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David Merrick (I) (1911–2000)

David Merrick was born on November 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as David Margoulis. He is known for his work on Becket (1964), Hello, Dolly! (1969) and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). He was married to Natalie Lloyd, Etan Aronson, Jeanne Gibson, Leonore Beck and Karen Prunczik. He died on April 25, 2000 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 88) in London, England, UK

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Becket Miscellaneous Crew
Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly! Miscellaneous Crew
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself - Guest / Himself
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 1973 40 Carats (producer: stage play)
 1970 Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (as produced on the stage by: The Seven Descents of Myrtle)
 1969 Cactus Flower (stage producer: New York)
 1969 Hello, Dolly! (based on the stage play "Hello, Dolly!" produced on the New York stage by)
 1966 Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (based on the play as produced for the New York stage by)
 1964 Becket (producer: New York stage play)
 1963 Sunday in New York (producer of Broadway play)
 1962 Gypsy (based upon the stage play produced by)
 1961 Fanny (produced on the stage by: Based upon the play "Fanny")
 1960 The World of Suzie Wong (original stage producer)
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1964: Produced Broadway musical, "Hello, Dolly!" See more »

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My attitude is like that of the alley cat - the alley cat that's not quite trustful, that's always watching for someone to leap on him. See more »


In 1967, in what was considered a major gamble at the time, Merrick recast his hit production, "Hello, Dolly!," with an all-black cast led by Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. It revived what had been flagging interest in the show, which went on to run another four years. See more »


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