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Merv Griffin (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 16 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! Producer
(1984-2018)
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! Producer
(1964)
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune Producer
(1983-2018)
The Merv Griffin Show
(1962-1986)

Filmography

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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 - 151 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)
 1971 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Salute to the Big Bands (1971) ... (executive producer)
 1964 Jeopardy! (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1960 Saturday Prom (TV Series short) (producer)
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Show Show Soundtrack (43 credits)
Show Show Actor (23 credits)
Show Show Composer (4 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (120 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (27 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Phillip Dunning and George Abbott's play, "Broadway," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Alternate Names:

'Merv' | Merv Griffin & his Organization

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

I've been in the public eye for more than fifty years as Merv Griffin, not as somebody else's creation. I've never pretended to be someone I wasn't. If there was anything really important that people didn't know about me by now, then I would have to be world's greatest actor. Forget Brando, forget Hoffman, forget DeNiro... I would have to be the best. See more »

Trivia:

His tombstone has engraved on it "I will NOT be right back after this message". See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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