Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Night Court" Actor, Comedian, & Magician Harry Anderson 2018 Memorial Video

Harry Laverne Anderson (October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018) was an American actor, comedian, and magician. He is best known for the lead role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television series Night Court, and later starred in the sitcom Dave's World from 1993 to 1997.

In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast, including Harry Anderson's Sideshow (1987). He played Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.


In late January 2018, Anderson had a bout of influenza, and subsequently suffered several strokes. On April 16, 2018, Anderson died in his sleep of a stroke complicated by influenza at his home in Asheville at the age of 65.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

"Chasen's" Celebrity Restaurateur Dave Chasen 1973 Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery

Dave Chasen (July 18, 1898 - July 16, 1973) worked as an actor, but is best known for being a celebrity restaurateur.

Born in Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine), Chasen immigrated to the U.S. and found work in vaudeville, performing as a stooge with Joe Cook. 

Dave Chasen, Joe Cook, and Tom Howard in Rain or Shine (1930)

In the movies, he appeared in Rain or Shine (1930), Arizona Mahoney (1936), and Millions in the Air (1935).

Upon the recommendations of several friends, he opened his eponymous restaurant, Chasen's, which became a celebrity haunt, famous for its chili. (see below)

Dave was married twice, to Maude Martin and Theo Holly. He died on July 16, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. Dave Chasen is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery Glendale.

Chasen's was a restaurant frequented by entertainers in West Hollywood, California. Located at 9039 Beverly Boulevard on the border of Beverly Hills, it first opened for business in 1936 and was the site for many years of the Academy Awards party. It was also famous for its chili. In 1962 while filming in Rome, for example, Liz Taylor had several orders of Chasen’s chili flown to the set of Cleopatra.

Many of the restaurant's regular customers had booths named in their honor. The Ronald Reagan booth, now on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, was where Reagan proposed to Nancy Reagan (neė Davis). Other well-known entertainers with their own booths included Frank Sinatra, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, and Groucho Marx. After suffering a steep decline in business over the course of many years, Chasen's closed permanently in 1995.[1]


Comedian Dave Chasen, Joe Cook's performing partner in vaudeville, opened the restaurant in December 1936 [2] at the advice of his former director, Frank Capra.

It was initially called "Chasen's Southern Pit." The New Yorker's editor, Harold Ross, along with business associate Daniel Silberberg, grubstaked the operation.[2]

It was nothing more than a shack, but quickly became well known for its chili and was soon a favorite among Hollywood actors at the time. At first, Capra had to loan Chasen his silverware for the restaurant's operation.[2] Walt Disney, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, Cary Grant, Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, W.C. Fields, James Cagney, Clark Gable, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were customers.

Bert Lahr, Herbert Marshall, Robert Benchley, David Niven, Dave Chasen

As newer generations took the reins of Hollywood, trendier restaurants like Spago drew the ‘in’ crowd and stole some of Chasen’s clientele, but its A-list, many until their death, stayed faithful to the end. Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Richard Nixon, James Stewart, Don Rickles, Milton Berle, Kirk Douglas, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Lord were still regulars, along with newer celebrities such as John Travolta, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Mel Gibson. Ed McMahon was a frequent guest.

Alfred Hitchcock at Chasen's

Chasen's was well known to not accept credit cards. Instead, established or recognized customers simply signed for their charges and had a bill mailed to them.[3][4]

In the ''Columbo'' episode "Publish or Perish," Columbo eats in Chasen's and orders chili and iced tea.[5]

A documentary was filmed in the restaurant's final weeks, entitled Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's.

The restaurant closed on April 1, 1995. The site was used for private parties and as a filming location (The Opposite of Sex). In 1997 its illustrious contents – pictures, bars, booths, even paneling – were auctioned off. Many original photos and artwork (including a piece by LeRoy Neiman of Tommy The Maitre'D) from Chasen's walls, ten of the booths and the venerable Chasen's barstools are now found in Santa Paula, California in the Mupu Grill on Main street. The Frank Sinatra booth, the bar, the front awning and many other items were purchased by comedian Brian Haley.

The original building, save the Beverly Blvd. facing wall, was demolished and a Bristol Farms grocery store was built in its place.

In the cafe of this grocery store are several booths from the original Chasen's and some of the original paneling. As of 2013, the building is still occupied by the Bristol Farms grocery store. A much smaller Chasen’s was opened in 1997 about a mile away in Beverly Hills by the grandson of Dave and Maude Chasen, and had much success at first, but closed in 2000.


1. Brown, David (February 20, 1995). Brown, Tina, ed. "Chasen's Fadeout". The New Yorker. New York City. ISSN 0028-792X. OCLC 320541675.
2. Kunkel, Thomas (1995). Genius in Disguise. New York: Random House. p. 237. ISBN 0-679-41837-7.
3. CHASEN’S – Dave Chasen’s legendary Hollywood restaurant to the stars didn’t allow credit cards or “celebrity chefs”!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Professional Wrestler & Actor Joseph Vance "Suni" Chorre, Jr. 1987 Woodlawn Cemetery

Joseph Vance "Suni" Chorre, Jr (November 14, 1914 - June 14, 1987) was a professional wrestler and actor. Chorre was also known as Suni Chorre, Sonny Chorre, and Suni War Cloud. 

Known as Suni War Cloud, he wrestled professionally during the 1940s thru mid 1960s. His most noted acting role was that of "Wally Denny" in "Jim Thorpe All-American," which starred Burt Lancaster (1951). 

Sonny Chorre is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.

Monday, June 11, 2018

"Oklahoma!" Film Editor George Boemler 1968 Westwood Village Cemetery

George Boemler (March 5, 1902 - June 11, 1968) was a film editor who was nominated for an Academy Award for this work in Oklahoma! (1955). He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and died in Los Angeles. He is interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.



1930 : The Girl Said No - Sam Wood
1934 : Hollywood Party - Allan Dwan , Richard Boleslawski and Roy Rowland
1935 : Pursuit ( Pursuit ) - Edwin L. Marin
1936 : The Voice of Bugle Ann - Richard Thorpe

1936 : Suzy - George Fitzmaurice

1937 : A Family Affair - George B. Seitz
1938 : Man-Proof - Richard Thorpe
1939 : Within the Law - Gustav Machatý

1940 : Waterloo Bridge - Mervyn LeRoy

1940 : I Take This Woman - WS Van Dyke
1940 : Escape - Mervyn LeRoy
1941 : Two-Faced Woman - George Cukor
1941 : Blossoms in the Dust - Mervyn LeRoy
1942 : Crossroads - Jack Conway
1942 : We Were Dancing - Robert Z. Leonard
1943 : Thousands Cheer - George Sidney
1944 : Two Girls and a Sailor - Richard Thorpe
1944 : Mrs. Parkington - Tay Garnett
1945 : Her Highness and the Bellboy - Richard Thorpe

1945 : Thrill of Love ( Thrill of a Romance ) - Richard Thorpe

1947 : The Beginning and the End - Norman Taurog
1948 : The Three Musketeers - George Sidney
1948 : Tenth Avenue Angel - Roy Rowland
1948 : The Bride Goes Wild - Norman Taurog

1949 : Adam's Rib - George Cukor

1949 : Big Jack - Richard Thorpe

1950 : The Asphalt Jungle - John Huston

1950 : Kim - Victor Saville

1952 : Pat and Mike - George Cukor

1952 : Love Is Better Than Ever - Stanley Donen
1952 : The Prisoner of Zenda - Richard Thorpe
1952 : The Light Touch  - Richard Brooks
1953 : The Actress - George Cukor

1953 : Escape from Fort Bravo - John Sturges

1953 : Battle Circus of Richard Brooks
1954 : Her Twelve Men by Robert Z. Leonard

1955 : Oklahoma! - Fred Zinnemann

1956 : Bhowani Junction  - George Cukor

1956 : The Power and the Prize - Henry Koster

1957 : This Could Be the Night - Robert Wise

1957 : Slander - Roy Rowland

1958 : Desire Under the Elms - Delbert Mann

1958 : Run Silent, Run Deep  - Robert Wise
1958 : Separate Tables  - Delbert Mann
1959 : Pork Chop Hill  - Lewis Milestone
1960 : Sunrise at Campobello - Vincent J. Donehue

1961 : Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Irwin Allen

1962 : Five Weeks in a Balloon - Irwin Allen

TV series

1963 : Ben Casey, Season 3, Episode 15 It's Getting Dark ... And We Are Lost by Leo Penn
1966 : Peyton Place, season 2, episode 144 (untitled)
1968 : Rowan and Martin at the Movies (Documentary short)
1969 : The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series) (1 episode) - Mrs. Livingston, I Presume


1956 : Nomination (shared with Gene Ruggiero ) at the Oscar for the best editing for Oklahoma!