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|Also Known As:||Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr.||Died:||August 12, 2007|
|Born:||July 6, 1925||Cause of Death:||prostate cancer|
|Birth Place:||San Mateo, California, USA||Profession:||Cast ... executive producer TV host singer game show creator radio station owner nightclub owner actor hotelier bank clerk|
One of the most successful men in 20th century entertainment, Merv Griffin parlayed a moderately popular career as a big band singer and game show frontman into a long-running stint as the host of his own talk show, and later, as the creator of some of American television's best loved game shows, including "Wheel of Fortune" (syndicated, 1972- ) and "Jeopardy!" (NBC/syndicated, 1964- ). Griffin's business acumen and larger-than-life personality weathered numerous ups (his wildly profitable real estate ventures) and downs (two palimony suits, which called his sexuality into question). By the time of his death from prostate cancer in 2007, he was one of Hollywood's most enduring figures.
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