May 20, 1883 - December 31, 1951
"Would you mind pulling your coat down, just a trifle?"
Johnny was the queeny actor who took a hit for
the gays. Sort of the gay "stepenfetchit."
When I started the Dearly Departed Weekends,
the ultimate goal was to rais funds for a grave marker. My pal Mark Langlois
brought Arthur to my attention. Johnny died in the Motion Picture Country Home.
His death certificate lists this hotel in Hollywood as his official address at
the time of his death.
Johnny did die on New Year's Eve (as Mark said:
like a queen, keeping it tidy!) at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland
Hills. It's sort of a home/long term assisted living facility for people in the
Cause of Death: Coronary Occlusion, heart
disease blah blah. Bad ticker.
The Motion Picture Fund will provide a grave
for these people. They own a huger portion of Valhalla Cemetery in North
Hollywood. Thing is, they won't mark them. So with the
proceeds of the raffle at our Dearly Departed Weekend, we bought Johnny a
Here is the unveiling.
Rest in Peace, Johnny. You were a lot of
people's first exposure to non-macho men. Even though you were usually the
subject of mockery and physical abuse, you paved the way for a lot of people.
Rest in Peace. You deserve it.
After the unveiling, we had another
"alternative ending" unveiling. Watch the entire video above to see