Ernie was chosen originally to play the character of Melville Crump in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), but he died in a one-car accident before principal shooting. In real life he was married to Edie Adams, who played Melville Crump’s newlywed wife, Monica Crump, in the movie. The role of Melville Crump was finally played by Sid Caesar.
When Ernie died, he owed the IRS several hundred thousand dollars in back taxes (he felt the tax system was unfair, and simply refused to pay it). His widow, Edie Adams, made television commercials and did other work to finally pay the back taxes, refusing help from her celebrity friends. Also during her lifetime Edie accumulated and owned all the rights to all of Ernie Kovacs’ surviving television work.
Final Resting Place:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California, 90068
Grave Location:Remembrance Lawn, Lot 1041, Space 1
Grave Location Description
As you turn into the main entrance, drive straight ahead and turn left on Evergreen Drive. Drive through one intersection and then turn right on Memorial Drive. Drive a short distance and turn left on to Vista Lane. Drive past the Courts of Remembrance on your right and park exactly halfway from the Court of Remembrance and Evergreen Drive. Look for the street drain on your left and walk 16 spaces from the road for the final resting places of Ernie Kovacs and his wife and two children.
Grave Location GPS34.1502027,-118.3219316
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Read More About Ernie Kovacs:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Official Ernie Kovacs website
- Official website of Ernie and Edie Kovacs
- This Week in Motorhead History: The Death of Ernie Kovacs
- The Premature Death of Ernie Kovacs
- Edie Adams’ son explains why her late husband Ernie Kovacs is seemingly forgotten in Hollywood
- Ernie Kovacs: Tele-visionary at 100