Merv Griffin is a television host and media tycoon of America. He started his professional life by joining radio as well as by singing in collaboration with a big band. Griffin became the host of The Merv Griffin Show which was his own talk show. Also, he founded two TV production organizations Merv Griffin Entertainment and Merv Griffin Enterprises. Here is a quick summary of Merv Griffin’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Merv Griffin Early Life
Mervyn Edward “Merv” Griffin Jr. was born on July 6, 1925, in San Mateo, California. His mother Rita Elizabeth Griffin was a homemaker and father Mervyn Edward Griffin; Sr. was an insurance broker. He went to San Mateo High School and graduated in 1942. He carried on assisting the school financially. He also got enrolled at San Mateo Junior College and subsequently the University of San Francisco. All through his childhood, he turned out to be a brilliant pianist which became the main reason for his adoption of show business.
Griffin was affiliated with the international fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon. He married to Julann Griffin whom he divorced after some time. He died on August 12, 2007.
Merv Griffin Career
Griffin began to sing at the age of 19 by making his appearance on San Francisco Sketchbook. He then did orchestra for 4 years after got selected by Freddy Martin.
Griffin, as a radio announcer, played an unacknowledged part in the 1953 science/horror short story classic The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. He gained massive popularity with I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts which was a big hit in 1950. This song remained a huge hit as by selling 3 million copies.
Griffin also hosted a game show Play Your Hunch in 1958 whose producers were Bill Todman and Mark Goodson. This show was initially aired on NBC. Furthermore, he also remained the host of another game show Keep Talking released on ABC. In addition, he produced two different shows for NBC such as Let’s Play Post Office in 1965 as well as Reach for the Stars in 1967, plus for ABC, he produced One in a Million in 1967.
Griffin, in 1964, also introduced a game show Jeopardy which was a big success. Adding to it, he also produced The Merv Griffin Show which was a syndicated talk show in 1965. This show was aired on for almost 21 years and achieved 11 Emmy awards all through its course.
Some of his highly famous songs are “Christmas City,” “Never Been Kissed,” “The Charanga,” “Wilhelmina,” Happy To Know You,” Banned in Boston” etc.
Awards & Achievements
Griffin was introduced to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1974. Subsequently, a Golden Palm Star on the Walk of Stars was devoted to him in 1998. Also, he achieved the degree Doctor of Laws from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2005. Also, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame after his death in 2008.
Net Worth of Merv Griffin
Griffin has an estimated net worth of $1 billion. He has made this huge amount of wealth through his dedication and contribution to show business to a greater extent. He earned a whole heap of publicity b hosting and producing several different television shows. Some of his talk show remained a big hit and gained considerable rating all over the world.
Griffin was a well-known TV personality who died on 12 August 2007 due to prostate cancer. GSN dedicated a whole weekend in order to credit him by releasing 10-episode marathons of Wheel and Jeopardy. His funeral was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. All through his lifespan, he was renowned as an entertainment business mogul.