Bill Goodwin

Birth Name:
William Nettles Goodwin
Birth Date:
July 28, 1910
Birth Place:
San Francisco, California
Death Date:
May 9, 1958
Place of Death:
Highway 111, Palm Springs, California
Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Cemetery Name:
Desert Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Bill Goodwin was for many years the announcer and a recurring character of the Burns and Allen radio program, and subsequently The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television from 1950–1951. In 1945, Goodwin was the "featured comedian" as a regular on The Frank Sinatra Show and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. In 1947, he had his own program, The Bill Goodwin Show, a situation comedy, also known as Leave It to Bill. He was also the announcer for the Blondie radio program.

Fun Fact

While Bill was best known as an announcer and side-kick, he also starred in several feature films. Those films  included The Stork Club (1945), The Jolson Story (1946), and Jolson Sings Again (1949). He played the role of Sherman Billingsley in The Stork Club (1945) and that of the hotel detective in Hitchcock’s Spellbound (also 1945) and appeared with Doris Day in Tea for Two (1950) and It’s a Great Feeling (1949). Goodwin’s best film role was probably as a vain but impoverished stage actor in So This Is New York (1948).

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Desert Memorial Park

31-705 Da Vall Drive

Cathedral City, California, 92262


North America


Cemetery map of Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, CA

Grave Location:

Section B-1, Grave 17

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery make your way to the west side of section B (park at the triangle-shaped rock) and look for the B-1 sign. Walk over to the second row to the left and Bill Goodwin’s tried, weather-worn marker is the first just off the road.

Grave Location GPS

33.8163920330543, -116.44191583982155



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