I really liked Merv Griffin. I used to watch his talk show as a kid and have watched his game shows all my life. The man was brilliant and made incredible contributions to the world of entertainment. He will be missed.
Merv Griffin, the entertainer turned impresario who parlayed his “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” game shows into a multimillion- dollar empire, has died. He was 82.
Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his the family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.
From his beginning as a $100-a-week San Francisco radio singer, Griffin moved on as vocalist for Freddy Martin’s band, sometime film actor in films and TV game and talk show host. His “The Merv Griffin Show” lasted more than 20 years, and Griffin’s said his capacity to listen contributed to his success.
“If the host is sitting there thinking about his next joke, he isn’t listening,” Griffin reasoned in a recent interview.Read the whole article, which goes into his various business ventures. He led an interesting life and definitely lived it to the fullest.