Jan Merlin (1925–2019)

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American character actor specializing in villainous types, much in television. A native of New York City, Merlin studied at P.S. 15, Mangin Junior High School, Grace Church Choir School for Boys, and Stuyvesant High School. During the Second World War, he served as a torpedoman in the U.S. Navy in both Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Upon return to ... See full bio »

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Known For

Another World Writer
Take the Money and Run Al - Bank Robber
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet Roger Manning / Cadet Manning
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 1973-1975 Another World (TV Series) (690 episodes)
- Episode #1.2903 (1975)
- Episode #1.2902 (1975)
- Episode #1.2901 (1975)
- Episode #1.2900 (1975)
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Other Works:

Novel: "King of the Jungle" See more »

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5 Interviews | See more »


5' 8" (1.73 m)


Barbara Doyle  (his death) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on playing "heavies"] One of the disadvantages of being a "good guy" is having to look heroic and clean cut, while the "heavy" can be as grungy as he pleases...or sometimes wears far more fancy duds than his pursuer...maybe even be better looking!


Interviewed in Tom Weaver's books "Earth vs. the Sci-Fi Filmmakers" (McFarland & Co., 2005), "I Talked with a Zombie" (McFarland & Co., 2008) and "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010). See more »

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