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Entertainer, Entrepreneur Merv Griffin Dies at 82

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Entertainer, Entrepreneur Merv Griffin Dies at 82

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Entertainer, Entrepreneur Merv Griffin Dies at 82

Entertainer, Entrepreneur Merv Griffin Dies at 82

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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.

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