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Also Known As: Died: August 12, 2007
Born: July 6, 1925 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: San Mateo, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (2008)
Who is Jack Sheldon? You may remember him as Merv Griffin's comedic trumpet-wielding sidekick, or the indelible voice on School House Rock, but musicians know him as a jazz giant. Unlike his close friend and collaborator, Chet Baker, Jack Sheldon survived the demons of drugs, alcohol and unspeakable
2.
Searching for Orson (2006)
An exploration of Orson Welles's career and public life. Blending lost footage from his incomplete films and interviews with those who knew him best, film serves as an oral and visual history of an artist who put forth an image of himself in everything he did.
3.
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival (2000) as Himself
A former television detective, now a character actor, comes under suspicion when his co-stars begin to turn up dead in Cannes. Nathan Booth arrives in Cannes to discover the small role that brought him there -- as Hemingway's editor in the Borelli Brothers' film "Hemingway Loved Me" -- has been cut.
4.
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1996) as Himself
Capturing a behind-the-scenes look at the real life humor and drama surrounding the legendary Hollywood haunt that served the stars for 59 years. As the clock ticks toward Chasen's final day, the film captures everything from the last Oscar party to the tearful farewells of closing night. Eras colli
5.
Slapstick Of Another Kind (1984) as Anchorman
6.
Lonely Guy, The (1984) as Himself
When shy Larry Hubbard finds his girlfriend in bed with another man he is forced to begin a new life as single. But since he can't bear being on his own he tries to court Iris who is not however interested in him. Larry begins writing a book on his experience as a single which unexpectedly becomes a best seller. He becomes rich and famous and even his relationship with Iris can begin on a new basis.
7.
Seduction Of Joe Tynan, The (1979) as Himself
Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life.
8.
Two-Minute Warning (1976) as Himself
A lone gunman stalks a sold-out crowd at a championship football stadium.
9.
Hello Down There (1969) as Himself
A wacky inventor creates an underwater home and takes his family, including his teenage rock-band playing kids, to live in it.
10.
The Boy from Oklahoma (1954) as Steve
Will Rogers, Jr., Nancy Olson, Lon Chaney, Jr., Anthony Caruso, Wallace Ford, Clem Bevans, Merv Griffin, Sheb Wooley, Slim Pickens. Mild mannered law student Will Rogers, Jr. doesn't know what he's in for when he gets himself elected sheriff in a frontier town run by an outlaw gang. Michael Curtiz directed this western spoof which was based on a story in The Saturday Evening Post.
11.
Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954) as Georges Brevert
A mad scientist uses an ape to murder his enemies.
12.
Three Sailors and a Girl (1953) as Sailor
Three sailors on leave back a Broadway hit.
13.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) as Announcer at pond
A small-town girl's love life goes ballistic when her sweetheart returns from World War I.
14.
So This Is Love (1953) as Buddy Nash
Opera singer Grace Moore turns to popular music when her dreams of a classical career fail to materialize.
15.
Cattle Town (1952) as Joe
The mediator in a dispute between farmers and cattle men falls for the head rancher's daughter.

Producer (feature film)

16.
Shade (2004) as Producer
In the shady atmosphere of an underground gambling club, Los Angeles card sharks come out to play. Deception and trickery is the only rule in a game where nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a poker face. The hustlers get hustled, and a fortune rests on every deal. Vernon is a card mechanic--hi
17.
Gilda Radner: It's Always Something (2002) as Executive Producer
Biopic about the late "Saturday Night Live" star Gilda Radner. Gilda tells her own story, beginning with her childhood as a chubby girl who loved to perform with her dad, and her early years at Second City in Toronto. There she honed her comedic chops along with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Mu
18.
Inside the Osmonds (2001) as Executive Producer
A behind-the-scenes look at the Osmond family, as they try to conquer the world of show business and still stay true to their values and beliefs. The movie focuses primarily on the late '60s through the '80s when the group found their greatest success and faced some of their biggest challenges.
19.
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival (2000) as Executive Producer
A former television detective, now a character actor, comes under suspicion when his co-stars begin to turn up dead in Cannes. Nathan Booth arrives in Cannes to discover the small role that brought him there -- as Hemingway's editor in the Borelli Brothers' film "Hemingway Loved Me" -- has been cut.

Music (feature film)

20.
Amazing Spider-Man 2, The (2014)
Peter Parker uncovers clues about his past when a new villain, Electro, emerges, and an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns.
21.
Three Stooges, The (2012)
Larry, Curly and Moe are out to save their childhood home, becoming embroiled in an oddball murder plot and inadvertently starring in a successful TV reality show along the way.
22.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Alex Fletcher is a washed-up '80s pop star who's been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her, but there's a problem--Alex hasn't written a song in years, he's never written lyrics, and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher, Alex's beguilingly quirky plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship, Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears--and the music--if they want to find the love and success they both deserve.
23.
Inspector Gadget (1999) as Song ("Jeopardy Theme")
Based on the popular cartoon character of the same name, "Inspector Gadget" is an adventure comedy about a somewhat naive and inept security guard, John Brown, whose big heart is equal to his far-fetched dreams of becoming the world's greatest police officer. However, nothing is impossible. Suddenly unexpected circumstances make him the ideal candidate for a top secret law enforecment project, and pretty scientist Dr. Brenda Bradford applies her expertise in robotics to build him into a man of many talents--and accessories. Using a vast array of grafted-on gizmos and doohickies to bust bad guys, the often clueless Inspector Gadget must also employ his common sense to crack an especially complicated case. As he penetrates Riverton City's darkest underworld, Inspector Gadget must save not only his good name and reputation, but also rescue the world from the nefarious Claw.
24.
Sour Grapes (1998) as Music ("Theme From 'Wheel Of Fortune'))
Two cousins battle when one wins $500,000 at an Atlantic City slot machine with change borrowed from the other. Brain surgeon Evan reckons that he is owed half the cash, while Richie argues it is his. Then Evan tells his cousin that he has an inoperable brain tumor - a joke that has far reaching con
25.
Santa Clause, The (1994) as Song ("Jeopardy Theme")
A divorced yuppie father's strained relationship with his son begins to mend after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa.
26.
Beverly Hillbillies, The (1993) as Song ("Jeopardy Theme")
A southern hillbilly family strikes it rich in oil and moves to Beverly (hills that is), where they attempt to live peacefully amongst money-grubbing thieves
27.
White Men Can't Jump (1992) as Song ("Jeopardy! Theme")
A hustler and a street ball player join forces to run a basketball con game.
28.
Career Opportunities (1991) as Music ("The Jeopardy! Theme")
The first day of work for a teenager at a discount store turns out to be more than he bargained for; he finds himself locked up with the most beautiful girl in town.
29.
Two-Minute Warning (1976) as Song Performer ("National Anthem")
A lone gunman stalks a sold-out crowd at a championship football stadium.

Cast (special)

30.
Bobby Vinton: A Melody of Love (2001) as Interviewee
Profile of singer Bobby Vinton.
31.
Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer (2001) as Interviewee
Profile of singer/actress Rosemary Clooney.
32.
Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet (2001) as Interviewee
Profile of actor Dick Van Patten, star of the long-running sitcom, "Eight Is Enough."
33.
Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face (2000) as Interviewee
Profile of actor Dick Van Dyke.
34.
Vanna White: Game Show Goddess (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of actress Vanna White, known as the glamorous "Letter Turner" on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."
35.
Intimate Portrait: Eva Gabor (1999) as Interviewee
Documentary about actress Eva Gabor.
36.
Intimate Portrait: Vanna White (1998) as Narration
A profile of Vanna White examines her childhood, her early career and her work on the game show, "Wheel of Fortune."
37.
Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of actress Elizabeth Taylor.
38.
Merv Griffin: Master of the Game (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of singer, talk-show host, television producer and media mogul Merv Griffin.
39.
Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special (1997) as Host
Merv Griffin celebrates the new year in Atlantic City with an array of musical performers from around the world.
40.
22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, The (1995) as Presenter (Outstanding Talk Show); Tributee
Live presentation of the 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
41.
Merv Griffin's Fourth Annual New Year's Eve Live TV Special (1995) as Host
Merv Griffin hosts this New Year's celebration from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
42.
Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special (1991) as Host
A New Year's Eve special hosted by Merv Griffin featuring live music and dancing.
43.
Echoes of the Big Bands With Merv Griffin (1990) as Host
A special hosted by Merv Griffin recapturing some of the great moments in music with performances by the big bands and their famous singing stars.
44.
Dinah Comes Home Again (1990)
A variety special broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, featuring native southerner Dinah Shore singing country music songs.
45.
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
A special commemorating Frank Sinatra's 75th birthday. The musical tribute includes footage from a Society of Singers performance in Los Angeles and Sinatra's birthday concert from the Meadowlands' Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.
46.
75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills, The (1989)
A seventy-fifth anniversary salute to the city of Beverly Hills, California. Included is the presentation of the annual Will Rogers Award to entertainer Frank Sinatra; a tour of the city's designer shops by Shelley Long; Christmas and Fourth of July ceremonies; an auto tour of the city conducted by
47.
61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1989)
Live coverage of the sixty-first annual Academy Awards ceremony from the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Highlights include: an opening production number which recreates Hollywood's glittering past and such landmarks as the Cocoanut Grove and the Chinese Theater; a tribute to the great musi
48.
1989 Miss America Pageant, The (1989) as Judge
The 36th annual telecast of the Miss America Pageant broadcast live from Atlantic City, New Jersey. The theme of this year's pageant is "A Moment of Time." On the telecast, 10 semi-finalists are judged in the talent, evening gown and swimsuit categories. The winner is crowned Miss America 1990.
49.
Secrets Men Never Share (1988) as Host
A special featuring Merv Griffin interviewing celebrities who discuss such topics as work, marriage, sex and being a single father.
50.
12th Annual Circus of the Stars, The (1987) as Ringmaster
A special, taped before a live audience, featuring popular entertainers from the stage, screen and television, performing circus acts.
51.
Secrets Women Never Share (1987) as Host
Merv Griffin hosts this special which features intimate interviews with six female stars.
52.
Eleventh Annual Circus of the Stars, The (1986) as Ringmaster
The eleventh annual special featuring celebrities performing circus routines.
53.
All Star Party For Clint Eastwood (1986)
Variety Clubs International honors Clint Eastwood in the eleventh annual salute to an entertainment industry figure for career and humanitarian achievements.
54.
Rickles on the Loose (1986)
A special featuring Don Rickles in his live comedy act at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, mixed with footage of Rickles "on the loose" across the state of California.
55.
All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan, An (1985)
An entertainment special honoring President Ronald Reagan, nicknamed "Dutch" in his Hollywood days. The black-tie, invitational event was taped in early December, 1985, as a benefit for the Variety Clubs International's charities for children.
56.
Tenth Annual Circus of the Stars, The (1985) as Ringmaster
The tenth annual program featuring celebrities performing circus routines.
57.
Circus of the Stars (1984) as Ringmaster
A special in which celebrities perform circus acts. This is the ninth "Circus of the Stars" special.
58.
Las Vegas: Palace of Stars (1979)
The program follows newcomer Marlene Ricci as she performs in Las Vegas with established stars.
59.
Merv Griffin and the Christmas Kids (1973) as Host
A celebration of Christmas with child stars.
60.
Biography of a Boy (1960) as Host
A musical songfest in which the songs of the 1920s are sung as a man reminisces about his youth.

Producer (special)

61.
Who Makes You Laugh? 2 (1997) as Executive Producer
Special in which comedy superstars reveal which comedians inspired them. Also features interviews and clips.
62.
Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special (1991) as Executive Producer
A New Year's Eve special hosted by Merv Griffin featuring live music and dancing.
63.
Secrets Men Never Share (1988) as Executive Producer
A special featuring Merv Griffin interviewing celebrities who discuss such topics as work, marriage, sex and being a single father.
64.
Secrets Women Never Share (1987) as Executive Producer
Merv Griffin hosts this special which features intimate interviews with six female stars.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

65.
Alice in Wonderland (1985) as Conductor
A musical adaptation of the celebrated Lewis Carroll tales about Alice's fantasy adventures in a land of absurdity and enchantment.

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