Cremated Men

by Sylviastel | created - 28 Dec 2012 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

IThis list is still a work in progress.

1. Johnny Carson

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in ...

His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

2. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...

He was cremated upon his death. His ashes are buried at his mother's farm in North Carolina.

3. Arthur Sheekman

Writer | Duck Soup

Arthur Sheekman was born on February 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Arthur Grant Sheekman. He was a writer and actor, known for Duck Soup (1933), Call Me Madam (1953) and Mr. Music (1950). He was married to Gloria Stuart. He died on January 12, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

His ashes were buried below a tree on his Brentwood home with Gloria Stuart in Los Angeles, California.

4. Joey Adams

Actor | Singing in the Dark

Joey Adams was born on January 6, 1911 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Joseph Abramowitz. He was an actor and producer, known for Singing in the Dark (1956), Ringside (1949) and Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (1966). He was married to Cindy Adams. He died on December 2, 1999 in New York City, ...

Ashes are with his wife, Cindy Adams.

5. Edgar Rosenberg

Producer | Poppies Are Also Flowers

Edgar Rosenberg was born on September 21, 1925 in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany as Edgar Alfred Rosenberg. He was a writer and producer, known for The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966), Rabbit Test (1978) and Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz (1988). He was married to Joan Rivers. He died on ...

His ashes are with his wife, Joan Rivers. She scattered some on the Late Show with David Letterman during a recent appearance.

6. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

Ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay.

7. Michael Zaslow

Actor | The Guiding Light

Michael Zaslow was born on November 1, 1942 in Inglewood, California and was an actor and writer, best known for his work in daytime dramas, or soap operas. He was married twice, to Joanne Dorian and Susan Hufford, by whom he had two daughters, Helena and Marika. He died on December 6, 1998 in New ...

His ashes are with family.

8. Ed Bryce

Actor | Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

Ed Bryce was born on September 24, 1921 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA as Edward Soppet Bryce. He was an actor, known for Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950), Decoy (1957) and Suspicion (1957). He was married to Dorothy Bryce. He died on December 6, 1999 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.

His ashes were interred at a church garden in Connecticut.

9. Gary Coleman

Actor | Diff'rent Strokes

Without a doubt Gary Coleman was THE child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A refreshingly confident little tyke with sparkling dark, saucer-like eyes and an ingratiating, take-on-anyone burst of personality, the boy charmed the pants right off of TV viewers the minute he was glimpsed in ...

Ashes are with family.

10. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

Ashes were scattered on his island in Tahiti.

11. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

Ashes are interred in a family plot in Perth, Australia.

12. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

Cremated privately the day after his death. Yoko Ono has never revealed the whereabouts of the ashes, or what happened to them. In lieu of a funeral for John, Yoko asked the public for ten minutes of silence and prayer at 2pm ET on the following Sunday, December 14th, and to contribute to charities in his memory. Amateur photographer Paul Goresh was the last person to photograph Lennon alive, autographing his "Double Fantasy" album for Mark David Chapman, just hours before Chapman fatally shot Lennon. A press photographer sneaked into the morgue, photographing Lennon's body in state before it was taken to be cremated.Ashes are with family.

13. George Harrison

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison and Louise Harrison.

Like ...

Harrison was cremated within hours of his death, and his ashes were later scattered along the Ganges River in India, in accordance with his last wishes. Ashes were scattered in India.

14. John Gielgud

Actor | Arthur

Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...

He was cremated at Oxford Crematorium in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

15. Hume Cronyn

Actor | Cocoon

Hume Cronyn was born on July 18, 1911 in London, Ontario, Canada as Hume Blake Cronyn Jr. He was an actor and producer, known for Cocoon (1985), Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and *batteries not included (1987). He was married to Susan Cooper, Jessica Tandy and Emily Woodruff. He died on June 15, 2003 in...

He was likely cremated and his ashes are with family.

16. Jeremy Sinden

Actor | Star Wars

Jeremy Sinden was born on June 14, 1950 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Chariots of Fire (1981) and The Far Pavilions (1984). He was married to Delia Lindsay. He died on May 29, 1996 in London.

Ashes are under an oak tree at the top of St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Chapel Bank, Ebony, Isle of Oxney, Kent, England next to his mother, Lady Sinden. Both trees have inscribed plaques under them.

17. Yul Brynner

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" ...

Brynner was cremated and his ashes buried in a remote part of France, on the grounds of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Bois Aubry, a short distance outside the village of Luzé. He remains one of the most fascinating, unusual and beloved stars of his time.

18. André the Giant

Actor | The Princess Bride

André René Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff. His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but André suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. As the ...

ith his wealth the Giant bought a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina where he would live during his rare time off and after he retired from wrestling in 1990. He died while in France after attending his father's funeral. André was cremated and his ashes were spread across his ranch. He is survived by his one daughter.

19. Boris Karloff

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...

He was cremated at Guildford Crematorium, Godalming, Surrey, England, where he is commemorated by a plaque in Plot 2 of the Garden of Remembrance.

20. Wally Cox

Actor | Mister Peepers

Wally Cox was a beloved character actor who made his mark in television and ranks as one of the medium's most memorable performers. His ability to show his range likely was limited by his short stature, slight frame, and high-pitched voice, which along with his talent for being very funny, made him...

Wally Cox's cremated remains were kept hidden in a closet by his old friend for three decades. According to Brando's son Miko, both his father's and Cox's ashes were scattered at the same time in Death Valley, California, in a ceremony following Brando's death, thus reuniting the lifetime friends.

21. Isaac Asimov

Writer | I, Robot

Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Judah Ozimov, on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi shtetl, near Smolensk, Russia. He was the oldest of three children. His father, named Judah Ozimov, and his mother, named Anna Rachel Ozimov (nee Berman), were Orthodox Jews. Ozimov family were millers (the name Ozimov ...

He died on April 6, 1992, in Boston, Massachussets, and was cremated. His ashes were scattered.

22. Andrew Duggan

Actor | Seven Days in May

Actor. Born in Franklin, Indiana on December 28, 1923, he was raised in Texas and went to college at Indiana University. There, on a speech and drama scholarship, he began to act and perform however this was interrupted by being called into the service. In World War II where he saw action overseas,...

Both Andrew Duggan and his wife were cremated, their ashes scattered at Lake Arrowhead, California.

23. Deryck Guyler

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

Deryck Guyler, born at the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 at Liverpool in England, was the only child of Elsie and Samuel Guyler. He grew up in Liverpool and had his senior education at Liverpool College. On leaving school he tried his hand at a few things including working with his father in the family ...

Deryck's wife Paddy also passed away on 6 January 2002 and their ashes are now buried side by side in the "Guyler" family 'garden seat' estate in the peaceful surroundings of "Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens" in the Brisbane suburb of Holland Park.

24. Del Close

Actor | The Blob

Del Close played "Polonious" once in "Hamlet", and won a Joseph Jefferson Award for it. But the role he really wanted to play was "Yorick". He had to die to do it, but now he may get his wish. Under the terms of his will, Close, who died March 4, 1999, has left his skull to the Goodman Theatre.

Del ...

His body was cremated, as he wished. His skull is expected to be given to the Goodman Theatre to await the company's next "Hamlet".

25. Georges Guétary

Actor | An American in Paris

When we hear songs like "Rambino" and " Ciao Ciao Bambino" the name of Georges Guétary cames to one's mind. But also as a producer of " Bless the bride", "Latin Quartier" in London and "Arms and the girl" on Broadway, he added light and charm to show business. The last show to celebrate 50 years of...

He returns to ashes in an orthodox church at Cannes where he was cremated.

26. Kyle McKenna

Actor | Chill: The Killing Games

Kyle McKenna is an actor, known for Chill: The Killing Games (2013).

Kyle had a terribly sad childhood and had been estranged from his family for many years. When the Salt Lake City coroner's office finally tracked down his mother, she refused to claim his body. Friends took Kyle's remains and had them cremated. His ashes were strewn over some mountains where Kyle enjoyed hiking

27. Spade Cooley

Soundtrack | 42

Violinist and cellist, singer, actor, composer and songwriter ("Shame On You"), conductor, arranger and inventor who popularized western swing music on film and recordings, in person and on radio and television. When Spade was four, he and his parents John and Emma Cooley moved to Oregon where he ...

His body was returned to the prison and was cremated. From that point, no one knows for certain what became of the remains of Spade Cooley.

28. Ted Adams

Actor | The Ridin' Fool

The son of vaudeville performers, Richard Theodore "Ted" Adams was part of his parents' troupe before attending Cornell University at the age of 18. After college he did stock work for three years before going to New York City and stage work there. For more than half his life he performed on the ...

29. Carlos Castaneda

Writer | The Teachings of Don Juan

Carlos Castaneda, dubbed "godfather of the New Age movement," was born in Peru and came to the United States in 1951, originally hoping to make it as a sculptor. He worked a series of odd jobs and took classes in philosophy, literature and creative writing. While a graduate student in anthropology ...

He was cremated at the Culver City mortuary. No one knows what became of his ashes.

30. Harry Worth

Actor | The Trouble with Harry

Harry Worth was born on November 20, 1917 in Tankersley, Yorkshire, England as Harry Illingsworth. He was an actor, known for The Trouble with Harry (1960), A Christmas Night with the Stars (1958) and Titi-Pu (1967). He was married to Kay Flynn. He died on July 20, 1989 in Hertfordshire, England.

Private cremation services took place at Fairview Park Crematory in Albuquerque.

31. Edward Pawley

Actor | Treasure Island

Edward Joel Pawley was a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and attended Manuel Training High School. He took drama classes in high school, and after graduation he worked for six months in his half-brother's traveling stage show (under canvas). He went to New York in 1920 to seek his fame and fortune...

Both Edward and Helen (Shipman) Pawley were cremated and their ashes were buried near their home in Rock Mills, Rappahannock County, Virginia.

32. W.A. Bishop

Actor | Captains of the Clouds

William Avery 'Billy' Bishop was born on 8 February 1894 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, to William and Margaret Bishop.

He was the middle of three children.

Billy had a tough time of it in school as he had a slight lisp and preferred swimming, horse riding and the company of young ladies to team ...

His remains were cremated and interred in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound, Ontario.

33. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

Ashes were interred in a family plot in Wisconsin.

34. Clyde Fitch

Writer | The Climbers

Born into an upper-class family in Elmira, NY, the son of an army officer and an indulging socialite, Clyde Fitch would become the first major American playwright, ending European-sourced dominance of the American stage (somewhat ironic, seeing that many of his plays were set abroad). His career ...

After several moves over a period of time, his body was finally cremated and his ashes were installed in a special Tuscan-style sarcophagus commissioned by his mother.

35. George Beban

Actor | The Loves of Ricardo

American actor-director-writer-producer of silent pictures, formerly a singer and vaudevillian. A native of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill, he was one of four sons born to Rocco Beban, a Dalmatian immigrant, and Johanna Dugan, from County Cork, Ireland.

He exhibited singing talent at an early age ...

Five weeks later, while vacationing at June Lodge Dude Ranch at Big Pine, California, Beban was thrown from a horse and seriously injured on September 29, 1928. He died in Los Angeles several days later, from the effects of the fall and from uremic poisoning. His remains were cremated

36. Lewis Hine

Camera_department | Days of Heaven

Photographer of the early 20th century, whose work documented the grim and brutal working conditions of American factories and mines and especially exposed the abuse and exploitation of children by their employers. His work, published in several books, helped to bring to light these injustices and ...

is body was cremated the next day.

37. Jack Livingston

Actor | The Power Divine

After Jack Livingston left motion pictures, he settled in Buffalo, New York. There he obtained a job as a welder. He lived there from approximately 1928 or 1929 until circa 1939 or 1940. Than he relocated with his wife (Alice Mitchell) to live in Sheffield, Massachusetts. There he became a salesman...

Jack Livingston and his wife were both cremated and their ashes are at - Sheffield City Cemetery in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

38. John Thaw

Actor | Inspector Morse

He was the working class boy from Manchester whose intensity and natural honesty made him British television's most bankable actor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first starring role on TV was as Sgt John Mann in Redcap (1964). His first great success, though, was as Detective...

39. Jett Travolta

Jett Travolta was born on April 13, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He died on January 2, 2009 in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.

Cremated, ashes with family.

40. Thomas Stewart

Actor | Das Rheingold

Thomas Stewart was born on July 29, 1928 in San Saba, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Das Rheingold (1978), Susanna's Secret (1966) and Wenn ich König wär (1962). He was married to Evelyn Lear. He died on September 24, 2006 in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

Ashes with family.

41. Richard Harris

Actor | Gladiator

Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. ...

Was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his home in the Bahamas

42. Cary Grant

Actor | Charade

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years...

According to his will (dated 26th November 1984), his body was to be cremated and no funeral service held. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

43. Robert Mitchum

Actor | Out of the Past

Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a ...

He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea by wife Dorothy Mitchum and neighbor Jane Russell. At Mitchum's insistence, no memorial service was held.

44. Brion James

Actor | Blade Runner

Brion James was born February 20, 1945, in Redlands, California, to Ida Mae (Buckelew) and Jimmy James. The family soon moved to Beaumont, California (between Los Angeles and Palm Springs), where his parents built and operated a movie theater, where stars such as Gene Autry would occasionally stop ...

He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.

45. Bill Bixby

Actor | The Incredible Hulk

The son of a sales clerk and a department store owner, Bill Bixby was the sixth-generation Californian born as Wilfred Bailey Bixby, on January 22, 1934, in San Francisco, California. An only child growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, he attended schools in the same area, took ballroom dance lessons,...

Cremated and ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, USA.

46. Thomas Mitchell

Actor | Stagecoach

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon (1937); Stagecoach (1939); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Gone with the Wind (1939); It's a Wonderful Life...

He was cremated and his ashes are stored at a crematorium in California.

47. Rex Harrison

Actor | My Fair Lady

Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the ...

Was cremated and part of his ashes were scattered in Italy in Portofino and on the grave of his second wife, Lilli Palmer.

48. Sebastian Cabot

Actor | The Jungle Book

Sebastian Cabot was born on July 6, 1918 in London, England as Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot. He was an actor, known for The Jungle Book (1967), The Time Machine (1960) and The Sword in the Stone (1963). He was married to Kathleen Rose Humphreys. He died on August 22, 1977 in North Saanich, ...

Was cremated

49. Hunter S. Thompson

Writer | Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Hunter Stockton Thompson. He was married to Anita Thompson and Sondi Wright. He died on February 20, 2005 in Aspen, Colorado, USA.

His final wishes stipulated that his body be cremated and his ashes be shot out of a cannon across his Colorado ranch. Journalist friend Troy Hooper said "He was a big fan of bonfires and explosions and anything that went bang and I'm sure he'd like to go bang as well." This finally happened on August 20, 2005, along with a big celebration, attended by Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Lyle Lovett, and other close friends and family.

50. Jack Albertson

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

A former song-and-dance man and veteran of vaudeville, burlesque and Broadway, Jack Albertson is best known to audiences as "The Man" in the TV series Chico and the Man (1974), for which he won an Emmy. In 1968 Albertson, the brother of actress Mabel Albertson, won the Oscar for Best Supporting ...

He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.

51. Jon Pertwee

Actor | Doctor Who

Jon Pertwee is best known for his portrayal of the Doctor, on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who (1963). He portrayed the Doctor from 1970 to 1974. His 60-year entertainment career included work in radio, films, and cabaret. This was despite the inauspicious beginning of having ...

Following the instructions in his will, he was cremated with an effigy of the bumbling scarecrow Worzel Gummidge (Worzel Gummidge, his favorite role), attached to his casket. As the casket slid between the curtains, the effigy fell off and landed on the floor, leading one mourner to call out, "That's Jon for you. Always playing it for laughs". The mourners all broke into laughter.

52. Adolf Hitler

Writer | War Comes to America

Born the fourth of six children to Austrian customs officer Alois Hitler--who had been married twice before--and the former Klara Polzl, Adolf Hitler grew up in a small Austrian town in the late 19th century. He was a slow learner and did poorly in school. He was frequently beaten by his ...

After his suicide in April, 1945, the corpse was imperfectly cremated, and some remains were not burned away. Pieces of the skull (including one with a bullet hole) and leg bones were recovered by the Russians, and now reside in the Russian National Archives.

53. Matthew Garber

Actor | Mary Poppins

Matthew Garber was a British child actor. Both of his parents were theatrical actors, but neither was particularly famous.

In 1963, Garbet came to the attention of actor Roy Dotrice (father of Karen Dotrice) who was seeking potential child actors. Roy recommended Garber to the casting department of ...

Matthew contracted hepatitis whilst in India in 1976/77. He said he had eaten "bad meat" there. His brother stated that Matthew had gone to India overland in 1976, and by the time he was brought back to England by his father in June 77, the disease had spread to his pancreas, resulting in his death from pancreatitis. He was cremated at St Marylebone Crematorium, East Finchley, London.

54. Richard Deacon

Actor | The Birds

Richard Deacon was the bald, bespectacled character actor most famous for playing television producer Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) from 1961 to 1966. In the first season of that show he also continued to appear on the series he was already appearing on, Leave It to Beaver (1957), ...

He was cremated at Grandview Crematory. The funeral director was from Westwood Village Mortuary.

55. Bud Abbott

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Reading, Pennsylvania to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When Bud was three his family moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, which he...

He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean

56. Dennis Wilson

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Dennis Wilson was born Hawthorne, California in the fall of 1944 to Murry and Audree Wilson. The middle son of three brothers, Dennis was rebellious, argumentative and as he often acknowledged, the "black sheep" of the family. His integration into America's band, The Beach Boys came when his mother ...

Although his brothers had vied for him to be buried in the family plot at Inglewood Cemetary, then-wife Shawn wound up winning a heated battle over what was to be done with his remains. Thus, he was cremated and buried at sea off the California coast by the U.S. Coast Guard on January 4, 1984 at coordinates (33-53.9 N, 118-38.8 W).

57. John Denver

Soundtrack | Armageddon

His birth occurred on Friday, December 31st, 1943, as the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other...

Was cremated, and his ashes spread over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

58. H.G. Wells

Writer | The War of the Worlds

Writer, born in Bromley, Kent. He was apprenticed to a draper, tried teaching, studied biology in London, then made his mark in journalism and literature. He played a vital part in disseminating the progressive ideas which characterized the first part of the 20th-c. He achieved fame with scientific...

Although H.G. Wells does not have a grave (he was cremated and his ashes scattered), he was quoted later in life (after witnessing the development of the atomic bomb and it being used for warfare) as making the bitter suggestion that his epitaph should say "God damn you all, I told you so." This suggestion has often led to mistaken claims that this was indeed his actual epitaph. Nevertheless, he has no grave, no headstone, and thus no epitaph.

59. Timothy Leary

Actor | Roadside Prophets

His mother was a teacher and his father a dentist. He attended West Point, joined the Army, and earned an undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Alabama while in service. Next he earned a master's degree from Washington State University and a doctorate in psychology from the ...

While he toyed with the idea of cryogenic suspension, he never went ahead with it. Instead, his body was cremated, with a portion of his ashes placed on a small rocket that is presently in Earth orbit, and will eventually burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere (the rocket includes portions of the ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry).

60. Gene Roddenberry

Writer | Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Eugene Wesley Roddenberry. He was a writer and producer, known for Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He was married to Majel Barrett and Eileen...

Instead, his body was cremated, with a portion of his ashes placed on a small rocket that is presently in Earth orbit, and will eventually burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere (the rocket includes portions of the ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry).

61. Lorenzo Music

Actor | Rhoda

Lorenzo Music was born on May 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Gerald David Music. He was an actor and writer, known for Rhoda (1974), Carlton Your Doorman (1980) and Garfield in Paradise (1986). He was married to Henrietta Music. He died on August 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.

62. John Kennedy Jr.

Actor | A Matter of Degrees

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born on November 25, 1960, in Washington, DC, to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President-to-be John F. Kennedy) and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (Jacqueline Kennedy). Three weeks before his birth, his father was elected President of the United States, and the nation ...

John, his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette were all cremated and their ashes scattered off the coast of Martha's Vineyard from the USS John F. Kennedy Naval ship, where the ship was on training duty.

63. Ted Bundy

Self | Serious Serial Killers

Theodore Robert Bundy, more commonly known as "Ted", was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He confessed to 36 murders, but nobody really knows how many had been committed or when he began his legacy of horror; the true total could be higher. Ted was born to Eleanor Louise Cowell ...

Following Bundy's execution, in an unusual twist, his remains were cremated at the request of his family and spread over the mountains in Washington State, where the bodies of several of his victims had been discovered.

64. David Langton

Actor | The Avengers

His father, a wine importer loved the theatre and encouraged his acting ambitions and got him his first job at 16 touring with a Shakespearean company painting scenery and doing walk on parts. His mother disapproved thinking it wasn't a job for a respectable middle class young man. By 1939 he'd ...

pon his death, his remains were cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium in Putney Vale, London, England.

65. George Nader

Actor | Robot Monster

Born in Pasadena, California, George Nader became interested in acting while still in school and appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. This led to several small parts in movies before earning the lead role in the infamous 3D thriller Robot Monster (1953). The movie was bad but ...

A longtime Palm Springs resident, Nader is survived by Mark Miller and three cousins. Following a private service, Nader was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

66. Woody Guthrie

Soundtrack | Drop Dead Gorgeous

Charley and Nora Guthrie named their son after the Democrat elected president that year. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie knew hard times as a youngster (his house burned down, his sister Clara burned to death, his father's small-town business and political careers never went anywhere, his mother suffered ...

He was cremated and his ashes were scattered off Coney Island. The family scattered the ashes of Marjorie in the same place when she died.

67. George Zucco

Actor | The Mad Monster

At 22, George Zucco decided to begin his stage career in earnest in the Canadian provinces in 1908. In the course of the following decade, he also performed in an American vaudeville tour with his young wife, Frances, in a routine called "The Suffragette." As World War I grew in scale, Zucco ...

After his death, Zucco was cremated and his ashes are now interred at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetary in Los Angeles.

68. Quentin Crisp

Actor | Orlando

Quentin Crisp was born Denis Pratt on Christmas Day, 1908, in the London suburb of Sutton. He the youngest of four children; his father was lawyer, mother former nursery governess. In his autobiographical work, "The Naked Civil Servant", he describes a difficult childhood in a rigorously homophobic...

After his death in the Manchester, England suburb Chorlton-cum-Hardy, he was cremated and his ashes were flown back to the United States and scattered over New York City.

69. Ivor Novello

Actor | The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

While his special gifts seemed to lie in music and composing, the dapper, multi-talented Welsh actor Ivor Novello (ne David Ivor Davies), with his leading-man good looks, had a strong affinity for the camera.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of a tax-collector father and a well-known ...

On 27th June 2009 a 7' tall bronze statue of Ivor Novello was unveiled near the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales. The statue shows Novello seated at work on a manuscript. It was created by Peter Nicholas, a celebrated Welsh sculptor who lives in Swansea, and was paid for by public subscription. Apart from a plaque on the house where he was born, it is the only memorial to Ivor Novello in the city of his birth. There are various memorials to Ivor in London including a "blue plaque" between the Novello Theatre and the Waldorf Hotel marking the entrance to the flat above the theatre where he lived until his death in 1951. There is a memorial at Golders Green Crematorium where he was cremated, a plaque in St Paul's Church, Covent Garden (the Actors' Church) and a memorial in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, London where his ashes were placed.

70. Charles Addams

Writer | The Addams Family

Charles Samuel Addams, or Chill as his friends called him, was born on January 7, 1912, in Westfield, New Jersey. Records show at the time of his birth the Addams' lived on Summit Avenue. They moved several times before taking up permanent residence in 1920 on Elm Street and stayed there until 1947...

Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Charles Addams Estate Grounds, Sagaponeck, Suffolk County, New York in the family pet cemetery.

71. Robert Surtees

Cinematographer | Ben-Hur

Robert L. Surtees began his working life as a portrait photographer and retoucher, before becoming camera assistant at Universal in 1927. He spent a lengthy apprenticeship (15 years) working under such experienced cinematographers as Hal Mohr, Joseph Ruttenberg and Gregg Toland. Between 1929 and ...

Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered over Point Lobos in Monterey, California.

72. Archie Moore

Actor | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Archie Moore was born on December 13, 1913 in Benoit, Mississippi, USA as Archibald Lee Wright. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), The Fortune Cookie (1966) and The Outfit (1973). He was married to Joan Hardy and Elizabeth A. Thorton. He died on December 9, 1998 ...

73. Chester Drescher

Actor | The Nanny

Chester Drescher was born in 1982 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Nanny (1993) and Cadillac Man (1990). He died in 2000.

Chester was a pomeranian, belonging to Fran Drescher, who played C.C. Babcock's dog on The Nanny, who seemed to like Nanny Fran Fine better than he did C.C. When Chester died, Drescher had him cremated and placed in a small ceramic box, inscribed, "I just love ya, that's all," which she keeps in her kitchen on her black marble countertop, surrounded by pictures and candles.

74. Raul Cortez

Actor | O Rei do Gado

Raul Cortez was born on August 28, 1932 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Raul Christiano Machado Cortez. He was an actor and casting director, known for The King of the Cattle (1996), Terra Speranza (2002) and Her Own Destiny (2004). He was married to Tânia Caldas and Célia Helena. He died on ...

He was cremated. Close to 120 million people attended his deathwatch. This was just in 10 hours

75. Leo Ford

Actor | The Lucky Ones

Leo Ford is an actor, known for The Lucky Ones (2008), Waiting for Beckett (2005) and Mind Games (2014).

Leo's funeral service in LA included chanting by members of Santa Monica Siddha Meditation Center. He was cremated and his ashes sent to San Francisco, where after a wake at Josie's Bar they were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A tree was planted in India in his name.

76. Henry Miller

Writer | Stille dage i Clichy

Henry Miller was born on December 26, 1891 in New York City, New York, USA as Henry Valentine Miller. He was a writer and actor, known for Quiet Days in Clichy (1970), Jours tranquilles à Clichy (1990) and Tropic of Cancer (1970). He was married to Hoki Tokuda, Evelyn Byrd (Keven) McClure, ...

Was cremated; his ashes were scattered off Big Sur, California.

77. Damon Runyon

Writer | Guys and Dolls

Born out of wedlock in Manhattan, Kansas, but grew up in Denver. A close friend of fellow New York sportswriter--and former western gunfighter--William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson, who knew the Runyan family in Denver. In the late teens and early 1920s both Ed Sullivan and Walter Winchell worked as ...

After his death, as requested in his will, he was cremated and his ashes scattered over Manhattan by his son from a plane piloted by his old friend, legendary flier Eddie Rickenbacker.

78. Jon King

Actor | Interception

Jon King is an actor, known for Interception (2009), Disorder (2009) and Everyone's a V.I.P. To Someone (2009).

Cremated and ashes scattered off coast of Florida.

79. Alan Freed

Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Alan Freed was born on December 15, 1921 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA as Albert Alan James Freed. He was married to Inga Boling, Marjorie Hess and Betty Lou Bean. He died on January 20, 1965 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Upon his death, he was cremated. His ashes are interred at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

80. Jim Jones

Self | People's Temple

Jim Jones was born during the Great Depression. He was the only son of James Thurmond Jones and Lynette Jones (neé Putnam). His father was an alcoholic Klansman and he claimed his mother was part Cherokee Indian. He spent most of his formative years in conservative rural Indiana. His father ...

The bodies of US citizens at the People's Temple compound were brought to Fort Dix in New Jersey for identification and contact of next of kin. Rev. Jones' body was sent to the NJ State Coroner's Office in Trenton after no next of kin could be found. Somewhere along the way, his "toe tag" was switched with that of an unidentified white male. Before the mistake could be corrected, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered anonymously and without ceremony into the Delaware River.

81. Frank Inn

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Frank Inn was a legendary animal trainer whose menagerie won a total of 40 Patsy Awards, the animal kingdom's equivalent of the Oscar. The Patsy Award is given out by the American Humane Association's Hollywood branch and stands for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year. It was first given out in ...

He kept the cremated remains of Benji, Arnold, the dog Tramp from My Three Sons and other animals in urns at his home and had requested that the remains be placed in his casket when he died, his daughter Kathleen said.

82. Paul Tibbets

Self | The Ken Murray Show

Paul Tibbets was born on February 23, 1915 in Quincy, Illinois, USA as Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. He was married to Andrea P. Quattrehomme and Lucy Frances Wingate. He died on November 1, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Died in his Columbus, Ohio, home at the age of ninety-two. He had suffered small strokes and heart failure in his final years and had been in hospice care. Tibbets laid down in his will that there should be no funeral service after his death and no headstone for fear this might lead to demonstrations at his grave. He wanted to ensure that his resting place could never be a pilgrimage site for opponents of the use of nuclear weapons. Tibbets asked to be cremated, and have his ashes dispersed into the waters of the English Channel.

83. Dom DeLuise

Actor | The Secret of NIMH

As might be said for the late and great comedians Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn, it seems that Mel Brooks was the only director on the planet who knew how to best utilize this funnyman's talents on film. Brooks once quipped that, whenever he hired Dom DeLuise for one of his films, he would ...

His ashes were interred with his parents.

84. Alexander Moissi

Actor | Die Königsloge

Alexander Moissi was born on April 2, 1879 in Trieste, Austria-Hungary as Aleksandër Moisiu. He was an actor and director, known for Die Königsloge (1929), Figaros Hochzeit (1920) and Der junge Goethe (1919). He was married to Johanna Terwin and Marie Urfus. He died on March 23, 1935 in Lugano...

Was cremated in Vienna, Austria and buried near Lake Lugano in Morcote, Switzerland.

85. Nelson Rockefeller

Self | Startime

Nelson Rockefeller, the son and grandson of billionaires and a billionaire in his own right when there fewer than a baker's dozen of such creatures, was a major force in national politics for three decades. Rocky bestrode the State of New York like a colossus in the 1960s, serving four terms as ...

Per his wishes, his body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. His ashes were scattered at the Rockefeller Estate in nearby Tarrytown, New York. He is the only former U.S. Vice President not to have a final resting place in a cemetery.

86. Joseph W. Stilwell

Self | Universal Newsreel

Joseph W. Stilwell was born on March 19, 1883 in Palatka, Florida, USA as Joseph Warren Stilwell. He was married to Winifred A. Smith. He died on October 12, 1946 in San Francisco, California, USA.

Body was cremated, and ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean.

87. Robert Edeson

Actor | The Absentee

A noted stage actor at the turn of the 20th century, Robert Edeson began his film career working with Cecil B. DeMille on The Call of the North (1914), then moved on to Vitagraph where he remained for the rest of the teens. In the 1920s he returned to work for De Mille, playing the man-of-the-world...

Robert's cremated remains are scattered at an unknown location in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

88. Richard Llewellyn

Writer | How Green Was My Valley

Welsh novelist and playwright Richard Llewellyn was born Richard David Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd in Pembrokeshire, Wales. He attended school in Cardiff and London, and when he was 16 he spent two years in Italy learning hotel management. While there he got work with an Italian film company, learning ...

He left instructions that upon his death his remains should be cremated and that he should have no grave. There is no monument to his memory, but a plaque on the wall of the ruined Six Bells public house in the Welsh village of Gilfach-goch commemorates him and his association with the area, said to be the inspiration for his novel "How Green Was My Valley" (1940).

89. Eddie Mercado

Actor | Dito sa aking puso

Eddie Mercado was an actor, known for Dito sa aking puso (1972), Masquerade (1967) and Ikaw naman ang iiyak (1996). He was married to Marivic Mercado and Marivic. He died on September 18, 2006 in Parañaque City, Philippines.

He expired around 3:30 pm on September 18, 2006, at the Parañaque Medical Center due to multiple organ failure. He was cremated at the Trinity Funeral Homes, and his ashes was buried at the Alabang New Christian Life Center.

90. Scott O'Dell

Writer | The Black Pearl

Established the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award in 1981.

Was cremated, and has his ashes cast at sea.

91. John Pringle

Art_director | Clothes Make the Pirate

John Pringle was born on July 13, 1865 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA as John George Pringle. He was an actor and art director, known for Clothes Make the Pirate (1925), Black Lightning (1924) and Travelin' Fast (1924). He was married to Ada Adair Apperly. He died on August 12, 1929 in San Diego, ...

Pringle's cremated remains rest in an unmarked grave at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

92. Cesar Ramirez

Actor | Huwag Mo Akong Limutin

Cesar Ramirez was born in 1929 as Arlen Quindoy Aguilar. He was an actor, known for Huwag Mo Akong Limutin (1960), Tres muskiteras (1954) and Suicide Susy (1962). He was married to Alicia Vergel. He died on July 18, 2003 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Cremated on July 29 after the 1 p.m. Mass at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.

93. Louis Mann

Actor | The Sins of the Children

Louis Mann was born on April 20, 1865 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Sins of the Children (1930), The March of Time (1930) and Actors' Fund Field Day (1910). He was married to Clara Lipman. He died on February 15, 1931 in New York City.

Had his remains cremated because he had a lifelong fear of being buried alive.

94. Dennis Murphy

Writer | The Sergeant

Dennis was the brother of Michael Murphy, co-founder of the Esalen Institute on the family's property south of Big Sur, where the music concert film "Celebration in Big Sur" was filmed in 1969 and released in 1971.

Cremated and ashes scattered on the Big Sur, California coast.

95. Iceal Hambleton


Cremated and Ashes interned (with Gwen) at VA hospital in Joliet, Illinois.

Cremated and Ashes interned (with Gwen) at VA hospital in Joliet, Illinois.

96. Alan Rudkin

Self | A Question of Sport

Alan Rudkin was born on November 28, 1941 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He died on September 22, 2010 in Liverpool.

He was cremated at Springwood Crematorium in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

97. Joseph Marchese

Actor | Why Russians Are Revolting

Joseph Marchese was born on September 11, 1927 in the USA as Joseph Vincent Marchese. He was an actor, known for Why Russians Are Revolting (1970) and Eye on Entertainment (2005). He died on February 11, 2010 in the USA.

He was cremated privately.

98. George Kistiakowski

Self | Sista varningen!

George Kistiakowski was born on November 18, 1900 in Kiev, Russian Empire as George Bogdan Kistiakowski. He was married to Elaine Mahoney, Irma E. Shuler and Hildegard Moebius. He died on December 7, 1982 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

His body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered on Cape Cod, near his summer home.

99. Felice Orlandi

Actor | Another 48 Hrs.

Felice Orlandi was born on September 18, 1924 in Avezzano, Abruzzo, Italy as Felice Antonio Orlandi. He was an actor, known for Another 48 Hrs. (1990), Bullitt (1968) and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). He was married to Alice Ghostley. He died on May 21, 2003 in Burbank, California, USA.

100. R.G. Armstrong

Actor | Predator

A golden career was reflected in his name. Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7, 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he was frequently performing on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduating,...

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