Glenn, John b. July 18, 1921 d. December 8, 2016 Astronaut, US Senator. He was the first American to orbit the Earth and went on to serve in the United States Senate from 1975 to 1999. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, serving as a fighter pilot in both the Navy and Marine Corps. After the Korean War ended, he became a test pilot and when the newly formed NASA began recruiting astronauts in 1958, he applied and was selected as one of the original Mercury Seven. On February 20, 1962, he became the third American in...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Williams, Van b. February 27, 1934 d. November 28, 2016 Actor. Best known for his portrayal as the titular character on the 1960s television series "The Green Hornet." After he was discovered by producer Mike Todd in 1957, Williams started his career on the detective program "Bourbon Street Beat," which ran from October 1959 to July 1960. His character, Kenny Madison, was subsequently reused on another ABC program, "Surfside 6." His most notable role came several years later with "The Green Hornet," where he played newspaper owner Britt Reid, who...[Read More] (Bio by: M*A*S*H fan) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Vaughan, Peter b. April 4, 1923 d. December 6, 2016 British Actor. He was a versatile character actor whose career spanned eight decades. Although he appeared onscreen with some of the biggest stars on film, he will best be remembered for his role as Maester Aemon in HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. Born Peter Ewart Ohm, he grew up in Wellington and after Army service in Normandy, Belgium and the Far East, he returned to his budding career in repertory theater. In 1959, he made his film debut in an uncredited role in 'The 39 Steps'. Among other films he...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis du Mort) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Lennon, John b. October 9, 1940 d. December 8, 1980 Rock Musician, Beatle. Born John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, England, his parents separated when he was four, and he was in the care of her sister, Mary Smith whom he called Mimi. Although his mother never lived more than 10 miles from him, he would only see her occasionally. As a teenager, he became caught up in the skiffle craze that was...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna Di Giacomo) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered in New York City's Central Park, in the area now known as Strawberry Fields
Lake, Greg b. November 10, 1947 d. December 7, 2016 Rock Musician. A guitarist, he was the co-founder of "Emerson, Lake and Palmer". Born Gregory Stuart Lake, in the seaport town of Poole, in Dorset, England, he learned to play the guitar during his early teens. At fifteen, he left school to find work as a draftsman, but gravitated to focussing on becoming a professional musician. His break came as a member of the progressive band "The Gods" which led to his joining the progressive rock/psychedelic group "King Crimson" in 1968. He departed one...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Pickens, Slim b. June 8, 1919 d. December 8, 1983 Actor. He is best remembered for his comical roles in the films "Dr. Strangelove" (1964, as the B-52 pilot Major T.J. "King" Kong) and "Blazing Saddles" (1974, as the villain "Taggart"). He was born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. in Kingsburg, California and learned to ride horses at the age of 4. He graduated from Hanford High School, Hanford, California where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. After high school he joined the rodeo and was told that working in the rodeo would be "...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: After surgery for a brain tumor. Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Himes, Tyruss 'Big Syke' b. March 31, 1968 d. December 5, 2016 American Musician. Himes was a rapper who in 1990, founded the rap group Evil Mind Gangstas with Domino and Mental Illness, recording the album 'All Hell Breakin' Loose'. After meeting Tupac Shakur in 1992, he joined Shakur's Thug Life, appearing on several tracks on Shakur's 1996 album 'All Eyez on Me', including "When We Ride", "Check Out Time" and the title track. He would later join a second Shakur group, Outlawz...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis du Mort) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Castro, Fidel b. August 13, 1926 d. November 25, 2016 Cuban Statesman. Born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, he was the longtime Communist dictator of Cuba for over six decades. He began a law career while engaging in action, sometimes violent, against both the the Cuban government and U.S. intervention in the Caribbean. When General Fulgencio Batista rose to power in a 1952 coup, he led a rebellion to try to oust him. After several years of guerrilla warfare, his rebel group overthrew the Batista regime and he became prime minister of Cuba. He held...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Cementerio de Santa Ifigenia, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Champion, Gower b. June 22, 1919 d. August 25, 1980 Dancer, Actor, Choreographer, Broadway Director. Gower Champion is considered one of the greatest Broadway director-choreographers of all times. His early fame in clubs and films was earned in partnership with his dancer wife, Marge, and were considered one of the theater's most glamorous couples. He was a native of Geneva, Illinois but grew up in Los Angeles, the new address of his mother, who settled here after a divorce. A taskmaster as well a perfectionist, she enrolled him in a dancing...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Emerson, Keith b. November 2, 1944 d. March 10, 2016 Rock Musician. A keyboardist, he was a founding member of the music trio "Emerson, Lake and Palmer". They were best known for the songs "Lucky Man" (1970), "From the Beginning" (1972) and "Karn Evil 9" (1973). Emerson established himself as one of the most influential players of the synthesizer in the Rock Music genre. After learning the piano, he acquired experience playing with several bands before joining the late 1960s progressive-rock band "Nice". (Bio by: C.S.) Lancing and Sompting Cemetery, Lancing, Adur District, West Sussex, England
Davis Jr., Sammy b. December 8, 1925 d. May 16, 1990 American Entertainment Icon. Acclaimed and beloved singer, actor, and dancer. A multi-talented performer, Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded forty albums and made countless film, television and appearances in Las Vegas in his life time. He was born in Dec. of 1925 in Harlem New York to New York vaudeville star Sammy Davis, Sr., and the Puerto Rican dancer, [Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson 🖋 📚 💻) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Court of Freedom section, Garden of Honor (SouthEast garden; locked private area), Map #G28, Garden Crypt 5774 GPS coordinates: 34.1228905, -118.2358780 (hddd.dddd)
USS Utah Memorial [memorial] d. December 7, 1941 The "Forgotten Memorial," due to its secluded location. The U.S. Navy has not forgotten the Utah. An American flag is raised daily at the memorial. The hull of the USS Utah still remains a short distance from shore with 54 members of her crew entombed inside including Peter Tomich who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic deeds. Thirty officers and 431 enlisted men survived that fateful day. Also, still in the ship are the ashes of Nancy Lynne Wagner, an infant who had...[Read More] (Bio by: Paul S.) USS Utah Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA Plot: Ford Island, Pearl Harbor Naval Base
Whitton, Margaret b. November 30, 1950 d. December 4, 2016 Actress. She was best known for playing the former showgirl turned baseball team owner Rachel Phelps in both the 1989 hit comedy movie "Major League" and its sequel "Major League II". She started on the New York stage, where she worked as a dog walker between parts. She made her first appearance in the 1972 film "Parades". She started out being billed as Peggy Whitton, but later used her birth name. She would continue in film throughout her career with such credits, besides "Major League" and "...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Morrison, Jim b. December 8, 1943 d. July 3, 1971 Singer, Songwriter. Born in Melbourne, Florida, the son of a naval officer, he adopted a bohemian lifestyle in California while attending UCLA while literally homeless, sleeping in any convenient place handy, friends couches, rooftops, in cars and under the pier at Venice Beach. A voracious reader of books, he started a rock band with fellow student Ray Manzarek after he graduated. They quickly found two more members, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. Dubbed with the name "The Doors" it...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 6 GPS coordinates: 48.8595543, 2.3958776 (hddd.dddd)
Robbins, Marty b. September 26, 1925 d. December 8, 1982 Singer/Songwriter/Race Driver. Began writing songs while in the Navy during World War II. Signed by Columbia Records and had his first number one country single with "I'll Go On Alone" in 1953. He also became a member of the Grand Ole Opry that same year. Over the course of his career he would have 15 more number 1 songs on the country charts with several of them also reaching the top ten on the pop charts. His most famous songs include "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)," "El Paso," "...[Read More] (Bio by: Decal) Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA Plot: Gethsemane Lot 15-B GPS coordinates: 36.1185989, -86.7641678 (hddd.dddd)
Carradine, David (John Arthur) b. December 8, 1936 d. June 3, 2009 American Actor. Best known for his work in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and more recently in the movie Kill Bill. Eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine. He appeared in more than 100 feature films and was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award. He starred on Broadway in the play The Royal Hunt of the Sun, for which he won a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in 1965. He became widely known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series...[Read More] Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Lincoln Terrace, Lot 5144, Space 1 GPS coordinates: 34.1433029, -118.3187408 (hddd.dddd)
Rollins Jr., Howard Ellsworth b. October 17, 1950 d. December 8, 1996 Actor. Born Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr, nicknamed Ho Ro. Studied theater in Maryland at Towson State College. "Our Street" the nation's first black soap opera featured Howard as "Slick". 1964, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor on the daytime soap opera "Another World". In 1974 he left Baltimore for New York City to pursue his career in acting. 1981 he won an Oscar nomination for his role as Coalhouse Walker, Jr., in "Ragtime". Howard got his start in acting in "Of...[Read More] (Bio by: Babe) Cause of death: Lymphoma Woodlawn Cemetery, Woodlawn (Baltimore County), Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Prosky, Robert b. December 13, 1930 d. December 8, 2008 Actor. A character performer of television, stage and films, he is best known to many for his role as 'Sgt. Stan Jablonski' in the series "Hill Street Blues". He received Tony Award-nominations for his performances in the stage productions "Glengarry, Glen Ross" (1984 to 1985) and "A Walk in the Woods" (1988). Born Robert Porzuczek in Philadelphia, he studied economics at Temple University. He was a longtime player at Washington's Arena Stage before making his Broadway debut in the short-lived...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA