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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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Was playing the piano by age four
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Hired as a singer on KFRC radio in San Francisco
1945:
Hosted "The Merv Griffin Show" on KFRC, ultimately earning $1,100 a week
1948:
Was vocalist with Freddy Martin's orchestra
1950:
Had Number 1 hit recording with "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts"
1951:
TV debut as vocalist, "The Freddy Martin Show"
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Appeared in an industrial film as composer Stephen Foster
1952:
Signed to a long-term contract with Warner Bros.
1953:
Film debut, "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"
1953:
Had principal role opposite Katherine Grayson in "So This Is Love"
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Toured nightclubs as singer
1954:
Regular on TV variety show "Summer Holiday"
1955:
Debut as TV host, "Look Up and Live" (CBS)
1956:
Broadway debut in the musical-comedy "Finian's Rainbow"
1958:
Hosted primetime NBC game show "Play Your Hunch"
1962:
Served as a guest host of "The Tonight Show" for Jack Paar
1962:
Began hosting the hourlong daytime talk show "The Merv Griffin Show" (NBC) which debuted in October 1962 on the same day Carson began hosting "The Tonight Show"; show was canceled in April 1963
1964:
Formed Merv Griffin Productions (MPG)
1964:
Created TV game show "Jeopardy!" which ran as part of NBC's daytime lineup; Griffin's wife initially came up with the idea for a show where the answers were given and contestants came up with the questions; Griffin developed the idea and produced the show
1965:
Returned to host the 90-minute syndicated version of "The Merv Griffin Show" (with a two year stint at CBS from 1969-1971 often going head-to-head against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop)
1970:
Convinced CBS to move the show from NYC to Los Angeles
1975:
Produced short-lived, syndicated evening version of "Jeopardy!" (with Art Fleming as host)
1975:
Created the "Wheel of Fortune," which ran as part of NBC's daytime lineup (with exception of July 1989-January 1991 when it aired on CBS)
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Formed Merv Griffin Enterprises
1979:
Created and produced the syndicated series "Dance Fever" hosted by Deney Terrio and later Adrian Zmed
1983:
Merv Griffin Enterprises produced syndicated version of "Wheel of Fortune", hosted by Pat Sajak
1984:
Merv Griffin Enterprises produced syndicated version of "Jeopardy!", hosted by Alex Trebek
1986:
Sold Merv Griffin Enterprises to Columbia Pictures (then owned by Coca-Cola) for a reported $250 million
1988:
Established the Griffin Group, a conglomerate of seven different companies, of which Merv Griffin Hotels is the largest entity (operating eight luxury properties)
1988:
Won control of Resorts International from Donald Trump; Resorts International was forced into bankruptcy; company was subsequently reorganized
1991:
Sued for $200 million in palimony claim by former secretary-driver-horse trainer-bodyguard Brent Plott; suit dismissed with prejudice
1991:
Sued for $11.3 million by Deney Terrio, former host of "Dance Fever", for sexual harrassment; suit dismissed with prejudice
1996:
After pulling Resorts International into the black, merged it with Sol Kerzner's Sun International Hotels, making him a major stockholder of Sun International, a $1.5 billion company trading on the NYSE
1997:
Served as creative consultant on "Wheel of Fortune 2000", a spin-off version of "Wheel of Fortune" for children
1998:
Opend the Coconut Club, located in the Beverly Hilton Hotel
2000:
Executive produced the daily syndicated talk/cooking series "The Ainsley Harriott Show"
2000:
Announced plans to team with George Hamilton to produce film based on Hamilton's childhood
2003:
Sold the Beverly Hilton Hotel

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