IThis list is still a work in progress.
Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in 1943...
“ His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean. ” - Syl
Notorious 25-year-old gangsta MC and actor Tupac Shakur was shot and killed before he had a chance to fulfill the promise of a successful career in both fields. He was born in New York City and his mother, Afeni Shakur
, was a member of the Black Panther Party. Shakur spent much of his youth in Harlem...
“ He was cremated upon his death. His ashes are buried at his mother's farm in North Carolina. ” - Syl
“ His ashes were buried below a tree on his Brentwood home with Gloria Stuart in Los Angeles, California. ” - Syl
“ Ashes are with his wife, Cindy Adams. ” - Syl
“ His ashes are with his wife, Joan Rivers. She scattered some on the Late Show with David Letterman during a recent appearance. ” - Syl
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay. ” - Syl
“ His ashes are with family. ” - Syl
Nicholas Courtney was born in Egypt, the son of a British diplomat. His early years were spent in Kenya and France and he was called up for National Service at the age of 18. After 18 months of duty in the British forces, Courtney joined the Webber Douglas drama school. He spent two years there and then did repertory theatre in Northampton. His next move was to London...
“ He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. ” - Syl
“ His ashes were interred at a church garden in Connecticut. ” - Syl
Without a doubt Gary Coleman was THE child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A refreshingly confident little tyke with sparkling dark, saucer-like eyes and an ingratiating, take-on-anyone burst of personality, the boy charmed the pants right off of TV viewers the minute he was glimpsed in national commercials...
“ Ashes are with family. ” - Syl
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier
in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ Ashes were scattered on his island in Tahiti. ” - Syl
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ Ashes are interred in a family plot in Perth, Australia. ” - Syl
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia (Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was of Irish, and some Welsh and English, ancestry. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, which he attended) who, with the addition of Paul McCartney
and George Harrison
, later became The Beatles
“ Cremated privately the day after his death. Yoko Ono has never revealed the whereabouts of the ashes, or what happened to them. In lieu of a funeral for John, Yoko asked the public for ten minutes of silence and prayer at 2pm ET on the following Sunday, December 14th, and to contribute to charities in his memory.
Amateur photographer Paul Goresh was the last person to photograph Lennon alive, autographing his "Double Fantasy" album for Mark David Chapman, just hours before Chapman fatally shot Lennon. A press photographer sneaked into the morgue, photographing Lennon's body in state before it was taken to be cremated.Ashes are with family. ” - Syl
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles
, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison
and Louise Harrison
. Like his future band mates...
“ Harrison was cremated within hours of his death, and his ashes were later scattered along the Ganges River in India, in accordance with his last wishes. Ashes were scattered in India. ” - Syl
“ Ashes are with family. He was cremated Golders Green Crematorium. ” - Syl
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier
and other contemporaries of the National Theatre at the "Old Vic"...
“ He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. ” - Syl
“ He was likely cremated and his ashes are with family. ” - Syl
“ Ashes are under an oak tree at the top of St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Chapel Bank, Ebony, Isle of Oxney, Kent, England next to his mother, Lady Sinden. Both trees have inscribed plaques under them. ” - Syl
Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" and "Empire and Odyssey" by his son...
“ Brynner was cremated and his ashes buried in a remote part of France, on the grounds of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Bois Aubry, a short distance outside the village of Luzé. He remains one of the most fascinating, unusual and beloved stars of his time. ” - Syl
André the Giant
When Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF World's Heavyweight Wrestling Championship of The World at WrestleMania III in 1987, he hadn't lost a single's match since 1971. His 3,000 plus winning streak was ended when Hogan picked up the 7 foot tall and 500 pound Giant and body slammed him for the pin...
“ ith his wealth the Giant bought a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina where he would live during his rare time off and after he retired from wrestling in 1990. He died while in France after attending his father's funeral. André was cremated and his ashes were spread across his ranch. He is survived by his one daughter. ” - Syl
Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney
, Bela Lugosi
and Vincent Price
, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley
book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23...
“ He was cremated at Guildford Crematorium, Godalming, Surrey, England, where he is commemorated by a plaque in Plot 2 of the Garden of Remembrance. ” - Syl
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...
“ His body was cremated, and his ashes are buried in a vault at The Chapel of the Pines in Los Angeles. ” - Syl
Wally Cox was a beloved character actor who made his mark in television and ranks as one of the medium's most memorable performers. His ability to show his range likely was limited by his short stature, slight frame, and high-pitched voice, which along with his talent for being very funny, made him ideal for comedy parts such as his memorable turn as Professor P...
“ Wally Cox's cremated remains were kept hidden in a closet by his old friend for three decades. According to Brando's son Miko, both his father's and Cox's ashes were scattered at the same time in Death Valley, California, in a ceremony following Brando's death, thus reuniting the lifetime friends. ” - Syl
Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Judah Ozimov, on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi shtetl, near Smolensk, Russia. He was the oldest of three children. His father, named Judah Ozimov, and his mother, named Anna Rachel Ozimov (nee Berman), were Orthodox Jews. Ozimov family were millers (the name Ozimov comes from the eponymous sort of wheat in Russian)...
“ He died on April 6, 1992, in Boston, Massachussets, and was cremated. His ashes were scattered. ” - Syl
Actor. Born in Franklin, Indiana on December 28, 1923, he was raised in Texas and went to college at Indiana University. There, on a speech and drama scholarship, he began to act and perform however this was interrupted by being called into the service. In World War II where he saw action overseas, he was befriended by actor Melvyn Douglas
who led his division...
“ Both Andrew Duggan and his wife were cremated, their ashes scattered at Lake Arrowhead, California. ” - Syl
Deryck Guyler, born at the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 at Liverpool in England, was the only child of Elsie and Samuel Guyler. He grew up in Liverpool and had his senior education at Liverpool College. On leaving school he tried his hand at a few things including working with his father in the family jewelers business 'Green & Guyler'...
“ Deryck's wife Paddy also passed away on 6 January 2002 and their ashes are now buried side by side in the "Guyler" family 'garden seat' estate in the peaceful surroundings of "Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens" in the Brisbane suburb of Holland Park. ” - Syl
Del Close played "Polonious" once in "Hamlet", and won a Joseph Jefferson
Award for it. But the role he really wanted to play was "Yorick". He had to die to do it, but now he may get his wish. Under the terms of his will, Close, who died March 4, 1999, has left his skull to the Goodman Theatre. Del Close was born and raised in Manhattan...
“ His body was cremated, as he wished. His skull is expected to be given to the Goodman Theatre to await the company's next "Hamlet". ” - Syl
After leaving the army Tommy Cooper took up show business in 1947 and so started his long career of comedy derived around visual humour, magic tricks that didn't work and his trademark red fez, a prop that started from his days in the army. The BBC described him as an "Unattractive young man with an extremely unfortunate appearance" in an audition for new talent...
“ He was later cremated and ashes scattered at Mortlake Crematorium, London. ” - Syl
When we hear songs like "Rambino" and " Ciao Ciao Bambino" the name of Georges Guétary
cames to one's mind. But also as a producer of " Bless the bride", "Latin Quartier" in London and "Arms and the girl" on Broadway, he added light and charm to show business. The last show to celebrate 50 years of perfomances was staged at the Robino's in Paris...
“ He returns to ashes in an orthodox church at Cannes where he was cremated. ” - Syl
“ Kyle had a terribly sad childhood and had been estranged from his family for many years. When the Salt Lake City coroner's office finally tracked down his mother, she refused to claim his body. Friends took Kyle's remains and had them cremated. His ashes were strewn over some mountains where Kyle enjoyed hiking ” - Syl
Violinist and cellist, singer, actor, composer and songwriter ("Shame On You"), conductor, arranger and inventor who popularized western swing music on film and recordings, in person and on radio and television. When Spade was four, he and his parents John and Emma Cooley moved to Oregon where he studied classical violin and cello...
“ His body was returned to the prison and was cremated. From that point, no one knows for certain what became of the remains of Spade Cooley. ” - Syl
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...
Carlos Castaneda, dubbed "godfather of the New Age movement," was born in Peru and came to the United States in 1951, originally hoping to make it as a sculptor. He worked a series of odd jobs and took classes in philosophy, literature and creative writing. While a graduate student in anthropology at UCLA...
“ He was cremated at the Culver City mortuary. No one knows what became of his ashes. ” - Syl
“ Private cremation services took place at Fairview Park Crematory in Albuquerque. ” - Syl
Edward Joel Pawley was a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and attended Manuel Training High School. He took drama classes in high school, and after graduation he worked for six months in his half-brother's traveling stage show (under canvas). He went to New York in 1920 to seek his fame and fortune...
“ Both Edward and Helen (Shipman) Pawley were cremated and their ashes were buried near their home in Rock Mills, Rappahannock County, Virginia. ” - Syl
William Avery 'Billy' Bishop was born on 8 February 1894 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, to William and Margaret Bishop. He was the middle of three children. Billy had a tough time of it in school as he had a slight lisp and preferred swimming, horse riding and the company of young ladies to team sports and academics...
“ His remains were cremated and interred in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound, Ontario. ” - Syl
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle, Jr. in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year...
“ Ashes were interred in a family plot in Wisconsin. ” - Syl
Born into an upper-class family in Elmira, NY, the son of an army officer and an indulging socialite, Clyde Fitch would become the first major American playwright, ending European-sourced dominance of the American stage (somewhat ironic, seeing that many of his plays were set abroad). His career would barely span 20 years...
“ After several moves over a period of time, his body was finally cremated and his ashes were installed in a special Tuscan-style sarcophagus commissioned by his mother. ” - Syl
American actor-director-writer-producer of silent pictures, formerly a singer and vaudevillian. A native of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill, he was one of four sons born to Rocco Beban, a Dalmatian immigrant, and Johanna Dugan, from County Cork, Ireland. He exhibited singing talent at an early age and was known in San Francisco theater circles as "The Boy Baritone." By age 8...
“ Five weeks later, while vacationing at June Lodge Dude Ranch at Big Pine, California, Beban was thrown from a horse and seriously injured on September 29, 1928. He died in Los Angeles several days later, from the effects of the fall and from uremic poisoning. His remains were cremated ” - Syl
Photographer of the early 20th century, whose work documented the grim and brutal working conditions of American factories and mines and especially exposed the abuse and exploitation of children by their employers. His work, published in several books, helped to bring to light these injustices and influenced the legislation of child labor laws...
“ is body was cremated the next day. ” - Syl
After Jack Livingston left motion pictures, he settled in Buffalo, New York. There he obtained a job as a welder. He lived there from approximately 1928 or 1929 until circa 1939 or 1940. Than he relocated with his wife (Alice Mitchell) to live in Sheffield, Massachusetts. There he became a salesman...
“ Jack Livingston and his wife were both cremated and their ashes are at - Sheffield City Cemetery in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ” - Syl
He was the working class boy from Manchester whose intensity and natural honesty made him British television's most bankable actor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first starring role on TV was as Sgt John Mann in Redcap
. His first great success, though, was as Detective Inspector Regan in The Sweeney
“ Cremated, ashes with family. ” - Syl
“ Ashes with family. ” - Syl
A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature...
“ Was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his home in the Bahamas ” - Syl
Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood...
“ According to his will (dated 26th November 1984), his body was to be cremated and no funeral service held. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean. ” - Syl
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
“ He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea by wife Dorothy Mitchum and neighbor Jane Russell. At Mitchum's insistence, no memorial service was held. ” - Syl
Brion James was born February 20, 1945, in Redlands, California, to Ida Mae (Buckelew) and Jimmy James. The family soon moved to Beaumont, California (between Los Angeles and Palm Springs), where his parents built and operated a movie theater, where stars such as Gene Autry
would occasionally stop by...
“ He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. ” - Syl
Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney
(née Call) and Elias Disney
, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of his childhood...
“ Disney's death spawned two rumors that became urban legends. The first is that he had his body cryogenically frozen. The second held that he was buried somewhere on the grounds of Disneyland. Both rumors are completely untrue. Disney was cremated and his ashes interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center of circulatory collapse brought on by lung cancer. He was pronounced dead at 9:30 on the morning of December 15th, 1966, just ten after his 65th birthday. Despite the urban legend that he was cryogenically frozen, Disney was in fact cremated on December 17th, 1966 and had his ashes were interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angelas, California. ” - Syl
The son of a sales clerk and a department store owner, Bill Bixby was the sixth-generation Californian born as Wilfred Bailey Bixby, on January 22, 1934, in San Francisco, California. An only child growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, he attended schools in the same area, took ballroom dance lessons, before attending Lowell High School...
“ Cremated and ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, USA. ” - Syl
“ He was cremated and his ashes are stored at a crematorium in California. ” - Syl
Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the Liverpool Rep Theatre was nearly his last - dashing across the stage to say his one line...
“ Was cremated and part of his ashes were scattered in Italy in Portofino and on the grave of his second wife, Lilli Palmer. ” - Syl
American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical family in America, he was also its most acclaimed star. His father was Maurice Blyth (or Blythe; family spellings vary)...
“ His father, the legendary actor John Barrymore, had left specific instructions in his will that his body be cremated and his ashes be laid to rest next to his father and mother in the family cemetery in Philadelphia. However, due to the fact that his brother Lionel Barrymore and sister Ethel Barrymore were Catholic and cremation had not at that time been sanctioned by the Catholic Church, the executors (Lionel and Mervyn LeRoy) pulled some fancy judicial manipulations, and Barrymore's remains were entombed at Calvary Cemetery, in Los Angeles after his death in 1942. In 1980, Barrymore decided -- after hearing a rendition of "The Cremation of Sam McGee" -- that it was high time to have his Dad cremated. He recruited his son, John Blyth Barrymore, to help. The gravediggers removed the "Good Night, Sweet Prince" marble monument from the front of the crypt, and the smell assaulted them. Barrymore had been dead for 38 years, and the body was still decomposing. The casket was solid bronze, and although it had a glass liner, it must have cracked or something, because the fluids from the body had leaked out and had formed a kind of glue between the casket and the floor of the crypt. They muscled the coffin up on the hand truck and wheeled it down a long ramp to a van they had waiting outside. The body fluids were leaking out all the way. They cruised over to the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which had the nearest crematorium, and made the cremation preparations. John Jr. insisted on having a look inside the casket before they left. After viewing the body, he came out white as a sheet and crying. He got in the car and said to his son, "Thank God I'm drunk; I'll never remember it." John Blyth Barrymore got a graphic description later from one of the eye-witnesses. Apparently, all the bouncing around during the move had sort of busted the jaw apart from what was left of the head. They were convinced it was John Barrymore by the very high quality dental work, and because, although most of the flesh on the nose had decomposed, an incredibly long nose cartilage remained. ” - Syl
“ Cremated and shares a niche in a columbarium with wife and Emergency! co-star, Julie London, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California. ” - Syl
“ Was cremated ” - Syl
The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wise-cracker with the painted-on moustache and stooped walk was the leader of The Marx Brothers
. With one-liners that were often double entendres, Groucho never cursed in any of his performances and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. With a great love of music and singing (The Marx Brothers
started as a singing group)...
“ His cremated remains are entombed at Eden Memorial Park, San Fernando, California, USA. ” - Syl
“ His final wishes stipulated that his body be cremated and his ashes be shot out of a cannon across his Colorado ranch. Journalist friend Troy Hooper said "He was a big fan of bonfires and explosions and anything that went bang and I'm sure he'd like to go bang as well." This finally happened on August 20, 2005, along with a big celebration, attended by Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Lyle Lovett, and other close friends and family. ” - Syl
A former song-and-dance man and veteran of vaudeville, burlesque and Broadway, Jack Albertson is best known to audiences as "The Man" in the TV series Chico and the Man
, for which he won an Emmy. In 1968 Albertson, the brother of actress Mabel Albertson
, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Subject Was Roses
, a part which also won him the Tony award during its Broadway run.
“ He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. ” - Syl
Jon Pertwee was born John (after the apostle and disciple) Devon (after the county) Roland (after his father) Pertwee (an Anglicised version of the true family name, Perthuis de Laillevault) on 7 July 1919 in the Chelsea area of London. He was the second son of famous playwright, painter and actor Roland Pertwee
“ Following the instructions in his will, he was cremated with an effigy of the bumbling scarecrow Worzel Gummidge (Worzel Gummidge, his favorite role), attached to his casket. As the casket slid between the curtains, the effigy fell off and landed on the floor, leading one mourner to call out, "That's Jon for you. Always playing it for laughs". The mourners all broke into laughter. ” - Syl
Born the fourth of six children to Austrian customs officer Alois Hitler--who had been married twice before--and the former Klara Polzl, Adolf Hitler grew up in a small Austrian town in the late 19th century. He was a slow learner and did poorly in school. He was frequently beaten by his authoritarian father...
“ After his suicide in April, 1945, the corpse was imperfectly cremated, and some remains were not burned away. Pieces of the skull (including one with a bullet hole) and leg bones were recovered by the Russians, and now reside in the Russian National Archives. ” - Syl
“ Matthew contracted hepatitis whilst in India in 1976/77. He said he had eaten "bad meat" there. His brother stated that Matthew had gone to India overland in 1976, and by the time he was brought back to England by his father in June 77, the disease had spread to his pancreas, resulting in his death from pancreatitis. He was cremated at St Marylebone Crematorium, East Finchley, London. ” - Syl
Richard Deacon was the bald, bespectacled character actor most famous for playing television producer Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show
from 1961 to 1966. In the first season of that show he also continued to appear on the series he was already appearing on, Leave It to Beaver
, playing Lumpy Rutherford's father Fred...
“ He was cremated at Grandview Crematory. The funeral director was from Westwood Village Mortuary. ” - Syl
Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He himself worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of school in 1909...
“ He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean ” - Syl
Dennis Wilson was born Hawthorne, California in the fall of 1944 to Murry and Audree Wilson. The middle son of three brothers, Dennis was rebellious, argumentative and as he often acknowledged, the "black sheep" of the family. His integration into America's band, The Beach Boys
came when his mother pushed his brothers to allow him to play with them...
“ Although his brothers had vied for him to be buried in the family plot at Inglewood Cemetary, then-wife Shawn wound up winning a heated battle over what was to be done with his remains. Thus, he was cremated and buried at sea off the California coast by the U.S. Coast Guard on January 4, 1984 at coordinates (33-53.9 N, 118-38.8 W). ” - Syl
His birth occurred on Friday, December 31st, 1943, as the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other students at the many new schools in which he was placed...
“ Was cremated, and his ashes spread over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. ” - Syl
H.G. Wells, born in the London suburb of Bromley in 1866, began his literary career in earnest in 1895 with the publication of his first novel, "The Time Machine." Until this first success his life had been a patchwork of unsatisfactory drapery and chemist apprenticeships that were interrupted by stints as a teacher's assistant...
“ Although H.G. Wells does not have a grave (he was cremated and his ashes scattered), he was quoted later in life (after witnessing the development of the atomic bomb and it being used for warfare) as making the bitter suggestion that his epitaph should say "God damn you all, I told you so." This suggestion has often led to mistaken claims that this was indeed his actual epitaph. Nevertheless, he has no grave, no headstone, and thus no epitaph. ” - Syl
His mother was a teacher and his father a dentist. He attended West Point, joined the Army, and earned an undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Alabama while in service. Next he earned a master's degree from Washington State University and a doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley...
“ While he toyed with the idea of cryogenic suspension, he never went ahead with it. Instead, his body was cremated, with a portion of his ashes placed on a small rocket that is presently in Earth orbit, and will eventually burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere (the rocket includes portions of the ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry). ” - Syl
“ Instead, his body was cremated, with a portion of his ashes placed on a small rocket that is presently in Earth orbit, and will eventually burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere (the rocket includes portions of the ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry). ” - Syl
“ He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. ” - Syl
John Kennedy Jr.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born on November 25, 1960, in Washington, DC, to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President-to-be John F. Kennedy
) and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (Jacqueline Kennedy
). Three weeks before his birth, his father was elected President of the United States, and the nation loved little John...
“ John, his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette were all cremated and their ashes scattered off the coast of Martha's Vineyard from the USS John F. Kennedy Naval ship, where the ship was on training duty. ” - Syl
Keith John Moon was born to working class parents in Wembley, London, England, on the 23rd August, 1946. At the age of 12, he had joined the Sea Cadet Corp and was given his first musical instrument, the bugle. He left school by 15 and was in his first band, The Beachcombers; this was around the summer of 1963...
“ The plaque at Golders Green, where he was cremated, and then his ashes scattered in in the Gardens of Remembrance, reads: Keith Moon 'Who' drummer. 1946 - 1978 "There is no substitute". ” - Syl
Theodore Robert Bundy, more commonly known as "Ted", was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He confessed to 36 murders, but nobody really knows how many had been committed or when he began his legacy of horror; the true total could be higher. Ted was born to Eleanor Louise Cowell and a father that had taken off when Eleanor discovered she was pregnant...
“ Following Bundy's execution, in an unusual twist, his remains were cremated at the request of his family and spread over the mountains in Washington State, where the bodies of several of his victims had been discovered. ” - Syl
His father, a wine importer loved the theatre and encouraged his acting ambitions and got him his first job at 16 touring with a Shakespearean company painting scenery and doing walk on parts. His mother disapproved thinking it wasn't a job for a respectable middle class young man. By 1939 he'd graduated to leading roles but then the war came...
“ pon his death, his remains were cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium in Putney Vale, London, England. ” - Syl
Born in Pasadena, California, George Nader became interested in acting while still in school and appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. This led to several small parts in movies before earning the lead role in the infamous 3D thriller Robot Monster
. The movie was bad but profitable...
“ A longtime Palm Springs resident, Nader is survived by Mark Miller and three cousins. Following a private service, Nader was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea. ” - Syl
Charley and Nora Guthrie named their son after the Democrat elected president that year. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie knew hard times as a youngster (his house burned down, his sister Clara burned to death, his father's small-town business and political careers never went anywhere, his mother suffered from undiagnosed Huntington's Disease and was declared insane)...
“ He was cremated and his ashes were scattered off Coney Island. The family scattered the ashes of Marjorie in the same place when she died. ” - Syl
At 22, George Zucco decided to begin his stage career in earnest in the Canadian provinces in 1908. In the course of the following decade, he also performed in an American vaudeville tour with his young wife, Frances, in a routine called "The Suffragette." As World War I grew in scale, Zucco returned to England to join the army...
“ After his death, Zucco was cremated and his ashes are now interred at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetary in Los Angeles. ” - Syl
Quentin Crisp was born Denis Pratt on Christmas Day, 1908, in the London suburb of Sutton. He the youngest of four children; his father was lawyer, mother former nursery governess. In his autobiographical work, "The Naked Civil Servant", he describes a difficult childhood in a rigorously homophobic society...
“ After his death in the Manchester, England suburb Chorlton-cum-Hardy, he was cremated and his ashes were flown back to the United States and scattered over New York City. ” - Syl
While his special gifts seemed to lie in music and composing, the dapper, multi-talented Welsh actor Ivor Novello (ne David Ivor Davies), with his leading-man good looks, had a strong affinity for the camera. Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of a tax-collector father and a well-known singing teacher mother...
“ On 27th June 2009 a 7' tall bronze statue of Ivor Novello was unveiled near the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales. The statue shows Novello seated at work on a manuscript. It was created by Peter Nicholas, a celebrated Welsh sculptor who lives in Swansea, and was paid for by public subscription. Apart from a plaque on the house where he was born, it is the only memorial to Ivor Novello in the city of his birth. There are various memorials to Ivor in London including a "blue plaque" between the Novello Theatre and the Waldorf Hotel marking the entrance to the flat above the theatre where he lived until his death in 1951. There is a memorial at Golders Green Crematorium where he was cremated, a plaque in St Paul's Church, Covent Garden (the Actors' Church) and a memorial in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, London where his ashes were placed. ” - Syl
Charles Samuel Addams, or Chill as his friends called him, was born on January 7, 1912, in Westfield, New Jersey. Records show at the time of his birth the Addams' lived on Summit Avenue. They moved several times before taking up permanent residence in 1920 on Elm Street and stayed there until 1947...
“ Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Charles Addams Estate Grounds, Sagaponeck, Suffolk County, New York in the family pet cemetery. ” - Syl
Robert L. Surtees began his working life as a portrait photographer and retoucher, before becoming camera assistant at Universal in 1927. He spent a lengthy apprenticeship (15 years) working under such experienced cinematographers as Hal Mohr
, Joseph Ruttenberg
and Gregg Toland
. Between 1929 and 1930...
“ Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered over Point Lobos in Monterey, California. ” - Syl
Light-heavyweight prizefighter; World Champion in his weight class (175-pound limit) from 1952 to 1960.
“ Chester was a pomeranian, belonging to Fran Drescher, who played C.C. Babcock's dog on The Nanny, who seemed to like Nanny Fran Fine better than he did C.C. When Chester died, Drescher had him cremated and placed in a small ceramic box, inscribed, "I just love ya, that's all," which she keeps in her kitchen on her black marble countertop, surrounded by pictures and candles. ” - Syl
“ He was cremated. Close to 120 million people attended his deathwatch. This was just in 10 hours ” - Syl
“ Leo's funeral service in LA included chanting by members of Santa Monica Siddha Meditation Center. He was cremated and his ashes sent to San Francisco, where after a wake at Josie's Bar they were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A tree was planted in India in his name. ” - Syl
“ Was cremated; his ashes were scattered off Big Sur, California. ” - Syl
Born out of wedlock in Manhattan, Kansas, but grew up in Denver. A close friend of fellow New York sportswriter--and former western gunfighter--William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson
, who knew the Runyan family in Denver. In the late teens and early 1920s both Ed Sullivan
and Walter Winchell
worked as Runyon's leg men. Buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery.
“ After his death, as requested in his will, he was cremated and his ashes scattered over Manhattan by his son from a plane piloted by his old friend, legendary flier Eddie Rickenbacker. ” - Syl
“ Cremated and ashes scattered off coast of Florida. ” - Syl
“ Upon his death, he was cremated. His ashes are interred at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. ” - Syl
Jim Jones was born during the Great Depression, the only son of James Thurmond Jones and Lynette Jones (neé Putnam). His father was an alcoholic Klansman and he claimed his mother was part Cherokee Indian. He spent most of his formative years in conservative rural Indiana. His father struggled to earn a living as a mystic fortune teller...
“ The bodies of US citizens at the People's Temple compound were brought to Fort Dix in New Jersey for identification and contact of next of kin. Rev. Jones' body was sent to the NJ State Coroner's Office in Trenton after no next of kin could be found. Somewhere along the way, his "toe tag" was switched with that of an unidentified white male. Before the mistake could be corrected, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered anonymously and without ceremony into the Delaware River. ” - Syl
Frank Inn was a legendary animal trainer whose menagerie won a total of 40 Patsy Awards, the animal kingdom's equivalent of the Oscar. The Patsy Award is given out by the American Humane Association's Hollywood branch and stands for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year. It was first given out in 1951...
“ He kept the cremated remains of Benji, Arnold, the dog Tramp from My Three Sons and other animals in urns at his home and had requested that the remains be placed in his casket when he died, his daughter Kathleen said. ” - Syl
“ Died in his Columbus, Ohio, home at the age of ninety-two. He had suffered small strokes and heart failure in his final years and had been in hospice care. Tibbets laid down in his will that there should be no funeral service after his death and no headstone for fear this might lead to demonstrations at his grave. He wanted to ensure that his resting place could never be a pilgrimage site for opponents of the use of nuclear weapons. Tibbets asked to be cremated, and have his ashes dispersed into the waters of the English Channel. ” - Syl
As might be said for the late and great comedians Harvey Korman
and Madeline Kahn
, it seems that Mel Brooks
was the only director on the planet who knew how to best utilize this funnyman's talents on film. Brooks once quipped that, whenever he hired Dom DeLuise for one of his films, he would...
“ His ashes were interred with his parents. ” - Syl
“ Was cremated in Vienna, Austria and buried near Lake Lugano in Morcote, Switzerland. ” - Syl
Sir Lewis Casson was a British actor and theatrical director who was married to the legendary actress Dame Sybil Thorndike
. He played a role in modernizing the British theatre, expanding it to embrace social critiques as well as new techniques, and was an advocate for a National Theatre. Lewis was born on October 26...
“ He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in Golders Green, London, England. ” - Syl
Nelson Rockefeller, the son and grandson of billionaires and a billionaire in his own right when there fewer than a baker's dozen of such creatures, was a major force in national politics for three decades. Rocky bestrode the State of New York like a colossus in the 1960s, serving four terms as governor of the Empire State between 1959 and 1973...
“ Per his wishes, his body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. His ashes were scattered at the Rockefeller Estate in nearby Tarrytown, New York. He is the only former U.S. Vice President not to have a final resting place in a cemetery. ” - Syl
“ Body was cremated, and ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean. ” - Syl
A noted stage actor at the turn of the 20th century, Robert Edeson began his film career working with Cecil B. DeMille
on The Call of the North
, then moved on to Vitagraph where he remained for the rest of the teens. In the 1920s he returned to work for De Mille, playing the man-of-the-world type roles. Married to actress Mary Newcomb
, Edeson died of heart failure.
“ Robert's cremated remains are scattered at an unknown location in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. ” - Syl
“ He left instructions that upon his death his remains should be cremated and that he should have no grave. There is no monument to his memory, but a plaque on the wall of the ruined Six Bells public house in the Welsh village of Gilfach-goch commemorates him and his association with the area, said to be the inspiration for his novel "How Green Was My Valley" (1940). ” - Syl
“ He expired around 3:30 pm on September 18, 2006, at the Parañaque Medical Center due to multiple organ failure. He was cremated at the Trinity Funeral Homes, and his ashes was buried at the Alabang New Christian Life Center. ” - Syl
“ Was cremated, and has his ashes cast at sea. ” - Syl