Monday, November 30, 2020

"Irma la Douce" Actor & Broadway Baritone Bruce Yarnell 1973 San Fernando Mission Cemetery

Bruce Yarnell (December 28, 1935 – November 30, 1973), was an actor known for Bonanza (1959), Outlaws (1961-1962), Irma la Douce (1963), and The Legend of Robin Hood (1968).

Yarnell was born in Los Angeles, California as Bruce Altomari Yarnell to Harold Earl Yarnell and Marie Frances Altomari. He was the brother of Lorene Yarnell Jansson and Richard Yarnell. He was a graduate of Hollywood High School. 

Baritone Yarnell debuted on Broadway in the musical "The Happiest Girl in the World." He appeared on stage as Curly in "Oklahoma!," Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," Petruchio in "Kiss Me Kate," and Frank Butler in a Broadway revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman.

Once was a regular featured vocalist for the Earl Carroll's Theater nightclub on Sunset and Vine in L.A. He sang baritone roles at the San Francisco Opera from 1971 until his death.

On November 30, 1973, Bruce was at the controls of his small-craft private plane when it crashed into the Santa Monica Mountains shortly after taking off from LAX. He was on his way to perform at the San Francisco Opera Company. Both Bruce and two passengers, David and Teri Wirsching, were killed.

Bruce Yarnell was married first to Frances L. Chadwick (1957-1971) and then to singer and voice teacher Joan Patenaude (from 1972 until his death). His widow began the Bruce Yarnell Scholarship in his name, to award young baritones, and presides as one of the judges.

Bruce Yarnell is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California. 



 1968 The Road Hustlers Matt Reedy

 1968 The Legend of Robin Hood (TV Series) Little John

    - Episode dated 18 February 1968 (1968) ... Little John

 1967 Annie Get Your Gun (TV Movie) Frank Butler

 1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (TV Series) Corporal Evans

    - Pilot (1966) ... Corporal Evans

 1966 Good Old Days (TV Short) Slag

 1966 My Brother the Angel (TV Series) Ezra

    - Wash You Were Here (1966) ... Ezra

 1965 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series) Captain Jeb Winslow

    - Happiness Is a Warm Sergeant (1965) ... Captain Jeb Winslow

 1964-1965 Bonanza (TV Series) Muley Jones

    - Hound Dog (1965) ... Muley Jones

    - The Saga of Muley Jones (1964) ... Muley Jones

 1963 Irma la Douce Hippolyte

 1963 Wide Country (TV Series) Tom Kidwell

    - The Lucky Punch (1963) ... Tom Kidwell

 1961-1962 Outlaws (TV Series) Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson / Deputy Chalk Breeson / Deputy Chuck Breeson

    - All in a Day's Work (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson

    - Charge aka Outpost (1962) ... Deputy Chalk Breeson

    - Farewell Performance (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson

    - Ride the Man Down (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson

    - No More Horses (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson


 2000 The Next Best Thing (performer: "They Say It's Wonderful")

 1964-1965 Bonanza (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)

    - Hound Dog (1965) ... (performer: "Hound Dog Song")

    - The Saga of Muley Jones (1964) ... (performer: "Wait For The Wagon" (1851), "Beautiful Dreamer," "Listen To the Mockingbird," "Sourwood Mountain," "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms")

 1963 Wide Country (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)

    - The Lucky Punch (1963) ... (performer: "Aura Lee," "Wait for the Wagon")


 1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series) Self

    - Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Walter Slezak, Don Adams, Noel Harrison (1968) ... Self (uncredited)

 1966 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) Self - Singer

    - Christmas Through the Ages (1966) ... Self - Singer

 1966 The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (TV Movie) Self

 1962 The Tonight Show (TV Series) Self - Actor

    - Episode #1.87 (1962) ... Self - Actor

    - Episode #1.20 (1962) ... Self - Actor

 1962 The Tonight Show Starring Jack Parr (TV Series) Self

    - Episode #5.131 (1962) ... Self

 1962 Here's Hollywood (TV Series) Self

    - Episode #2.106 (1962) ... Self

Monday, November 23, 2020

"The Three Stooges" Comic Book Artist, Writer, Director, Producer Norman Albert Maurer 1986 Hillside Cemetery

Norman Albert Maurer (May 13, 1926 – November 23, 1986) was a comic book artist and writer, and a director and producer of films and television shows.

Comic books

Maurer's lifelong association with the Three Stooges began about the time of his marriage to Joan Howard, the daughter of the comedy team's Moe Howard on June 29, 1947. In 1949, he produced two Three Stooges comic book issues for Jubilee, based on the short films the team was making for Columbia Pictures. In 1953, Maurer created the first 3-D comics, Three-Dimension Comics featuring Mighty Mouse, with his brother, Leonard Maurer, and Joe Kubert

Two three-dimensional Stooge comics were also issued in 1953. He returned to the Stooges in comic form in 1972 with Gold Key Comics' The Little Stooges, which ran for seven issues over the next two years.


Maurer was associate producer of Space Master X-7 (1958), in which his father-in-law, Moe, had a minor role, and is credited with the creation of the CineMagic process used in the 1960 film The Angry Red Planet.

Along with Moe, Maurer co-managed the Three Stooges after Columbia terminated their employment in 1957, and has credits in most of their later feature films. He produced The Three Stooges Scrapbook (1960), and wrote the screen stories and produced The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962), The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) and The Outlaws Is Coming! (1965), the last two of which he also directed.

Maurer's son, Jeffrey Scott (Moe's grandson), can be seen in The Outlaws IS Coming!, credited as Jeffrey Alan, and The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze in the role of Timmy, credited as Geoffrey A. Maurer. Maurer himself can also be seen on camera as a TV cameraman in The Three Stooges Scrapbook and as a camper in 1970's Kook's Tour, which he also directed. Kook's Tour was intended to be a comedy-travelogue television series featuring the Stooges, but Larry Fine suffered a stroke during production of the pilot episode and the series was cancelled; several years later, Maurer edited together a 50-minute version of Kook's Tour using available footage from the pilot and released it to the then-booming Super 8 home movie market.


Maurer was executive producer of the 39 live-action segments used to introduce and follow Cambria Studios' syndicated The New Three Stooges cartoons (1965–1966).

He later became associated with Hanna-Barbera, working as a writer on their The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972), Speed Buggy (1973), The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976), and season one of The Richie Rich Show. In 1977 he was working on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "The All New Super Friends Hour," and he is credited as being the creator of the characters The Wonder Twins. He also created and was the executive producer of their 1978 series, The Three Robonic Stooges. Maurer's sons, Jeffrey Scott and Michael Maurer also have prolific careers as TV cartoon writers.


Busy until the end, Maurer died of cancer on November 23, 1986, in Los Angeles. His entombment was at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.


1. "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch, Norman Maurer, November 1986.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Improv Artist, Actress, & Medical Marijuana Advocate Marlene Rasnick 2001 Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Marlene Rasnick (January 2, 1944 - November 18, 2001) was an actress who specialized in improvisational theater and co-founded the Public Works Improvisational Theatre in 1973. 

Rasnick was born in Los Angeles on January 2, 1944 and married Lee Boek in 1977.

Her credits include Alien Force (1996) 

and Under the Skin (1997).

Rasnick was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997 and became a spokeswoman for the medicinal use of marijuana. 

Marlene Rasnick died on November 18, 2001 in Los Angeles of ovarian cancer.  She is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Baseball Pitcher Earl Andrew Hamilton 1968 Melrose Abbey Cemetery

Earl Andrew Hamilton (July 19, 1891 – November 17, 1968) was a left-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Browns (1911–16, later in 1916–17), Detroit Tigers (1916), Pittsburgh Pirates (1918–23), and the Philadelphia Phillies (1924) of Major League Baseball (MLB). He pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on August 30, 1912, becoming the first player to pitch a no-hitter without recording a strikeout.[1] The Tigers did get a run on a Ty Cobb walk and an error, making the final score 5-1 Browns. Hamilton also batted left-handed and ended his career with an average pitcher's batting average of .153 in 733 at bats.

Career overview

Born in Gibson City, Illinois, Hamilton played his first major league game on April 14, 1911. Through the early to mid-teens, Hamilton was considered a quality pitcher and was one of the better pitchers on some terrible Browns teams. In 1914, Hamilton had a very quality season, going 16-18 with a 2.50 ERA in 302 1/3 innings pitched.

After being purchased by Detroit in 1916, he was waived back to the Browns less than a month later. Then, in 1918, he finally left St. Louis for good after an 0-9 season, being purchased by Pittsburgh before the season began. That season, in 6 starts, he had one of the most amazing seasons ever recorded. Hamilton was 6-0 with a 0.83 ERA in 54 innings that year. He finished with 1 shutout in his 6 complete games. Hamilton had only given up 7 runs (5 earned) in 6 games. 

Oddly, he picked that season to enlist in the Navy. Hamilton returned for more fair seasons with the Pirates. Along with Wilbur Cooper, Whitey Glazner, and Babe Adams, he helped make up a good rotation for Pittsburgh, culminating with a second-place finish in 1921 (behind only the New York Giants, 4 games). However, they never made the World Series with Hamilton.

Before he retired in 1924, Hamilton was selected off waivers by the Phillies, and he went 0-1 with them, with a 10.50 ERA. Hamilton made sparse appearances on leaderboards throughout his career, such as a 9th-place finish in the ERA leaderboard (3.36, 1921) and tying for a 7th-place finish in wins in 1914, when he had 16. He also made the top 10 in losses three times (1914, 15, 21), and ended up finishing only two years of his career with a winning record; his 6-0 season of 1918 and 1922 (11-7).

Hamilton pitched 16 shutout innings on July 16, 1920 with the Pirates, before losing 7-0 against the New York Giants, clearly having run out of gas in the 17th.[1] Rube Benton was the Giants' pitcher, also going 16 shutout innings. In 14 years, he was 115-147 with a solid 3.16 ERA in 410 games (261 starts). He pitched 140 complete games, 16 of them shutouts. Hamilton recorded 790 career strikeouts and allowed 1075 runs (822 earned) in 2342 2/3 innings pitched.

Earl Hamilton died in Anaheim, California, at the age of 77. He is interred at Melrose Abbey Cemetery in Anaheim, California. 


1. Jackson, Frank. "No Runs, No Hits, No Strikeouts". 


Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference