Singer ("I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts"), Talk Show host (The Merv Griffin Show), and television producer who created several Game Shows and wrote almost all the music they used. Merv passed away in 2007.

Shows originally produced by Merv:

  • Word for Word (1963-64, as "Milbarn Productions"; only show Merv created that he also hosted)
  • Jeopardy! (1964-75, 1978-79, 1984-Present; originally piloted under What's the Question?) and its spinoffs, Super Jeopardy! (1990), Jep! (1998-99), and Rock & Roll Jeopardy! (1998-2001)
  • Let's Play Post Office (1965-66)
  • Reach for the Stars (1967)
  • One in a Million (1967)
  • Joe Garagiola's Memory Game (1971)
  • Wheel of Fortune (1975-Present; pilots were attempted in 1973 [1] and 1974) and its juvenile spinoff, Wheel 2000 (1997-98)
  • Headline Chasers (1985-86, in association with Wink Martindale Productions)
  • Monopoly (1990; pilots were made in 1987 with Marc Summers and 1989 with Peter Tomarken)
  • Ruckus (1991-92)
  • Click (1997-99)
  • ~Merv Griffin's Crosswords~ (2007-08; originally piloted under Let's Play Crosswords, then Let's Do Crosswords)

According to the movie The Man With Two Brains, he led a secret double-life as The Elevator Killer.

"Merv Griffin!" is also a common cry of comic book characters Milk and Cheese.


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