Archive for Rebel Without A Cause

Sal Mineo

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with tags , on May 5, 2014 by Cade

mineo1January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976

Salvatore Mineo, Jr. skyrocketed to stardom in his breakout role as Plato opposite James Dean in 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause. The performance landed the 16 year-old his first  Academy Award nomination. His star continued to rise as he starred alongside Dean for a second time in Giant and in the titular role of The Gene Krupa Story. He also earned a second Academy Award nomination for his role in 1960’s Exodus. The exotic-looking Mineo was quickly typecast as a troubled teen and rarely had the chance to break it. Continue reading

Jim Backus

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , , on October 21, 2013 by Cade

backus2February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989

As Thurston Howell III on the classic CBS sitcom Gilligan’s Island, Jim Backus played to a personal strength: his ability to portray lovable upper-class snobs. Gilligan’s “millionaire” was just the most famous of his well-to-do characters, but he made a good living portraying them on radio and in television for decades. Of course, he was notable for playing another famous character, as well. He was the voice of the near-sighted cartoon character, Mr. Magoo on television and film. Continue reading

Natalie Wood

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , , on February 22, 2013 by Cade

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July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981

Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko was born in San Francisco to a Russian immigrant family in July of 1938.  For some reason, her name was changed when she began acting at the age of 5, and the world met Natalie Wood.

A star from early on, her first major role was that of young Susan Walker in the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th St. She earned 3 Academy Award nominations by the time she turned 25, starring in such classics along the way as Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, Splendor in the Grass and as the face and body in front of Marni Nixon’s voice in West Side Story.

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