ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Inupiaq actor and cinematographer who came to fame during Hollywood’s golden age has been reburied in Alaska 65 years after his death.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the cremated remains of Ray Mala and his wife Galina Mala were buried in a cemetery in downtown Anchorage on Monday.
Ray Mala appeared in more than 25 films before his death in 1952 at the age of 46. The Alaska Native movie star is best known in his home state for the 1933 epic “Eskimo.”
Ted Mala Sr. says it always felt wrong that his father was buried in California. Ted Mala and his son undertook the complicated and expensive process to bring the remains home, taking them three years to secure the necessary permissions.
Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com
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