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Merv Griffin

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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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Jack Sheldon, Trumpeter and ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Singer, Is Dead at 88
NY Times Music, 2020-01-03 22:09:16
He played with leading jazz musicians. He bantered with Merv Griffin. But his best-known work may have been as a vocalist on “Schoolhouse Rock!”

Musician Jack Sheldon, veteran of 'Merv Griffin Show' and 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' dies at 88
USA Today TV, 2020-01-01 01:53:02
Jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon, who served as Merv Griffin's sidekick and later a 'Schoolhouse Rock!' voice, dies at 88.       

chrislwillman
Variety, 2019-12-31 23:31:26
Jack Sheldon, known to children as one of the voices of “Schoolhouse Rocks” and adults as a master trumpeter who served as music director on “The Merv Griffin Show,” has died at age 88. Sheldon was the sidekick as well as MD on Griffin’s talk show for 18 years. But ...

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