George Jessel

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , , on March 11, 2019 by Cade

April 3, 1898 – May 23, 1981

Known as the “Toastmaster General,” vaudevillian funnyman, George Jessel, took his stage act to Hollywood in the 1920s. Over the course of his 60 year career, he appeared in radio, film and television in addition to recording songs and producing dozens of movies. His affable wit made him a popular emcee and he hosted a number of banquets and roasts for organizations like the Friars Club and the U.S.O. In 1925, he starred in the Broadway stage version of The Jazz Singer and caught the eye of Warner Bros. execs who decided to produce it as the first ever “talking” film. Jessel apparently demanded too much money to be in the movie and the role eventually and famously went to Al Jolson. Continue reading

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Andrew Koenig

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , on March 5, 2019 by Cade

August 17, 1968 – February 16, 2010

Joshua Andrew Koenig was an actor, writer and activist. The son of Star Trek star, Walter Koenig, Andrew was most widely recognized for his portrayal of the lovable (and dim) Richard “Boner” Stabone for 4 seasons on the hit 1980s sitcom, Growing Pains. The remainder of his career saw him appearing on stage and working on independent films, voice over projects and behind the scenes as writer, director and editor on a number of projects. Koenig became heavily involved in the U.S. Campaign for Burma and often publicly protested China’s treatment of the Burmese people. Andrew battled severe depression for most of his life. Continue reading

Peter Finch

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , on February 22, 2019 by Cade

September 28, 1916 – January 14, 1977

Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch was mad as hell and he wasn’t going to take it anymore. The British-born, Australian actor’s 40 year career saw him on stages and screens in Australia, England and the U.S. His international breakthrough was opposite Audrey Hepburn in 1959’s The Nun’s Story for which he earned his third (of seven) BAFTA award nomination. In the end, he won five BAFTA awards and was twice nominated for an Academy Award: for 1971’s Sunday Bloody Sunday and 1976’s Network. It was in Network where Finch delivered one of the most memorable speeches in film history: the infamous “Mad as Hell” speech. The performance garnered rave reviews and attention. Ten weeks before the 1977 Oscars telecast – and the day after appearing on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show – Finch suffered a fatal heart attack in the lobby of a Beverly Hills hotel. He won the Oscar posthumously becoming the first actor to ever do so. Continue reading

David Janssen

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on February 12, 2019 by Cade

March 27, 1931 – February 13, 1980

Beloved television and film actor, David Janssen, starred in a number of television shows in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, but is most widely recognized as Dr. Richard Kimble in the original TV series, The Fugitive. In movies, he appeared alongside stars like Audie Murphy and John Wayne. In 1977, he played an alcoholic opposite Angie Dickinson in the made-for-TV movie A Sensitive, Passionate Man. Hey, speaking of alcohol…after years of heavy drinking and smoking, Janssen suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep and died. He was 48 years old. Continue reading

Doris Roberts

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on February 8, 2019 by Cade

November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016

Doris May Green was a stage, film and television actress whose biggest fame came from playing Marie Barone on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Over the course of her career, Roberts (having adopted her stepfather’s surname) earned 5 Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild award to go along with numerous other nominations. Prior to Raymond, she appeared in recurring roles on Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere and guest starred on dozens of other shows. She also appeared in more than 30 films including 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. She was a tireless advocate for animal rights and childhood AIDS causes. At the age of 90, Doris died in her sleep following a stroke. Continue reading

Mark Goodson

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on February 7, 2019 by Cade

January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992

Television producer, Mark Goodson – along with his longtime partner, Bill Todman – produced ALL the game shows.

Well, maybe not all of them, but…let’s just say…most. Anyone familiar with American television game shows has heard of his biggest hits: The Price is Right, Password, Match Game, Family Feud, What’s My Line?, etc. etc. From their first show, 1948’s Winner Take All to long running shows that are still on today, Goodson’s Emmy-winning imprint on daytime television has been unrivaled for 60 years and counting. Goodson died at the age of 77 of pancreatic cancer. Continue reading

Monty Hall

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on February 1, 2019 by Cade

August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017

Monty Hall is one of three game show hosts to have both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. Born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Hall got his start in radio and eventually made his way to Toronto, New York and then to Los Angeles. He presented and hosted game shows in both radio and television, ultimately co-creating and hosting the landmark TV game show Let’s Make a Deal which ran for 13 years (and another 13+ in syndication.) Hall created other game shows throughout his career and was involved in the 2009 reboot of Deal hosted by Wayne Brady and he worked tirelessly for philanthropic causes and charities for decades. At the age of 96, Monty died of heart failure in his home just a few months after losing his wife of nearly 70 years.

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