Monday, May 21, 2018

"My Wild Irish Rose" Actor Pat O'Malley 1966 San Fernando Mission Cemetery


Patrick Henry O'Malley Jr. (September 3, 1890 – May 21, 1966) was an American vaudeville and stage performer prior to starting a prolific film career at the age of 16.


Career

Of Irish descent, O'Malley was born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, and initially worked as a railroad switch operator. He also had experience in the circus business by the time he discovered an interest in motion pictures. His screen career dates from the days of Kalem and Edison. From 1915 to 1927, he appeared in scores of silents as both a leading man and a character actor, in such classics as: The Heart of Humanity, My Wild Irish Rose, The Virginian, and in the adaptation of bestseller, Brothers Under the Skin.


O'Malley aged rather suddenly, and with the advent of sound, his career declined quite rapidly. He was then relegated to supporting parts, and appeared in some 400 films in bit parts and supporting roles. He guest starred on the early musical series Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town on CBS. In the early 1960s, O'Malley appeared in such TV shows as The Twilight Zone and such films as Days of Wine and Roses.


Death

O'Malley died of a heart attack in 1966 at age 75. He is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.




Family

In 1915 O'Malley married actress Lillian Wilkes (died December 15, 1976); the couple had three children: Sheila, Eileen and Kathleen.


Partial filmography

All For Old Ireland (1915) as Myles Murphy
Bold Emmett, Ireland's Martyr (1915) as major Kirk
The Boston Tea Party (1915)
Nan O' the Backwoods (1915) as Lige Peters
The Taint (1915) as Ben Stewart
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1916)
The Love That Lives (1916)
Her Boy (1918)
Hit-The-Trail Holliday (1918)
The Prussian Cur (1918)
The Heart of Humanity (1918)
The Red Glove (1919)
The Prospector's Vengeance (1920)
The Breath of the Gods (1920)
Dinty (1920)
A Game Chicken (1922)
Brass (1923)
Slippy McGee (1923)
The Virginian (1923)


Fools Highway (1924)

Happiness (1924)
The Beauty Prize (1924)


The Mine with the Iron Door (1924)

Proud Flesh (1925)


The White Desert (1925)


The Teaser (1925)

Spangles (1926)
Pleasure Before Business (1927)


Alibi (1929)

The Man I Love (1929)
The Fall Guy (1930)
The Fighting Marshal (1931)


Anybody's Blonde (1931)


The Shadow of the Eagle (1932)

The Reckoning (1932)
High Speed (1932)
Those We Love (1932)
The Fighting Gentleman (1932)
Frisco Jenny (1932)
Sundown Rider (1932)
A Man of Sentiment (1933)


The Whirlwind (1933)

The Fighting Marines (1935)
Wanted! Jane Turner (1936)
The Roaring Twenties (1939) as the Jailer


Law of the Range (1941)

The Wild One (1953) as Sawyer


Friday, May 18, 2018

"Grunge" Musician Chris Cornell 2017 Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as the founder and front man for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.


Cornell is considered one of the chief architects of the 1990s grunge movement, and is well known for his extensive catalog as a songwriter, his nearly four-octave vocal range, and his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015), and the live album Songbook (2011). 


Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song "The Keeper," which appeared in the 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher, and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), "You Know My Name." His last solo release before his death was the charity single "The Promise," written for the ending credits for the film of the same name. He was voted "Rock's Greatest Singer" by readers of Guitar World, ranked 4th in the list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" by Hit Parader, 9th in the list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone, and 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music."


Across his entire catalog, Cornell has sold 14.8 million albums, 8.8 million digital songs, and 300 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. alone, as well as over 30 million records worldwide. He was nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and won twice.


Cornell struggled with depression for much of his life. He was found dead in his Detroit hotel room early on the morning of May 18, 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert an hour earlier. His death was ruled suicide by hanging. 


Chris Cornell is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.







Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Glen or Glenda" Actor Timothy Sperl Farrow 1989 Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Timothy Farrell (June 26, 1922 – May 9, 1989) was an American film actor, best known for his roles in the Ed Wood films such as Jail Bait, The Violent Years and Glen or Glenda. He also was the County Marshal of Los Angeles, California.


Early life

Born as Timothy Sperl, he was a native of Los Angeles and graduate of Alexander Hamilton High School. During World War II Farrell served in the Army Air Corps.[1]


Farrell worked as a Bailiff for the Los Angeles Marshal's Department while also working in sleazy low-budget movies. In 1948 he portrayed a doctor in the film Test Tube Babies, a similar role to that in the subsequent Glen or Glenda. He patiently explained to a young couple that there is no shame or scandal in test-tube fertilization. Both films were produced by George Weiss, who used Farrell in a string of lurid exploitation films in the 1950s. 


In 1951, Farrell, along with everyone else on the film set of Paris After Midnight, was swept up in a police vice raid, which caused him professional embarrassment with his courtroom career.


Characters

Farrell's career was notable for its recurring roles:

He made three low-budget exploitation movies for George Weiss in which he played the part of sleazy gymnasium owner Umberto Scalli. These films, largely a vehicle for female-wrestling footage, include 


Devil's Sleep


Racket Girls


and Dance Hall Racket

Scalli is gunned down at the end of Racket Girls but alive and well in Dance Hall Racket.

His character of "Joe the Pimp" appeared in Girl Gang and Gun Girls.

His character of "Dr. Wright" appeared in Hometown Girls and the aforementioned Test Tube Babies.

In 1954, his legal and theatrical careers dovetailed in the George Cukor movie A Star Is Born, in which he played a bailiff. It happened again in 1958, when he appeared as a bailiff in the short-lived television series Accused.

L.A. County Marshal's Office

He went on to work 26 years for the Los Angeles County Marshal's Office, rising through the ranks and eventually was appointed the County Marshal in 1971. However, in 1975 he was fired after his conviction on felony charges for "illegal use of deputy marshals in political activities." He was given a six-month sentence, but received probation due to poor health.[2]

Personal life

His later years were spent in business, such as operating a lumber mill in South Dakota and rental properties in Los Angeles, California. He was extremely active in the "Animal Rights and Welfare Movement," begun by his wife, Shirley. He donated some of his estate to "The Sperl Family Foundation," a no cost spay and neuter organization for animals.[3]


Death

Farrell died on May 9, 1989, aged 66, at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California of a heart attack. He was preceded in death by his wife who was an actress. His wife died of natural causes. His daughter, Timmie, was a bit part actress on the soap opera General Hospital, and died from a drug overdose. His son, Anthony Kelly Sperl, runs the Sperl Family Foundation from his residence in Sun Valley, California.[4] Anthony had briefly been a police officer in Stanton, California, until March 1983 when he fatally shot 5-year-old Patrick Andrew Mason in his home, mistaking the boy's toy gun for a real weapon.[5] Sperl quit the force, claiming Post Tramatic Stress Disorder and was awarded a disability pension soon [6] after being cleared of wrongdoing.[7]



Timothy Sperl Farrow is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Filmography

Year Film Role Director

1948 Test Tube Babies Doctor W. Merle Connell
1949 Hometown Girl
1949 The Devil's Sleep Umberto Scalli
1951 Racket Girls Robert C. Dertano
1953 Dance Hall Racket Phil Tucker
1953 Glen or Glenda Doctor Ed Wood


1954 Jail Bait Vic Brady


1954 Girl Gang Joe, a degenerate drug dealer Robert C. Dertano


1956 The Violent Years Lt. Holmes William Morgan


1957 Gun Girls Joe Robert C. Dertano

Sunday, May 6, 2018

"Shane" Cinematographer Loyal Griggs 1978 Westminster Cemetery


Loyal Griggs, A.S.C. (August 15, 1906 – May 6, 1978), was an American cinematographer.



Griggs joined the staff of Paramount Pictures in 1924 after graduating from school and initially worked at the studio's process department. He was promoted from assistant photographer to second unit photographer to camera process photographer, before becoming director of photography for three 1951 releases: Crosswinds, Passage West and The Last Outpost.





Griggs won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for the 1953 Western Shane.[1] He was part of the production team that received an Academy Honorary Award at the 11th Academy Awards for their efforts on the Paramount film Spawn of the North.[2]




Griggs' other Paramount films as cinematographer included 




the 1954 musical White Christmas




the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic The Ten Commandments




and the Jerry Lewis comedies The Sad Sack (1957) 




and Visit to a Small Planet (1960). 



He was also the cinematographer on George Stevens’ 1965 United Artists release The Greatest Story Ever Told 



as well as Otto Preminger's World War II drama of that same year, In Harm's Way




His final film was the 1971 American International Pictures comedy Bunny O'Hare starring Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine.[3]



Loyal Griggs is buried at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, California.



Selected filmography

Hot News (1928)
White Christmas (1954)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
The Sad Sack (1957)
Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
In Harm's Way (1965)
Bunny O'Hare (1971)

References

1. Variety profile
2. "Special Award - 11th Academy Awards". Academy Awards Database.
3. New York Times /AllMovie Guide profile