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Also Known As: H Robert Merrill Levan Died: February 17, 1998
Born: May 17, 1920 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Profession: lyricist, composer, screenwriter, porter

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Bob Merrill brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his Hollywood career. He raised in Philadelphia, PA. In 1981, he wrote "Chu Chu & The Philly Flash" featuring Alan Arkin and Carol Burnett. Merrill began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the adaptation "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" (1962) with Laurence Harvey. He followed this honor with songs in "Hello, Dolly!" (1969), the dramatic adaptation "Housekeeping" (1987) with Christine Lahti and "Lady in White" (1988). He was nominated for an Academy Award for "Funny Girl" in 1968. . In the eighties and the nineties, Merrill's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Jeff Bridges dramatic comedy "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "Coupe de Ville" (1990) and the Kevin Kline comedy "In & Out" (1997). His work was also in the Kevin Spacey blockbuster dramedy "American Beauty" (1999) and the Hugh Grant comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes" (1999). Merrill was additionally credited in "The Iron Giant" with Jack Angel (1999), "The Crew" with Richard Dreyfuss (2000) and "The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood" (AMC, 2002-03). His credits also expanded to "The Singing...

Bob Merrill brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his Hollywood career. He raised in Philadelphia, PA. In 1981, he wrote "Chu Chu & The Philly Flash" featuring Alan Arkin and Carol Burnett. Merrill began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the adaptation "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" (1962) with Laurence Harvey. He followed this honor with songs in "Hello, Dolly!" (1969), the dramatic adaptation "Housekeeping" (1987) with Christine Lahti and "Lady in White" (1988). He was nominated for an Academy Award for "Funny Girl" in 1968. . In the eighties and the nineties, Merrill's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Jeff Bridges dramatic comedy "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989), "Coupe de Ville" (1990) and the Kevin Kline comedy "In & Out" (1997). His work was also in the Kevin Spacey blockbuster dramedy "American Beauty" (1999) and the Hugh Grant comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes" (1999). Merrill was additionally credited in "The Iron Giant" with Jack Angel (1999), "The Crew" with Richard Dreyfuss (2000) and "The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood" (AMC, 2002-03). His credits also expanded to "The Singing Detective" (2003). Merrill's music was most recently used in the comedy "College Road Trip" (2008) with Martin Lawrence. Merrill was married to Dolores Marquez. Merrill passed away in February 1998 at the age of 78.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Out of the Depths (1945) Dialogue Director

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 Senorita from the West (1945) Elmer
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Raised in Philadelphia, PA
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Served in the Army during WWII
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Hitchhiked to Hollywood, CA
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Worked as a porter
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Dialogue director at Columbia Pictures
1948:
Served as CBS' first casting director
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Hired by MGM to compose musicals
1957:
Opened "New Girl In Town" on Broadway based on Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie"
1964:
Co-wrote "Funny Girl" with composer Julie Styne
1972:
Last original musical score for Broadway, "Sugar"
1975:
Penned a feature starring Diana Ross, "Mahogany"
1976:
Scripted the film "W.C. Fields & Me" starring Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine
1981:
Wrote "Chu Chu & The Philly Flash" featuring Alan Arkin and Carol Burnett
1984:
"We're Home" played off-Broadway; consisted of 37 of Merrill's original songs
1990:
His musical "Hanna...1939" played off-Broadway
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wife:
Dolores Marquez. Singer. Divorced in 1976; survived him.
wife:
Suzanne Merrill. Radio news anchor. Survived him.

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brother:
Lawrence Merrill. Survived him.

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