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Merv Griffin net worth:
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Birth date: July 6, 1925, San Mateo, California, United States
Death date: August 12, 2007, Los Angeles, California, United States
Birth place: San Mateo
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Profession:Actor, Singer, Business magnate, Screenwriter, Television producer, Presenter, Film Score Composer, Musician, Media proprietor, Composer
Education:San Mateo High School
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Julann Wright (m. 1958–1976)
Children:Tony Griffin
Parents:Rita Elizabeth Griffin, Mervyn Edward Griffin, Sr.
Awards:Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show, Academy of Country Music Awards Jim Reeves International Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a Talk, Service or Variety Program, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding host/hostess in a variety series
Nominations:Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series
Movies:Alice in Wonderland, Slapstick of Another Kind, The Boy from Oklahoma, Phantom of the Rue Morgue, So This Is Love
TV shows:The Merv Griffin Show, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Play Your Hunch, Dance Fever, Merv Griffin's Crosswords, Rock & Roll Jeopardy!, Monopoly, Wheel 2000, Click, Pole Chudes, La Roue de la fortune, Kolo Fortuny, La ruleta de la fortuna, Lykkehjulet, Keep Talking, Reach for the Stars, Memory Game, Ruckus, Super Jeopardy!, TV Land Moguls, Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! broadcast information, Word for Word

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Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. was an American television host, musician, 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, p... Wikipedia

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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crosswords2007TV Series producer
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead2006TV Series executive producer
The Merv Griffin Show: 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time2006Video executive producer
Shade2003executive producer
Dance Fever2003TV Series executive producer
Gilda Radner: It's Always Something2002TV Movie executive producer
Inside the Osmonds2001TV Movie executive producer
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival2000TV Movie executive producer
Jeopardy!1984-2000TV Series executive producer - 3,610 episodes
Wheel of Fortune1983-2000TV Series executive producer - 3,310 episodes
The Christmas List1997TV Movie executive producer
Click1997/IITV Series executive producer
Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special1991TV Movie executive producer
Wheel of Fortune1975-1991TV Series executive producer - 86 episodes
Monopoly1990TV Series executive producer
Cocoanut Ballroom1986TV Movie executive producer
Headline Chasers1985TV Series producer - 1985
Dance Fever1979TV Series executive producer
Jeopardy!1964TV Series executive producer
The Merv Griffin Show1962TV Series executive producer
Saturday Prom1960TV Series short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeopardy!TV Series creator - 967 episodes, 1984 - 2016 created by - 44 episodes, 2016
Wheel of FortuneTV Series 1 episode, 2016 creator - 822 episodes, 2009 - 2016
Crosswords2007-2008TV Series creator - 228 episodes
Jeopardy!1995Video Game based on a format by
Monopoly1990TV Series creator
Super Jeopardy!1990TV Series creator
The Merv Griffin Show1972-1985TV Series 7 episodes
Dance Fever1979TV Series creator
The All New Jeopardy!1978TV Series creator
Wheel of Fortune1975TV Series creator
Merv Griffin and the Christmas Kids1973TV Movie
Jeopardy!1964TV Series creator

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crosswords2007-2008TV Series composer - 229 episodes
The United States Steel Hour1955TV Series vocalist - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged SeriesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Inspector Gadget1999writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin1998TV Special music: "Think!" - uncredited
Rock & Roll Jeopardy!1998TV Series writer: "Think!"
Sour Grapes1998writer: "Theme from Wheel of Fortune"
JEP!1998TV Series writer: "Think!"
The Simpsons1997TV Series 1 episode
3rd Rock from the Sun1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Christmas List1997TV Movie writer: "A Time For Tony"
Spy Hard1996writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
The Nanny1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jury Duty1995writer: "Jeopardy! Theme"
The Santa Clause1994writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
The Beverly Hillbillies1993writer: "JEOPARDY THEME"
Boris and Natasha1992TV Movie as M. Griffin, "Think Music"
White Men Can't Jump1992writer: "JEOPARDY! THEME"
The Golden Girls1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 30001989TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonlighting1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jeopardy!1984TV Series "Rock & Roll Jeopardy! Theme" 2001- / writer: "Jeopardy! Theme" 1984-1992, "Think!" 1984-1997, "Jeopardy! Theme" Bongo Remix 1992-1997, "Jeopardy! Theme" 1997 Edition 1997-2001, "Think!" 1997 Edition Version 1 1997, "Think!" 1997 Edition Version 2 1997-2008, "Jeopardy! Theme" 2001 Remix 2001-2008, "Jeopardy! Theme" 2008 Edition 2008- , "Think!" 2008 Edition Version 1 2008, "Think!" 2008 Edition Version 2 2008-
Wheel of Fortune1983TV Series writer: "Changing Keys" 1983-1984, "Changing Keys" stereo edition 1984-1989, "Nightwalk" 1983-1994, "Struttin' on Sunset" 1983-1996, "Frisco Disco" 1983 -1989, "A Time for Tony" 1983-1996, "Buzzword" 1989-1996, "Changing Keys" 1989-1992, "Vacation Cue" 1989-1996, "Changing Keys" 1992-1994, "Changing Keys" 1994-1997, "Changing Keys" 1997-2000
Dance Fever1979TV Series performer: "Living By The Beat"
The All New Jeopardy!1978TV Series writer: "January, February, March", "Frisco Disco"
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1972TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jerry Lewis Show1968TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Robert Q. Lewis Show1956TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The United States Steel Hour1955TV Series performer - 1 episode
So This Is Love1953performer: "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" - uncredited
Cattle Town1952performer: "The Band Played On" - uncredited
Britain's Got More Talent2015-2016TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Saving Christmas2014writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
The Amazing Spider-Man 22014writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
Saturday Night Live2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Three Stooges2012writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
Pastor Mike Online2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Bang Theory2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentary performer: "Something's Gotta Give"
The Sopranos2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music and Lyrics2007writer: "Jeopardy Theme"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival2000TV MovieMerv Griffin
Hercules1998TV SeriesMerv Griffin
Echoes of the Big Bands1990TV MovieHost
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe Conductor
The Lonely Guy1984Merv Griffin
The Funny Farm1983The Voice of... (voice)
Slapstick of Another Kind1982Anchorman
One-Trick Pony1980Acappella Singer
Sanford and Son1975TV SeriesMerv Griffin
The Girl with Something Extra1973TV Series
The Red Skelton Hour1964-1970TV SeriesHalloween Ghoulie / Silent Spot / Dapper Dan Dalton / ...
Hello Down There1969Merv Griffin
Inside Daisy Clover1965Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
Phantom of the Rue Morgue1954Georges Brevert
The Boy from Oklahoma1954Steve
Three Sailors and a Girl1953Sailor (uncredited)
So This Is Love1953Buddy Nash
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms1953Announcer & Bespectacled Man (in theatrical trailer) (voice)
Trouble Along the Way1953Football Broadcaster (voice, uncredited)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon1953Announcer at Pond (uncredited)
Stop, You're Killing Me1952Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
Cattle Town1952Joseph - Governor's Secretary

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeopardy! 25th Aniversary2008TV Series
Jeopardy! DVD Game2007Video Game original score music
Jeopardy!1995Video Game score by
Jeopardy!1964TV Series

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Prom1960TV Series short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2007TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Convergence1999special thanks
Ratboy1986special thanks - as Merv Griffin & his Organization

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1986 (Best of)2014TV SeriesHimself - Host
TV Land Moguls2004-2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon2008DocumentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Searching for Orson2006DocumentaryHimself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart2005TV SeriesHimself
I Married a Princess2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Recipient: Lifetime Achievement Award
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
Fat Actress2005TV SeriesHimself
When Disco Ruled the World2005TV MovieHimself
ALF's Hit Talk Show2004TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2002-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
TVography: Suzanne Somers - Mastering Success2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1998-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise1998TV Special documentaryHimself
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Wheel of Fortune1991-1998TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Golden Anniversary1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hope & Gloria1995TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Game / Audience Participation Show
The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining1993Video documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
The Golden Girls1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987-1991TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come1990TV Special documentaryHimself
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Newhart1989TV SeriesHimself
Wheel of Fortune1989TV SeriesHimself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHimself (1991)
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHimself
Circus of the Stars #121987TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
The American Jewish Commitee Annual Honors Present a Salute to Merv Adelson1987TV MovieHimself
The 1987 Annual Salute to Hollywood Benefit1987TV MovieHimself
Don Rickles: Rickles on the Loose1986TV MovieHimself
Circus of the Stars #111986TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood1986TV SpecialHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1986TV SeriesHimself - Host
Cocoanut Ballroom1986TV MovieHimself - Host
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
Circus of the Stars #101985TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
Circus of the Stars #91984TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
The Man with Two Brains1983Himself - The Elevator Killer
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Rich and Famous1981Himself (uncredited)
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hour Magazine1980TV SeriesHimself
Today1980TV SeriesHimself
The Seduction of Joe Tynan1979Himself
Presenting Susan Anton1979TV SeriesHimself
Billy1979TV SeriesHimself
Cinderella at the Palace1978TV SpecialHimself
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 4th Annual American Music Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Two-Minute Warning1976Himself - National Anthem Singer
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman1976TV SeriesHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1974TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1971-1974TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Merv Griffin and the Christmas Kids1973TV MovieHimself
The Bob Hope Show1973TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972TV Series
Dinah's Place1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares1972TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969-1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Carol Burnett Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Red Skelton Hour1969TV SeriesHimself - Interviewer
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jerry Lewis Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Will the Real Norman Mailer Please Stand Up?1968DocumentaryHimself
Hippodrome1966TV SeriesHimself - Host
Word for Word1963-1964TV SeriesHimself - Host
Talent Scouts1963TV SeriesHimself - Host
What's My Line?1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
I've Got a Secret1961-1963TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Guest
To Tell the Truth1958-1963TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Guest Host
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself - Host
Play Your Hunch1958-1962TV SeriesHimself - Host
Look Up and Live1956-1962TV SeriesHimself - Host
Password All-Stars1962TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Prom1960TV Series shortHimself(1960) - - Weekly host
Keep Talking1959-1960TV SeriesHimself - Host
Masquerade Party1960TV SeriesHimself
The Arthur Murray Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The Price Is Right1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
This Is Show Business1956TV SeriesHimself
The Robert Q. Lewis Show1956TV SeriesHimself
Summer Holiday1954TV SeriesHimself / Co-Host
The Morning Show1954TV SeriesHimself / Regular performer
The Jackie Gleason Show1953TV SeriesHimself - Guest Vocalist
Cavalcade of Stars1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest Vocalist
Songs for Sale1952TV SeriesHimself
The Freddy Martin Show1951TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself - The Merv Griffin Show
Entities: The Unveiling2016Video documentaryHimself
Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago2016DocumentaryHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself / Himself - Talk Show Host
John Denver: Country Boy2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic2013DocumentaryHimself
Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday2013TV MovieHimself
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel2011DocumentaryHimself
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1997-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2007TV SeriesHimself
The Last Mogul2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits2000Video documentaryHimself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot1974Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Lifetime Achievement AwardDaytime Emmy Awards
2003President's AwardBMI Film & TV Awards
1999OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationBehind the Scenes
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowJeopardy! (1984)· Harry Friedman
· Lisa Finneran (co-producer)
· Rocky Schmidt (co-producer)
· George Vosburgh
1998Special Award of MeritPublicists Guild of America
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1994Michael Landon AwardYoung Artist AwardsJeopardy! (1964)
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1991Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1990Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsBest Writing for a Talk, Service or Variety ProgramThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)· Tony Garofalo
· Bob Murphy
1974Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on October 15, 1974 at 1541 Vine Street

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· Harry Friedman (executive producer)
· Lisa Finneran (co-producer)
· Rocky Schmidt (co-producer)
· Gary Johnson (co-producer)
2000Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· Harry Friedman (executive producer/producer)
· Lisa Finneran (co-producer)
· Rocky Schmidt (co-producer)
· Gary Johnson (co-producer)
1999Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowJeopardy! (1984)· Harry Friedman
· Lisa Finneran (co-producer)
· Rocky Schmidt (co-producer)
1999Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Harry Friedman
· Karen Griffith (co-producer)
· Steve Schwartz (co-producer)
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Harry Friedman (producer)
· Karen Griffith (co-producer)
· Stephen H. Schwartz (co-producer)
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Harry Friedman (producer)
1996Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh (producer)
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Nancy Jones (producer)
1994Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Nancy Jones (producer)
1993Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Nancy Jones (producer)
1991Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Nancy Jones (producer)
1990Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Nancy Jones (producer)
1989Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game/Audience Participation ShowJeopardy! (1984)· George Vosburgh
1986Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game or Audience Participation ShowWheel of Fortune (1983)· Nancy Jones (producer)
1985Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host in a Talk or Service SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1983Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1977Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1976Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1974Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsBest Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service, or Variety SeriesThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Merv Griffin Show (1962)


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#Fact
1Did the actual voice recording for "Once Upon A Time" (Prince Phillip) in Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).
2He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on October 15, 1998.
3Mentor of Pat Sajak and Ryan Seacrest.
4He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1541 Vine Street in Hollywood Boulevard on October 15, 1974.
5Actor Robert Loggia, with whom he appeared in the I Married a Princess (2005) episode "Kids Take Over", was his closest friend.
6His Griffin Group included film and television production; a luxury home development in La Quinta; closed-circuit coverage of horse racing across the county; a real estate brokerage specializing in high-end residential properties; and a stable of thoroughbreds that included Stevie Wonderboy, the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner at Belmont Park.
7Over the years, he bought and sold more than 20 hotels, gaming resorts and riverboats, including Resorts International in Atlantic City and the Bahamas.
8Especially close to Nancy Reagan and was a constant companion during President Reagan's battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was also there for her after the President's death.
9Arnold Schwarzenegger made his talk show debut in the United States on Merv's talk show in 1974.
10Received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005, and a similar award from the Museum of Television and Radio in New York.
11Not content with catering merely to the celebrity publicity mongers on his self-titled talk show, his unusually wide spectrum of guests ranged from superstars (Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Orson Welles Woody Allen and Richard Pryor) to the more controversial (Abbie Hoffman, Truman Capote, Gypsy Rose Lee and transsexual Christine Jorgensen), to the political mighty (Richard Nixon, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King).
12KFRC billed him as "America's New Romantic Singing Star" in his early radio years. But at 5' 9" and 240 pounds, his romantic image on radio certainly did not fit his true look. After a female fan from Fresno dropped by the station to meet him in person and burst into laughter upon seeing him, Griffin went on a crash diet and dropped 80 pounds. Griffin would fight weight problems all his life. He admitted that he was a life-time smoker, ate whatever he wanted and hated to exercise.
13Declared 4F after failing several military physical exams during which a slight heart murmur was detected, the then-overweight Griffin took a job in the supply depot of a San Francisco shipyard to contribute to the World War II effort.
14Born in San Mateo, California, he took to the piano at age 4 and received lessons at a music conservatory in nearby San Francisco. In 1945, he heard about an audition for a piano player at KFRC radio but found out that they needed a singer instead and applied for that job. He got it and within a few days was hosting his own 15-minute radio show five days a week.
15Although 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 entitled to a portion of Griffin's amassed fortune. That same year, Deney Terrio, host of "Dance Fever", filed an $11.3 sexual harassment lawsuit against Griffin. Both cases were thrown out.
16Best friends with Robert Loggia.
17Father of Tony Griffin.
18His colt Stevie Wonderboy, named after Stevie Wonder, won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
19In the Seinfeld (1989) episode Seinfeld: The Merv Griffin Show (1997), Kramer rescues Griffin's discarded set from a dumpster, and stages his own talk show in his apartment.
20Longtime friends with Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Jane Wyman, Eva Gabor and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
21(July 18, 2007) Hospitalized for a recurrence of his prostate cancer.
22Wrote the 30-second piece of music heard during the "Final Jeopardy" category.
23Hit #101 on the Billboard 'Bubbling Under the Hot 100' Chart in 1961 with "Banned in Boston" (Carlton 540).
24Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
25Did the actual voice recording for "Once Upon A Time" (Prince Phillip) in Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).
26He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on October 15, 1998.
27Mentor of Pat Sajak and Ryan Seacrest.
28He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1541 Vine Street in Hollywood Boulevard on October 15, 1974.
29Actor Robert Loggia, with whom he appeared in the I Married a Princess (2005) episode "Kids Take Over", was his closest friend.
30His Griffin Group included film and television production; a luxury home development in La Quinta; closed-circuit coverage of horse racing across the county; a real estate brokerage specializing in high-end residential properties; and a stable of thoroughbreds that included Stevie Wonderboy, the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner at Belmont Park.
31Over the years, he bought and sold more than 20 hotels, gaming resorts and riverboats, including Resorts International in Atlantic City and the Bahamas.
32Especially close to Nancy Reagan and was a constant companion during President Reagan's battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was also there for her after the President's death.
33Arnold Schwarzenegger made his talk show debut in the United States on Merv's talk show in 1974.
34Received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005, and a similar award from the Museum of Television and Radio in New York.
35Not content with catering merely to the celebrity publicity mongers on his self-titled talk show, his unusually wide spectrum of guests ranged from superstars (Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Orson Welles Woody Allen and Richard Pryor) to the more controversial (Abbie Hoffman, Truman Capote, Gypsy Rose Lee and transsexual Christine Jorgensen), to the political mighty (Richard Nixon, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King).
36KFRC billed him as "America's New Romantic Singing Star" in his early radio years. But at 5' 9" and 240 pounds, his romantic image on radio certainly did not fit his true look. After a female fan from Fresno dropped by the station to meet him in person and burst into laughter upon seeing him, Griffin went on a crash diet and dropped 80 pounds. Griffin would fight weight problems all his life. He admitted that he was a life-time smoker, ate whatever he wanted and hated to exercise.
37Declared 4F after failing several military physical exams during which a slight heart murmur was detected, the then-overweight Griffin took a job in the supply depot of a San Francisco shipyard to contribute to the World War II effort.
38Born in San Mateo, California, he took to the piano at age 4 and received lessons at a music conservatory in nearby San Francisco. In 1945, he heard about an audition for a piano player at KFRC radio but found out that they needed a singer instead and applied for that job. He got it and within a few days was hosting his own 15-minute radio show five days a week.
39Although 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 entitled to a portion of Griffin's amassed fortune. That same year, Deney Terrio, host of "Dance Fever", filed an $11.3 sexual harassment lawsuit against Griffin. Both cases were thrown out.
40Best friends with Robert Loggia.
41Father of Tony Griffin.
42His colt Stevie Wonderboy, named after Stevie Wonder, won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
43In the Seinfeld (1989) episode Seinfeld: The Merv Griffin Show (1997), Kramer rescues Griffin's discarded set from a dumpster, and stages his own talk show in his apartment.
44Longtime friends with Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Jane Wyman, Eva Gabor and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
45(July 18, 2007) Hospitalized for a recurrence of his prostate cancer.
46Wrote the 30-second piece of music heard during the "Final Jeopardy" category.
47Hit #101 on the Billboard 'Bubbling Under the Hot 100' Chart in 1961 with "Banned in Boston" (Carlton 540).
48Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

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1I worked for Mark Goodson early in my career and he was like the Godfather of game shows. I asked him if it was a business worth getting into. He responded, "If you have an original idea, there's no format in television that costs less and brings in more profit." After I had some success, he reached out and congratulated me on "Wheel" and "Jeopardy!", saying that I took his advice to heart. He was a visionary and a gentleman, a rare find in showbiz.
2I tell everybody that I'm a quatre-sexual: I will do anything with anybody for a quarter. - when asked if he was gay
3You know I really never get down. My philosophy is that you have to constantly be turning the page, which prevents me from getting caught up in any negativity. It's all about change for me. I just keep moving and enjoy the ride.
4If the host is sitting there thinking about his next joke, he isn't listening.
5(on what he would like his headstone to read) Stay tuned.
6I've been in the public eye for more than fifty years as Merv Griffin, not as somebody else's creation. I've never pretended to be someone I wasn't. If there was anything really important that people didn't know about me by now, then I would have to be world's greatest actor. Forget Brando, forget Hoffman, forget DeNiro... I would have to be the best.
7I worked for Mark Goodson early in my career and he was like the Godfather of game shows. I asked him if it was a business worth getting into. He responded, "If you have an original idea, there's no format in television that costs less and brings in more profit." After I had some success, he reached out and congratulated me on "Wheel" and "Jeopardy!", saying that I took his advice to heart. He was a visionary and a gentleman, a rare find in showbiz.
8I tell everybody that I'm a quatre-sexual: I will do anything with anybody for a quarter. - when asked if he was gay
9You know I really never get down. My philosophy is that you have to constantly be turning the page, which prevents me from getting caught up in any negativity. It's all about change for me. I just keep moving and enjoy the ride.
10If the host is sitting there thinking about his next joke, he isn't listening.
11(on what he would like his headstone to read) Stay tuned.
12I've been in the public eye for more than fifty years as Merv Griffin, not as somebody else's creation. I've never pretended to be someone I wasn't. If there was anything really important that people didn't know about me by now, then I would have to be world's greatest actor. Forget Brando, forget Hoffman, forget DeNiro... I would have to be the best.


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