FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR – LA Churches (Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, 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 visiting LA
Cathedral and St. Matthew’s Church, where we’ll find such stars as Charlton Heston,
Gregory Peck, and June Marlowe. Join us won’t you? Many stars our men and women of faith,
as we’ve seen when visiting various Catholic and Jewish cemeteries in LA. For
some though their desired final resting place is right on the grounds of a house
of worship. Today we’ll be visiting two of these houses of worship: St. Matthew’s
Episcopal Church and the Los Angeles Cathedral. So put on your Sunday best,
we’re going to church. We’ll begin way out west in Pacific
Palisades at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. The Parish of Saint Matthew was
organized in the 40s, and this church was built in the early 1980s. Fans of Mel
Brooks will be interested to know that this is where the wedding scene in
Spaceballs was filmed. “Who the hell are you?” “Prince Lonestar!” “Prince?” “I just found out. That’s what this says.
I’m an honest to god prince. Will you marry me?” Over the years this church has become home to some of Hollywood’s devout, including legendary actor Charlton Heston. After his death in
2008 Heston’s ashes were placed in a niche in the garden columbarium on the
grounds of the church. Broad-shouldered, square-jawed and with a commanding voice, Charlton Heston was built for the roles in historical and biblical epics for
which he became so well known. Roles like Judah Ben-Hur in 1959’s Ben Hur a role which earned him an Oscar. Also as the title character in El Cid, and as
Moses in Cecil B DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. “For this you shall drink
bitter waters. God has set before you this day his laws of life and good and death and evil. Those who will not live by the law shall die by the law!” Other notable roles include The Greatest
Show on Earth, and 1968’s Planet of the Apes, with one of the great film endings
of all time. “You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you… God damn you all to hell!” Heston was very active in politics for much of his life, both as a democrat and republican, fighting for civil rights,
and serving as president of the NRA. When Heston died of pneumonia in 2008 at the age of 84, Hollywood lost one of its truly legendary actors. That’s’ all there is to see here at St. Matthews, let’s head back east to
downtown LA, and follow the sound of massive bronze bells which toll for
the occupants of downtown on the quarter hour. This is where we find the heart of
Catholicism in LA, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, aka the Los Angeles
Cathedral. The original Cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, was built in 1876 and served the community for over a century. But it was severely damaged in
the 1994 Northridge earthquake. As a compromise between parties who wanted to
demolish and replace the cathedral and those who wanted to preserve it, plans
were put into effect to build a new cathedral on a nearby site. The Cathedral
of Our Lady of the Angels was completed in 2002, and the original Vibiana’s is
now an event venue. The postmodern, geometric style of architecture and
plain concrete walls of the new cathedral certainly buck convention of
what we’ve seen in other cathedrals, and was somewhat controversial at the time.
Drive by it on the Hollywood Freeway and you may not even realize that it’s a cathedral. The total cost of construction and furnishing added to the controversy – around $250 Million. Many in the community believing that money could be better spent on social programs. But whatever your opinion of the building itself, there is
much to see here that is awe-inspiring in terms of art and history. The main
entrance features grand and ornate bronze doors above which stands a statue
of Our Lady of the Angels. These were designed and sculpted by Robert Graham
who we visited in our tour of Woodlawn. You’ll recall that his urn is actually a
miniature replica of the Cathedral gateway. Alright, let’s head inside shall we? As soon as you enter the cathedral you’re met with paintings, mosaics, and various
other works of art from Catholic lore. Perhaps the most stunning are the giant
tapestries that line the walls of the chapel. These aren’t paintings, they’re
woven cloth. Here we also find a 17th century gilded black walnut Spanish
baroque retablo. This was originally created to sit behind the altar of a
church in Spain before being brought to the States and eventually placed here. And one practice peculiar to Catholicism is the collection and display of relics
for veneration. Here at the LA Cathedral we find a number of relics, from Our Lady
of Guadalupe to Pope John XXIII. There are three classes of relics: third-class relics are objects that have touched a second or first-class relic, such as a
piece of cloth. Second-class relics are items that a saint owned or wore, like a
goblet or a mitre. And a first-class relic? Well, that would be physical
remains of the saints themselves, as in this actual piece of Saint John XXIII
here on display. And speaking of mortal remains, the sacred space beneath the
cathedral is the mausoleum, reminiscent of old world catacombs, though
significantly nicer. The walls are crafted of Spanish
limestone, and alabaster sconces immediately envelop you in a soft warm
glow. We’re also treated to an array of stained-glass windows from the old St.
Vibiana’s Cathedral. This is the newest mausoleum that we’ve yet visited, as you
can see by the many still unoccupied crypts. And there’s a time capsule here
that will be opened in 2102, so if you’re watching from 2102, hello from 2018!
What was in the time capsule? To access the mausoleum head to the northwest
corner of the Cathedral and take the stairs down to the lower level. Before heading into the mausoleum let’s pay a visit to the patron saint of the Los
Angeles archdiocese, St. Vibiana, whose shrine and relics are located at the end
of this corridor. Pope Pius IX was the one who chose to name the original
Cathedral after the 3rd century virgin martyr, Saint Vibiana. Her remains were
discovered in the Roman catacombs in 1853, along with the symbol of a laurel
wreath and a vial of blood indicating her innocent and pure status as a martyr.
She was quickly canonized, despite nothing being known about her
life, and her remains now rest here. On the wall to the right is a replica of the
tablet that sealed Vibiana’s tomb in the catacombs. It reads, “the soul of the innocent and pure Vibiana, in peace August 31st,” followed by a laurel wreath,
which was an early symbol of martyrdom. Let’s head now into the cathedral
mausoleum. The third left is Corridor B North, where we find the crypt of
distinguished actor Gregory Peck, known for playing heroic and noble figures,
perhaps most notably as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. The role earned
him an Oscar. “Now gentlemen. In this country our courts are the great levelers. In our courts all men are created equal. I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and of our jury
system. That’s no ideal to me, that is a living, working reality.” He can also be seen
alongside Ingrid Bergman in Spellbound, and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. And horror fans will recognize him for his role as Robert Thorn in The Omen. A lifetime of humanitarian efforts earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in
1969. He’s entombed here next to his beloved wife Veronique. Let’s continue
further down the Grand Foyer. You might be asking yourself, “Why is Arthur wearing sunglasses inside?” Well, you’ve heard the eyes are the windows to the soul, and being that this is a house of God, best keep the blinds drawn, eh? At the very end of the grand foyer at the Resurrection Window, we find the crypt of
actress June Marlowe. Her career began in the silent era alongside stars like Jean
Hersholt and Rin Tin Tin. But she is best remembered today as the beloved
schoolteacher, Miss Crabtree, in the Little Rascals short films of the 1930s. “Hello everybody! Here’s your pickins.” “What, no candy?” “No candy.” “Gee, thems guys are getting stingy.” “I’ll be seeing you.” “Wait a minute Miss Crabtree,
let’s see you kick that bucket.” “Why should I kick that bucket?” “[??] says you kicked the bucket.” “Well, let’s kick the bucket!” Her character inspired the Simpsons
character which became a sort of antithesis of Miss Crabtree, Miss
Krabappel… crabapple. By 1933 June had retired from acting. After her death in
1984 at age 80 she was originally buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, but
later re-entombed here 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. If you’ve been watching our tours for a while you’ve probably caught wind of my
affinity for stained glass. There’s just something awe-inspiring and
singularly beautiful about painting with natural light. The windows here in the
cathedral mausoleum are no exception. But one character in particular from these
tableaus of the life of Christ is my favorite. Look at this guy in the
Nativity Window, this devious looking little lamb with a devilish smirk. What’s
he up to I wonder… what sort of schemes are brewing in that little mind of his?

100 thoughts on “FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR – LA Churches (Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, etc.)”

  1. Beautiful locations. I wouldn't mind being interred in either. The inside of the Cathedral is absolutely beautiful and that outdoor Collemnbarium is a nice way to do it. 🙂

  2. Mr Dark… I just wanna say I think you've done a good thing here… You're so far no non sense type of person… like… not running a blender at the very beginning of filming and acting stupid… Its more interesting this way… I love history… Strange enough since I became a Christian death doesn't bother me… Graveyards have a lot of history to them… When you dont know ppl who's resting there the dates make you wonder about their life… I love Hollywood… I lived there for a time… Thx…

  3. If there are still a lot of empty spaces, why did they place June Marlowe in what looks like a stairwell instead of someplace more approachable? Although, I guess a lot of these people never have anyone visit anymore, huh?

  4. Great show, I really enjoy the historical and biographical information about the men and women in the entertainment world.

  5. Just discovered your channel today and I love it! I'm a huge nostalgia buff and paranormal fanatic so this is right up my alley! 🙂

  6. I am delighted with your channel. The artists, the history of each one, the glamor and the sensitivity and class of all the videos.
    Your voice, and the opening music is beautiful.
    Congratulations

  7. The new cathedral 😝 I like the old one much better. I think a church should look like one. But the inside has some cool stuff.

  8. You like the sagacious lamb in the stain glass because he reminds you of yourself. He just needs a hat and a pair of sunglasses. 11:42.

  9. I'm surprised you didn't show the fist fight scene between Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston from 1958's The Big Country.

  10. I loved Gregory Peck in to kill a mockingbird. His character, Atticus Finch, is consistently ranked number one on the list of the greatest movie heroes of all time, yet he himself is considered one of the most underrated actors of all time. I hope that he and veronique greeted the recently departed Harper Lee at the pearly gates with open arms and bright smiles.

  11. Charlton Heston , one of favorite actors ……… my favorite movie of Heston was " The Mountain Men " with Brian Keith.

  12. Seriously, you deserve an Academy Award for the work and effort you put in these videos! Group some together and market them to PBS and others…they are top quality!

  13. The Catholic myths are creepy. It clearly an amalgamation of lots of Pagan beliefs,Catholic meaning of course universal or whole.

  14. Interesting. in Moses he tells men and women that they shall drink bitter water. Bitter water is what they had women drink to abort babies

  15. As a Catholic personal I will never set foot in the Our Lady of the Angels. Our Lady of the Angels is a ugly , soulless monument to the amoral creep who designed her ,Cardinal Roger "the dodger" Mahony. A "Diocesen Priest" who spent his whole career protecting phedophile priests and molesters adolesent boys ,girls and women in the numerous posts he held during his career in Los Angeles Diocese. Our Lady of the Angels has all the soulless charm of men's central jail and is where Roger should be but, sadly Roger the dodger was whisk away to the Vatican where he has lived since 2013 . It rumored he has not left the Vatican city (technically a country) since Mahony arrived in 2013 out of fear of arrest and extradition back to the U.S. face charges .

  16. You are absolutely right that Planet of the Apes had one of the most memorable endings ever. And no one but Heston could have pounded the sand and said those lines. Then the camera rapidly pans back to reveal a melted Statue of Liberty. Wow. For me, all the other Apes movies in the franchise pale by comparison. Thanks for showing the clip.

  17. I'm only 32, but I remember that Little Rascals short with Ms. Crabtree. That whole little trio was adorable and I rewound it like a million times, especially because of the girl that kept repeating what the leader kid would say. I totally forgot all about that until right now. You do such great work. Thanks for all you do!

  18. The eyes are a window to the soul yes I've heard that. Wonder why you felt the need to keep the shades on in church… Really enjoy your work

  19. $250,000,000 for an above ground bomb shelter. Sheesh. BTW, the mausoleum is the most beautiful and authentically Catholic part of the cathedral. It's almost as if the new liberal leaders of the church are so embarrassed about the traditional past that they had to bury it in the ground.

    P.S.: the cathedral is located at the corner of Grand and Temple. Go figure.

  20. Charlton Heston is one of my favorite actor's from the movie The Ten Commandments. His son, Frazier Heston is still living. He played, the baby Moses. Plus, along with Judeth Padgett, played the water girl Lillia and Eugene Mezolugh, played the son of Ramses. All three living near Seattle Washington.

  21. I learn a lot watching your videos … always amazed that some stars have large gravestones, others you'd not even know they were Hollywood stars, or famous. Like Charlton Heston just having his name, with no mention of his epic movie rolls. Or some stars not having any grave markers above their internment.

  22. Suprised the History channel hasn't picked this up yet. This could be a TV show with some work.

  23. Too snarky about catholics. Hey tough guy, take us to a moslim muslim cemetary/burial ground and make with the jokes and putdowns. Coward, not a chance. Lib, your sunglassed millenial head will be removed with a dull blade by an allah. U tifah loser.

  24. Just saw Charleston as Moses last night. He was terrific! It did a lot to erase his image I had from Micheal Moore's documentary on the NRA (he was a bumbling nut job in advanced age).

  25. Another interesting and informative video.great work Arthur and the team. I love the Hollywood graveyard series. Keep em coming.

  26. So wonderful for you to show us these places, but that excuse for a cathedral was obscene. Looks like a late addition to a failing shopping mall.

  27. R.I.P 🌹Charlton Heston…Loved his Performance as Moses, ( The Ten Commandments) ❤️ of course any part he played was incredible! R.I.P 🌹Gregory Peck. Another Great Actor!

  28. I don't mean to be disrespectful but when Mr Heston passed away, I wonder if he was met at the Pearly Gates by Moses. How awkward would that have been?

  29. Yeah it looks like a freaking abortion this new architectural stuff that's what it's starting to look like looks like abortions these people nowadays wouldn't know great architectural if it fell out of the sky and hit them in their head that is a an abortion the one before it now that was a church that is in an abortion

  30. 8:24 i don't get it, they just place their bodies inside the cathedral wall? Or the whole coffin inside a wall? How much does that even cost

  31. I absolutely love all your videos. However this ultimately was one of my most favorite! Thank you for your hard work. Murray Munro from Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada 🇨🇦 A sidenote, my late mother's father is entombed in Inglewood cemetery

  32. Amazed at where Heston is buried. There?! Also his marker is SO small! Didn’t know Peck was entombed in the LA Cathedral! Wow! What a film legend!

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