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Gary Merrill ACTOR


Gary Franklin Merrill was born August 2, 1915 in Hartford, Connecticut. His acting career began with parts in summer stock plays. In 1941 he married actress Barbara Leeds, and then joined the U.S. Army for a brief time. When he returned home from service, the two moved to New York and he began acting on screen. His debut was with a bit part in the musical war comedy "This Is the Army" (1943) also starring George Murphy, Joan Leslie, Alan Hale Sr., Rosemary DeCamp, Ronald Reagan, George Tobias, Victor Moore and Kate Smith. He followed it up with another war film, "Winged Victory" (1944) starring Lon McCallister, Jeanne Crain, Edmond O'Brien, Don Taylor, Judy Holliday, Red Buttons, Lee J. Cobb, Barry Nelson, George Reeves, Peter Lind Hayes, Jane Ball, Jo-Carroll Dennison and Mark Daniels, this time with a credited role. Merrill gained attention when he performed in yet another war picture, the twice Oscar winning "Twelve O' Clock High" (1949) co-starring Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Paul Stewart, Paul Picerni, Harry Lauter, Richard Anderson, Kenneth Tobey and Lawrence Dobkin.

Shortly after, he nabbed the role of hot tempered, but reasonble, stage director Bill Sampson, opposite Bette Davis in another multiple Oscar earning film, "All About Eve" (1950) also starring alongside Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Barbara Bates, Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe. Instantly, the duo hit it off and became a couple. In fact, Merrill divorced his current wife, Leeds, and married Davis on the same day.

A likeable and dependable actor, he continued to appear in various films, mainly with 20th Century Fox. From westerns to medical dramas to war movies, he took mostly secondary roles, but could also be found in a handful of leads. The actor's more notable features include "Mother Didn't Tell Me" (1950) also starring Dorothy McGuire, William Lundigan, June Havoc and Leif Erickson, "The Human Jungle" (1954) co-starring Jan Sterling, Paula Raymond, Regis Toomey, Chuck Connors, Claude Akins, Chubby Johnson and James Westerfield, "Destination Inner Space" (1966) starring with Scott Brady, Sheree North, Wende Wagner and Mike Road, "Clambake" (1967) starring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby and James Gregory, "The Secret of the Sacred Forest" (1970) with Jon Provost, Henry Duval and Joseph de Cordova, "Huckleberry Finn" (1974) starring Jeff East, Paul Winfield, David Wayne, Arthur O'Connell and Harvey Korman, and "Theives" (1977) with Marlo Thomas and Charles Grodin. The latter was his final motion picture.

His television career, however, was even more extensive. Merrill appeared on various short lived series, as well as guest starred on multiple shows. He performed on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1957-60), "Wagon Train" (1957), "Zane Grey Theatre" (1957), "Checkmate" (1961), "Twilight Zone" (1961), "Combat!" (1963), "The Reporter" (1964), "Suspense" (1964) and "Young Dr. Kildare" (1972-73) among others. His final contributions to the small screen were a TV movie called "The Seekers" (1979) starring starring Randolph Mantooth, Edie Adams, Neville Brand, Delta Burke, John Carradine, Brian Keith, Ross Martin and George Hamilton and a series titled "The Littlest Hobo" (1980).

In 1988 the actor published his autobiography Bette, Rita, and the Rest of My Life, which chronicled his shaky ten year marriage to Davis and an affair he had with actress/dancer Rita Hayworth. On March 5 of 1990, Merrill died from lung cancer in Falmouth, Maine.


1980     The Littlest Hobo  
1979     The Seekers  
1977     The World of Darkness  
1977     Thieves  
1976     Cannon  
1974     Movin' On  
1974     Huckleberry Finn  
1974     Kung Fu  
1973     The Jackie Gleason Special  
1973     Pueblo  
1973     Medical Center  
1973     Wide World Mystery  
1972     Young Dr. Kildare
1971     Earth II  
1970     NET Playhouse
1970     Marcus Welby, M.D.  
1970     The Secret of the Sacred Forest  
1969     A Wrong Way to Love  
1969     Then Came Bronson
1968     The Power  
1968     Più tardi Claire, più tardi...  
1967     The Incident  
1967     Clambake  
1967     The Last Challenge  
1967     Hondo
1966     The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones  
1966     The Time Tunnel
1966     Around the World Under the Sea  
1966     Destination Inner Space  
1966     A Man Called Shenandoah  
1966     Cast a Giant Shadow  
1966     Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea  
1966     Ride Beyond Vengeance  
1965     Branded
1965     Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre  
1965     The Woman Who Wouldn't Die  
1965     Profiles in Courage  
1965     For the People  
1965     The Doctors and the Nurses
1964     The Reporter  
1964     The Presidency: A Splendid Misery  
1964     Suspense
1964     The Searching Eye  
1963     Kraft Suspense Theatre  
1963     The Outer Limits
1963     The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1963     Combat!
1963     Ben Casey
1963     Sam Benedict  
1963     Hong Kong un addio  
1962     A Girl Named Tamiko  
1962     Alcoa Premiere  
1962     Bus Stop  
1962     The Dick Powell Theatre  
1961     Twilight Zone  
1961     The New Breed  
1961     Mysterious Island  
1961     The Pleasure of His Company
1961     Outlaws
1961     Checkmate  
1961     The Great Impostor  
1960     The Savage Eye  
1959     Laramie  
1959     The Wonderful Country  
1959     Alcoa Theatre  
1959     Rawhide    
1958     Pursuit  
1958     Cimarron City  
1958     Studio One in Hollywood
1958     Crash Landing  
1958     Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre
1958     G.E. True Theater    
1958     The Missouri Traveler  
1958     Rendezvous
1957     Zane Grey Theatre
1957     Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1957     Playhouse 90
1957     The Loretta Young Show  
1957     Suspicion  
1957     Wagon Train
1957     Schlitz Playhouse  
1956     The Alcoa Hour  
1956     Bermuda Affair
1956     Navy Wife  
1956     The 20th Century-Fox Hour  
1955     Star Stage  
1954     Justice  
1954     The Human Jungle  
1954     The Black Dakotas  
1954     Witness to Murder
1954     The Mask
1953     The United States Steel Hour
1953     Robert Montgomery Presents  
1953     A Blueprint for Murder  
1953     Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City
1953     Danger
1952     Night Without Sleep  
1952     The Girl in White  
1952     Phone Call from a Stranger  
1951     Decision Before Dawn  
1951     Another Man's Poison  
1951     The Frogmen  
1951     Rawhide  
1950     All About Eve  
1950     Where the Sidewalk Ends  
1950     Mother Didn't Tell Me  
1949     Twelve O'Clock High  
1949     Slattery's Hurricane  
1948     The Quiet One  
1944     Winged Victory  
1943     This Is the Army   

Matinee Classics - All About Eve starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates and Marilyn Monroe
Matinee Classics - Clambake starring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby, Gary Merrill, James Gregory, Teri Garr and Marj Dusay
Matinee Classics - Ford Theater Radio Show
Matinee Classics - Mysterious Island starring Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Beth Rogan, Percy Herbert and Dan Jackson

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