Skip to comments.Merv Griffin has passed away. RIP, Merv.
Posted on 08/12/2007 8:45:42 AM PDT by Robe
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Rest in Peace, Mr. Griffin
He spoke very highly of GW Bush, and then said that Jimmy Carter's was the "worst administration in the history of America."
RIP, Merv. You were a class act and will be missed.
I am so sorry to learn this. He was one of the good guys and he will be missed. I knew he was quite ill and that it was a matter of time. God bless his family.
God Bless you, Merv.
Maybe Im thinking of someone else or otherwise misremembering but wasnt Merv Griffin a major financier of the gay rights movement?
Yes, Mr. Griffin was a well known gay man.
Rest in Peace
My prayers go up for all who now mourn the passing of Merv.
If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.
Rest in peace.
Rest in Peace Merv. Thanks for the many years of good entertainment you provided for us.
I’m 31, and I am a big fan of the Griff. I remember watching him (my mom was doing the watching actually) every day at 4 on Channel 6 in Philadelphia. He was the man. He did it all...I saw him on Jay Leno’s show a few months back for the release of some of his shows on DVD, and he looked great. But the cynic in me was wondering about the timing of his appearance. Anyway, Merv, let us know when the interview with Sinatra is going on, and try and send down a copy...
Loved his talk show. I loved watching him and Arthur Treacher interact. Arthur was great as his side-kick. RIP, Merv.
>>Merv, let us know when the interview with Sinatra is going on, and try and send down a copy...<<
That is so perfect!
Maybe he would be so kind as to include his interviews with Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr., too!
Thank you for posting that.
Farewell to a legend...
Sad news. I think he was actually a good friend of the Reagan’s. I always remember as a kid watching the Merv Griffin Show in the afternoon. Those were the days.
Gone but not forgotten - another grand old original with class.
Almost every picture I ever saw of Merv Griffin showed him smiling. For a man who lived 82 years, I think that speaks volumes. Godspeed.
Yes you are . . . and so was Merv. (!)
No typo will escape a Freeper.
It saddens me to see another piece of my childhood pass away...
I do remember when Merv serve as honorary pallbearer for President Reagan funeral until then I didn’t know he was that close to Ronnie and Nancy what I hear Nancy and Merv has same birthday
One of the good guys..Thank you, Starwise.
May he rest in peace.
RIP. In addition to the highly entertaining Jeopardy, he was a friend to the Reagans as I recall. I’m young enough that I didn’t even know he’d been a singer until somewhat recently.
Then when I was a teenager, My parents had gone bowling and I got a phone call from my Mom, "Come down here now! Merv Griffin is bowling on the lane next to us!". Drove there, and sure enough, there was Merv. (This was a BIG deal for little "Saratoga, CA" at the time.) But Merv & my dad were chatting away calmly like old friends (who'd never met before). Yet apparently over the next half an hour that "bowling alley phone" must have been very busy because lots of people started showing up to watch him and Merv started getting a little nervous. Will never forget my dad noticing Merv's nervousness and saying, "Relax, Merv. You are home here. They are just showing up to see their hometown boy who made good!" Merv said, Yes Sam, but I am really not that good of a bowler to have all these people watching!" And they both laughed. Merv was really nice. That moment was the first time in my life that it dawned on me that celebrities or other important people were just like the rest of us -- they get nervous, too. They worry just as much about what to say and how to behave with fans, as fans do when in their presence.
Thanks, Merv, for teaching me a valuable lesson! RIP to a great guy, we'll miss you!
don’t forget Mrs Miller in the audience too
“Christmas City” will not sound the same
I feel bad. I remember Merv Griffin, but had thought he had died a while ago.
R.I.P. Merv. You always put a smile on my face.
Has he got children and grand-children? He leaves a really, really, really big estate.
“In a tape of a previous interview, today on FNC, Merv said no one ever knew if he was a Republican or Democrat.”
Total class act. Republican and one of the nicest men anyone could ever meet. RIP Merv. We are rapidly losing a generation that was so filled with class that the word “class” will only be known 20 yrs from now as something you go to in school.
Good find! I assume what he meant was that he never discussed politics in public.......but after I heard what he said about ‘Cahtah’, there was no doubt in my mind that he was a solid Republican.
In other news, police have finally identified the infamous Windex Killer....
Since Mr. Griffin was a classy gentleman, what else could he be in politics but Republican?
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: You. You’re the elevator killer. Merv Griffin.
Merv Griffin: Yeah.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Why?
Merv Griffin: I don’t know. I’ve always just loved to kill. I really enjoyed it. But then I got famous, and - it’s just too hard for me. And so many witnesses. I mean, *everybody* recognized me. I couldn’t even lurk anymore. I’d hear, “Who’s that lurking over there? Isn’t that Merv Griffin?” So I came to Europe to kill. And it’s really worked out very well for me.
My mom always watched his show and that means I did at times. He seemed like a nice guy. What is so amazing is that he took hangman and trivia and made millions. Sometimes the best ideas are right under our noses.
Exactly. I wish I had Merv’s business acumen.
He was (and is) an American original.
Thanks for the info!
He has one “child”......an adult son; I believe his name is Tony. I’m pretty sure Tony has kids.
The CBS Sunday Morning Show....one of the best TV shows produced by the lame-stream media... did a feature story about Merv on their broadcast about a year ago. It was taped at Merv’s sprawling ranch at La Quinta and included a lengthy interview with Merv.
He also dated Eva Gabor, who died after an accident in Mexico some years ago. There were rumors that Eva and Merv were planning to wed.
I didn't know that. (Thanks for the information, it is one of the reasons that I like FR, I learn so much. :0)
RIP Merv Griffin.
PS: That's kind of an interesting album:
And it would be difficult to compare that album with, say, this television ad, and not come to the conclusion that something has gone terribly wrong with our society in the intervening six decades:
I still remember when Art Flemming hosted that show from around 64 to 75.
Merv sure put a lot of good finishing touches on that show,the old show could bore you to tears, but Art was a good host though.
Perhaps the last true innovator in the television/entertainment industry. RIP, Merv.
I think a part of all of us just died. He was a class act. RIP Merv.
Goodness, that brought a tear to my eye.
I remember Treacher talking about how many young men from his village had been killed in WWI. I'm not sure of my memory, but it could be that he was the only one who survived the war. I guess I'm getting old if I remember Arthur Treacher and Merv Griffen together...
RIP. Another part of my childhood gone.
I wish I had Mervs business acumen.
It was basically a combination of Hangman and roulette, with a pretty girl and fabulous prizes.
Of course, TV Land ate it up and Merv laughed all the way to Boardwalk and Park Place.