Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Entrance of Hollywood Forever
|Location||6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood|
|Area||62 acres (25 ha)|
|Architectural style||Exotic Revival, Classical Revival, et al.|
|NRHP Reference #||99000550 |
|Added to NRHP||May 14, 1999|
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, originally named Hollywood Cemetery, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. It is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Paramount Studios is located at the south end of the same block on 40 acres which used to be part of the cemetery (but in which no interments were made).
Those in the graves, crypts, niches, and sarcophagi at the cemetery include culturally significant people as well as celebrities, including legendary actors, directors, writers, etc. from the entertainment industry. People who played vital roles in shaping Los Angeles are throughout the property. The cemetery is active and regularly hosts community events, including music and summer movie screenings. In 2011, the cemetery acted as co-production company for the American silent movie Silent Life based on the story of the Hollywood idol Rudolph Valentino, who is famously entombed there in what was originally a borrowed crypt.
The cemetery, the only one actually in Hollywood, was founded in 1899 on 100 acres (0.40 km2) and called "Hollywood Cemetery" by developer Isaac Lankershim and his business partner / son-in-law, Isaac Van Nuys. The cemetery sold off large tracts to Paramount Studios, which, with RKO Studios, bought 40 acres (160,000 m2) by 1920. Part of the remaining land was set aside for the Beth Olam Cemetery, a dedicated Jewish burial ground, where people from the local Jewish community are buried.
In 1939, Jules Roth, a convicted felon and millionaire, bought a 51% stake in the cemetery, the interment site of his parents. He used the money from the cemetery's operations to pay for personal luxuries while allowing the cemetery and crematory to fall into disrepair.
In 1952, despite her expressed wish, Roth would not allow the actress Hattie McDaniel, best known for her role of Mammy in the movie Gone With The Wind, for which she became the first African American to win an Academy Award, to be buried at Hollywood Memorial. At the time of her death, Hollywood Memorial, like other cemeteries, was segregated (the cemetery was desegregated in 1959). On the 47th anniversary of McDaniel's death, the cemetery's current owner dedicated a cenotaph in her honor at a prime location south of Sylvan Lake.
The crematory was shut down in July, 1974 after the cremation of singer Cass Elliot. According to the cemetery grounds supervisor Daniel Ugarte, the crematory was in such disrepair that bricks began falling in around Elliot's body (the crematory was later repaired and reopened in 2002).
By the 1980s, the California Cemetery Board began receiving regular complaints from the families of people interred there. Family members complained that the grounds were not kept up and were disturbed to hear stories about vandalism on the cemetery grounds. The heirs of well-known makeup artist Max Factor (who was interred in the Beth Olam Mausoleum in 1938) moved his and other Factor family remains after the mausoleum sustained water damage that discolored the walls.
In 1986, a Los Angeles woman and 1,000 other plot owners filed a class action lawsuit against the cemetery for invasion of privacy after they discovered that Roth allowed employees of Paramount Pictures to park in the cemetery while the studio's parking structure was undergoing construction. In 2015, a lawn on the south end of the property was paved and made into a parking lot for Paramount's employees.
In the late 1980s, to settle tax bills and furnish his lavish lifestyle, Jules Roth sold two lawns, a total of 3 acres, which ran along the Santa Monica Boulevard front of the property. Those lawns are now strip malls which house, among other businesses, an auto parts store and a laundromat.
After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Roth couldn't afford to repair the roofs and other damage the earthquake caused to crypts. By that time, Hollywood Memorial was no longer making money and only generated revenue by charging families $500 for disinterments.
In 1997, Roth was became ill after he fell in his Hollywood Hills home. He had been embroiled in a scandal regarding another cemetery he owned, Lincoln Memorial Park, in Carson, California. Several months before his death, Roth was bedridden and disoriented and during this time his will was changed to provide for his business associates and maid, who were the only witnesses to his signature. His relatives were written out. Roth died on January 4, 1998, and he was interred next to his wife Virginia, his father, and his mother in the Cathedral Mausoleum. The state of California had revoked the cemetery's license to sell its remaining interment spaces.
After Roth's death, it was discovered that the cemetery's endowment care fund, meant to take care of the cemetery in perpetuity, was missing about $9 million, according to the current owner.
Those owners, Tyler and Brent Cassity, purchased the now 62-acre (250,000 m2) property which was on the verge of closure in a bankruptcy proceeding, in 1998 for $375,000. They renamed the cemetery "Hollywood Forever" and set out to give it a complete renaissance, restoring, refurbishing and adding to it, investing millions in revitalizing the grounds and also offering documentaries about the deceased that are to be played in perpetuity on kiosks and are posted on the Web, as well as organizing tours to draw visitors.
In 2010, Brent Cassity and his father, along with several others, were indicted for running a ponzi-like scheme stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from pre-need funeral contracts. It was later found that the money that the brothers used to invest in the cemetery came from the proceeds of the scheme.
The cemetery has, since 2002, screened films at a gathering called Cinespia on weekends during the summer and on holidays. The screenings are held on the Douglas Fairbanks Lawn and the films are projected onto the white marble west wall of the Cathedral Mausoleum. Music events take place in the cemetery as well. On June 14 and 15, 2011, The Flaming Lips played at the cemetery in a two-night gig billed "Everyone You Know Someday Will Die," a lyric from their 2002 single "Do You Realize??"
The award winning film An Ordinary Couple was inspired by the building of a Hollywood Forever monument in the Garden of Legends and stars Bernardo Puccio and Orin Kennedy.
A documentary about the cemetery called The Young and the Dead, was made in 2000.
In one scene of the novel Expiration Date by Tim Powers, the main characters are evading the antagonists of the novel by hiding in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. At one point the main hero, Pete Sullivan, remarks at the tomb of Bugsy Siegel that his late Hollywood producer father was friends with Siegel and many of the other celebrities interred at Hollywood Forever. To illustrate, Sullivan knocks the first few beats of "Shave-and-a-Haircut" on the marble slab of Siegel's crypt, and, a moment later, receives the response "Two-Bits" knocked from inside the crypt.
In Episode 'Blues from Laurel Canyon' in Season 2 of Showtime's Californication character Lew Ashby's grave is depicted at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
In 2012, Los Angeles heavy metal band L.A. Guns released an album entitled Hollywood Forever (album), which also contains a title track. A music video for one of the album's tracks, "Requiem" featured excerpts filmed on location at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery was featured on CNBC’s American Greed episode “Six Feet Plunder”: it detailed how the cemetery was purchased and owned by brothers Tyler and Brent Cassity, with some of the funds coming from National Prearranged Services, Inc., a ponzi scheme run by the Cassity family.
The cemetery was featured in the 2014 horror comedy Burying the Ex.
The 2015 movie Woman in Gold had a funeral scene near the Watchorn obelisk.
Use the following alphabetical links to find someone:
- David Abel (1883–1973), cinematographer (aged 90)
- Joseph Achron (1886–1943), musician (aged 56)
- Bert Adams (1891–1940), MLB player (aged 49)
- Don Adams (1923–2005), actor/comedian, Agent Maxwell Smart on TV's Get Smart (aged 82)
- Louis Adlon (1908–1947), actor (aged 39)
- Renée Adorée (1898–1933), actress (aged 35)
- Gilbert Adrian (1903–1959), MGM costume designer (aged 56)
- Helen Ainsworth (1902–1961), actress/producer (aged 59)
- Spottiswoode Aitken (1868–1933), actor (aged 64)
- Albert Akst (1899–1958), film editor (aged 57)
- Norman Alden (1924–2012), actor (aged 87)
- Erville Alderson (1882–1957), actor (aged 74)
- Frank Alexander (1879–1937), actor (aged 58)
- J. Grubb Alexander (1887–1932), screenwriter (aged 44)
- Charlie Allen (1942–1990), singer (aged 48)
- Lester Allen (1891–1949), actor (aged 57)
- Murray Alper (1904–1984), actor (aged 80)
- Albert Edward Anson (1879–1936), actor (aged 57)
- Andrew Arbuckle (1887–1939), actor (aged 51)
- Gus Arnheim (1897–1955), composer (aged 58)
- Sylvia Ashley (1904–1977), actress/socialite (aged 73)
- A.E. Anson (1879–1936), actor (aged 56)
- Gertrude Astor (1887–1977), actress (aged 90)
- David Avadon (1948-2009), magician and illusionist (aged 60)
- Charles Avery (1873–1926), actor (aged 53)
- Agnes Ayres (1898–1940), actress (aged 42)
- Leah Baird (1883–1971), actress/screenwriter (aged 88)
- Charles Graham Baker (1883–1950), screenwriter/director (aged 66)
- Reginald Baker (1884–1953), actor/athlete/stuntman (aged 69)
- Fred J. Balshofer (1877–1969), director/producer (aged 91)
- Peter Bardens (1945–2002), musician (aged 57)
- George Barnes (1892–1953), cinematographer (aged 60)
- Anne Bauchens (1882–1967), film editor (aged 85)
- Frank Beal (1862–1934), actor/director/screenwriter (aged 72)
- James Beatty (1836–1927), federal judge in Idaho (aged 91)
- William Beaudine (1892–1970), director and actor (aged 78)
- Tony Beckley (1929–1980), actor (aged 50)
- Monta Bell (1891–1958), director (aged 66)
- Elmer Berger (1891–1952), inventor of the rear-view mirror (aged 61)
- Harry Bernard (1878–1940), actor/comedian (aged 62)
- Vic Berton (1896–1951), musician (aged 55)
- Herman Bing (1889–1947), actor (aged 57)
- Maurice Black (1891–1938), actor (aged 47)
- Paula Blackton (1881–1930), actress/director (aged 48)
- Richard Blackwell (1922–2008), fashion critic (aged 86)
- Mel Blanc (1908–1989), actor, comedian, and voice-over artist of Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoons; his tombstone has one of the most famous epitaphs, "That's all folks" (aged 81)
- Lucille Bliss (1916–2012), actress/voice artist (aged 96)
- Lilian Bond (1908–1991), actress (aged 83)
- Gypsy Boots (1914–2004), fitness guru (aged 89)
- Egon Brecher (1880–1946), actor/director (aged 66)
- Joseph Carl Breil (1870–1926), singer/composer/director (aged 55)
- El Brendel (1890–1964), actor/comedian (aged 74)
- Felix Bressart (1892–1949), actor (aged 57)
- Jack Brooks (1912–1971), composer (aged 59)
- Coral Browne (1913–1991), actress (aged 77)
- Edward Bunker (1933–2005), actor/screenwriter/novelist (aged 71)
- James O. Barrows (1855–1925), actor (aged 70)
- Charles Belcher (1872–1943), actor (aged 71)
- Ted Bennett (1872–1941), actor (aged 69)
- Clara Beranger (1886-1956), screenwriter (aged 70)
- George Berkeley (1921-1992), actor (aged 60)
- Louis Calhern (1895–1956), actor (aged 61)
- Eduardo Cansino, Jr (1919-1974), actor, youngest brother of Rita Hayworth (aged 54)
- Edwin Carewe (1883–1940), actor/director/producer/screenwriter (aged 56)
- Horace B. Carpenter (1875-1945), actor (aged 70)
- Lynn Cartwright (1927–2004), actress, wife of Leo Gordon (aged 77)
- Maurice Cass (1884–1954), actor (aged 69)
- Joseph Cawthorn (1868-1949), actor (aged 80)
- Harry Chandler (1864–1944) publisher of the Los Angeles Times and investor (aged 80)
- Charles Chaplin Jr. (1925–1968), actor, son of Charlie Chaplin (aged 42)
- Emile Chautard (1864–1934), actor/director/screenwriter (aged 69)
- Al Christie (1881–1951), director/producer and screenwriter (aged 69)
- Charles Christie (1880–1955), movie studio owner (aged 75)
- Gertrude Claire (1852–1928), actress (aged 75)
- William Andrews Clark, Jr. (1877–1934), founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (aged 57)
- Lana Clarkson (1962–2003), actress/model (aged 40)
- Dark Cloud (1855-1918), actor and model (aged 62)
- Iron Eyes Cody (1904–1999), actor (aged 94)
- Art Cohn (1909-1958), screenwriter (aged 48)
- Harry Cohn (1891–1958), founder of Columbia Pictures (aged 66)
- Robert Cohn (1920-1996), motion picture producer (aged 75)
- Cornelius Cole (1822–1924), California Congressional Representative and U.S. Senator (aged 102)
- Thomas F. Cooke (1863–1941), Los Angeles City Council member, (1929–1931) (aged 78)
- Lillian Kemble-Cooper (1892–1977), actress and singer, wife of actor Guy Bates Post (aged 85)
- Lois Collier (1922-1999), actress (aged 80)
- Pierre Collings (1902-1937), screenwriter (aged 35)
- Edward Connelly (1859-1928), actor (aged 68)
- Morty Corb (1917-1996), jazz musician (aged 78)
- Norman Cousins (1915-1990), author and editor (aged 75)
- William Henry Crane (1845–1928), actor (aged 82)
- Henry Cronjager (1877-1967), cinematographer, Father of Edward Cronjager (aged 90)
- Alan Crosland (1894–1936), director (aged 41)
- James Cruze (1884–1942), actor/director (aged 58)
- Irving Cummings (1888–1959), film director and actor (aged 70)
- Orlando da Costa (1929–2006), Portuguese Minister (aged 77)
- Cass Daley (1915–1975), actress/comedian/singer (aged 59)
- Viola Dana (1897–1987), actress (aged 90)
- Karl Dane (1886–1934), actor (aged 47)
- Bebe Daniels (1901–1972), actress (aged 70)
- Joe Dassin (1938–1980), American-born French singer/songwriter (aged 41)
- Marion Davies (1897–1961), actress (aged 64)
- Reine Davies (1883-1938), actress (aged 51)
- Rosemary Davies (1903-1963), actress (aged 60)
- Harry J. Davenport (1858-1929), actor (aged 71)
- Milla Davenport (1871-1936), actress (aged 65)
- William De Vaull (1871-1945), actor (aged 74)
- Ashton Dearholt (1894-1942), actor (aged 48)
- Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959), director/producer (aged 77)
- Constance Adams DeMille (1874-1960), actress, wife of Cecil B. DeMille (aged 86)
- William C. DeMille (1878–1955), director/writer (aged 76)
- Basil Dickey (1880–1958), screenwriter (aged 77)
- Gloria Dickson (1917–1945), actress (aged 27)
- John Frances Dillon (1884–1934), actor/director (aged 49)
- Andreas Dippel (1866-1932), opera singer (aged 65)
- Molly Dodd (1921–1981), actress (aged 59)
- Frances Drake (1912–2000), actress (aged 87)
- Larry Drake (1949-2016), actor (aged 67)
- Jesse Duffy (1894–1952), screenwriter (aged 58)
- Bobby Dunn (1890–1937), actor/comedian (aged 46)
- Richard Dunn (1936–2010), actor (aged 73)
- Elmer Dyer (1892–1970), cinematographer (aged 78)
- B. Reeves Eason (1886–1956), actor/director/screenwriter (aged 69)
- B. Reeves Eason, Jr. (1914-1921), actor (aged 6)
- Maude Eburne (1875–1960), actress (aged 85)
- Nelson Eddy (1901–1967), actor/singer (aged 65)
- Robert Edeson (1868–1931), actor (aged 62)
- Walker Edmiston (1925–2007), actor/voice actor (aged 82)
- Louise Emmons (1861-1935), actress (aged 74)
- Billy Engle (1889–1966), actor (aged 77)
- Skinnay Ennis (1907–1963), musician (aged 56)
- Fred Esmelton (1872-1933), actor (aged 61)
- Douglas Evans (1904-1968), actor (aged 64)
- Charles Eyton (1871–1941), former general manager of Paramount Pictures (aged 70)
- Max Fabian (1891-1969), cinematographer (aged 78)
- Douglas Fairbanks (1883–1939), actor (aged 56)
- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1909–2000), actor (aged 90)
- Mabel Fairbanks (1915-2001), figure skater (aged 85)
- Marion Fairfax (1875–1970), screenwriter (aged 94)
- Daniel L. Fapp (1904-1986), screenwriter (aged 82)
- Timothy Farrell (1922–1989), actor (aged 66)
- Julia Faye (1893–1966), actress (aged 73)
- Maude Fealy (1883–1971), actress (aged 88)
- Charles K. Feldman (1904–1968), agent/film producer (aged 64)
- Hugo Felix (1866–1934), composer (aged 68)
- Mark Fenton (1866–1925), actor (aged 58)
- Flora Finch (1869–1940), actress (aged 71)
- Peter Finch (1916–1976), actor (aged 60)
- Victor Fleming (1889–1949), director (aged 59)
- Edna Flugrath (1893–1966), actress (aged 73)
- John Taintor Foote (1881–1950), writer (aged 68)
- John Foreman (1925–1992), film producer (aged 67)
- Kim Fowley (1939–2015), singer/actor/songwriter/music producer/publisher (aged 75)
- Sidney Franklin (1893–1972), director (aged 79)
- Kathleen Freeman (1919–2001), actress (aged 82)
- Otto Fries (1887–1938), actor (aged 50)
- Joe Frisco (1889–1958), actor/comedian (aged 69)
- George Froeschel (1891–1979), screenwriter (aged 88)
- Leo Fuchs (1911–1994), actor (aged 83)
- Victor A. Gangelin (1899–1967), set designer (aged 68)
- Ed Gardner (1901–1963), actor/comedian (aged 62)
- Tony Gaudio (1883–1951), cinematographer (aged 67)
- Janet Gaynor (1906–1984), actress (aged 77)
- Gidget Gein (1969–2008), musician/bassist for Marilyn Manson (aged 39)
- Carmelita Geraghty (1901–1966), actress, wife of Carey Wilson (aged 65)
- Estelle Getty (1923–2008), actress/comedian (aged 84)
- Maury Gertsman (1907–1999), cinematographer (aged 92)
- Etienne Girardot (1856–1939), actor (aged 83)
- Leo Gordon (1922–2000), actor, husband of Lynn Cartwright (aged 78)
- Archie Gottler (1896–1959), director/screenwriter/composer/actor (aged 63)
- Griffith J. Griffith (1850–1919), park and observatory donor, namesake of Griffith Park (aged 69)
- Bob Guccione (1930–2010), magazine publisher, founder of Penthouse (aged 79)
- George Hackathorne (1896–1940), actor (aged 44)
- Joan Hackett (1934–1983), actress (aged 49)
- Bianca Halstead (1965–2001), musician (aged 36)
- Harley Hamilton (1861–1933), musician (aged 72)
- John Hamilton (1887–1958), actor (aged 71)
- Curtis Harrington (1926–2007), director (aged 80)
- Kenneth Harlan (1895–1967), actor (aged 72)
- George Harrison (1943–2001), singer/songwriter, member of The Beatles and Traveling Wilburys (cremation) (aged 58)
- Mildred Harris (1901–1944), actress (aged 42)
- Don C. Harvey (1911–1963), actor (aged 51)
- Jean Havez (1869–1925), songwriter (aged 55)
- Wanda Hawley (1895–1963), actress (aged 68)
- Lennie Hayton (1908–1971), composer, conductor and arranger (aged 63)
- Lillie Hayward (1891–1977), actress/screenwriter (aged 85)
- Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway (1895–1951), wife of Ernest Hemingway (aged 55)
- Woody Herman (1913–1987), musician, clarinetist (aged 74)
- Benjamin Franklin Hilliker (1843–1916), Medal of Honor recipient (aged 73)
- Darla Hood (1931–1979), actress/singer (aged 47)
- David Horsley (1873–1933), built the first Hollywood movie studio (aged 60)
- Jean Howard (1910–2000), actress/photographer (aged 89)
- H. Bruce Humberstone (1901–1984), actor and director (aged 82)
- William J. Hunsaker (1855–1933), politician/attorney (aged 77)
- John Huston (1906–1987), actor, director/screenwriter (aged 81)
- Steve James (1952–1993), actor (aged 41)
- Rick Jason (1923–2000), actor (aged 77)
- Herb Jeffries (1913-2014), singer and actor (aged 100)
- Christopher Jones (1941–2014), actor (aged 72)
- Walter Jurmann (1903–1971), composer (aged 68)
- Olga Kaljakin (1950–2008), film poster designer (aged 57)
- Bronisław Kaper (1902–1983), composer (aged 81)
- Jenny Twitchell Kempton (1835–1921), singer (aged 85)
- May Kitson (1866–1943), actress (aged 70)
- Skelton Knaggs (1911–1955), actor (aged 43)
- Zoltán Korda (1895–1961), director (aged 66)
- Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957), composer (aged 60)
- Don LaFontaine (1940–2008), voice-over actor (aged 68)
- Arthur Lake (1905–1987), actor (aged 81)
- Barbara La Marr (1896–1926), actress (aged 29)
- Jesse L. Lasky (1880–1958), pioneer, founded Famous Players-Lasky, which became Paramount Pictures (aged 77)
- Jesse Lasky, Jr. (1910–1988), screenwriter, son of Jesse Lasky (aged 77)
- Florence Lawrence (1890–1938), actress (aged 48)
- Lillian Lawrence (1868–1926), actress (aged 58)
- Henry Lehrman (1886–1946), director (aged 60)
- Edward LeSaint (1870–1940), actor (aged 69)
- Elmo Lincoln (1889–1952), actor (aged 63)
- Perry Lopez (1931–2008), actor (aged 78)
- Peter Lorre (1904–1964), actor (aged 59)
- Ben Lyon (1901–1979), actor (aged 78)
- Robert S. MacAlister (1897–1957), Los Angeles City Council member, (1934–39)(aged 60)
- Jeanie MacPherson (1887–1946), actress, screenwriter (aged 59)
- Leo D. Maloney (1888–1929), pioneer actor/director and producer (aged 41)
- Jayne Mansfield (1933–1967), actress (she has a cenotaph; she is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania) (aged 34)
- Paul Marco (1927–2006), actor (aged 78)
- Tully Marshall (1864–1943), actor/producer and director (aged 78)
- Hattie McDaniel (1895–1952), actress, (She has a cenotaph; she is buried in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery; (aged 57)
- Darren McGavin (1922–2006), actor (aged 83)
- Adolphe Menjou (1890–1963), actor (aged 73)
- Charles B. Middleton (1874–1949), actor (aged 74)
- Arthur Charles Miller (1895–1970), cinematographer (aged 75)
- Laura Spellman-Middleton (1890–1945), actress (aged 55)
- Rhea Mitchell (1890–1957), actress (aged 66)
- Robert Mitchell (1912–2009), organist (aged 96)
- Paul Muni (1895–1967), actor (aged 71)
- Dudley Nichols (1895–1960), screenwriter (aged 64)
- Maila Nurmi (1922–2008), actress and television host known as Vampira (aged 85)
- Donald Allen Oreck (1930–2006), actor (aged 75)
- Harrison Gray Otis (1837–1917), Los Angeles Times publisher (aged 80)
- Frank Overton (1918–1967), actor (aged 49)
- Art Pepper (1925–1982), musician, saxophonist (aged 56)
- Barbara Pepper (1915–1969), actress (aged 54)
- Joan Perry (1911-1996), actress (aged 85)
- Tomata du Plenty (1948–2000) singer, founder of the punk band, The Screamers (aged 52)
- Ben Pollack (1903–1971), drummer and bandleader (aged 67)
- Guy Bates Post (1875–1968), actor (aged 92)
- Eleanor Powell (1912–1982), actress/dancer (aged 69)
- Tyrone Power (1914–1958), actor (aged 44)
- Marie Prevost (1898-1937), actress (aged 38)
- Madelyn Pugh (1921-2011), co-writer of I Love Lucy (aged 90)
- Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin) (1952–2002), musician and member of The Ramones (aged 50)
- Johnny Ramone (1948–2004), musician and member of The Ramones (his ashes were retained by his wife and, after her death, they will both be inurned in the Ramone statue) (aged 55)
- Virginia Rappe (1891–1921), actress who died after a party thrown by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (aged 30)
- Marie Rappold (1879–1957), singer (aged 80)
- Tom Reddin (1916–2004), LAPD police chief (1964–1969) (aged 88)
- Rodd Redwing (1904–1971), actor, world's greatest quick draw artist (aged 66)
- George Regas (1890–1940), actor (aged 50)
- Pedro Regas (1897–1974), actor (aged 77)
- Tom Ricketts (1853–1939), actor and director (aged 86)
- Nelson Riddle (1921–1985), musician/composer (aged 64)
- Al Ritz (1901–1965), actor/comedian, member of Ritz Brothers (aged 64)
- Harry Ritz (1907–1985), actor/comedian, member of Ritz Brothers (aged 78)
- Jimmy Ritz (1904–1986), actor/comedian, member of Ritz Brothers (aged 81)
- Theodore Roberts (1861–1928), actor (aged 67)
- Edward G. Robinson Jr. (1933–1974), actor, son of Edward G. Robinson (aged 40)
- Mickey Rooney (1920–2014), actor and entertainer (aged 93)
- Harold Rosson (1895–1988), cinematographer (aged 93)
- Hans J. Salter (1896–1994), composer (aged 98)
- Hyman B. Samuels (1909–1973), third husband of actress Lynne Roberts (aged 64)
- Tom Santschi (1880–1931), actor (aged 50)
- Ann Savage (1921–2008), actress (aged 87)
- Joseph Schildkraut (1896–1964), actor (aged 67)
- Rudolph Schildkraut (1862–1930), actor (aged 67), father of actor, Joseph Schildkraut
- Leon Schlesinger (1884–1949), head of animation at Warner Bros. (aged 65)
- Herman Schopp (1899–1954), cinematographer (aged 55)
- L'Wren Scott (1964–2014), stylist/fashion designer (aged 49; cremated after funeral service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery; ashes given to family)
- Tony Scott (1944–2012), producer/director, younger brother of director/producer, Ridley Scott (aged 68)
- Vito Scotti (1918–1996), actor (aged 78)
- Rolfe Sedan (1896–1982), actor (aged 86)
- Harry Semels (1887–1946), actor (aged 58)
- Peggy Shannon (1907–1941), actress (aged 34)
- Ann Sheridan (1915–1967), actress (aged 51)
- Natasha Shneider (1956–2008), musician, actress (aged 52)
- Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (1906–1947), gangster (aged 41)
- Jerry Siegel (1914–1996), co-creator of Superman comic books (aged 81)
- Chief Luther Standing Bear (1868–1939), Sioux Nation actor (aged 70)
- Vsevolod Starosselsky (1875–1953), Russian émigré, former military commander (aged 78)
- Ford Sterling (1883–1939), actor (aged 55)
- Yma Sumac (1922–2008), Peruvian singer/actress (aged 86)
- Josef Swickard (1866–1940), actor (aged 73)
- Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (1927–1959), actor (aged 31)
- Harold Switzer (1925–1967), actor, older brother of Carl Switzer (aged 42)
- Constance Talmadge (1898–1973), actress (aged 75)
- Natalie Talmadge (1896–1969), actress (aged 73)
- Norma Talmadge (1894–1957), actress (aged 63)
- Eva Tanguay (1878–1947), singer (aged 71)
- Estelle Taylor (1894–1958), actress (aged 63)
- William Desmond Taylor (1872–1922), director (aged 49)
- Verree Teasdale (1903–1987), actress (aged 83)
- Terry (1933–1945), dog actress, best known for playing Toto in The Wizard of Oz. Terry has a cenotaph; following her death in 1945, she was buried on owner/trainer Carl Spitz's ranch in Studio City. The grave was subsequently destroyed during the construction of the Ventura Freeway in 1958 (aged 11 years)
- Charles E. Toberman (1880–1981), builder of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (aged 101)
- Gregg Toland (1904–1948), cinematographer (aged 44)
- Tamara Toumanova (March 2, 1919 – May 29, 1996), actress (aged 77)
- Noel Toy (1918–2003), actress/dancer, wife of Carleton Young (aged 84)
- Victor Travers (1884–1948), actor (aged 64)
- John Tyrrell (1900–1949), actor (aged 48)
- Edgar Ulmer (1904–1972), director (aged 68)
- George D. Wallace (1917–2005), actor (aged 88)
- Jean Wallace (1923–1990), actress (aged 66)
- Franz Waxman (1906–1967), composer (aged 60)
- Steve Wayne (1920–2004), actor (aged 84)
- Clifton Webb (1889–1966), actor (aged 76)
- Scott Weiland (1967–2015), singer for The Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver (aged 48)
- Ern Westmore (1904–1967), make-up artist, member of the Westmore makeup family (aged 62)
- David White (1916–1990), actor (aged 74)
- Marjorie White (1904–1935), actress (aged 31)
- Hobart Johnstone Whitley (1847–1931), Named Hollywood while honeymooning with his wife; gravesite is marked "The Father Of Hollywood" (aged 83)
- Harvey Henderson Wilcox (1832–1891), founded the city of Hollywood (aged 59)
- Rozz Williams (1963–1998), musician (aged 34)
- Holly Woodlawn (1946–2015), actress, former Warhol superstar, mentioned in Lou Reed's song, Walk on the Wild Side (aged 69)
- Fay Wray (1907–2004), actress (aged 96)
- Eric Zeisl (1905–1959), composer (aged 54)
On the cemetery's website, there are "Forever Tributes" of each star. That is, a video showing pictures of the deceased person throughout most of the video. At the beginning of the video, a message would read, "A Hollywood Forever Tribute, in honor of...." and they would read the person's name. At the end, it would stop showing the pictures and would again read the person's name, and then would simply show the year they were born and the year they died (with exceptions, such as Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s dates being fully written or Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's storyline being narrated by a woman). Music based on the person's career would play throughout the clip. You would either find them by looking them up or by clicking on the little blue stars on the interactive site map on the cemetery's website.
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