The Greystone Mansion boasts a list of film credits few actors can claim. This 46,000-square-foot Tudor-style estate-turned-city-park was built in 1928. It has been featured in dozens of films and television productions, with its descending staircase often taking top billing.
Originally, the photogenic one-time residence was built as a gift for the son of oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, for his son “Ned” Doheny, Jr. The younger Doheny died at Greystone only a few months after the home building was completed, and his widow sold the estate to Chicago industrialist Henry Crown, who rented it out to movie studios.
Later, Crown tried to sell the estate in subdivided lots, but the city of Beverly Hills stepped in, bought the property and leased it to the American Film Institute for $1 per year in exchange for a major renovation, and eventually named it a city park. The Doheny Estate/Greystone Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Today, the estate still enjoys one of the most impressive Hollywood careers to date, serving as a set in recent movies like The Muppets Movie (2010), The Social Network and Batman & Robin, and the HBO series Entourage. In addition to serving as a popular public park, the grounds and building are often rented out as a wedding and event venue.