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Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills

6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Bette Davis

* 5. April 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, Vereinigte Staaten

6. Oktober 1989 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Frankreich

was an American stage and film actress. Bette Davis began her career in theater before moving to Hollywood in 1930 and starring in over 100 films until 1989. Bette Davis has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress and has been nominated eight times for the award in this category. She always fought with vehemence against the restrictions of the studio system and for good roles and more say in the selection of film roles. In 1936, she sued her film studio, Warner Brothers, in a sensational process, albeit in vain. During the 1989 American Cinema Awards, Davis collapsed. She had to realize that the cancer had come back. Nevertheless, she traveled to Spain to receive an award at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Donostia-San Sebastián. During her stay, her health deteriorated rapidly. Physically unable to return to the United States, she went to France, where she died on October 6, 1989 at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park alongside her mother Ruth and sister Bobby. Her epitaph reads "She did it the hard way".

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Charles Laughton

* 1. Juli 1899 in Scarborough, England

15. Dezember 1962 in Hollywood, Kalifornien

was a first British, from 1950 American actor and director in theater and film. He has had leading roles in such classic films as 'Mutiny on the Bounty', 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', 'Witness for the Prosecution' and 'Spartacus'. Laughton's only film as a director was The Night Hunter (1955), which flopped at the box office at the time but is now considered by many film critics to be one of the greatest films of all time. Laughton was married to British-American actress Elsa Lanchester from 1929 until his death in 1962. The marriage remained childless. In her autobiography, Lanchester mentions that this is because Laughton was homosexual and their relationship was therefore platonic.

Shortly before his death he was still in negotiations with Billy Wilder. The director planned to cast him for the role of Mustache in his new film, The Girl Irma La Douce. Laughton wanted to play the role, but Wilder found on his last visit that his friend was already very ill. In his memoirs, Wilder gave an impressive account of how Laughton tried to hide his cancer. Shortly after Wilder's visit, Laughton died at the age of 63.

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Clyde Beatty

* 10. Juni 1903 in Bainbridge, Ohio, USA

† 19. Juli 1965 in Ventura, Kalifornien

Joined the circus as a cage cleaner as a teenager and rose to fame as a lion tamer and animal trainer. He also became a circus impresario who owned his own show, which later merged with the Cole Bros. Circus to form the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus. Clyde Beatty died of cancer in 1965 at the age of 62.


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Alvy Moore

* 5. Dezember 1921 in Vincennes, Indiana

† 4. Mai 1997 in Palm Springs, California

was an American actor, best known for his role as Scatterbrained County agent Hank Kimball on the CBS television series 'Green Acres.' Alvy died of heart failure on May 4, 1997, at home in Palm Desert, California.

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Harriet MacGibbon

* 5. Oktober 1905 in Chicago, Illinois

† 8. Februar 1987 in Beverly Hills, California

was an American actress. Her first role was in The Golf Specialist (1930), which was filmed in Fort Lee, New Jersey. From 1950 she appeared in various TV series ("Bewitched", "Meet Mr. McNutley", "My Three Sons"). She appeared in just five motion pictures, including Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962), directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer and Lee J. Cobb. In contrast to her stage roles, MacGibbon's film and television roles have typically consisted of snooty society ladies, including her well-known role as "Margaret Drysdale" on The Beverly Hillbillies. MacGibbon has been married twice. With her first husband she had a son. Ten years after her son's death, MacGibbon died of heart and lung failure at the age of 81. She was cremated and her ashes interred in alcove 61046 in the Columbarium of Remembrance at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.

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* 16. Mai 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin

4. Februar 1987 in Palm Springs, Kalifornien

was an American pianist and later entertainer. The child prodigy could play classical pieces by heart for hours at the age of six. In the 1960s and 1970s Liberace developed into a show talent. Liberace was homosexual, but repeatedly brought lawsuits against relevant press releases, all of which he won. In the early days of his career, homosexuality was not only a taboo subject in the USA, he had to assume that coming out would damage his career. Liberace died of complications from AIDS in 1987 at the age of 67.

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Walter Lantz

* 27. April 1899 in New Rochelle, New York

22. März 1994 in Burbank, Kalifornien

was an American animator, director and producer of animated films. Lantz ran his own animation studio from 1929 to 1972, with Woody Woodpecker among his best-known cartoon characters. In 1984, Walter Lantz sold his rights to MCA, the owner of Universal. On March 22, 1994, Walter Lantz died at the age of 94 of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.


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Pamela Britton

* 19. March 1923

† 17. June 1974

was an American actress. Best known for her role as Lorelei Brown on the TV series 'My Favorite Martian' (1963-1966). In May 1974, while touring with Don Knotts, she developed a severe headache. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor and succumbed to the disease within two weeks at the age of 51.

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Forrest Tucker

* 12. Februar 1919 in Plainfield, Indiana

25. Oktober 1986 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor. Forrest Tucker began acting in theater when he was 14 years old. The 1.93 m tall Tucker had his first film role in 1940 in the feature film "The Westerner" alongside Gary Cooper. Tucker acted in nearly 150 films and series during his career. In 1986 he played his last role in the science fiction film "The Time Trap" alongside Klaus Kinski, Lauren Hutton and William Devane.

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George Raft

* 26. September 1901 in New York City

24. November 1980 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor of German descent. He was one of the big stars of gangster films of the 1930s and played in "Scarface", "Nights on the Road" and "Some Like It Hot". In keeping with his on-screen gangster characters, he was also friends with New York mobsters like Bugsy Siegel.

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Freddie Prinze

* 22. Juni 1954 in New York City, New York

29. Januar 1977 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor and stage comedian. He became known to a wide audience through his leading role as Chico in the US sitcom "The Two from the Gas Station". In 1975 Prince married Katherine Cochran. However, Freddy Prinze's drug abuse led to the marriage falling apart after just two years. Badly hit by the breakup, he shot himself, apparently under the influence of drugs, in a Los Angeles hotel room on January 28, 1977, from which he died a day later.

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Wanda Hendrix

* 3. November 1928 in Jacksonville, Florida

1. Februar 1981 in Burbank, Kalifornien

was an American film and television actress. Audie Murphy saw her on the cover of a magazine in 1949 and asked to meet her. They married soon after, but the marriage didn't last long. Hendrix later recounted that Murphy asked her to give up her job. What bothered her more was that Murphy, who suffered from World War II Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), slept with a loaded revolver and had aimed the gun at her during one of his flashback fits. In 1951 they divorced. In her later years, however, she spoke of him with compassion. She died of double pneumonia in Burbank, California, at the age of 52.

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Albert Broccoli

* 5. April 1909 in New York City

27. Juni 1996 in Beverly Hills

was an American film producer. As co-owner of the film production company Eon Productions Ltd. and the Danjaq, LLC, Broccoli created the James Bond film series with Harry Saltzman in 1962 and shaped it until his death. After Saltzman's retirement, Broccoli was the sole producer of the film series from 1975.

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Morey Amsterdam

*14. Dezember 1908 in Chicago, Illinois

† 28. Oktober 1996 in Los Angeles, California

was an American television actor and comedian, best known for playing friend Sorrell on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' from 1961 to 1966. Died of a heart attack at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Amsterdam on October 28, 1996 at the age of 87 Los Angeles, California.


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Isabel Sanford

* 29. August 1917 in New York City, New York

9. Juli 2004 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Louise "Weezy" Jefferson in "All in the Family" (1971-1975) and "The Jeffersons" (1975-1985). Sanford died of cardiac arrest resulting from heart disease on July 9, 2004 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Ann Harding

* 7. August 1902[1], in Fort Sam Houston, Texas

1. September 1981 in Sherman Oaks, Kalifornien

was an American actress. Two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame commemorate the actress. The star at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard is dedicated to her work in film, the star at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard commemorates her work in television.


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Rod Steiger

* 14. April 1925 in Westhampton, Long Island, New York

9. Juli 2002 in Los Angeles

was an American actor. In 1968 he received an Oscar for his role as Sheriff Bill Gillespie alongside Sidney Poitier in the film "In the Heat of the Night". Steiger was married five times: from 1959 to 1969 to actress Claire Bloom, from 2000 until his death in 2002 with actress Joan Benedict. He died in Los Angeles Hospital.

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Bobby Troup

* 18. Oktober 1918 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

7. Februar 1999 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American swing jazz pianist, songwriter and actor. He composed the song "Get Your Kicks On Route 66".

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Julie London

* 26. September 1926 in Santa Rosa, Kalifornien

18. Oktober 2000 in Encino, Kalifornien

was an American actress and singer. Her best-known hit was 1957's 'Cry Me a River'. As an actress, London appeared in over 20 feature films, including 'Storm in the Pacific' (1949) with Gary Cooper and 'The Man from the West' (1958) also at Cooper's side. She also acted in many television productions, such as Nurse Dixie McCall in the hospital series "Emergency Call California" produced by her ex-husband Jack Webb from 1972 to 1979 (her husband Bobby Troup also starred there as Dr. Joe Early) . In 1974 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the series. Julie London never fully recovered from a stroke suffered in 1995 and died in 2000. She has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1960.

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Sandra Dee

* 23. April 1942 in Bayonne, New Jersey

20. Februar 2005 in Thousand Oaks, Kalifornien

was an American actress. Her acting breakthrough came in 1959 in the Douglas Sirk film As Long As There Were, opposite Lana Turner. Commercial success came in the same year with "The Summer Island" alongside Troy Donahue and "April Discovers the Men". Sandra soon became the most popular teen star. At the age of only 26, her career came to an end. The former teenage idol was anorexic, increasingly addicted to alcohol and suffered from depression. In 2000, she developed throat cancer and suffered from renal failure. On February 20, 2005, Sandra Dee succumbed to acute kidney failure in a Los Angeles hospital after complications from pneumonia.

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Michael Clarke Duncan

* 10. Dezember 1957 in Chicago, Illinois

3. September 2012 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

...was an American actor. His first major film was "Armageddon - The Last Judgment". During filming in 1998, he became friends with Bruce Willis. This later helped him to his most famous role as John Coffey in the Stephen King film "The Green Mile". He also starred alongside Willis in the films No Half Measures, Sin City and Breakfast of Champions. Other well-known roles were "The Scorpion King", "Planet of the Apes" and "The Island". Duncan has also had guest appearances on the series CSI: NY and the sitcom Two and a Half Men. On September 3, 2012, he died at the age of 54 as a result of a heart attack he suffered on July 13, 2012.

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Leon Ames

* 20. Januar 1902 in Portland, Indiana

12. Oktober 1993 in Laguna Beach, Kalifornien

was an American actor best known for his portrayals of family men. Between 1931 and 1986 he acted in over 150 film and television productions. Leon Ames died in 1993 at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke.

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McLean Sevenson

* 14. November 1927 in Normal, Illinois

15. Februar 1996 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American television actor and comedian. His most famous role was that of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake in the US television series "M*A*S*H". After "M*A*S*H," Stevenson starred in a few sitcoms. But all of these television series came to a quick end. None got past the first season. He died of heart failure during surgery.

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Brad Davis

* 6. November 1949 in Tallahassee, Florida

8. September 1991 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor. In 1978 Davis took on the lead role in the drama film "Midnight Express" as American student Billy Hayes, who had been imprisoned in Turkey for a drug offense. In 1987, Davis co-starred with Sharon Stone in the thriller Cold as Steel. Davis died of a deliberate drug overdose in 1991 after years of suffering from AIDS.

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Lou Rawls

* 1. Dezember 1933 in Chicago, Illinois

6. Januar 2006 in Los Angeles

was an American singer who, starting in the early 1960s, wrote music history for decades with his characteristic, slightly smoky voice. His best-known and most successful recordings include recordings that alternate between jazz, soul, blues, pop and disco, such as "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" (1966), "Dead End Street" (1967), "Your Good Thing" (Is About to End) (1969), A Natural Man (1971), You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (1976) and Lady Love (1978), for which Rawls received numerous awards.

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Andy Gibb

* 5. März 1958 in Manchester, England

10. März 1988 in Oxford, England

...was a British-Australian singer and the younger brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Between May 1977 and April 1978 he topped the US charts with a total of three songs. In the following years he had further musical success and came into the media with his relationship with the actress Victoria Principal. The two separated in the mid-1980s and Gibb, now a drug addict, was admitted to the Betty Ford Clinic.

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Ernie Kovacs

* 23. Januar 1919 in Trenton, New Jersey

13. Januar 1962 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor, comedian and musician. He has appeared in a number of film productions including My Bride Is Psychic with Jack Lemmon and The Land of a Thousand Adventures with John Wayne. On January 13, 1962, while driving home from a party in Beverly Hills, he lost control of his Chevrolet Corvair and crashed into a concrete pillar. He died instantly. He left his second wife, Edie Adams, with large tax debts, which she paid for with television appearances and donations from celebrity friends. Ernie Kovacs has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Lee Van Cleef

* 9. Januar 1925 in Somerville, New Jersey

16. Dezember 1989 in Oxnard, Kalifornien

was an American film and television actor. Van Cleef was a supporting actor in Hollywood for years before establishing himself as one of the leading stars of spaghetti westerns in the second half of the 1960s. Lee Van Cleef died in 1989 of complications from a heart attack.

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Michael Ansara

* 15. April 1922 in Syrien

31. Juli 2013 in Calabasas, Kalifornien

was an American actor. He had his first important role in the television series "Broken Arrow" (1956), in which he played the Indian chief Cochise. His appearance helped him, his facial features looked Indian. He was even more popular later in the role of the Native American marshal Sam Buckhart in the series "Law of the Plainsman" (1959) with Gina Gillespie. Ansara appeared as Klingon Kang in one episode each of the television series "Starship Enterprise" (1968), "Deep Space 9" (1994) and "Star Trek: Starship Voyager" (1996). He also played the Tavnian Jeyal in one episode of "Deep Space 9". In "Babylon 5" he appeared as the technomage Elric. Ansara passed away on July 31, 2013 after a long illness at his home in Calabasas, California.

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Tom Bosley

* 1. Oktober 1927 in Chicago, Illinois

19. Oktober 2010 in Palm Springs, Kalifornien

was an American actor. He achieved international fame through his leading roles in US television series. In the sitcom "Happy Days" he embodied the easygoing and helpful father of the main character Richie. In the crime series "Murder Is Her Hobby", Bosley was the clumsy sheriff Amos Tupper, so that his friend and writer Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) always solved the murder cases in his place. In the crime series "A Blessed Team" he finally clarified the crimes himself as the Catholic pastor and amateur detective Frank Dowling. He has also made numerous guest appearances on television series such as "Bonanza", "Love Boat" and "Perry Mason". Tom Bosley died on October 19, 2010 as a result of a staph infection. His last appearance was in the 2010 film "Plan B für die Liebe".

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Jack LaLane

* 26. September 1914 in San Francisco

23. Januar 2011 in Morro Bay

was an American founder of the US fitness movement. He was also called the Godfather of Fitness because he had spent most of his life inspiring people to be healthy. He died of complications from pneumonia on January 23, 2011 at the age of 96 at his home in Morro Bay, California. Up until his death, LaLanne ate healthily and exercised daily.

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Buster Keaton

* 4. Oktober 1895 in Piqua, Kansas

1. Februar 1966 in Woodland Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actor, comedian and film director. Alongside Charles Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, Keaton was one of the most successful comedians of the silent film era. Because of his deliberately serious, stoic expression, he has been nicknamed "The Great Stoneface" and "The Man Who Never Laughed". With "The Navigator" he made his breakthrough in 1924 and joined the most popular comedians of his time, Chaplin and Lloyd. In the wake of the financial failure of his lavish film The General, Keaton became an actor with MGM in 1928. In 1933 Keaton, by now an alcoholic, was fired due to ongoing conflicts with the company's board of directors and he was forgotten. Keaton's last film production was "The Ancient Romans Did It Great" (1966), directed by Richard Lester. At the time he was already in poor health, and this time he was doubled for dangerous stunts. However, he couldn't resist banging his head against a tree. Keaton's health had been deteriorating for several years, which sometimes manifested itself in severe fits of coughing. The diagnosis of lung cancer, which was only made at a very advanced stage, was concealed from him by his wife and the doctor. Buster Keaton died at his home on February 1, 1966 at the age of 70 from complications of his illness.

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John Hall

* 23. Februar 1915 in Fresno, USA

13. Dezember 1979 in North Hollywood, USA

was an American film actor. Jon Hall's career peaked in the 1940s, starring in numerous adventure films at Universal Studios. His most successful films of this type include "Arabian Nights" (1942) and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" (1944). He starred in the series "Ramar of the Jungle" from 1952 to 1954 for 52 episodes. The Beach-Girls and the Monster, which he also directed, was his last film in 1965. In 1979, Jon Hall committed suicide at the age of 64 due to cancer. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Marty Feldman

* 8. Juli 1934 in London

2. Dezember 1982 in Mexiko-Stadt

was a British-American comedian, writer, actor and director. In the summer of 1961, Feldman was diagnosed with severe hyperthyroidism, which would change his appearance forever, leading to the appearance he is remembered for today. Feldman moved to US television in the late 1960s, appearing in sketches for The Dean Martin Show. From 1970 he took over their complete summer representation. That same year he got his own show, The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine. Marty Feldman died of heart failure in a hotel in Mexico City while filming the pirate satire Dotterbart. The reason for this remained unclear. He is buried at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California near his idol Buster Keaton in the Garden of Heritage.

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Stan Laurel

* 16. Juni 1890 in Ulverston, England

† 23. Februar 1965 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien, USA

was a British film comedian, screenwriter, director and producer; who became world famous as part of the legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy ("Dick und Doof"). Laurel began his acting career in England but has worked in film almost exclusively in the United States. Between 1921 and 1951 he made a total of 106 films with Oliver Hardy, in which Laurel embodied the role of the simple-minded and childlike Stan. Prior to this collaboration with Hardy, the comedian had acted in numerous solo films. Laurel also took part behind the camera in many of his films, including as a gag writer. In 1961 he received an honorary Oscar for his life's work. While filming Atoll K, Laurel was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The death of Oliver Hardy on August 7, 1957 was a heavy blow for Stan. Because of his poor health, his family doctor forbade him from attending the funeral. Stan Laurel survived his partner by seven and a half years, dying on February 23, 1965 of a heart attack at the age of 74. Just minutes before his death, Laurel told the nurse that he just wanted to go skiing. The nurse said she didn't know he was a skier. Laurel then replied, "I'm not - but I'd rather do it than this." A few minutes later, the nurse came back to him and discovered that he had died peacefully in the armchair. The funeral service on February 26, 1965 was attended by many comedians, including his longtime friend Buster Keaton. At Laurel's funeral, Keaton said of him, "Chaplin wasn't the funniest, I wasn't the funniest, this man was the funniest. The comedian Laurel had also commented on his funeral during his lifetime: I won't speak to anyone who dares to cry at my funeral."

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Telly Savalas

* 21. Januar 1922 in Garden City, New York

22. Januar 1994 in Universal City, Kalifornien

was an American actor of Greek descent who also performed as a singer. He achieved worldwide fame as the title actor Kojak in the crime series "Kojak - Operation in Manhattan". In 1989 he underwent successful surgery for bladder cancer, but died in 1994 from complications from prostate cancer.

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Bert Convy

* 23. Juli 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri

† 15. Juli 1991 in Brentwood, Los Angeles

was an American actor, singer, game show host. In April 1990, Convy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing. Glioblastoma multiforme was diagnosed there. The inoperable tumor forced him out of the Match Game host role. On July 15, 1991, Convy died at his home in Brentwood, aged 57.

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Bob Kane

* 24. Oktober 1916 in New York

3. November 1998 in Los Angeles

was an American comic artist, writer and editor. Together with author Bill Finger he created the well-known classic superhero Batman for DC Comics in 1939. He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 1996.

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John Ritter

* 17. September 1948 in Burbank, Kalifornien

11. September 2003 ebenda

was an American film and television actor, best known for guest appearances on numerous series and shows. He also became known in Germany through his role as Jack Tripper in "Herzbube mit Zwei Damen". In September 2003, during rehearsals for an episode of "My Wild Daughters," Ritter developed severe chest pains and went to nearby Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he died on September 11, 2003 at the age of 54 - a week before his 55th birthday – died of an aortic dissection. His family sued the treating physicians in early 2008 for $67 million in damages. The lawsuit was dismissed in March 2008. Since Ritter embodied the father of the protagonist John Dorian in some guest appearances in the series "Scrubs - The Beginners", the sixth episode of the fourth season was dedicated to him, in which he dies completely unexpectedly.

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Steve Allen

* 26. Dezember 1921 in New York City, New York

30. Oktober 2000 in Encino, Kalifornien

was an American comedian, actor and musician. Allen has also appeared in several films. In 1955 he played the title role in the "Benny Goodman Story". In 1962 he starred in the unfinished film Something's Got to Give alongside Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. In "Where Were You When the Lights Out?" from 1968 with Doris Day he portrayed a radio announcer. After a long and successful career, Allen died in 2000 following a traffic accident (heart attack) resulting from a ruptured blood vessel.


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Paul Walker

* 12. September 1973 in Glendale, Kalifornien

30. November 2013 in Santa Clarita, Kalifornien

...was an American actor and film producer. On November 30, 2013, Walker and his racing driver friend Roger Rodas were killed in a car crash in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles. They were returning from Walker's "Reach Out Worldwide" event held to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Rodas lost control of his Porsche Carrera GT at excessive speed (approx. 160 km/h), which then hit a lamp post, then a tree and then burst into flames. Both occupants of the vehicle died at the scene of the accident, with Walker in the passenger seat. Paul Walker was cremated and buried with close family on December 14, 2013 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

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Jerry Buss

* 27. Januar 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah

18. Februar 2013 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American entrepreneur and majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise of the basketball league NBA. During his tenure, the Lakers won the championship ten times. Jerry Buss has handed over responsibility for the LA Lakers to his son Jim and daughter Jeanie. He operated as a semi-professional poker player in the World Series of Poker.

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William Conrad

* 27. September 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky

11. Februar 1994 in Los Angeles

was an American actor, director and producer. In the 1970s, the detective television series "Cannon" brought him a high profile. The series aired from 1971 to 1976, and Conrad was awarded a Bambi for it in Germany. This was followed by leading roles in the short-lived detective series "Nero Wolfe" (1981) and in the crime series "Jake and McCabe - Jake and the Fatman", which ran from 1987 to 1992. William Conrad died of heart failure in North Hollywood in 1994 at the age of 73 and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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Scatman Crothers

* 23. Mai 1910 in Terre Haute, Indiana

22. November 1986 in Van Nuys, Kalifornien

was an American singer, composer and actor. He first appeared in a film in the 1950s. Although he has acted in over 60 movies and television films, e.g. in "Jenseits des Ruwenzori" (1961) alongside Roger Moore, he remained mainly active as a singer and composer. His performance as a hotel chef in Stanley Kubrick's horror film "The Shining" was remembered most strongly. Five years earlier he acted as a night watchman opposite Jack Nicholson in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 1976 he played the conductor Ralston in the comedy "Trans-Amerika-Express".

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David Carradine

* 8. Dezember 1936 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

3. Juni 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand

was an American actor, director and producer. Carradine's most famous role was as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. He has also acted in various cinema productions, such as the leading role in Ingmar Bergman's "The Snake Egg", the title role in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill 1" and "Kill Bill 2" and as an opponent of Chuck Norris in "McQuade, der Wolf" (1983). Overall, Carradine has acted in more than 100 films. On June 4, 2009, David Carradine was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room. As detailed in an article published by the Associated Press on July 3, 2009, experts believe his death was an accident during an autoerotic suffocation game. Carradine was buried on June 13, 2009 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood.

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Brittany Murphy

* 10. November 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

20. Dezember 2009 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actress. She was already in front of the camera for commercials at the age of thirteen. Her international breakthrough came as a supporting actress in films like "Clueless – Was Else!" and "Crazy". On December 20, 2009 at around 8am local time, Brittany Murphy was found unconscious in the shower at her home by her mother, Sharon. After unsuccessful attempts to revive the rescue workers called, the actress was found dead at 10:04 a.m. in the hospital. The cause of death was given as heart failure. She was buried on December 24, 2009 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. On February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles coroner said the death was due to pneumonia, multiple medications, and iron deficiency anemia. In late July 2010, it was believed that mold might have spread through her home and killed her. After a short time, however, this theory was refuted by the family of the deceased and by investigations by the health department.


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Oswald G. Nelson

* 20. März 1906 in Jersey City, New Jersey

† 3. Juni 1975 in Hollywood, California

was an American band leader, actor, director and producer. He suffered from recurring malignancies in his later years and died of liver cancer on June 3, 1975 at his home in San Fernando. He was cremated and buried in an alcove in Westwood Memorial Park's outdoor Garden of Tranquility Columbarium.

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Ricky Nelson

* 8. Mai 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey

31. Dezember 1985 in De Kalb, Texas

was an American actor, musician, and singer-songwriter. He was one of the first teen stars in the United States. Rick Nelson died in a plane crash in De Kalb, Texas on December 31, 1985 en route from Alabama to a Dallas gig. His girlfriend Helen Blair and all members of the Stone Canyon Band died with him. During the official investigation into the accident, traces of drugs were found in the blood of Nelson and four of his band members, and cocaine and residues of a strong painkiller were found in Nelson.

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Leo Durocher

* 27. Juli 1905 in West Springfield, Massachusetts

7. Oktober 1991 in Palm Springs, Kalifornien

was an American baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball. His nickname was "The Lip". Leo Durocher passed away in Palm Springs in October 1991. In 1994 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Edgar Buchanan

* 20. März 1903 in Humansville, Missouri

4. April 1979 in Palm Desert, Kalifornien

was an American actor. In addition to guest roles in series such as "West of Santa Fe", "At the foot of the blue mountains", "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke", he became known in the United States primarily through various long-term series leading roles. From 1952 he was seen alongside William Boyd in 40 episodes of the series "Hopalong Cassidy", between 1956 and 1957 he played 39 episodes in the series "Roy Bean", a judge in the wild west. In the successful sitcom "Petticoat Junction " he played the role of Uncle Joe Carson in all 222 episodes between 1963 and 1970, for which he is well known in the United States.

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George Stevens

* 18. Dezember 1904 in Oakland

8. März 1975 in Lancaster, Kalifornien

was an American film director, screenwriter, film producer and cinematographer. His most famous films include "A Place in the Sun", "My Great Friend Shane", "Giant" and "The Diary of Anne Frank". For "A Place in the Sun" and "Giant" he won the Oscar in the category Best Director. George Stevens was an outspoken perfectionist, carefully planning each scene and sometimes driving the actors to exhaustion with endless repetition of shots. Before the shoot, every possible camera setting and every conceivable lighting angle was tried out in order to get the best possible results.


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Jack Soo

* 28. Oktober 1917

† 11. Januar 1979

was a Japanese-American actor. He is known for his role as detective Nick Yemana on the series "Barney Miller". Soo got esophageal cancer. The cancer spread quickly and Soo died on January 11, 1979 at the California Los Angeles Medical Center at the age of 61.

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Gene Autry

* 29. September 1907 in Tioga Springs, Texas

2. Oktober 1998 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American country singer and actor. He is the only artist to have stars in all five categories (film, television, theater, music and radio) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is best known for his roles as the "singing cowboy". Gene Autry died on October 2, 1998 at the age of 91.

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Smiley Burnette

* 18. März 1911

† 16. Februar 1967 in Encino, California

...was a popular American country musician and comedic actor. He was also an upbeat singer and songwriter who could play up to 100 musical instruments, some at the same time. His career, beginning in 1934, spanned four decades, including a regular role on CBS-TV's "Petticoat Junction" in the 1960s. Shortly after the fourth season of "Petticoat Junction," Burnette fell ill. On February 16, 1967, one month before his 56th birthday, he died of leukemia in Encino, California.

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Roy Disney

* 24. Juni 1893 in Chicago

20. Dezember 1971 in Burbank

was the older brother of Walt Disney, with whom he founded the Walt Disney Company in 1923 as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. While his brother covered the creative part of the company, Roy Oliver Disney was responsible for the financial part. He was Chairman (1929-1971) and President (1945-1971) of The Walt Disney Company. He died of a stroke two months after Disney World opened. At Disney World, in the Magic Kingdom, there is a statue depicting Roy Oliver Disney sitting on a park bench next to Minnie Mouse.

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Jack Webb

* 2. April 1920 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

23. Dezember 1982 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American director, screenwriter, actor and producer. His foray into the motion picture business was unsuccessful, so Webb returned to television in 1962. Warner Bros. Television hired him as executive producer in 1963, but the failure of the series "77 Sunset Strip" led to his dismissal after just 10 months. Two years of unemployment followed. Universal had acquired the rights to "Dragnet" and approached Webb to direct a new season of the series, including a made-for-TV movie. The series became a smash hit, and Webb's popularity continued to grow. This has enabled Webb to put his production company on a financially sound footing. In the 1970s he produced the hospital series "Notruf California". He died of a heart attack the day before Christmas Eve 1982.


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Noah Berry Jr.

* 10. August 1913 in New York City, New York

1. November 1994 in Tehachapi, Kalifornien

was an American film and television actor. He has starred in over 100 film and television productions and has been an actor for over 65 years. In 1985, his poor health meant that he had to give up his acting career. He had one of his last appearances in the series "Mord ist ihr Hobby" (episode "Dark Past"). Noah Beery Jr. died at the age of 81 as a result of a thrombosis in the brain.

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Vic Tayback

* 6. Januar 1930 in Brooklyn, New York

†  25. Mai 1990 Glendale, California

was an American actor, best known for his role as restaurant owner Mel Sharples in the 1974 film 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'. Tayback died of a heart attack in 1990.

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Dorothy Lamour

* 10. Dezember 1914 in New Orleans

22. September 1996 in Los Angeles

was an American actress.

She first gained attention as a singer in Herbie Kay's band. In 1935 she received her own music show on NBC radio. Dorothy Lamour made her film debut in 1933 in Lloyd Bacon's Musical Footlight Parade, a revue film in which she had a minor supporting role alongside James Cagney and Joan Blondell. In 1936 she signed a seven-year studio contract with Paramount Pictures. She was cast in The Jungle Princess that same year as a sort of female Tarzan opposite Ray Milland. Finally, in 1940, she made the film that would make her a part of American folklore, The Road to Singapore. Alongside Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, Lamour directed a total of six films from the Road series, in which she is always the girl that Bing and Bob fight over. Lamour played her personal favorite role in 1940 opposite Tyrone Power in Johnny Apollo, a drama about violence and love. After the war, Dorothy Lamour's film career faltered. She later began a new career as a nightclub entertainer; occasionally she also appeared on theater stages. In the 1960s she returned to film for a few supporting roles, but also increasingly turned to serious acting. In the 1990s she worked only occasionally as an actress, but remained present through talk shows and interviews in the media. Dorothy Lamour has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her achievements in film (at 6332 Hollywood Blvd) and radio (at 6240 Hollywood Blvd). In 1948 she won a Golden Apple Award for Most Collaborative Actress. In 1988, she was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the horror comedy Creepshow 2. Dorothy Lamour died at her home in North Hollywood at the age of 81.

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Marjorie Main

* 24. Februar 1890 in Acton, Indiana

10. April 1975 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

...was an American actress. In 1947, she played the character of Ma Kettle, an outwardly rough farmer with a heart of gold, in the comedy film The Egg and I, opposite Claudette Colbert. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 1948 Academy Awards for this role. The Egg and I grossed nearly $5 million, and the Universal Pictures studio turned the characters of Ma and Pa Kettle, played by Main and Percy Kilbride, into the heroes of their own series of nine feature films. In 1957 Main retired into private life. She died in 1975 at the age of 85.


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