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Merv Griffin
Name: Mervyn Edward “Merv” Griffin, Jr.
Born: July 6, 1925
Birth Hometown: San Mateo, California
Died: August 12, 2007
Place of death: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Host, Producer, Entrepreneur
Years active: 1944-2007
Known for: Creating the game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune

Mervyn Edward “Merv” Griffin, Jr. (b. July 6, 1925 – d. August 12, 2007) was an American television host, singer, and media mogul behind Merv Griffin Enterprises. He was best known for hosting the Goodson/Todman classic, Play Your Hunch, and for creating the two long-running hit series, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Griffin was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died on August 12, 2007. Today his company (now called The Griffin Group) is run by executives who worked for Griffin for decades prior to his death. Unlike most game show producers and celebrities in general, Griffin has a tombstone that reads "I Will Not Be Right Back After This Message!"

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Created By Merv Griffin Texts


Wheel of Fortune

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The Merv Griffin Show Website