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Biography

Source: Wikipedia

Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was a U.S. television host, musician, singer, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, produced by Westinghouse Broadcasting (also known as Group W). He also created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, Ruckus, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords with his own television production companies, Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment. During his lifetime, Griffin was considered an entertainment business magnate.

Fact file

  • Born: Mervyn Edward Griffin, Jr. July 6, 1925 San Mateo, California, US
  • Died: August 12, 2007 (aged 82) Los Angeles, California, US
  • Cause of death: Prostate cancer
  • Resting place: Westwood Village Memorial Park, U.S. 34°03′30″N 118°26′28″W / 34.0583468°N 118.4411348°W / 34.0583468; -118.4411348
  • Occupation: Actor, talk show host, entertainer, business magnate
  • Years active: 1944–2007
  • Spouse(s): Julann Wright (1958–1976) (divorced)
  • Children: Tony Griffin (b. 1959)

Read more about Merv Griffin at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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