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March 1st, 1885-April 22nd, 1946
   English born stage actor in a wide variety of character roles in American Films of the 30's & 40's, but best known for his many horror film parts, notably the wild eyed mad doctors that became his trademark (Dr. X, The Mystery of the Wax Museum, The Vampire Bat, Murders in the Zoo, Man Made Monster, Ghost of Frankenstein, many more)


Creighton Tull Chaney (Lon Chaney Jr.)
Feb. 10th, 1906-July 12th, 1973
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   Actor son of the silent screen star did not plan to enter films or use his father's name, but ended up doing both, billed as "Jr." by the mid-1930's. Though quick to point out that he was not the actor his father was he gave a handful of memorable performances, in Of Mice and Men(1939), Man Made Monster and The Wolf-man (1941), before being cast at Universal in every monster role they had from 1941-1945. He did many westerns as well, later cast in small but effective parts in High Noon, The defiant Ones and others. By the time he died from a heart attack  in his San Clemente, CA. home at 67, he was suffering from alcoholism, beriberi and a variety of ailments in addition to the throat cancer that had claimed his voice and forced him to use a throat microphone, which he was planning to use in Summer Stock in OH. at the time of his death. He had no funeral service: he had donated his body to science at the U.S.C. School of Medicine. According to his grandson Ron he is "scattered in the wind" The family did not receive the ashes back, however: they were disposed of by U.S.C.


Alonzo F. Chaney (Lon Chaney Sr.)
April 1st, 1883-Aug. 26th, 1930
ChaneyLonSrDthDrt.jpg (208562 bytes)   Colorado Springs born actor, son of deaf mute parents, famed on the silent screen as the Man of a Thousand Faces. In films from 1913. He was the undisputed master of not only grotesques and expressive pantomime but unsurpassed as a make-up artist devising his own disguises, and the author of the article on make-up used in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Best known for his two gothic classics, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). He made only one talky, a remake of The Unholy Three in 1930, before his death at 47 from throat cancer in St. Vincent's Hospital LA. He was entombed at Forest Lawn, Glendale, in the Dahlia Terrace section in the Great Mausoleum next to his father. His wife, Hazel Hastings Chaney, exchanged the four crypts there for a five tier group and in Nov. 1931 he and his father were moved into the Sanctuary of Meditation, also in the mausoleum. His crypt is 6407 behind an iron gate and a white marble urn on a pedestal. There are no name plates or identifications on any of the crypts.


Albert Dekker (Albert Ecke)
December 20th, 1905-May 6th, 1961
   Dutch-American actor and CA. State assemblyman, in films from the 1930s, including Dr. Cyclops (1939, title role), Among the Living (1941), The Killers (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and many others. In one of Hollywood's most bizarre deaths he was found hanging in the bathroom of his Hollywood apartment, handcuffed with the door locked from the inside. The death was ruled accidental due to asphyxiation with suffocation and constriction of the neck by ligatures. Cremated at Oddfellows Crematorium  in LA. May 8th, the ashes were sent to New Jersey and buried under the name Jon Ecke in an untitled, unidentifiable space at the side of the crematory on May 11th, Garden State Crematory North Bergen NJ.


Harry Earles ( aka Harry Doll)
April 3rd, 1902- May 4th, 1985
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   One of four midget siblings from East Germany in the US from 1916. Harry was in silent films but his accent made his speech barely intelligible in The Unholy Three (1930) and Freaks (1932) All four were munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, with Harry as one of the Lollipop Guild. They moved to FL. in 1939, working sporadically with the circus until 1956. he was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea with a group of others, May 28th, 1985.


John Eck
Aug. 27th,1911-Jan. 9th, 1991
   Baltimore born circus performer, one of twin brothers, was born cut off at the waist but learned to function through upper body strength. He is known today for his prominence in Tod Browning's Freaks (1932). He lived out his years in the same Baltimore row house where he was born, in the Highlandtown section. A small upright stone with landscape engraved on it is in sec .R, Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore MD.


Peg Entwistle (Lillian Millicent Entwistle)
Feb. 6th, 1908- Sep. 18th,1932EntwistleLillian(Peg)DthCrt.jpg (351955 bytes)
   London born starlet at RKO, appeared in Thirteen Women (1932) but little else on screen, though she had done well on stage. Dropped by the studio, she committed suicide by jumping off the H in the Holly-woodland sign (now shortened to Hollywood) on Mount Lee in Hollywood. Her ashes were sent to Cincinnati and buried in Jan. 1933 in the H Milton Ross lot, corner of sec. 12, Oakhill Cemetery, Princeton Rd. in the Glendale section of Cincinnati OH.

Garrett Fort
June 5th 1900- Oct. 26th, 1945
FortGarrettDthCrt.jpg (131296 bytes)   Stylish writer who specialized in the occult; his writing was filmed as several horror-fantasy melodramas of the 1930s: Dracula, Frankenstein, Before Dawn, The Devil Doll, Among the Living, and The Man in Half Wolf Street. He died in his Beverly Hills home from an overdose of Nembutal at 45. He was cremated at Pierce Brothers Chapel of the Pines in LA. His ashes are buried in the family plot, sec. 47, lot 63, Rosedale Cemetery East Orange NJ.

Dwight Frye (Dwight Illif Frye)
Feb. 22nd, 1899-Nov.7th, 1943
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   Stage actor who once ran a tea room in New York and praised by Woollcott for his roles on Broadway before he went to Hollywood with the talkies in 1930 and quickly became typed as crazed deviates in horror films, based on his two earliest and major roles in the genre: Renfield  the maniacal fly eater in Dracula and Fritz the dimwitted hunchback in Frankenstein, both 1931. His last ten years were spent in bit parts in many horror films. At the time of his death he was working in a munitions plant. He had suffered some previous heart trouble but was a Christian Scientist practitioner and did not seek medical help. Running for a bus with his son after a movie, he collapsed and died from a heart attack in Hollywood at 44. His grave is near a tree trunk disguised trash can at the top of a hill along the road in Graceland sec. lot 1565, space 2 Forest Lawn Glendale CA.

Margaret Hamilton
Dec. 9th, 1902- May 16th, 1985
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   Cleveland born actress once a kindergarten teacher, forever known as the wicked witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (1939). With a sharp sense of humor and a kind heart, she discouraged young children from watching the film, and once remarked that she hoped when her time came someone would have the presence of mind to say "Ding Dong, the witch is dead." She died in a Connecticut nursing home at 82. She was cremated at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Poughkeepsie, New York, her ashes were scattered by her family from their island off the coast of Main.


Rondo Hatton
Apr. 22nd, 1894-Feb. 2, 1946
HattonRondoDthCrt.jpg (268111 bytes)   Actor increasingly deformed in face and body from acromegaly, Cast in monstrous roles in a few Universal thrillers 1944-1945: The Pearl of Death, Jungle Captive, The Spider Woman Strikes Back, House of Horrors and The Brute Man, several released after his death. he died in LA at 51 from a heart attack related to his illness. He was a WWI veteran (2nd Lt. FL. Infantry) His is the seventh stone from north along the East fence, American Legion Cemetery at Kennedy and Henderson, Tampa FL.


Robert Heinlein
July 7th, 1907- May 8th, 1988
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   Science fiction writer from Butler Missouri, considered among the best in his field. His works include The Green Hills of Earth and Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), his most famous work. He had been in intermittent poor health for nearly 20 years prior to his death at 80 in his Carmel CA> home, with 64 books still in print. A posthumous book Grumbles from the Grave, edited by his wife Virginia, was published in 1989. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific from Carmel CA.


All information acquired from:
'Resting Places The Burial Sites of Over 7000 Famous Persons'
by Scott Wilson Scott Wilson has a background in genealogical research and a bachelor's degree in history and social services from Ball State University, Muncie IN. He has written articles on film history for various periodicals, including Classic Images and The Freedonia Gazette. Wilson resides in Richmond IN.

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