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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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.
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- Age: Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)
- Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
- Alternative Name: Melvin Jerome Blanc
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYMaking his fans laugh as he did for decades, actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield got his last laugh on his tombstone, which reads "Rodney Dangerfield... There goes the neighborhood." The crack was similar to Dangerfield's type of comedy which made him famous, coined the phrase "I don't get no respect" and put him in 1980s films such as Caddyshack and Back to School.
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- Age: Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)
- Birthplace: Deer Park, New York, United States of America
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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."
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- Age: Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
- Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Newton
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Working for over 50 years from the 1930s to the 1990s, Billy Wilder served as a screenwriter, director and producer of over 60 films. While he won acclaim and numerous awards for his films like The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot, Wilder was humble as well.
His tombstone, placed after his 2002 death, explains just that, stating "I'm a writer, but then nobody's perfect."
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- Age: Dec. at 96 (1906-2002)
- Birthplace: Sucha Beskidzka, Poland