Scatman Crothers

May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986

Benjamin Sherman “Scatman” Crothers was a multi-instrumentalist jazz musician whose extensive filmography would be the envy of any aspiring actor. Crothers began his performance career as a teenager when he played drums in a speakeasy in his home state of Indiana. He eventually moved west with his own band before landing in Los Angeles and falling into the whole Hollywood thing. He went on to appear in more than 50 films and nearly as many television shows. His distinctive voice and cadence made him a popular pick for guest spots and voice over roles. He lent his voice to animated shows like Hong Kong Phooey and the original Transformers cartoon series as well as classic Disney films like The Aristocats. Crothers was probably most widely known for his appearances alongside Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Shining as well as the 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man with Freddie Prinze. Toward the end of his life, Crothers secretly battled lung and esophageal cancer. He continued to work until the disease robbed him of his voice. He died of pneumonia a short time after.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Lincoln Terrace, Lot 4545, Companion Lawn Crypt 3; As you walk into the Lincoln Terrace, stay to the left-hand sidewalk and walk up past the 2nd set of steps. Scatman is buried on your left (south) in the 2nd row away from the sidewalk.

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