Westwood Cemetery

This is a list of those interred or cremated at Westwood Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
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Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert's television career is the earliest of any other performer. It began years before electronic television was introduced to the public. In June of 1936 Eddie appeared in RCA/NBC's first private live performance for their radio licensees in New York City. This was very early experimental all electronic television system...
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 61: His wife, Margo Albert is interred with him. ” - Syl
Milton Ager
Soundtrack, The Aviator
Composer, publisher, pianist, and arranger. He was educated at Chicago's McKinley High School, and did piano accompaniment for film and vaudeville theatres, later accompanying singers and song-pluggers. Moving to New York in 1913, he arranged for Waterson, Berlin and Snyder, and for Wm. Jerome Co. He served in the US Army Morale Division during WW I...
“ Plot: Main urn garden, southwest corner of Section D.
GPS coordinates: 34.0583382, -118.4414520 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ She is interred with her daughter, Kathy. ” - Syl
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Corridor of Memories
GPS coordinates: 34.0584717, -118.4397888 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Ken Annakin
A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp, was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he directed. He worked steadily thereafter...
Eve Arden
Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage offered her the same minor roles...
“ Plot: Section D, #81 ” - Syl
Robert Armstrong
Actor, King Kong
Robert Armstrong is familiar to old-movie buffs for his case-hardened, rapid-fire delivery in such roles as fast-talking promoters, managers, FBI agents, street cops, detectives and other such characters in scores of films--over 160--many of them at Warner Brothers, where he was part of the so-called "Warner Brothers Stock Company" that consisted of such players as James Cagney...
“ Plot: Garden of Roses [unmarked] ” - Syl
Jack Arnold
Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere. Arnold was born on October 14...
“ Plot: Ashes in a communal space in a rose garden ” - Syl
“ Plot: Urn Garden
GPS coordinates: 34.0591202, -118.4418564 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Rear flower garden, wall niche ” - Syl
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in San Diego, California. A college dropout, he was found by a talent scout in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and entered Hollywood as a bit player. He was leading man to Greta Garbo in The Kiss, but it was the role of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front that was his big break...
“ GPS coordinates: 34.0582314, -118.4415970 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section D, #203
GPS coordinates: 34.0582390, -118.4414978 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Jim Backus
Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade...
“ Plot: Section D, #203
GPS coordinates: 34.0582390, -118.4414978 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Rose Garden ” - Syl
Eileen Barton
Music Department, Exit 57
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart came to Hollywood in 1947, after beginning an acting career on Broadway. He made his mark in the gritty film-noir classic He Walked by Night, among others, and proved his versatility in several international productions, most notably in Federico Fellini's poignant masterpiece La Strada.
“ Plot: In the smaller, central 'ash garden'. His ashes are three down on the right ” - Syl
“ Plot: Small urn garden toward the west end of the lawn (Section D).
GPS coordinates: 34.0582809, -118.4413605 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: New Mausoleum near Garden of Serenity (exterior wall crypt) ” - Syl
Whit Bissell
Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in more than 200 movies and scores of TV series. He is best known for playing the evil scientist who turned Michael Landon into a half beast in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Bissell specialized in playing doctors...
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Devotion, Niche 65 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Remembrance ” - Syl
“ Plot: Large urn garden in southwest corner
GPS coordinates: 34.0581017, -118.4412994 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Serenity ” - Syl
Philip Bourneuf
Tall American character actor with distinctively dark eyebrows and graying hair. The son of an engineer, he was a respected performer on Broadway for thirty years, beginning in 1934. He had a reputation for being a consummate professional and a great storyteller. Despite his military bearing and aristocratic manner...
“ Plot: Ashes scattered in the Garden of Roses ” - Syl
Dorris Bowdon
Dorris Bowdon was discovered by a scout from 20th Century Fox, after she had just won the Miss Memphis 1937 title. She went west to Hollywood, along with two other ingénues, Linda Darnell and Mary Healy, who to this day has remained her closest friend. A friend in the publicity department arranged for her to meet with Nunnally Johnson...
“ Plot: A portion of her ashes were scattered at sea ” - Syl
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Although he created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he never obtained a driver's license and had never driven a car. He was born Ray Douglas Bradbury on August 22...
“ Plot: Section D, #160
GPS coordinates: 34.0581894, -118.4412613 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Fanny Brice
Fanny Brice was a popular and influential American comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances but is best remembered as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, she was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl...
“ Plot: Behind the Garden of Serenity ” - Syl
Les Brown
Music Department, Forrest Gump
Famed band leader, composer, author, arranger and conductor, educated at Ithaca College, the New York Military Academy, and Duke University (where he led the dance orchestra). He worked as a freelance arranger, and formed the Band of Renown in 1938, touring until 1947. He joined ASCAP in 1952, collaborating with Ben Homer and Bud Green...
“ Plot: Garden of Serenity, wall niche.
GPS coordinates: 34.0582199, -118.4405823 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Clarence Sinclair Bull
Camera and Electrical Department, The Wizard of Oz
Bull headed MGM's still photography department for four decades and is considered the best portrait photographer working in the Golden Age of the Hollyood studio system and photographed all the studio's major stars over the years. He is best known for his portraits of Greta Garbo, especially his iconic picture of the actress and the Sphinx.
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Devotion ” - Syl
“ Plot: In the large urn garden (in front of the office) His ashes are in the top row, nine from right ” - Syl
Sammy Cahn
Soundtrack, American Beauty
Award-winning songwriter ("All the Way" [Academy Award, 1957], "Three Coins in the Fountain" [Academy Award, 1954], "Love and Marriage" [Emmy Award, 1955], "High Hopes" [Academy Award, 1959], "Call Me Irresponsible" [Academy Award, 1963]), composer, author and publisher, educated at Seward Park High School in New York...
“ Plot: Section D, Near Donna Reed ” - Syl
“ Half of his cremated remains are at Westwood. GPS coordinates: 34.0585594, -118.4417496 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Tenderness ” - Syl
Edward Carrere
Art Director, Dial M for Murder
American art director, born in Mexico City and educated at Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. Ed Carrere spent the bulk of his career at Warner Brothers (1932-57, 1962-70), where he worked on several films for the directors Raoul Walsh and Michael Curtiz. He initially joined Warners as a draftsman in 1932...
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Devotion ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Serenity, New Memorial Garden ” - Syl
“ Plot: Lot 308
GPS coordinates: 34.0588188, -118.4414520 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Tenderness, left side ” - Syl
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was born in Florence, Italy. Although a talented pianist at a young age, his father had ambitions for him to enter the world of banking - but eventually relented so that Mario could pursue his own ambitions. After completing his studies, he was beginning to establish a good...
James Coburn
Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns before being cast as the knife-throwing...
“ Plot: Garden of Roses, tiny bronze plaque
GPS coordinates: 34.0581284, -118.4409637 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Ray Conniff
Music Department, The Help
Richard Conte
Richard Conte was born Nicholas Richard Conte on March 24, 1910, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of an Italian-American barber. The young Conte held a variety of jobs before becoming a professional actor, including truck driver, Wall Street clerk and singing waiter at a Connecticut resort. The gig as a singing waiter led to theatrical work in New York...
“ Plot: Section D, Lot 62 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section D, near Bobbi Brat
GPS coordinates: 34.0581284, -118.4412308 (hddd.d ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Serenity, in a wall niche ” - Syl
Bob Crane
Bob Crane was born in Waterbury, CT, the youngest of two sons. In school he was known for being a class clown and an intense music lover. His favorites were jazz and big band. Bob's specialty was the drums. After graduating from Stamford High School in 1946 he turned his attention to his love for music...
“ Plot: Middle of the lawn area ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section D
GPS coordinates: 34.0582886, -118.4415588 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and his mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant...
Helmut Dantine
Actor/director/producer Helmut Dantine was born in Vienna, Austria on October 7, 1917. He made a name for himself as an actor during World War Two playing German soldiers and Nazi villains in Hollywood films, most notably in Mrs. Miniver. The young Dantine was a fervent anti-fascist/anti-Nazi activist in Vienna...
“ Plot: Section D, #130 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Scattered in rose garden ” - Syl
Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him. In the late 1950s...
“ Plot: New garden area, near director Billy Wilder ” - Syl
Don DeFore
Actor, Hazel
Don DeFore toured the country in stock companies for several years before making his Broadway debut in 1938. In films since 1941, he occasionally played leads in B pictures, but was more often cast as the good-natured buddy of the hero or a likable but gullible character whom the hero has to bail out of trouble...
“ Plot: Rose Garden ” - Syl
Ed Di Giulio
Camera and Electrical Department, Barry Lyndon
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Love, left wall, in the middle
GPS coordinates: 34.0584793, -118.4405518 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Philip Dorn
A former matinee idol in Holland and Germany, he fled to America before WWII and portrayed anti-Nazi patriots and continental romancers in Hollywood. Forced to retire after suffering an injury while on stage in Holland 1955, he lived out the rest of his life in relative seclusion. Dogged by ill health (phlebitis) in post-war years, he suffered the first of a series of heart attacks in 1945.
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Columbarium of Tranquility
GPS coordinates: 34.0587082, -118.4410172 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Dominique Dunne
Actress, Poltergeist
Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in Beverly Hills...
“ Plot: Section D, L-189 ” - Syl
Will Durant
Self, Reds
Will Durant was the left-wing philosopher-historian who labored on his epic, multi-volume "The Story of Civilization" by himself, and then with his wife Ariel, for half a century. The son of French Canadian immigrants from Quebec, Durant first planned to study for the priesthood, but an interest in socialism and biology thwarted those plans...
“ Plot: Section D, small urn plaque (near the tree bench)
GPS coordinates: 34.0586395, -118.4409027 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section D, slightly to the left and above the marker of Jim and Henny Backus in the Southwest Corner of Section D ” - Syl
Roger Edens
Music Department, Funny Face
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Remembrance ” - Syl
Jack Elliott
Music Department, Barney Miller
To say that Jack Elliott was a versatile and talented musical composer, arranger and producer would be an understatement. Blessed with an acclaimed career spanning nearly four decades, his name has become synonymous with music in virtually every medium - from live performances to film to television and recorded music...
“ Plot: Garden of Serenity ” - Syl
Harry Essex
New York-born Harry Essex planned on a writing career throughout his young life. Among his first jobs were stints on the New York newspapers "The Daily Mirror" and "The Brooklyn Eagle", short stories for "Collier's" and "The Saturday Evening Post" and even a Broadway play titled "Something for Nothing" (which Essex later called "a resounding failure")...
“ Plot: Section D ” - Syl
Ray Evans
Music Department, The Godfather
Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Buttons and Bows" [1948], "Mona Lisa" [1950], "Que Sera Sera" [1956]), composer, author, musician and publisher, educated at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in the college dance orchestra, then played in local night clubs and cruise ships...
Peter Falk
Actor, Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and...
Farrah Fawcett
Actress, Logan's Run
Farrah Fawcett is a true Hollywood success story. A native of Texas, she was the daughter of Pauline Alice (Evans), a homemaker, and James Fawcett, an oil field contractor. She was a natural athlete, something that her father encouraged, and she attended a high school with a strong arts program. She attended University of Texas in Austin...
Freddie Fields
Producer, Glory
“ Plot: New garden area ” - Syl
Jay C. Flippen
Jay C. Flippen could probably be characterized these days as one of those distinctive faces you know but whose name escapes you while viewing old 50s and 60s movies and TV. His distinctive bulldog mug, beetle brows, bulky features, and silver-white hair were ideally suited for roles as criminals and rugged adventurers...
“ Plot: Corridor of Memories
GPS coordinates: 34.0584717, -118.4397888 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Mausoleum, Columbarium of Remembrance ” - Syl
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, to Jolie Gabor (née Janka Tilleman) and Vilmos Gabor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), a soldier. Her older siblings were Magda Gabor, an actress, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress and socialite. Her parents were both from Jewish families...
“ GPS coordinates: 34.0587997, -118.4414520 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
June Gale
Best known as Mrs. Oscar Levant and for the acute tabloid problems that accompanied that title, gorgeous blonde actress June Gale started things off in a vaudeville sister act that led to her becoming a Broadway and second-string movie actress of the 1930s. June began life as twin Doris Gilmartin on July 6...
Michael V. Gazzo
Michael Vincente Gazzo was born in Hillside, New Jersey, on April 5, 1923. He attended Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop at the New School on the GI Bill after being demobilized from the US Army Air Force after World War II. Gazzo's first major success was as a playwright. His play about drug addiction...
Christopher George
Solidly built, boyishly handsome American leading-man, Christopher George was the son of Greek immigrants. Weaned on stories of the legendary Greek heroes, George and his brother Nick (later a prominent fashion photographer) both quit high school to join the Marines. Completing his education after his tour of duty...
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Tenderness, right side
GPS coordinates: 34.0588684, -118.4413681 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Remembrance ” - Syl
Paul Gleason
Actor, Die Hard
Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go. He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New York City...
Thomas Gomez
Actor, Key Largo
After graduating from high school in 1923, Thomas Sabino Gomez answered a help wanted ad, which resulted in his joining the Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne theater group. Prior to that time he had not considered acting as a career. He continued working as an actor with the Lunts, traveling across country and honing his acting skills...
Robert Gottschalk
He bought an interest in a camera shop and later got to know a nearby outfit that made underwater filming equipment for Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Equipment restrictions at the time made wide-angle filming difficult, and Gottschalk began experimenting with anamorphic lens equipment patented by Henri Chrétien...
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Tenderness, left side, bottom row ” - Syl
Jane Greer
As a baby, she was winning beauty contests; as a teenager, with good looks and an attractive contralto voice, she was singing with big bands (most notably Enric Madriguera's orchestra in Latin Club Del Rio in Washington, D.C.. She met Rudy Vallee, her first husband, on the radio where she also enjoyed a brief stint as a singer...
“ Plot: The Garden Of Serenity ” - Syl
Merv Griffin
Producer, Jeopardy!
Merv Griffin was a singer and band leader, movie actor, television personality and media mogul who in his time hosting The Merv Griffin Show was second in fame and influence as a talk show host only to Johnny Carson. Griffin was best known for creating the two most popular game shows in television syndication history...
“ Plot: Small urn garden towards the west end of the lawn (Section D).
GPS coordinates: 34.0582809, -118.4413605 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Jonathan Harris
Born Jonathan Charasuchin in the Bronx to impoverished Russian-Jewish émigrés, Jonathan Harris worked as a box boy in a pharmacy at age 12 and later earned his pharmacy degree at Fordham University. However, the desire to act proved overwhelming and he forsook this promising trade for the theater, shaking off his thick Bronx accent and changing his surname to one easier to pronounce...
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Devotion ” - Syl
Harold Hecht
Producer, Marty
“ Plot: Section D
GPS coordinates: 34.0584488, -118.4408722 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Percy Helton
One of the most familiar faces and voices in Hollywood films of the 1950s. Percy Helton acted almost from infancy, appearing in his father's vaudeville act. The famed Broadway producer David Belasco cast Helton in a succession of child roles over several years, giving the boy an invaluable grounding in the technique and spirit of the theatre...
“ Plot: Sanctuary of Remembrance ” - Syl
“ Plot: Small urn garden toward the west end of the lawn (Section D).
GPS coordinates: 34.0582809, -118.3313599 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer, The Thin Man
Master cinematographer James Wong Howe, whose career stretched from silent pictures through the mid-'70s, was born Wong Tung Jim in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, on August 28, 1899, the son of Wong How. His father emigrated to America the year James was born, settling in Pasco, Washington, where he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad...
“ Plot: Sanctuary Of Tranquility
GPS coordinates: 34.0587082, -118.4410172 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Ross Hunter
Producer, Airport
Noted Hollywood producer Ross Hunter served in Army intelligence during World War II. After the war he signed with Columbia Pictures and appeared in a number of forgettable B-movies. He then became a producer and produced more than 60 films. Most of his films tended to be bright confections, many for Universal Pictures...
Jim Hutton
Described in the press as the heir apparent to James Stewart and Jack Lemmon, Jim Hutton broke out of the pack with his funny, awkward TV Thompson in Where the Boys Are. Son of Col. Thomas R. Hutton and Helen Ryan, his parents divorced when he was an infant. Jim recalled seeing his father only twice before his death...
“ Plot: A portion of his ashes were scattered in the Garden of Roses area. ” - Syl
“ Plot: Corridor of Memories
GPS coordinates: 34.0584717, -118.4397888 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: The ashes will eventually be placed in the family plot. ” - Syl