Dawkins, Darryl b. January 11, 1957 d. August 27, 2015 Professional Basketball Player. "Chocolate Thunder", at 6 feet 11 inches tall, was known for his powerful dunks, which led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. He was the first basketball player to be drafted to the NBA straight out of high school when he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975 with the fifth overall pick. He stayed with Philadelphia from 1975 through 1982 and then moved on to the New Jersey Nets from 1982 until...[Read More] (Bio by: Ricky Eade) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Piper (Toombs), Rowdy (Roderick George) Roddy b. April 17, 1954 d. July 30, 2015 Professional Wrestler, Actor. Roderick George Toombs, known by his ring name "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler, film actor and podcast host. In professional wrestling, he was best known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). Although he was Canadian, due to his Scottish heritage he was billed as coming from Glasgow in Scotland and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He earned the nickname "Rowdy" by displaying his...[Read More] Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered at family ranch in Gaston, Oregon
Craig, Yvonne b. May 16, 1937 d. August 17, 2015 American Actress and Dancer. Craig will best be remembered for her role as "Batgirl" in the 1960s TV series, 'Batman'. She began her theatrical career as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and had toured for three years when she was discovered by John Ford’s son, Patrick and was cast for the lead in the 1959 movie, 'The Young Land', and later that same year would also appear in 'Gidget' and 'The Gene Krupa Story'. She would go on to have roles in such films as 'High Time' (...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Hood, Gen. John Bell b. June 29, 1831 d. August 30, 1879 Confederate Army Officer. He was born John Bell Hood on June 29, 1831, the son of a rural doctor in Owingsville, Kentucky. He was raised in the bluegrass region of central Kentucky near the town of Mt. Sterling. Against the wishes of his father, who had urged him to pursue a medical career, John Bell obtained an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West point in 1849 and graduated 44th out of 52 in the class of 1853. After receiving his commission as a brevet second...[Read More] (Bio by: Edward Parsons) Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA GPS coordinates: 29.9824429, -90.1202240 (hddd.dddd)
March, Fredric b. August 31, 1897 d. April 14, 1975 Actor. Considered one of the most gifted and beloved actors of his generation, he won Academy awards for Best Actor in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"(1932) and "The Best Years of Our Lives"(1946). He also received much critical acclaim for his work in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street"(1934), "Les Miserables"(1935), "Anna Karenina"(1935), "Death of A Salesman"(1951), "The Desperate Hours"(1955), "The Bridges at Toko-ri"(1955) and "Inherit the Wind"(1960). He earned the New York Critics' Award and a...[Read More] (Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) March Estate, New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Janssen (Mayer), David (David Harold) b. March 27, 1931 d. February 13, 1980 Actor. He is best remembered for his role as 'Dr. Richard Kimble' in the ABC television drama series "The Fugitive," about a Midwest doctor falsely convicted of murdering his wife and his escape from custody, followed by his intense search for the actual killer, which aired from 1963 until 1967. At the time, the final episode of "The Fugitive" held the record for the greatest number of American homes with television sets to watch a series finale, at 72 percent in August 1967. Born David Harold...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Heart Attack Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Mausoleum, Memory Court
Coburn, James b. August 31, 1928 d. November 18, 2002 Actor. Born James Harrison Coburn, III, the son of an auto mechanic, he was raised in Compton, California and experienced his first taste of acting playing "Herod" in a school play at the age of four. He earned wages working as a janitor and ticket taker in a movie theater during his teenage years and attended Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California where he studied acting. Coburn served a stint with the United States Military as a public information officer and...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Wright, Eric 'Eazy-E' b. September 7, 1963 d. March 26, 1995 American Rapper, Songwriter. Born Eric Lynn Wright, he was better known by his stage name Eazy-E, who performed solo and in the hip-hop group N.W.A. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, he supported himself primarily by selling drugs. In 1983, he co-founded the record company, Ruthless Records, whose artists went on to include Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. The trio formed N.W.A. along with DJ Yella, MC Ren and Arabian Night and 1987 released "N.W.A. and the Posse". In 1988, Wright...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cause of death: Complications of AIDS Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Lupine Lawn, Lot 2482, Gr 1
Nixon, Richard Milhous b. January 9, 1913 d. April 22, 1994 37th US President. A member of the Republican party, he served in that capacity from 1969 until August 1974, and is remembered as the only US President to resign in office to date, which occurred during the middle of his second term, amid the infamous Watergate scandal. Born into a Methodist family, his father tried farming which failed, and the family moved to Whittier, California where he operated a grocery store and gas station. After graduating from Whittier High School in 1930, he was...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, Orange County, California, USA
Ford, Glenn b. May 1, 1916 d. August 30, 2006 Actor. Born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Canada, when he was eight years old his father, a railroad executive, moved his family to Santa Monica, California. He performed in high school plays and then joined "West Coast", a traveling theater company. His film debut was in "Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence" (1939). After World War II started, he put his career on hold and enlisted in the United States Marines. In 1992, Ford was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in France...[Read More] (Bio by: Nan) Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Mausoleum
Sinatra, Frank (Francis Albert) b. December 12, 1915 d. May 14, 1998 Entertainer. Regarded by many as the greatest popular singer of the 20th Century, he was nicknamed "The Voice", "Ol Blue Eyes" and "Chairman of the Board". Born Francis Albert Sinatra in Hoboken, New Jersey, the son and only child of an Italian immigrant fireman, his mother Dolly was a midwife. Legend has it that one day he heard Bing Crosby singing and decided this would be the career path he was to embark upon. His initial break came in 1935, when he received first prize in a radio contest...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cause of death: Heart Attack Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA Plot: B-8, #151 GPS coordinates: 33.8166389, -116.4418564 (hddd.dddd)
Mandel, Marvin b. April 19, 1920 d. August 30, 2015 Governor of Maryland. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 56th Governor of the State of Maryland from 1969 until 1979. Raised in Baltimore, he earned his law degree from the University of Maryland and following graduation, he enlisted with the United States Army during World War II. Following the war, he commenced practicing law and launched his political career in 1952, when he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates. He rose to House Speaker in 1963. In 1969, he was...[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!
Houston, Whitney b. August 9, 1963 d. February 11, 2012 Recording Artist, Actress, Entertainer. Regarded as one of the finest female vocalists of her generation, she began her musical career singing as a member of the New Hope Baptist Church junior gospel choir. She is credited with inspiring the successful musical careers of Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson among others. She was discovered at a local New York City nightclub by former Arista Records president Clive Davis, where she performed as a backup vocalist for her mother Cissy Houston...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA GPS coordinates: 40.6648369, -74.3268814 (hddd.dddd)
Nimoy, Leonard b. March 26, 1931 d. February 27, 2015 American Actor. He will forever be remembered as Mr. Spock from the 'Star Trek' franchise. After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he appeared in small roles in a few films, but mostly found roles in TV series, appearing in episodes of 'Dragnet', 'Sea Hunt', 'Bonanza', 'Wagon Train', 'Rawhide', 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Untouchables', 'The Outer Limits', 'Get Smart' and 'Gunsmoke' before being spotted by 'Star Trek' creator ...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Garden of Solomon, Block 4, Space 10 GPS coordinates: 33.9798584, -118.3878174 (hddd.dddd)
Long (Long, Jr.), Huey (Huey Pierce) b. August 30, 1893 d. September 10, 1935 Governor of Louisiana. Long was the victim of assassin Dr. Carl A. Weiss. The assassination has been surrounded by controversy. Long was critically wounded on September 8. Dr. Weiss was scheduled to perform surgery on September 9. Since Long was heavily guarded with submachine gun toting bodyguards, an assailant would have to presume his own demise via an attempt on Long's life. It was also never determined whose bullets entered Long's body. There is speculation that bullets from his bodyguards...[Read More] State House, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Black, Cilla b. May 27, 1943 d. August 1, 2015 British Singer, Actress, Entertainer. Black, who was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, was a British entertainer who achieved popularity in various areas of entertainment. She began her career, being influenced by the Beatles, in singing. Black had two number one hits in "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "You're My World" and eleven Top Ten hits on the British charts in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Anyone Who Had A Heart" was the United Kingdom's biggest selling single by a female artist...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Allerton Cemetery, Allerton, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Ford (Feeney), John M. b. February 1, 1894 d. August 31, 1973 American Director. Born John Martin Feeney, he directed nearly 150 films in a career that spanned more than 50 years and is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of all-time. He is best known for his Westerns and for pioneering the 'long shot' and location shooting. Ford, who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during combat, won four Academy Awards for Best Director for 'The Informer' (1935), 'The...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Cause of death: Cancer Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: M, L304, 5
Gifford, Frank b. August 16, 1930 d. August 9, 2015 Legendary NFL Player and Broadcaster. Gifford was a former New York Giants star who successfully transitioned to a long career as a sportscaster on television and radio. He attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship and went pro after being selected 11th overall in the first round of the 1952 draft and played with the New York Giants his entire NFL career, until 1964, with several visits to the Pro-Bowl. During his 12 seasons with the New York Giants, he had 3,609...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!