FAMOUS GRAVES – Visiting & Remembering The Casts Of FAMILY AFFAIR & ALL IN THE FAMILY & Others


Hi friends, you may remember that back in August I visited the gravesite of actress Heather angel up in Santa Barbara, California She played the role of mrs. Haversham on the popular 1960s TV sitcom called family affair Well after I visited her gravesite some of you suggested that I visit the grave sites of the rest of the cast a family affair So that’s why I’m headed today. The two of them are buried right here at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles and while I’m here I’m going to visit the grave sites of a few other people that you might be surprised are also buried here in the cemetery And Here I am in Westwood Village Memorial Park as you can see the sign back there You can see the big skyscrapers around Look at this This Memorial Park is surrounded by almost surrounded by Skyscrapers and then on one side, I’ll turn around so you can see some of the large buildings behind me condos and in homes All this back there so it’s just a very very small cemetery What you see there that’s the cemetery the green grass of the center is for ground burial traditional ground Barrow and in the rest, um most of the rest is made up of Crypts and niches In case you missed my visit to Heather angels final resting place in Santa Barbara. I’ll put a link down below this video She died on December 13th 1986 at the age of 77 from cancer up in Santa Barbara, California on the show She was a nanny and her character was named Miss. Haversham and she was the female friend of mr. French Who was played by Sebastian Cabot. Mr. French was essentially the male nanny to the kids on family affair The Sebastian Cabot died at the young age of 59 following a stroke he died in, British, Columbia, Canada on August 22nd 1977 He appeared in more than 50 movies and TV shows but he’ll probably always best be remembered as mr. French The Sebastian Cabot was cremated and as you can see his ashes were buried in the ground Just in front of the cemetery offices This is one of a couple of ground burial niche gardens here in cemetery On the show Brian Keith played bachelor bill Davis or uncle bill Sebastian Cabot played his valet. Mr French and they lived in a luxury New York City apartment when Uncle Bill’s brother and sister-in-law are tragically killed in an auto accident Bill reluctantly agrees to take in and raise their three orphaned children sissy Buffy and Jody the popular TV sitcom ran for five seasons from 1966 to 1971 Sadly Keith shot and killed himself in Malibu, California on June 24th 1997 at the age of 75 just a couple of months after his daughter Daisy also committed suicide He had also been battling emphysema and lung cancer Keith and his daughter Daisy were both cremated and as you can see they are laid to rest here together in this niche wall Just across the street in this Cemetery from Sebastian Cabot’s final resting place The older daughters Sissy was played by Kathy Garver who’s still alive And the younger twins Jody and Buffy work laid by Johnny Whitaker and Anissa Jones Johnny Whitaker is still alive the sadly Anissa Jones who played Buffy died at the young age of 18 from drug overdose on August 28 1976 in Oceanside, California She was cremated and the whereabouts of her ashes are currently unknown Actress Nancy Walker joined the show for the final season as Uncle Bill’s housekeeper and she died of lung cancer in Studio City, California On March 25th 1992 at the age of 69 and she was also cremated and her ashes were reportedly scattered at sea And even though she appeared for one season on Family affair. She’ll probably always best be remembered for playing Rhoda’s mom on the television sitcom, Rhoda While family affair was a very popular show all in the family was not only popular but it’s an American classic And the star that show was actor Carroll O’Connor and he’s buried in the cemetery as well So in my tribute today two famous families, his gravesite is next On June 21st 2001 Actor Carroll O’Connor died from a heart attack at the age of 76 in Culver City, California O’Connor is best known for playing Archie Bunker one of the most iconic and best-known characters in TV history on the CBS TV sitcom all in the family that aired from 1971 until 1979 in 1971 I was living with my Grandmother, and I remember coming home one night to find her watching a brand-new TV show all in the family at first I was completely turned off by Archie Bunker’s bigoted character and couldn’t believe that she would watch such a show But by the second or third episode I was completely hooked I was a long-haired hippie like Michael Stivic or meathead Rob Reiner’s character and she was very dogmatic and black-and-white about everything and identified with Archie So watching all in the family really was like holding up a mirror to our own Relationship and family and in case you’re having a hard time Picturing me with long hair or any hair for that matter here are two pictures of me back in 1971 That’s me on the left. And on the right and asked my friend Barbara in the middle with the short hair hard to believe right? During my life. I’ve only been to three live TV show tapings and all in the family was one of them I remember seeing it with my good friend Fritz The show really broke new ground by tackling controversial topics, like racism and gay rights Religion and abortion the Vietnam War in so many other topics that were never discussed especially on TV sitcoms All of the family was a huge hit in a number one show It’s also considered by almost everyone to be one of the greatest u.s. TV sitcoms of all time So if you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out Hugh O’Connor was an actor best remembered for his role as officer Lonnie Jameson on the popular drama in the heat of the night Which aired from 1988 until? 1994 and he co-starred with his father Carroll O’Connor Over the years I visited the gravesite of Carroll O’Connor many times And I always thought that his son Hugh O’Connor was buried with him But it turns out that this is just a Cenotaph or a memorial to his son whose ashes are interred in Rome, Italy sadly on March 28 1995 Hugh shot and killed himself in Pacific Palisades, California at the young age of thirty two Actors Jean Stapleton played Edith Bunker the ditzy, but very lovable wife of Archie Bunker She died on May 31st 2013 at the age of 90 from natural causes And was cremated she won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for her role as Edith bunker also known affectionately as dingbat Sadly her ashes were either scattered or given to family and she has no current a final resting place to visit Back in the center lawns section not far from Sebastian Cabot’s final resting place is the gravesite of Richard dawson the actor comedian and game show host got his big break in the 1960s from the popular sitcom Hogan’s Heroes He played corporal Peter Newkirk and the show aired for six seasons from 1965 to 1971 But he’s probably best remembered as the original host of the popular TV game show a family feud the show premiered on ABC in 1976 and Dawson was the host for nearly two decades Dawson died at the age of 79 from complications from esophageal cancer in Los Angeles On June 2nd 2012 and Just a few rows away from Dawson’s gravesite is the final resting place of actor Bob Crane Who is the star of Hogan’s Heroes? Crane died, June 29th 1978 at the age of 49 in Scottsdale, Arizona After being bludgeoned to death his murder is still unsolved today The next person I’m gonna visit here in the cemetery today It’s not someone you necessarily think of when you think of family or family TV shows but he is interred here with his family and he was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the song music and lyrics for the 1969 movie a boy named Charlie Brown Which is one of the most popular family movies of all time the Crypt of Rod McKuen is Very close to Marilyn Monroe’s crypt but I’ve never seen anyone do a video of his final resting place I’ve seen hundreds of Marilyn’s and here afters and I’ve done a few myself But I didn’t even realize like I’ve been wanting to come to visit him for a long time And I searched and searched. I’ve been here for hours searching primarily for him And I could not find and his crypt and so I just happened after I found just about everybody else I was looking forward today. I thought well, let me just take one last look and sure enough there He was Rob McEwen is considered to be one of the best-selling poets in history He was a poet singer songwriter and actor He was nominated for Academy Awards for Grammy Awards for the Pulitzer Prize his songs have sold over 1 million recordings worldwide and 60 million copies of his poetry books have been sold worldwide and The darker crypts straight-ahead are those of Marilyn Monroe on the right and he left her on the left He recorded more than 200 albums and many of them went gold or platinum He died, January 29th 2015 at the age of 81 in Beverly Hills, California from complications from pneumonia His mother Claire Hooper McEwan died in 1971 at the age of 61 It is in the crypt directly above his Now the plaque on the crypt directly to his right reads Edward McEwen Habib, so I assumed it was his But in doing research, I haven’t been able to find that he had a brother I did find though that he lived in Beverly Hills with his partner Edward who he called brother? So I’m assuming that even though I thought this was his brother. I’m assuming that it’s his partner and as you can see Edward just died this year If anyone watching knows for sure, please let us know in the comment section down below MacEwan was one of the earliest LGBTQ rights activists in the country in one of his most quoted lines is It doesn’t matter who you love or how you love but that you love and I love that He’s buried here with his mother and either his brother or his life partner and then he made such a positive and lasting Contribution to the world while he was here And That’s the entrance gate straight ahead and to the right and last but not least is the gravesite of one of my favorite authors and futurists Alvin Toffler, who died June 27th 2016 at the age of 87 in Bel Air, California He’s buried with his daughter Karen who died at the young age of 47 after suffering for decades with a rare disease In 1970 when I first read toffler’s book future shock It really blew me away and it pretty much blew the whole world away and became an international bestseller in 1970 YouTube Facebook and social media Didn’t exist at all and was still decades away and yet Toffler was talking about the technology revolution the communication revolution and information overload in predicting where we are today the Toffler talked about the effects of ethnic diversity and globalization and Information overload on the family and mostly talked about the impact of change On societies in the world and just in this visit to the cemetery today It’s pretty clear to see the families have changed dramatically over the years Some would say the families have changed for the better some for the worst. What do you think? It’s not surprising that couples are often buried together or almost always buried together But it’s much less common for children to be buried near or with their parents. So How about all of you when the time comes are you planning to be buried next to your brother or sisters? Your mother’s or Father’s your grandparents or other family members. Please let us know down below As always thanks for joining me today and thanks Especially for all your great comments for all the thumbs up for sharing with your friends And of course for subscribing and I’ll hope to see you on my next road trip to the past.

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