FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR – Santa Barbara (Alan Thicke, Suzy Parker, etc.)


Welcome to Hollywood Graveyard, where we
set out to remember and celebrate the lives of those who lived to entertain us,
by visiting their final resting places. Today we’re exploring Santa Barbara
Cemetery, where we’ll find such stars as Fess Parker, Alan Thicke, Suzy Parker, and
many more. Join us won’t you? From Simi Valley we hit the 101 again
and continue northwest of the Gold Coast to Santa Barbara, about two hours from
Hollywood. This beach resort town is often called the American Riviera and
many stars have found this the perfect spot to settle down away from the hustle
and bustle of Hollywood. And when they pass on many find themselves here at
Santa Barbara Cemetery. Founded in 1867 this cemetery is prized for – if you’ll
forgive the pun – a view to die for. Santa Barbara Cemetery is situated right up
against the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In literature death has
often been symbolized by a passage across the sea to the next life.
Nowhere in Southern California’s that felt more than here in Santa Barbara,
where while visiting the dead you can hear the ocean waves crashing and watch
boats sail off into the horizon. We’ll begin our tour at the chapel and
mausoleum just in from the entrance. The walls of the chapel are lined with
niches and adorned with beautiful murals by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, with
architecture inspired by 15th century Catalonian churches. The mausoleum is on
two levels, but is fairly small and can be explored
in a relatively short time. And in doing so you’ll get the wonderful sense of
walking through an old-world castle or monastery. On the far right wall of the chapel, just
above eye-level, is the niche of Virginia Cherrill. The actress was discovered by
Charlie Chaplin and cast as the blind flower girl in City Lights. It was a
silent film, though the rise of the talkies had already begun years earlier.
The film is considered one of Chaplin’s finest. A handful of sound films
followed for Virginia including John Ford’s The Brat, and Todd Browning’s Fast
Workers. By the end of the 30s Virginia retired from acting. If we head out the
chapel door behind us and follow this path to the end, turning right, we head
into the Sanctuary of Life Eternal. On the far left side is the niche of
husband and wife Robert Sinclair and Heather Angel. Robert was a director who
worked in theater, film, and television. His career began on stage directing
productions like Dodsworth and The Philadelphia Story. He directed a handful
of films before moving into television, working on shows like a General Electric
Theater, Johnny Staccato, 77 Sunset Strip, and Lawman. In 1970 Sinclair was stabbed
to death by a burglar in his home. He was 64. Robert was married to actress
Heather Angel. She began appearing on screen in
the 30s, including as a regular in the Bulldog Drummond series. She also had a
leading role in 1942s Time to Kill. One of her last films was based on Edgar
Allan Poe’s Premature Burial. Heather also lent her voice to Disney
Animations, including as Alice’s sister in Alice in Wonderland, and Mrs. Darling
in Peter Pan. Among her final roles were regular television appearances on shows
like Peyton Place and Family Affair. Heather witnessed the murder of her
husband, who fought to protect her from the intruder. She lived out the remainder
of her days in Santa Barbara County and was interned here with her husband after
dying of cancer at the age of 77. Let’s head back the way we came and take the
stairs on the left down to the lower level. Here next to the archway is the
niche of Mendel Meyer. He was not a Hollywood star, but a Hollywood architect.
He and his partner designed several of the iconic movie houses that defined
early Hollywood, including Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Egyptian Theater,
both built in the 1920s. A number of his buildings are now on the National
Register of Historic Places. Let’s head back past the stairway into
the next room, then into a room of bronze niches on the left. Here we find actress
Norma Varden. She was a popular British stage actress before landing
roles in Hollywood films, including as Lady Beekman in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,
Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music, and Mrs. French in Witness for the
Prosecution. In later years she also made regular guest appearances on television
shows like Hazel and The Real McCoys. She lived to be 90. That’ll do it for the
main mausoleum, let’s head back outside and cross the street west to the
courtyard mausoleums. Heading into the mausoleum in the pines on the left is
the niche of Christopher Bernau. He was an actor remembered for playing Philip
Todd in the soap opera with a supernatural spin, Dark Shadows. He also
played the villainous Alan Spaulding on the soap opera, Guiding Light.
Bernau was diagnosed with AIDS in the 80s and in 1989 died from a heart attack
brought on by the disease He was just 49. On the wall to the left,
way up at the top, we find the crypt of John Ireland. He was an actor whose
career spanned some five decades. In the 40s he could be seen in films like Red
River, and All the King’s Men – a role which earned him an Oscar nomination. He
also played the gladiator Crixus in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus. On
television he starred in the 60s series The Cheaters. Ireland also dabbled in
directing, co-helming The Fast and the Furious… no not that one, that one. He died of leukemia at age 78. That’s all we’ll find in this section. Let’s hop in
the car and head out to the grounds. Following the road from the chapel
southwest let’s stop at central section on the left. Up the hill a short ways we
find the grave of Jeanne Crain. The actress is perhaps best known for her title role
in the 1949 film Pinky, a role which earned her an Oscar nomination. Other
films include the musical State Fair, and the film noir Leave Her to Heaven. She
continued to act in film and on television into the 70s. Jeanne died of a
heart attack at the age of 78, and is buried here next to her husband, Paul, who
also acted in a handful of productions. The next section west of here is
Ridge section. Near the middle of the northern end of this lawn we find a proud
Canadian, Alan Thicke. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s like I did you’ll
probably fondly remember Thicke for his role as Dr. Seaver on the sitcom, Growing
Pains. The show ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992, and earned Thicke a
Golden Globe nomination. The show even spawned two made-for-tv
movies. Thicke also had a successful career writing television theme music,
including the themes for Diff’rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life. Music runs in the family.
He’s the father of singer Robin Thicke, of “Blurred Lines” fame. In 2016 Alan Thicke died of an aortic dissection. He was 69. West along this same row
we find Norman Gimbel. He was a songwriter, penning lyrics for popular
themes for TV and film, including the themes for Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Wonder Woman, and the Paper Chase. He also wrote the lyrics for the song
“Killing Me Softly with His Song,” which would later be remade by The Fugees. And
the song, “It Goes Like It Goes,” from the film Norma Rae earned him an Oscar.
Gimbel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984. If we cross to the
southern end of this lawn we find the final resting place of Ronald Colman. He
was an actor whose career began on stage and silent film in London before coming
to America, becoming a popular star in the 20s through the 40s.
He gave an oscar-nominated performance in films like Bulldog Drummond, and won
for A Double Life. He also became known for adventure films like The Prisoner of
Zenda, and Lost Horizon. Colman was 67 when he died from
a lung illness. The poem here on his marker is from
The Tempest by Shakespeare. The next section east is Summit Plaza. Here lies Vivian Tobin. She began her
career during the silent era as a duo comedy act with her sister Genevieve.
She played Dacia in Cecil B DeMillle’s The Sign of the Cross in 1932. And into
the 40s played Leon Errol’s wife in a series of two-reel comedies. She then
retired from acting, living to be 99. Crossing the street east we reach Island
section. At the center of this section is a large pyramid. Following the line on
the south side of the pyramid we reach the grave of Suzy Parker and Bradford
Dillman. In the 40s and 50s Suzy Parker became one of the most recognized faces
in glamor and advertising, appearing in dozens of beauty magazines and cosmetic
ads – a forerunner to the modern-day supermodel. She made her film debut in
Funny Face opposite Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Other films include Kiss
Them for Me, and The Best of Everything. And fans of The Twilight Zone will
recognize her from the episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You,”…
One more, right? “What’s so terrible about being beautiful? After all, isn’t everybody?” She retired from acting in the 70s. In 1960 while filming Circle of
Deception she met actor Bradford Dillman whom she would marry. Dilllman won a Golden
Globe as most promising newcomer in 1958 for In Love and War. In the decades that
followed he’d be seen in films like Sudden Impact with Clint Eastwood, and
Escape Rrom the Planet of the Apes. He also became a familiar face on
television with guest appearances and shows from Dr. Kildare to Murder She
Wrote. He died from complications of pneumonia at the age of 87. Just a few rows back we find actor
Stephan Burns. He’s best known for playing Pete in Herbie Goes Bananas, and Jack
Cleary in the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds, in 1983. After being involved in a
car accident he received an emergency blood transfusion. Tragically the blood
had not been tested and was infected with HIV. He died from complications of
AIDS at just 35. The section north of here is Summit. If we follow the road just below the walled area we reach the grave of Fess Parker.
He was a hero to just about every child in the 50s and 60s, known to them as
Davy Crockett. Parker portrayed the legendary
frontiersman in Disney’s miniseries in the mid-50s. [music] The coonskin cap that he wore, referenced here on his marker, would
become all the rage – a symbol of youth in 1955. Even Back to the Future referenced
it when Marty travels to 1955. Many of the characters he played after Davy
Crockett were in a similar vein, including Daniel Boone, in which he’d
also adorn a coonskin cap. He can also be seen in Old Yeller. Fess Parker retired
from acting to run a number of successful business ventures, including a
resort and winery here in the Santa Barbara area. He died in 2010 at the age of 85. If we stop at the T intersection to the north,
back at Central lawn, just in front of the road is the grave of Tab Hunter. With
blonde hair and surfer boy good looks, hunter was one of the major teen idols
of the 50s. Between 1955 and 1959 he was Warner Brothers top male star, with hits
like The Burning Hills, and Damn Yankees. He also had a hit record with the song
“Young Love” in 1957, which hit number one on the Billboard charts. [music] Though his teen heartthrob status
diminished in the 60s, he continued to be a popular star in films like The
Pleasure of His Company, and Operation Bikini. He had his own show, The Tab
Hunter Show, and would also produce a couple of films with his partner Alan
Glaser. Hunter’s autobiography, released in 2005, would become a best-seller. In
the book he acknowledged that he was gay, and had once been in a long-term
relationship with Anthony Perkins, aka Norman Bates in Psycho. Hunter died just
before his 87th birthday – complications from a blood clot. Let’s circle back
around toward the ocean and make our way to Ocean View section. Near the middle of
this section is a big tree, at the base of which we find Laurence Harvey. The
actor was born in Lithuania and worked out of both the UK and the States. He was
nominated for an Oscar for the 1959 film Room at the Top. He would go on to give
memorable performances in films like The Alamo, and The Manchurian Candidate. He was just 45 when he died
from stomach cancer. Also here is Harvey’s daughter,
Domino Harvey. She began her career as a model before turning to bounty hunting,
seeking out drug dealers, thieves, and the occasional murderer.
She was just 35 when she died from an overdose of fentanyl. In 2005 a film
inspired by her life was made, starring Keira Knightley as Domino. Let’s continue east to the Sunrise Urn
Garden, which consists of smaller cremation graves. Just left of the
sidewalk we find Vera Ralston. She rose to fame as an ice skater
in her native Czechoslovakia. She famously insulted Hitler during
the ’36 Olympics when, upon his request that she
skate for the swastika, she told him she’d rather
skate on the swastika. She moved to Hollywood to
escape the rise of Nazism, and would perform in a few dozen films, mainly B
movies like Storm over Lisbon, and Dakota with John Wayne. She retired from the
screen in 1958. Finally we head up and to the left
a few spaces to find Carmen Phillips. The raven-haired beauty began her career as an actress on Broadway
before making her TV debut in 1958 on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and her film
debut in Party Girl that same year. She had a regular role as Lily in a 60s
series The Lieutenant, and made guest appearances on shows from 77 Sunset
Strip to Route 66. Her final role was as Mime #2 in Easy Rider in 1969.
After retiring from the screen she became a humanitarian and animal rights
activist. And that concludes our tour. What are some of your favorite memories
of the stars we visited today? Share them in the comments below, and be sure to
like, share, and subscribe for more famous grave tours. thanks for watching!
We’ll see you on the next one. Pardon me a moment while I soak in this
magnificent view…

100 thoughts on “FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR – Santa Barbara (Alan Thicke, Suzy Parker, etc.)

  1. Arthur how about starting VIP Graves about those of importance, such as war heroes, presidents, inventors, sportsman, racing car drivers, those who died in disasters such as the Challenger spaceship etc.

  2. While going to college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, I lived just down the beach from the Santa Barbara Cemetery, next to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Being fascinated by cemeteries, I often visited SBC and was happy to see you covered it today. This was in the late 70's and there were not nearly as many famous celebrities buried there then. Thanks, as always Arthur, for another wonderful video! Cheers from Sacramento!

  3. Is it just me or is it highly ironic that when people retire from acting they live longer? #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmmm

  4. Completely random thought of mine is that if they had a place called Sanctuary of death eternal it would be so metal hell it sounds like a good song title. 😂 Huh didn't know that about domino harvey.

  5. Thank you! Mr Arthur , waiting for the next one. Aways high quality videos congrats !👍

  6. Thanks for doing my hometown of Santa Barbra, I've always wanted to go to that graveyard but never got the chance when I was younger.

  7. I grew up watching Alan Thinke on a show called Animal Miracles, one of my favorites growing up.

  8. Oh gees such another great video, Arthur

    Seeing Jeanne Crains was amazing..I love 3 letters to 3 wives was my favorite movie of hers

    Than Laurance Harvey was even better..he was a fabulous actor

    You must have some great teenie shoes to walk so much in these graves

    Every story in each grave was wonderful

    Thank you so much for always doing the job you do

  9. Beautiful cemetery. If I lived there I would go just to sit and watch the ocean, maybe have a picnic, looks so peaceful.

  10. Dearest Arthur, you are above and beyond… thank you for remembering and enlightening us all about the wonderful folks who made our lives better through their work. I dearly love your videos, a gateway to the past that makes me feel happy and sad all at the same time.♥️

  11. Was Alan Thicke? Alan was one of many Canadians born celebrities that has a star in both the Canadian and Hollywood Walks of Fame. The Canadian Walk of Fame is in the Entertainment District in Toronto.

  12. Crockett and Andrew Jackson didn't like each other. Jackson made sure Crockett wasn't reelected to Congress. Crockett went to Texas.

  13. Love your videos . Please do the pet cemetery in calabasas. I know there’s many celebrity pets there !

  14. Thank you Arthur for another great tour.21 People didn't like it but 3K did just goes to show who has taste.Can't wait for the next one.

  15. So so so glad to have this new video!! I always look forward to them, and this was a nice surprise!

  16. I love your videos they are really interesting plus I would like to see more of you.

  17. May their souls rest in peace the most important is that they die great and their names will ever be remembered in the whole universe and heaven is there portion.

  18. I was surprised that it was not mentioned that Virginia Cherrill was also Cary Grant's first wife.

  19. @13:41 Anthony Perkins was also married to Berinthia Berenson, sister of Marisa Berenson. Berry Berenson tragically died on American 11 that flew into the World Trade Center on 9/11..

  20. I so enjoy your visual tours of the Hollywood famous. I get me a large great tasting cup of coffee with two chocolate cover donuts, outide, sitting on the porch with my 15 inch wide laptop watching your documentaries, just makes my day. I am thinking out loud, can you do a series of Hollywood famous animal graveyard videos? I believe its going to be a hit.

  21. Thanks for another Great Video ❗
    My favorite grave was that of the Original Crixus from Spartacus..👍

  22. We enjoy your videos and the history behind each person.. ..great job 😎😎-The Boyz

  23. Thanks for showing Ronald Colman's grave. His movies got me interested in watching classic movies on TCM.

  24. Sorry I'm late, Arthur! Beautiful cemetery and view! Back in the '70s, I visited some friends who were attending UCSB. At the time, the beaches were covered in gooey oil. I hope that is no longer the case! I'm old enough to remember quite a few of the folks you featured in this video!

  25. 34 seconds in the music is one of my favorites but the one playing at 4:00 is haunting 👀👍🏿

  26. After a hard week at work, this is perfect viewing. What a beautiful place ❤️❤️❤️

  27. Fast and the Furious. No, not that one…. THAT one. HAHAHA!!!!!!! This is great–as always!!!!

  28. My favorite HGY musical theme starts at 13:59. All of the music in this series adds to the overall effect of each episode.

  29. Alan Thicke was only in a handful of episodes of This Is Us before he died. It would have been interesting to see how they developed his character. It was a shock when I heard the news that he died. Watched Bradford Dilliman on tv throughout the 1960s. Lots of great details on he and Suzy Parker. I knew about Tad & Tony being an “item.” Your tours are addictive and I will therefore keep watching news entries. Thanks Arthur!

  30. und zwischendurch muß ich Pause machen, so viele tolle Infos, Danke! Ist mit das Beste, was ich über Friedhöfe sehen konnte..lg aus Deutschland!

  31. Arthur, very much enjoyed. Your voice is so soothing. I love the brief backstory you give w/each stop. The time & effort it must take is amazing. I've been to Westwood but I'd love to visit Foresr Lawn Glendale. Thanks for all you do.

  32. Excellent tour as always. The mausoleum is indeed a lovely place…and I did enjoy the view. Thanks. Nice to visit Fess Parker…my mum's big crush way back when. Love as always from grey and soggy old England.

  33. Santa Barbara is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Hi Arthur…great tour, as always…love from Liverpool, UK xxx

  34. Thank you Arthur for another exceptional video. You are the greatest YouTuber.

  35. Met Fess Parker at his winery back in the 90s …still have autographed wine bottle , super nice man

  36. Love his videos but this one…felt a bit rushed….it didn’t have the usual movie clips like the first ones he did were we saw a sample of the celebrities work. Oh well…

  37. I hope sometime you will do a viewer contribution series again. I like all your work, but that series was my favorite. We got to see places all around the world.

  38. i live in Santa Barbara and quite a few of my relatives are buried in that cemetery you should tour Santa Barbara mission and maybe visit Juana Maria the lost island girl

  39. One could not ask for a more satisfying video. The photography of the cemetery architecture and natural scenery, the ocean views, the well-researched narratives of the many tremendously talented people presented, the music; Oh that music! And, of course, Arthur Dark's signature voice; Oh that voice! I hope Arthur Dark has another Halloween masterpiece for us this year. Thank you so much.

  40. Beautiful place where folks can eternally rest in peace. Also, my dream city to live. Thanks Arthur!

  41. I really look forward to these. Very sad to learn of Heather Angel and her husband having to go through that terrible ordeal. I know lots of Hollywood folklore but did not know that. Great job as always.

  42. Another wonderful video! Thank you Arthur. Loved seeing Alan Thicke's grave,a proud Canadian 🇨🇦

  43. Alan Thicke was one of the nicest people I had ever met. He was working at a charity event on Rodeo Dr.

  44. Such beautiful and classie people back then, they had all the glamour!!! RIP….

  45. Odd note… Both Ronald and Nancy Reagan have markers in the Santa Barbara Cemetery overlooking the ocean. But history had them both buried at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

  46. I met Alan Thicke at the night of 100 Stars party at the Beverly hills hotel, I was excited to see him but he was not very friendly to anyone but rather boring he was taking pictures with people because he had to since that is what he was getting paid for but it was clear that he didn't wanted to be there and looked very annoyed! I was disappointed 🤷

  47. Alan Thicke also sang lead vocal on the Diff'rent Strokes theme song including the updated version for the final season and his wife Gloria Loring sang the Facts Of Life theme song from season 2 on.

  48. Can you do a grave tour of all the original actors and actresses and storyboard artists who worked for Walt Disney I’d love to see that

  49. My day off relaxing at home..its raining an Checking out this video..Didn't know Alan Thicke died that way…wow…R.I.P to all..

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