The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 August 2007

Who was Merv Griffin?

"I'll take Renaissance Men for a thousand, Alex."

Okay, maybe if you run down the usual list of Renaissance Men, you probably won't run into Merv Griffin. But Merv, who died this week at 82, had as diverse a life as exists in a Beverly Hills ZIP code, and probably more fun than most of his contemporaries.

Really. In a career that spanned more than half a century, Merv Griffin wore the following hats:

  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Talk-show host
  • Game-show host
  • Game-show creator/developer (Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune)
  • Real-estate developer
  • Thorn in the side of Donald Trump

See? Fun. What's more, he was named "Merv," a name with verve, even if it had been shortened from "Mervyn." You just had to like this guy.

(Via Lorie Byrd, who did.)

Posted at 1:00 PM to Almost Yogurt

Time to give my copy of "I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" another listen.

Posted by: Old Grouch at 6:37 PM on 12 August 2007

It's only because of those bullets that he got off scot free for the Elevator Killer thing.

Posted by: Brian J. at 9:15 PM on 12 August 2007

By all accounts, a loverly man. So deeply embedded in pop culture that Trinity, in a highly-tense situation (Matrix Revolutions), out of nowhere invokes his name ("What's it gonna be, Merv?"). You just know he said "oooooo" when he heard about that one.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 12:45 AM on 13 August 2007