He broke into showbiz singing the cockney-accented lead on the song, I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts.
He was a song and dance man and, later, his easy-going and entertaining interview style on his talk show was trend setting. He produced some of the most long-running and popular game shows ever: Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He sold the rights to them and grew those profits through many investments in luxury properties and casinos. He enjoyed a feud — one not unlike his experience in game shows, he said — with tycoon Donald Trump.
And he died today. Merv Griffin died at the age of 82 from prostate cancer.
In tribute, here’s a clip from one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, where Kramer finds the discarded Merv Griffin Show set and makes his apartment into a talk show set. Good one, this.
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I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
There they are all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
Give them a twist a flick of the wrist…
Update: Stars reminisced about Merv Griffin at his funeral on Friday, August 17, 2007.