Archive for April, 2013

Billy Preston

Posted in Inglewood Park Cemetery with tags , , on April 28, 2013 by Cade


September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006

William Everett Preston was a celebrated studio musician (piano/organ – mainly) who worked with an astonishing list of artists that includes Little Richard, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash and the Beatles.  It was his work with the latter during the “Get Back”/”Let it Be” and “Abbey Road” sessions that led to his unofficial designation as “the fifth Beatle.1” He also played extensively with the Rolling Stones both live and in the studio.  Not bad.

Billy went on to release a number of solo albums and had hits in the Billboard charts, including 1973’s “Will It Go Round in Circles” and 1974’s “Nothing from Nothing”…both of which reached the top of the U.S. charts

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Norman Fell

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags , , on April 27, 2013 by Cade

Portrait of Actor Norman Fell

March 24, 1924 – December 14, 1998

Norman Fell was a well-loved character actor who made appearances in many films including Catch-22, The Graduate, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and the original Ocean’s 11 (the one with Sinatra and co.) But, he is most known to television audiences as half of the original landlord couple, Stanley and Helen Roper, on the ’70s hit, Three’s Company.  Even after the disastrous spin-off, The Ropers, people still loved Norman.  He continued to work in TV and film and even reprised Mr. Roper on an episode of Ellen a year before his death. Continue reading


Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags , on April 27, 2013 by Cade


May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987

Władziu Valentino Liberace was a slightly eccentric and subtly flamboyant pianist and entertainer. He was known for his modest costumes and occasional use of candelabras and jewels.  Liberace was not even remotely sparkly. And, despite all of his obvious understated-ness, he was still known to many as “Mr. Showmanship.”  I guess I just don’t see it. Continue reading

Rita Hayworth

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery with tags , on April 27, 2013 by Cade


October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987

Actress, dancer and all-around bombshell, Rita Hayworth, captivated Hollywood audiences throughout the 1940s and ’50s. Glamorous and talented, she was the quintessential Golden-era beauty. Her personal life was quite public and tremendously busy.  She once quipped that men “fell in love with [her iconic character] Gilda, but they wake up with me.”  She was married five times, including to actor/director Orson Welles and Prince Aly Khan.  Rita struggled with alcohol most of her life. She died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 68. Continue reading

Karl Malden

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , , on April 26, 2013 by Cade


March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009

Mladen George Sekulovich was born in Chicago into a Serbian family. At the age of 22, he changed his name to Karl Malden and embarked on a 60 year film career that gave us iconic movies like A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Gypsy and How the West Was Won.  Malden also worked in television and notably hawked American Express cards in the ’70’s and ’80’s. Continue reading

David Carradine

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags , , on April 26, 2013 by Cade

Obit Carradine

December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009

He was Caine.  He was Bill.  He was the Barefoot Legend.

A prominent pop-culture figure, actor and martial artist David Carradine’s career spanned decades in television, film and even music. He is probably best known for his role in the TV series, Kung Fu, and to younger audiences, as the titular boss/revenge target in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies.

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Charles Bronson

Posted in Brownsville Cemetery with tags , , on April 21, 2013 by Cade


November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003

Born Charles Dennis Buchinsky, Charles Bronson was a classic Hollywood tough guy.  In addition to starring turns in such iconic movies as The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent SevenThe Great Escape and Death Wish, he was also a B-29 gunner in World War II. He received a Purple Heart.  He was a total badass.

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Babe Ruth

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with tags , , on April 13, 2013 by Cade


February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948

Look, I hate the Yankees.  I have hated the Yankees my whole life.  I HATE, hate them. Hate.

But, George Herman Ruth transcends mere pinstripes.  He is perhaps the most famous baseball player of all time.  Brandishing nicknames like “The Great Bambino,” “The Sultan of Swat” and – most simply and memorably – “Babe,” he dominated the game for 20 years. Continue reading

Ricardo Montalbán

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery with tags , , , on April 8, 2013 by Cade


November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro “KHAAAANNN!” Montalbán y Merino, the Mexican-born actor who literally invented a fake type of leather, was probably best known to American television audiences as the charming Mr. Roarke on the 1970’s-’80’s ABC series, Fantasy Island. Of course, hanging out in trippy paradise with Hervé Villechaize wasn’t Montalbán’s only claim to fame. He also rose to pop-culture infamy by portraying Khan in both the TV and motion picture versions of Star Trek. Continue reading

Larry Fine

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , , on April 8, 2013 by Cade


October 5, 1902 – January 24, 1975

Louis Feinberg – known to the world as Larry Fine – was a vaudeville and film entertainer who was a member of the classic comedy team, The Three Stooges. Larry was asked by creator Ted Healy to join brothers Moe and Shemp Howard1 in their stage act. He said ‘yes’ and the rest was history.

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