graves The Best Celebrity Tombstones  

Jerry Greenfield
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Providing reasons to laugh, cry and think for years to come after their deaths, the best celebrity tombstones contain witty and clever lines, famous quotes and funny phrases. Just as they did during life, each of these celebrities used their own unique way to make fans smile with their tombstone epitaphs.

For many comedians, a tombstone is one place to tell one last joke while others used the space to remind fans of a classic catch phrase or saying. For others, the tombstone is wildly extravagant, such as that of Jimi Hendrix, or very popular to visitors, such as that of Jim Morrison. Others are even so famous that they need no tombstone announcing the crypt, such as Michael Jackson.

What are the most famous tombstones in the world? Regardless of what the tombstone or grave brings, each serve as a memorial for the actors, musicians and other celebrities we love.
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Freddie Mercury


Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celebrity Tombstones
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Though his ashes were scattered, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is remembered by his former city of Montreux, Switzerland, with a full body statue. Much like world leaders are memorialized in statue form, Mercury, in his full flamboyance, has been on display since 1996, five years after his 1991 death.

Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more

Credits: Metropolis, Ted, Shaun of the Dead, Moulin Rouge!

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Mel Blanc


Mel Blanc is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celebrity Tombstones
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While his name may not be a household one, his voice certainly is, leading to the nickname of "man of 1,000 voices" for voice actor Mel Blanc. Heard in homes to this day, Blanc was the man behind the character voices of the likes of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and many others. His nickname, along with his most famous line of "That's All Folks," are inscribed on his tombstone after his 1989 death.

Age: Died at 81 (1908-1989)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The Flintstones, The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour, Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats, What's Opera, Doc?

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John Wayne


John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celebrity Tombstones
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Following his death on June 11, 1979, the grave of American film icon John Wayne sat unmarked for nearly 20 years. The actor initially requested his tombstone to read "Feo, Fuerte y Formal," meaning "Ugly, Strong and Dignified," according to his son. Despite the request, his estate later chose to inscribe the stone with a memorable quote Wayne gave in a 1971 interview with "Playboy" magazine. The quote, and his tombstone, read, "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday."

Age: Died at 72 (1907-1979)

Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director

Credits: The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, True Grit

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Jack Lemmon


Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celebrity Tombstones
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Seeing his name on the marquee after appearing in notable titles like "Some Like It Hot" and "The Odd Couple," actor and musician Jack Lemmon continued the trend after his June 27, 2001, death. Lemmon used his tombstone as a marquee, both poking fun at his many roles and also to provide a bit of humor to describe what lies below. Skipping all the sentiment and dates, Lemmon's tombstone reads simply, "Jack Lemmon in."

Age: Died at 76 (1925-2001)

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Musician, Actor

Credits: The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, Glengarry Glen Ross, Grumpy Old Men

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