He created the long-running TV games Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! He founded Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment.
He played the piano and sang in his high school choir, which helped raise money for the school.
He hosted his talk show The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1986.
He married Julann Wright in 1958. He credited her with inventing Jeopardy! Concept.
He hosted The Price is Right for about a week while Bill Cullen was travelling.