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Mervyn Edward Griffin, Jr.,was born on July 6, 1925, in San Mateo, California USA, and died on 12 August 2007. He was a famous actor and singer, best known for working on such shows as “The Merv Griffin Show”, “Ruckus”, “Wheel of Fortune”, “Jeopardy!” among others. In addition to this, Griffin also had his own companies, called “Merv Griffin Entertainment” and “Merv Griffin Enterprises”. During his career, Merv was nominated for and won such awards as Young Artist Award, Golden Globe Award, Daytime Emmy Award and others. What is more, in 2008 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame”. It is clear that Merv was one of the most influential personalities in the television industry.

So how rich was Merv Griffin? It is estimated that Merv’s net worth was over $1 billion. The main source of this sum of money was Merv’s career as a television personality, but his appearances in movies and television series added significantly to Griffin’s wealth. In addition to this, Merv was also known for his activities as a musician, which contributed to his net worth.

Merv Griffin Net Worth $1 Billion

When Merv was still a small boy he started singing in the local church’s choir. He studied at the San Mateo High School and later continued at the San Mateo Junior College and the University of San Francisco. When Merv was 19 years old he started singing on the radio show, “San Francisco Sketchbook”. Then in 1945 Merv created his own record label, called “Panda Records”. In 1958 Griffin received an invitation to become the host of the show, called “Play Your Hunch”. After working on this show he received suggestion from other shows as well. In 1965 he created his own show, called “The Merv Griffin Show”, which added a lot to his popularity and net worth. Over the following years, other shows created by him include “Jeopardy!”, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Ruckus”. In 2001 Griffin went back to music, and released the album, called “It’s Like a Dream” which had a significant impact on the growth of Griffin’s net worth.

In addition to his career as an actor and singer, Griffin was also involved into various business affairs. He mainly focused on buying and selling real estate. As he was quite good at this, it also made his net worth grow. Sadly, Merv died in 2007 because of a prostate cancer. Overall, Griffin had worked on more than 50 projects during his career and now is considered to be one of the most successful television personalities of all time.

If to talk about Merv’s personal life, it can be said that in 1958 he married Julann Wright; one year later their son was born, but in 1976 Merv and Julann decided to divorce. All in all, Merv was a very talented and charismatic personality. He had a huge influence on the television and movie industries. That is why his work and talent is still acclaimed and respected among others. There is no doubt that many contemporary actors and television personalities look up to Merv’s personality and his career. Hopefully, he will be remembered for a very long time in the future.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crosswords 2007 TV Series producer
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead 2006 TV Series executive producer
The Merv Griffin Show: 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time 2006 Video executive producer
Shade 2003 executive producer
Dance Fever 2003 TV Series executive producer
Gilda Radner: It's Always Something 2002 TV Movie executive producer
Inside the Osmonds 2001 TV Movie executive producer
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival 2000 TV Movie executive producer
Jeopardy! 1984-2000 TV Series executive producer - 3,610 episodes
Wheel of Fortune 1983-2000 TV Series executive producer - 3,310 episodes
The Christmas List 1997 TV Movie executive producer
Click 1997/II TV Series executive producer
Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special 1991 TV Movie executive producer
Wheel of Fortune 1975-1991 TV Series executive producer - 86 episodes
Monopoly 1990 TV Series executive producer
Cocoanut Ballroom 1986 TV Movie executive producer
Headline Chasers 1985 TV Series producer - 1985
Dance Fever 1979 TV Series executive producer
Jeopardy! 1964 TV Series executive producer
The Merv Griffin Show 1962 TV Series executive producer
Saturday Prom 1960 TV Series short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeopardy! TV Series creator - 967 episodes, 1984 - 2016 created by - 44 episodes, 2016
Wheel of Fortune TV Series 1 episode, 2016 creator - 822 episodes, 2009 - 2016
Crosswords 2007-2008 TV Series creator - 228 episodes
Jeopardy! 1995 Video Game based on a format by
Monopoly 1990 TV Series creator
Super Jeopardy! 1990 TV Series creator
The Merv Griffin Show 1972-1985 TV Series 7 episodes
Dance Fever 1979 TV Series creator
The All New Jeopardy! 1978 TV Series creator
Wheel of Fortune 1975 TV Series creator
Merv Griffin and the Christmas Kids 1973 TV Movie
Jeopardy! 1964 TV Series creator

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crosswords 2007-2008 TV Series composer - 229 episodes
The United States Steel Hour 1955 TV Series vocalist - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Inspector Gadget 1999 writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin 1998 TV Special music: "Think!" - uncredited
Rock & Roll Jeopardy! 1998 TV Series writer: "Think!"
Sour Grapes 1998 writer: "Theme from Wheel of Fortune"
JEP! 1998 TV Series writer: "Think!"
The Simpsons 1997 TV Series 1 episode
3rd Rock from the Sun 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Christmas List 1997 TV Movie writer: "A Time For Tony"
Spy Hard 1996 writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
The Nanny 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jury Duty 1995 writer: "Jeopardy! Theme"
The Santa Clause 1994 writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 writer: "JEOPARDY THEME"
Boris and Natasha 1992 TV Movie as M. Griffin, "Think Music"
White Men Can't Jump 1992 writer: "JEOPARDY! THEME"
The Golden Girls 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonlighting 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jeopardy! 1984 TV 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 Fortune 1983 TV 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 Fever 1979 TV Series performer: "Living By The Beat"
The All New Jeopardy! 1978 TV Series writer: "January, February, March", "Frisco Disco"
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jerry Lewis Show 1968 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Robert Q. Lewis Show 1956 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The United States Steel Hour 1955 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So This Is Love 1953 performer: "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" - uncredited
Cattle Town 1952 performer: "The Band Played On" - uncredited
Britain's Got More Talent 2015-2016 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Saving Christmas 2014 writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
Saturday Night Live 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Three Stooges 2012 writer: "Jeopardy Theme"
Pastor Mike Online 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Bang Theory 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Something's Gotta Give"
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music and Lyrics 2007 writer: "Jeopardy Theme"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival 2000 TV Movie Merv Griffin
Hercules 1998 TV Series Merv Griffin
Echoes of the Big Bands 1990 TV Movie Host
Alice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie The Conductor
The Lonely Guy 1984 Merv Griffin
The Funny Farm 1983 The Voice of... (voice)
Slapstick of Another Kind 1982 Anchorman
One-Trick Pony 1980 Acappella Singer
Sanford and Son 1975 TV Series Merv Griffin
The Girl with Something Extra 1973 TV Series
The Red Skelton Hour 1964-1970 TV Series Halloween Ghoulie / Silent Spot / Dapper Dan Dalton / ...
Hello Down There 1969 Merv Griffin
Inside Daisy Clover 1965 Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
Phantom of the Rue Morgue 1954 Georges Brevert
The Boy from Oklahoma 1954 Steve
Three Sailors and a Girl 1953 Sailor (uncredited)
So This Is Love 1953 Buddy Nash
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms 1953 Announcer & Bespectacled Man (in theatrical trailer) (voice)
Trouble Along the Way 1953 Football Broadcaster (voice, uncredited)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 Announcer at Pond (uncredited)
Stop, You're Killing Me 1952 Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
Cattle Town 1952 Joseph - Governor's Secretary

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeopardy! 25th Aniversary 2008 TV Series
Jeopardy! DVD Game 2007 Video Game original score music
Jeopardy! 1995 Video Game score by
Jeopardy! 1964 TV Series

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Prom 1960 TV Series short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Convergence 1999 special thanks
Ratboy 1986 special thanks - as Merv Griffin & his Organization

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1986 (Best of) 2014 TV Series Himself - Host
TV Land Moguls 2004-2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon 2008 Documentary Himself
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Searching for Orson 2006 Documentary Himself
The Megan Mullally Show 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2006 TV Series Himself
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart 2005 TV Series Himself
I Married a Princess 2005 TV Series Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Recipient: Lifetime Achievement Award
The View 2005 TV Series Himself
Fat Actress 2005 TV Series Himself
When Disco Ruled the World 2005 TV Movie Himself
ALF's Hit Talk Show 2004 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2002-2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wayne Brady Show 2003 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: Taboo TV 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
TVography: Suzanne Somers - Mastering Success 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997-2002 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1991-1998 TV Series Himself
Intimate Portrait 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Golden Anniversary 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hope & Gloria 1995 TV Series Himself
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Game / Audience Participation Show
The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining 1993 Video documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier 1992 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
The Golden Girls 1992 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1987-1991 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Performer
Newhart 1989 TV Series Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1989 TV Series Himself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
A Conversation with Dinah 1989 TV Series Himself (1991)
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant 1988 TV Movie Himself
Circus of the Stars #12 1987 TV Special documentary Himself - Ringmaster
The American Jewish Commitee Annual Honors Present a Salute to Merv Adelson 1987 TV Movie Himself
The 1987 Annual Salute to Hollywood Benefit 1987 TV Movie Himself
Don Rickles: Rickles on the Loose 1986 TV Movie Himself
Circus of the Stars #11 1986 TV Special documentary Himself - Ringmaster
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood 1986 TV Special Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1986 TV Series Himself - Host
Cocoanut Ballroom 1986 TV Movie Himself - Host
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
Circus of the Stars #10 1985 TV Special documentary Himself - Ringmaster
Circus of the Stars #9 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Ringmaster
The Man with Two Brains 1983 Himself - The Elevator Killer
Saturday Night Live 1982 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Regis Philbin Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Rich and Famous 1981 Himself (uncredited)
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hour Magazine 1980 TV Series Himself
Today 1980 TV Series Himself
The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 Himself
Presenting Susan Anton 1979 TV Series Himself
Billy 1979 TV Series Himself
Cinderella at the Palace 1978 TV Special Himself
Good Morning America 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 4th Annual American Music Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
Two-Minute Warning 1976 Himself - National Anthem Singer
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1976 TV Series Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1974 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1971-1974 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Merv Griffin and the Christmas Kids 1973 TV Movie Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1973 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series
Dinah's Place 1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares 1972 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Pet Set 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Himself
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour 1970 TV Series Himself
Della 1969-1970 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Carol Burnett Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Host
The Red Skelton Hour 1969 TV Series Himself - Interviewer
The Jonathan Winters Show 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jerry Lewis Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Will the Real Norman Mailer Please Stand Up? 1968 Documentary Himself
Hippodrome 1966 TV Series Himself - Host
Word for Word 1963-1964 TV Series Himself - Host
Talent Scouts 1963 TV Series Himself - Host
What's My Line? 1962-1963 TV Series Himself - Panelist
I've Got a Secret 1961-1963 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Guest
To Tell the Truth 1958-1963 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Guest Host
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959-1962 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Host
Play Your Hunch 1958-1962 TV Series Himself - Host
Look Up and Live 1956-1962 TV Series Himself - Host
Password All-Stars 1962 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Himself
Saturday Prom 1960 TV Series short Himself(1960) - - Weekly host
Keep Talking 1959-1960 TV Series Himself - Host
Masquerade Party 1960 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Murray Party 1959 TV Series Himself
The Price Is Right 1959 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
This Is Show Business 1956 TV Series Himself
The Robert Q. Lewis Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Summer Holiday 1954 TV Series Himself / Co-Host
The Morning Show 1954 TV Series Himself / Regular performer
The Jackie Gleason Show 1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
Cavalcade of Stars 1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
Songs for Sale 1952 TV Series Himself
The Freddy Martin Show 1951 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - The Merv Griffin Show
Entities: The Unveiling 2016 Video documentary Himself
Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago 2016 Documentary Himself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host / Himself / Himself - Talk Show Host
John Denver: Country Boy 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 Documentary Himself
Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday 2013 TV Movie Himself
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 2011 Documentary Himself
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary Himself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1997-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2007 TV Series Himself
The Last Mogul 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits 2000 Video documentary Himself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974 Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Singer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Daytime Emmy Awards
2003 President's Award BMI Film & TV Awards
1999 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Behind the Scenes
1998 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Audience Participation Show/Game Show Jeopardy! (1984) · Harry Friedman
· Lisa Finneran (co-producer)
· Rocky Schmidt (co-producer)
· George Vosburgh
1998 Special Award of Merit Publicists Guild of America
1995 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Jeopardy! (1984) · George Vosburgh (producer)
1994 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Jeopardy! (1984) · George Vosburgh (producer)
1994 Michael Landon Award Young Artist Awards Jeopardy! (1964)
1993 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Jeopardy! (1984) · George Vosburgh (producer)
1992 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Jeopardy! (1984) · George Vosburgh (producer)
1991 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Jeopardy! (1984) · George Vosburgh (producer)
1990 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Jeopardy! (1984) · George Vosburgh (producer)
1984 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series The Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1982 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series The Merv Griffin Show (1962)
1974 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Best Writing for a Talk, Service or Variety Program The Merv Griffin Show (1962) · Tony Garofalo
· Bob Murphy
1974 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded on October 15, 1974 at 1541 Vine Street

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

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


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#Fact
1 Did the actual voice recording for "Once Upon A Time" (Prince Phillip) in Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).
2 He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on October 15, 1998.
3 Mentor of Pat Sajak and Ryan Seacrest.
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1541 Vine Street in Hollywood Boulevard on October 15, 1974.
5 Actor Robert Loggia, with whom he appeared in the I Married a Princess (2005) episode "Kids Take Over", was his closest friend.
6 His 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.
7 Over the years, he bought and sold more than 20 hotels, gaming resorts and riverboats, including Resorts International in Atlantic City and the Bahamas.
8 Especially 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.
9 Arnold Schwarzenegger made his talk show debut in the United States on Merv's talk show in 1974.
10 Received 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.
11 Not 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).
12 KFRC 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.
13 Declared 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.
14 Born 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.
15 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 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.
16 Best friends with Robert Loggia.
17 Father of Tony Griffin.
18 His colt Stevie Wonderboy, named after Stevie Wonder, won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
19 In 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.
20 Longtime 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.
22 Wrote the 30-second piece of music heard during the "Final Jeopardy" category.
23 Hit #101 on the Billboard 'Bubbling Under the Hot 100' Chart in 1961 with "Banned in Boston" (Carlton 540).
24 Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
25 Did the actual voice recording for "Once Upon A Time" (Prince Phillip) in Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).
26 He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on October 15, 1998.
27 Mentor of Pat Sajak and Ryan Seacrest.
28 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1541 Vine Street in Hollywood Boulevard on October 15, 1974.
29 Actor Robert Loggia, with whom he appeared in the I Married a Princess (2005) episode "Kids Take Over", was his closest friend.
30 His 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.
31 Over the years, he bought and sold more than 20 hotels, gaming resorts and riverboats, including Resorts International in Atlantic City and the Bahamas.
32 Especially 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.
33 Arnold Schwarzenegger made his talk show debut in the United States on Merv's talk show in 1974.
34 Received 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.
35 Not 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).
36 KFRC 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.
37 Declared 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.
38 Born 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.
39 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 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.
40 Best friends with Robert Loggia.
41 Father of Tony Griffin.
42 His colt Stevie Wonderboy, named after Stevie Wonder, won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
43 In 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.
44 Longtime 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.
46 Wrote the 30-second piece of music heard during the "Final Jeopardy" category.
47 Hit #101 on the Billboard 'Bubbling Under the Hot 100' Chart in 1961 with "Banned in Boston" (Carlton 540).
48 Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

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1 I 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.
2 I tell everybody that I'm a quatre-sexual: I will do anything with anybody for a quarter. - when asked if he was gay
3 You 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.
4 If 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.
6 I'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.
7 I 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.
8 I tell everybody that I'm a quatre-sexual: I will do anything with anybody for a quarter. - when asked if he was gay
9 You 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.
10 If 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.
12 I'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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