Gary Merrill

Born Aug 2, 1915

Gary Fred Merrill was an American film and television character actor whose credits included more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of television guest appearances.

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1915 Birth Born on August 2, 1915.


1941 25 Years Old Merrill's first marriage, to Barbara Leeds in 1941, ended in divorce in Mexico July 28, 1950. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he attended private Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and Trinity College and began acting in 1944, while still in the United States Army Air Forces, in Winged Victory. … Read More


1954 38 Years Old He appeared from 1954-1956 as Jason Tyler on the NBC crime drama Justice, about lawyers of the Legal Aid Society of New York. … Read More


1958 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, Merrill guest starred with June Lockhart in the roles of Joshua and Emily Newton in the episode "Medicine Man" of NBC's western series, Cimarron City. … Read More
1960 44 Years Old He and Davis adopted two more children, Margo and Michael, but they had a bitter divorce in 1960.
1965 49 Years Old Merrill also took part in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 to promote Black voter registration. … Read More


1980 64 Years Old Aside from an occasional role as narrator, Merrill had essentially retired from the entertainment business after 1980. … Read More
1990 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Merrill survived his second wife, Bette Davis, by only five months, dying of lung cancer in Falmouth, Maine on March 5, 1990. … Read More
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