp Howard, began his acting career in 1909 by playing bit roles in silent Vitagraph films. At 17 he joined a troupe working on a showboat and also appeared in several two-reel comedy shorts. In 1922 he, brother Shemp and Larry Fine joined roughhouse vaudeville comic Ted Healy...
“ Plot: Garden of Memories, Alcove of Love, Wall C, Crypt 233 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sunland Gardens, Wall E, Crypt 3008 ” - Syl
David Janssen
David Janssen was born David Harold Meyer in 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska, to Berniece Mae (Graf) and Harold Edward Meyer, a banker. He was of German, and some Swiss-German and Scottish-Irish, descent. David took the surname of his stepfather, Eugene Janssen. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood when he was a teenager and he attended Fairfax High School...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Memory Court ” - Syl
George Jessel
Entertainer, composer, songwriter ("My Mother's Eyes"), producer and actor, educated in public schools and a singer (at age nine) with Gus Edwards acts. In 1915 he toured the British Isles, and became known as the "Boy Monologist" in vaudeville by 1917. He appeared in the Broadway productions of "The...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Memorial Court #516 ” - Syl
Al Jolson
Soundtrack, The Aviator
Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an inspiration...
“ Plot: Waterfall monument, central to the entire park. ” - Syl
“ Plot: Laurel Gardens, Wall E, Crypt 236 ” - Syl
Sam Katzman
New York-born Sam Katzman entered the film industry as a prop boy at age 13, and worked his way up the ladder, learning virtually every facet of film production before becoming a producer himself. Starting out producing action/adventure serials (where he got the nickname "Jungle Sam"), Katzman's output encompassed virtually every genre imaginable...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Memorial Court, North Wall, Crypt 316 ” - Syl
Sheldon Keller
Writer, Movie Movie
Composer, songwriter and author, educated at the University of Illinois and the University of Maryland. He was a television writer for Sid Caesar, Bing Crosby, Danny Thomas, Art Carney, Dinah Shore, Mary Martin, Danny Kaye and Dick Van Dyke. Joining ASCAP in 1956, he composed many songs and instrumentals, including "I Just Got Somethin' in My Eye".
Fred Kohlmar
A former agent, Fred Kohlmar worked as an executive assistant to producer Samuel Goldwyn. He got into the production end of the business in the late 1930s, producing pictures mainly for 20th Century-Fox, Paramount and Columbia. Although he produced everything from dramas (Les Miserables) to westerns (Gunman's Walk) to musicals (Bye Bye Birdie) over his career...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Memorial Court, North Wall, Crypt 316 ” - Syl
Paul Kohner
Producer, Drácula
“ Plot: Courts of the Book, Outer Lawn, Block 5, Plot 300, Grave 8 ” - Syl
Helen Kushnick
Helen Gorman's first job in Los Angeles was with the talent agency ICM in the early 1970s where she met her future husband Jerrold Kushnick, then manager of Jimmie Walker ("Good Times") and Ben Vereen, among others. Helen left ICM to join Jerrold in forming General Management Corporation. Under their management...
“ Plot: Sunnyslope Garden Mausoleum, A301 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Canaan, Estate 62, Grave 1 ” - Syl
Michael Landon
Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on Saturday, October 31st, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey. When Eugene was in high school, he participated -- and did very well -- in track and field, especially javelin throwing, and his athletic skills earned him a scholarship to USC...
“ Plot: Mausoleum, outside/rear, private room ” - Syl
Sheldon Leonard
Sheldon Leonard was born in New York City's lower Manhattan, the son of Jewish parents. He studied acting at Syracuse University and, after graduating, landed a job on Wall Street. Following the Wall Street crash of 1929, he found himself unemployed and resolved to become a professional actor on the stage...
“ Plot: Courts of the Book, Outer Lawn, Block 6, Plot 1000, Grave 8
GPS coordinates: 33.9795990, -118.3878326 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Samuel Lerner
Composer ("I'm Popeye the Sailor Man", "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?"), author, songwriter and publisher, he emigrated to the US in 1910 and was educated at Wayne University. He wrote special material for vaudeville singers including Sophie Tucker, and from 1928 was a music-publishing executive...
“ Plot: Laurel Gardens. 18-177-3A ” - Syl
Sol Lesser
Producer, Our Town
Sol Lesser entered the film industry as an exhibitor and the owner of a chain of movie theaters. His first "production" had an interesting story behind it. In 1915, while he was living in San Francisco, he learned that the authorities were about to clean out and close down the city's notorious Barbary Coast district...
“ Plot: Garden of Memories, Court of Devotion, Wall A, Crypt 224 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Abraham, Front of Mausoleum, Plot 7, Grave 6 ” - Syl
Marshall Leib
Music Department, The Howling
Herb Magidson
Soundtrack, 8 Mile
“ Plot: Courts of the Books, wall crypt F-136B ” - Syl
Daniel Mann
Director, BUtterfield 8
Stage, television and film director Daniel Mann was born Daniel Chugerman on August 8, 1912, in Brooklyn, NY. He was a child performer and attended the New York's Professional Children's School. He studied with renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, eventually becoming his assistant. Mann was one of the first acting teachers at the Actors Studio...
“ Plot: Laurel Gardens, Block 17, Plot 114, Grave 2 ” - Syl
Hal March
Hal March, born Harold Mendelson, first came on the scene in 1944 as one half of the comedy duo, Sweeney & March. He and Bob Sweeney had their own radio program, aptly named the "Sweeney and March Show" on CBS radio through 1948. In the early fifties, March sought a variety of venues in which to perform...
“ Plot: Mount Sholom. 4-144-6 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Courts of the Book, Outer Lawn, Block 5, Plot 600, Grave 2 ” - Syl
Howard Morris
This short, quicksilver comic of TV's "Golden Age" has been heard more than seen in the last few decades, as he possesses one of the finest vocal instruments around for animation. Howard ("Howie") Morris was born in New York City in 1919 and forged his own destiny after a chance meeting with Carl Reiner in a radio workshop...
“ Plot: Laurel Gardens Wall Crypt E-450 ” - Syl
Vic Morrow
Actor, Combat!
Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While Morrow was working on his degree in Law...
“ Plot: Mount of Olives, Block 5, Plot 80, Grave 1 ” - Syl
Jan Murray
First and foremost a stand-up comedian, this top banana of the "borscht belt" circuit (at age 19) relied on amiable Jewish ethnic humor for longtime career sustenance. He also relied on his multi-talented gifts as an actor, master of ceremonies, game show host and raconteur. Handsome, Bronx-born, gravel-toned...
“ Plot: Canaan Garden Mausoleum, Crypt F66 ” - Syl
Shelly Novack
Shelly Novack was a star athlete at Venice High School in California. He later played football at Santa Monica City College, Long Beach State, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1965. He became an actor through football, much like some other athletes do. Shelly won the first Toyota Grand Prix Pro Celebrity Race in 1977. Although he was a decent actor his passion was sports.
“ Plot: Urn Garden, Eternal Rest, Block 8, Plot 10, Space 218 ” - Syl
Louis Nye
He was one of those delightfully pretentious comic actors you loved to hate, his flip manner and faux rich boy arrogance possessing his characters no matter what social stature they were. Louis Nye (first name pronounced Louie) was a master at sketch comedy, foreign accents and the quicksilver adlib...
“ Plot: Acacia Gardens Cremation Wall Space TT-643 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Memories, Court of Devotion, Block 1, Plot 40, Grave 6
GPS coordinates: 33.9796982, -118.3812714 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Faith, Second Floor, Crypt 1020 ” - Syl
Joe Pasternak
Producer, Anchors Aweigh
The son of an out-of-work bookkeeper, Pasternak arrived in the U.S. from Hungary in 1921. After working in a belt factory in Philadelphia, he moved to New York where he plucked chickens and worked in a cafeteria. Becoming increasingly infatuated with the film business, it didn't take him long to find...
“ Plot: Laurel Gardens, Block 17, Plot 87, Grave 8 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Acacia Gardens, Wall SS, Niche 433 ” - Syl
Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette achieved television immortality in her role as Bob Newhart's wife in the 1970s classic situation comedy, The Bob Newhart Show. For her role as "Emily Hartley", wife of psychologist "Bob Hartley" (played by Bob Newhart), Pleshette was nominated for the Emmy Award twice, in 1977 and 1978...
“ Plot: Garden of Abraham, Block 12, Space 7 ” - Syl
Tom Poston
Veteran comedic actor Tom Poston, he with the bugged-out eyes that commonly accentuated a vague look of bewilderment, was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1921 and, by age nine, was appearing with an acrobatic troupe. He was attending Bethany College in West Virginia when World War II broke out and he joined the U.S...
“ Plot: Garden of Abraham, Space 706 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Faith Mausoleum, first floor, bottom row ” - Syl
“ Plot: Alcove of Love, near Moe Howard ” - Syl
Harry Richman
Soundtrack, Cracks
“ Plot: Garden of Memories, Alcove of Love, Wall B, Crypt 319 ” - Syl
Leo Robin
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
Prolific American lyricist, best known for his collaborative efforts with the composer Ralph Rainger. His many popular standards include "Prisoner of Love", "Louise", "Beyond the Blue Horizon", "No Love no Nothing", "Moonlight and Shadows", "My Ideal", "If I Should Lose You", "Blue Hawaii", the 1938...
“ Plot: Valley of Remembrance section, Wall Garden Mausoleum, "A" Wall (north side, west half), #119, Space B ” - Syl
Stanley Ralph Ross
Writer, Wonder Woman
Spent several years in advertising, first writing for show business was the Beach Party Movies, then moved on to write every 4th episode of "Batman", multiple episodes for "The Monkees", "The Man From UNCLE", "All In The Family", "Colombo", "Banacek", "KIDS Incorporated". Began creating and/or developing shows for TV including "Wonder Woman"...
“ Plot: Garden of Memories, Alcove of Dedication, Wall C, Crypt 518 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Mount of Olives, 14-466-3 ” - Syl