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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 »

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Jeopardy! Producer
(1984-2020)
Jeopardy! Producer
(1964)
Wheel of Fortune Producer
(1983-2020)
(1962-1986)

Filmography

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 2007 Crosswords (TV Series) (producer)
 2006 Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2003 Dance Fever (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2003 Shade (producer - produced by)
 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 Special) (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 Super Jeopardy! (TV Series) (executive producer - 13 episodes)
- Episode #1.13 (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.12 (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.11 (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.10 (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.9 (1990) ... (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 - 3 episodes)
- Paul Williams, Wolfman Jack, Bowzer (1979) ... (executive producer)
- Debby Boone, Ben Vereen, Connie Stevens (1979) ... (executive producer)
 1971-1972 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 2 episodes)
- Salute to the Big Bands - Part 1 (1971) ... (executive producer)
 1967 Reach for the Stars (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... (executive producer)
 1964 Jeopardy! (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1960 Saturday Prom (TV Series short) (producer)
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Show Show Music department (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (46 credits)
Show Show Actor (25 credits)
Show Show Composer (4 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
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Show Show Self (129 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (43 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1963) He acted in Neil Simon's play, "Come Blow Your Horn," in a Kenley Players production at the Veterans Memorial Theatre in Columbus and the Packard Music Hall Theatre in Warren, Ohio with William Bendix in the cast. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

Merv Griffin Entertainment

Alternate Names:

'Merv' | Merv Griffin & his Organization

Height:

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 »

Trivia:

Although the divorced father of one son, Tony, and a constant companion to actress Eva Gabor over the years, it was generally known in the Hollywood circle that Griffin was gay. In 1991, the 65-year-old Griffin faced a multimillion-dollar palimony suit from former Griffin bodyguard and horse trainer Brent Plott, a 37-year-old who maintained he was Griffin's business consultant and lover and was ... See more »

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