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Merv Griffin (I) (1925–2007)

Merv Griffin was a singer and band leader, movie actor, television personality and media mogul who in his time hosting The Merv Griffin Show (1962) was second in fame and influence as a talk show host only to Johnny Carson. Griffin was best known for creating the two most popular game shows in television syndication history, Wheel of Fortune (1983)... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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 2007 Crosswords (TV Series) (producer)
 2006 Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2003 Shade (executive producer)
 2003 Dance Fever (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2002 Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2001 Inside the Osmonds (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2000 Murder at the Cannes Film Festival (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1984-2000 Jeopardy! (TV Series) (executive producer - 3,610 episodes)
- Episode #16.230 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #16.229 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #16.228 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #16.227 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #16.226 (2000) ... (executive producer)
 1983-2000 Wheel of Fortune (TV Series) (executive producer - 3,310 episodes)
- Big Money Week 10 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Big Money Week 9 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Big Money Week 8 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Big Money Week 7 (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Big Money Week 6 (2000) ... (executive producer)
 1997 The Christmas List (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1997/II Click (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1991 Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1975-1991 Wheel of Fortune (TV Series) (executive producer - 86 episodes)
- Episode dated 30 August 1991 (1991) ... (executive producer)
- Episode dated 19 March 1991 (1991) ... (executive producer)
- Episode dated 11 March 1991 (1991) ... (executive producer)
- Episode dated 14 January 1991 (1991) ... (executive producer)
- Episode dated 11 January 1991 (1991) ... (executive producer)
 1990 Monopoly (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1986 Cocoanut Ballroom (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1985 Headline Chasers (TV Series) (producer - 1985)
 1979 Dance Fever (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1964 Jeopardy! (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1962 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1960 Saturday Prom (TV Series short) (producer)
Show Show Writer (9 credits)
Show Show Music department (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (33 credits)
Show Show Actor (19 credits)
Show Show Composer (2 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (115 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Other Works:

Single: "The Charanga" (Carlton Records). See more »

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5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 4 Articles | See more »

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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Personal Quote:

I tell everybody that I'm a quatre-sexual: I will do anything with anybody for a quarter. - when asked if he was gay See more »


Born in San Mateo, California, he took to the piano at age 4 and received lessons at a music conservatory in nearby San Francisco. In 1945, he heard about an audition for a piano player at KFRC radio but found out that they needed a singer instead and applied for that job. He got it and within a few days was hosting his own 15-minute radio show five days a week. See more »

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