Entertainer, Entrepreneur Merv Griffin Dies at 82

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/12723829/12723853" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Merv Griffin, the creator of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, has died of prostate cancer. He was 82.

A 1950 novelty-act hit, "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts," introduced American audiences to Griffin, then an unknown vocalist. He went on to become a talk show host, game show creator and real estate tycoon, and played an important role both on screen and behind the scenes.

Washington Post television critic Tom Shales talks to Rebecca Roberts about Griffin's life and career.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.