A man known as a media mogul, Merv Griffin was a great television personality. The American was the host of his own show called ‘The Merv Griffin Show’ He has won many honours in his career. He has also appeared in Broadways, radio as well as movies. He was also an entrepreneur and founded two production companies. Keep reading to know more about the net worth of Merv Griffin in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. was born in July 1925 in California’s San Mateo. He is the son of Rita Elizabeth and Mervyn Griffin Sr. His father used to work as a stockbroker. He is a Roman Catholic and used to sing in the church choir. In 1942, he graduated from San Mateo High School. Later, he went to San Mateo Junior College as well as the University of San Francisco.
He was not selected in the military due to a heart murmur. In 1996, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died on 12 August 2007 after his condition got deteriorated. He was 82 at the time of his death. His funeral service was held in Beverly Hills’s Church of God Shepherd and many popular people like Dick Van Dyke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ryan Seacrest, Pat Sajak, Casper Van Dien, and Ellen DeGeneres attended it.
Merv Griffin was known to maintain a very low profile personal life. He even used to keep his business life private. In 1958, he got married to Julann Wright. The couple had a son named Tony. The couple got separated in 1976. At the time of his death, he was survived by his son and two grandchildren.
Career, Award & Nominations
At the age of 19, Merv Griffin appeared in ‘San Francisco Sketchbook’. He was very obese during his adolescent and later lost 80 pounds in a period of four months. He later toured the orchestra of Freddy Martin. In 1953, he was seen in the film, ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’. He has also created his own record label called Panda Records. He then produced the album, ‘Songs by Merv Griffin’. In 1950, he released the hit single “I’ve Got a Lovely”. He later starred in the film, ‘So This Is Love’.
In 1958 he hosted the show ‘Play Your Hunch’. He has also hosted shows like ‘The Price Is Right’ and ‘To Tell the Truth’. He has also guest hosted ‘Tonight Show’. Later, he hosted ‘The Merv Griffin Show’. Griffin later became the host of a late-night show. He then served as the producer of the show ‘Jeopardy!’. He has won Daytime Emmy Awards on several occasions.
In 2001, he again released the album called ‘It’s Like a Dream’. In addition to his entertainment career, Merv Griffin also ventured into real estate. He was the owner of Beverly Hilton Hotel. He also bought Resorts International as well as the other two hotels. He was honoured with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Net Worth & Earnings
Thinking about how much a person will be worth that did many undertakings during his career? He was an actor, television host, radio personality, singer, and a businessman. At the time of his death, his net worth was an estimated $1 billion. He is also credited for movies like ‘Shade’, ‘Phantom of the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Seduction of Joe Tynan’ and ‘Rich and Famous’. In addition to this, he has released many popular singles in his career. His estate which got sold recently was worth $7 million.
Merv Griffin was indeed a very famous man who found success in various fields. He was the owner of Merv Griffin Entertainment and Merv Griffin Enterprises. He left behind a legacy for his family and well-wishers.