Page Peters, Hollywood Cemetery’s first celebrity resident


By Allan R. Ellenberger

Page Peters was born in Louisville, Kentucky and educated at the Western Military Academy. Peters was one of Hollywood’s sexiest and most well liked actors at the time of his popularity around 1914 to 1916. He is not related to actor, House Peters. Among his more important roles in films were in Pasquale (1916) with George Beban; Davy Crockett (1916), The Gentleman from Indiana (1915), and Ben Blair (1916), with Dustin Farnum, An International Marriage (1916), with Rita Jolivet; He Fell in Love With His Wife (1916), with Florence Rockwell, and Madame La Presidente (1916) with Anna Held.

On June 26, 1916, Peters and a party of friends drove down to Hermosa Beach from Los Angeles for a day’s outing at the home of a mutual friend, Harry Graves, at Fourth Street and Strand. Early in the morning, Peters and several of the house guests decided to take a dip in the Pacific ocean. Peters and a female friend ventured out beyond the others where,  apparently he was seized with a cramp. The young woman, a Miss Graves, tried to assist him to keep afloat and screamed for help, but it came too late. His body was found about one-hundred feet from the shore by some of the searchers in a motor boat. A pulmotor was brought down from Redondo Beach and men worked on the stricken actor for two hours in a vain effort to restore his life.

The verdict of the medical examiner was that Page Peters, who was 27 years old, and very strong, died of heart failure rather than drowning.

Peters funeral was held at Hollywood Cemetery a few days later on a day, which coincidentally was three years to the day that he first started working in films. The pallbearers were all members of show business and among the six were Al Christie, Horace Davey, Ray Meyers, and Raymond Russell, who worked with him in his first picture. At the request of his parents, the funeral was filmed under the direction of Al Christie, Peter’s first director and Anton Nadge, who photographed his first, filmed the funeral, using the same camera.

Page Peters is possibly the first actor to be buried at Hollywood Cemetery. His grave, near the eastern wall across from the Cathedral Mausoleum, is unmarked. .

The unmarked grave of actor Page Peters is in the general vicinity noted above, Section 9, Lot 428.


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5 Responses to “Page Peters, Hollywood Cemetery’s first celebrity resident”

  1. Anne says:

    How very sad that this fine young man’s grave site is unmarked. Allen, once again ,you have given a most interesting and informative account of history into the past of a celebrity. Thanks.

  2. Lisa Sinkko says:

    Very sad story. I hope he gets a headstone. Everyone deserves a headstone.

  3. James Lacy says:

    It’s a shame he’s still unmarked, almost 100 years on. Raymond Russell followed him 2 years later and is not far away, since he’s in the Cathedral Mausoleum (Crypt 379). Thanks again Allan, for bringing light to the memory of yet another film pioneer.

  4. Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel says:

    Sad story that had its denouement in my home town! I hope that someone will mark the grave…

  5. d.w. says:

    Thank You Allan for another awesome story!

    I want to find him now.

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