Williams, Robin b. July 21, 1951 d. August 11, 2014 Actor, Comedian. Born Robin McLaurin Williams in Chicago and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he was the privileged son of a Detroit auto executive. His family later moved to Woodacre, California, where he attended Redwood High School. He studied at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, then attained a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City. In between Claremont and Juilliard, he attended the College of Marin for theatre. In 1978, Williams was cast in an...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay
Bacall (Perske), Lauren (Betty Joan) b. September 16, 1924 d. August 12, 2014 American Actress. Born Betty Joan Perske, she took lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York while working as a theatre usher and as a part-time fashion model. In 1942, she made her acting debut on Broadway as a walk-on in 'Johnny 2 X 4'. Howard Hawks' wife Nancy spotted her on a magazine cover and urged him to have her take a screen test. Hawks signed her up to a seven-year personal contract which paid $100 a week, brought her to Hollywood, began to manage her career and...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Ladd, Alan b. September 3, 1913 d. January 29, 1964 Actor. He is best remembered for his 1953 role of 'Shane' in the western movie of the same name. Although short (five feet, five inches), with a laconic manner and a face that never seemed to change expression, he quickly became a star. Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to an accountant father and an English mother, when his father died in 1917, his mother married a house painter and the family moved to California, where he grew up. In high school, he picked fruit, delivered newspapers, swept...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: cerebral edema Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage, Space 20358
Franz, Werner b. May 22, 1922 d. August 13, 2014 Aviation Folk Figure. A 14 year old cabin boy at the time of his brush with history, he shall be remembered as the last surviving crew member of the airship "Hindenburg" which crashed at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937 killing 35 of the 97 people aboard, plus one member of the mooring crew. Raised in Frankfurt, he was working in a hotel when his brother told him about an opening on the "Hindenburg"; in October of 1936 he traveled to Rio de Janeiro on his first trip...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Unknown*, Somewhere in Germany * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Ryan, Irene b. October 17, 1902 d. April 26, 1973 Actress. She is best remembered for playing the role of 'Granny' on the CBS television sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," which ran from 1962 until 1971. Her career spanned six decades and was one of the few entertainers who achieved success in vaudeville, radio, film, television, and Broadway. She was born Irene Eileen Noblett in San Francisco, California (some sources give her birth location as El Paso, Texas but this is not supported by census and family records). She began her career at the...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Stroke Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Mausoleum, Corridor C GPS coordinates: 34.0180206, -118.4751587 (hddd.dddd)
Goldberg, Stan b. May 5, 1932 d. August 31, 2014 Comic Book Artist. He was legendary cartoonist best known for his "Archie" comic book character. In 1949, at age 16, he began his career as a staff colorist for Timely Comics and within two years became color department manager for Marvel Comics. With Marvel, he drew the Millie the Model titles, "Kathy", "My Girl Pearl", plus collaborated coloring for the company's early superhero “Fantastic Four”, “Incredible Hulk”, “Spider-Man” and other foundational comic characters. Leaving Marvel in 1969...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Toto (Terry) [memorial] b. November 17, 1935 d. September 1, 1945 Canine movie star. Carl Spitz spent many years in Hollywood not only readying dogs for films but also training "Dogs for Defense" during World War II. Among his movie-star pupils was the female Carin terrier who played Dorothy's male dog, Toto, in "The Wizard of Oz." He was the innovator of training animals to react and perform by using silent hand signals to direct the animal. These hand signals were instrumental in directing Toto during the filming of the movie. The dog was one of many in...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Cornick, Glenn b. April 23, 1947 d. August 28, 2014 Rock Musician. A bass guitarist, he is best remembered for his work with the British progressive rock ensemble "Jethro Tull". He contributed to the albums "This Was" (1968), "Stand Up" (1969) and "Benefit" (1970), prior to his departure in 1970. He went on to form the groups "Wild Turkey" and "Paris", the later with former "Fleetwood Mac" guitarist Bob Welch. Cornick died from congestive heart failure. (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Lee, Stephen b. November 11, 1955 d. August 14, 2014 American Actor. Lee, who spent his first 15 years living in Europe and spoke English, German, French and Spanish, received his first onscreen credit for a 1981 episode of 'Hart to Hart'. He went on to appear on such TV shows as 'Scarecrow and Mrs. King', 'Who’s the Boss?', 'Hill Street Blues', 'Valerie', 'Family Ties', 'Herman’s Head', 'Roseanne', 'Quantum Leap', 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', 'Everybody Loves Raymond', 'Cybill', 'Murder One', 'The Drew Carey Show', 'Grey’s Anatomy', 'NCIS'...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Houdini, Harry (Ehrich Weiss) b. March 24, 1874 d. October 31, 1926 Entertainer. A legendary magician and escape artist, he was born Ehrich Weiss in Budapest, Hungary, the son of a rabbi and religious teacher. When he was about four, his family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he grew up. When he was about 8 years old, he sold newspapers and worked as a bootblack to help support his poor family. When his father took him to see a traveling magician, his interest in magic and in performing took off, and shortly after his family moved to New York City, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Peritonitis due to a burst appendix, which was possibly caused from a punch to the stomach 9 days earlier Machpelah Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens County, New York, USA
Waite, Ralph b. June 22, 1928 d. February 13, 2014 Actor. He will be best remembered for playing 'John Walton', patriarch of the family in the TV series "The Waltons" (1972 to 1981). Following high school, he served with the United States Marine Corps shortly after World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bucknell University and later attended Yale's Divinity School which resulted in his being ordained a Presbyterian minister. He landed a position as a religious editor for the publisher Harper and Row and took an interest in...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA Plot: Section 7, Lot 911-A
De Carlo, Yvonne b. September 1, 1922 d. January 8, 2007 Actress. Born Peggy Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she attended dancing school supported by her mother, and at 18 they traveled to Hollywood where she worked as a both a hat check chorus girl until she won a bit part in a musical short "I Look at You," in 1941. She appeared unbilled twice more before she earned a feature film part in "Harvard Here I Come." She continued as an extra, earning her first named role as Wah-Tah in "The Deerslayer" in 1943. Her break came in...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Natural causes Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Attenborough, Lord. Richard b. August 29, 1923 d. August 24, 2014 English actor, film director, producer and entrepreneur. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). As a film director and producer, he won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He has also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor he is perhaps best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park. He was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist and broadcaster...[Read More] Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Piccolo, Brian (Louis Brian) b. October 31, 1943 d. June 16, 1970 Professional Football Player. Famously not picked in the NFL draft after 20 rounds, "Pic", as he was often called, went on to make a career in the National Football League as a running back for the Chicago Bears, despite his small size and slow speed. What he lacked in the usual qualities of a football player he made up in determination and hard work. A letterman in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida High School, he attended Wake Forest University. During his senior year, 1964, he led the nation...[Read More] (Bio by: Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson) Cause of death: Embryonal Cell Carcinoma Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA GPS coordinates: 41.7258148, -87.7122040 (hddd.dddd)
Kraft, John 'Jack' b. 1921 d. August 28, 2014 College Basketball Coach. From 1961 until 1973, he served as the head coach of the Villanova University Wildcats. He will be best remembered for guiding the 1970-1971 squad to the NCAA Title Game against John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins. Their accomplishment was later expunged following a violation committed by star player Howard Porter. Kraft began his lengthy association with the sport as a player with the St. Joseph's University Hawks and during this time, he attained his degree in...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Persico, Joseph E. b. July 19, 1930 d. August 30, 2014 American Author. He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1952 and then served in the Navy, performing duty aboard a minesweeper and at the NATO offices in Naples, Italy. In 1955 he joined the staff of Governor Averell Harriman and served until the end of Harriman's term in December, 1958. In 1960 he joined the US Information Agency, and he served in Argentina, Brazil and Washington D.C. From 1963 to 1966 he was Executive Assistant to New York's Health Commissioner, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Pardo, Don (Dominick George) b. February 22, 1918 d. August 18, 2014 Announcer, Voice Actor. In a career that spanned eight decades, he will best be remembered as the voice of 'Saturday Night Live'. Born Dominick George Pardo, he acted in high school productions and won the Newton Perkins Prize for public speaking in his senior year. He attended Boston’s Emerson College, hoping to become an actor but decided on radio instead. As a member of the 20th Century Players, he performed regularly on local radio station WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, an affiliate of...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Van Cleef, Lee (Clarence Leroy) b. January 9, 1925 d. December 16, 1989 American Actor. After serving in the US Navy during World War II, Lee Van Cleef was trained as an accountant. He started acting in community theater while working as an office administrator, eventually landing a role in the touring company of "Mr. Roberts." He was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who cast him in a nonspeaking role in "High Noon." This led to a long string of supporting roles, usually playing menacing roles in westerns both in films and on television. He rose to star...[Read More] (Bio by: Stuthehistoryguy) Cause of death: Heart attack Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Courts of Remembrance (Front lawn, right side middle), Serenity Section, Lot 156
LaFontaine, Don b. August 26, 1940 d. September 1, 2008 Voice Actor. He was the voice for hundreds of thousands of radio spots and television commercials, as well as working on nearly 5000 films. He also did a stint in the Army just after high school, was a head of production for Kaleidoscope Films, Ltd., had his own production company, Don LaFontaine Associates, and for a time was vice president of Paramount Pictures. (Bio by: Jo Frey) Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Section 13, Lot 747, Space 12
Hunter, David b. July 21, 1802 d. February 2, 1886 Civil War Union Major General. He graduated from West Point an officer in the infantry in 1822 and served the Dragoons. In 1842, he was appointed the post of Paymaster of the Army and after the election of Abraham Lincoln to President, he was in charge of the escort of Lincoln to Washington D.C. At the start of the Civil War, he was Colonel in command of the 3rd US Cavalry when promoted Brigadier General of the Department of Washington. In August, 1862, he was promoted Major General commander...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA