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Funerals and Burials

Program Description

One of the earliest services The Actors Fund provided was assistance with the cost and arrangements of funerals and burials.

In 1886, The Actors Fund purchased its first plot at the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York and, in 1904, a second plot was purchased at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla New York. These plots are the final resting place of over 2,000 members of the entertainment industry.

Today, The Fund continues to assist with the cost of funerals and provide a grave site with a head stone to those in need. In addition, The Fund offers pre-pay arrangements for those interested in purchasing a grave site.


Eligibility for The Fund's financial assistance program requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview. In general, eligibility for financial assistance is based on:

  • A minimum of five years of industry employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years or
  • A minimum of 20 years of employment with earnings of at least $2,000 for 10 years and
  • Financial need


For additional information and an application, please contact our Intake Unit at the regional office closest to you:

Eastern Region
212.221.7300 ext. 119

Midwest Region

Western Region
323.933.9244 ext. 55

Click on photo to see more pictures of Kensico Cemetery.