Gary Merrill

Actor, Author
A rugged, deep-voiced stage actor who made his first film appearances in "This Is the Army" (1943) and "Winged Victory" (1944), Merrill gained attention in a fine turn supporting Gregory Peck in "Twelve O'Clock High" ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1915 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Piece Touchee 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The World of Darkness 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Thieves 1977 (Movie)

Street Man (Actor)

The Jackie Gleason Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)

Pap (Actor)

Young Dr. Kildare 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Clambake 1967 (Movie)

Sam Burton (Actor)

The Incident 1967 (Movie)

Douglas McCann (Actor)

The Last Challenge 1967 (Movie)

Squint Calloway (Actor)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

Pentagon Chief of Staff (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World Under the Sea 1965 (Movie)

Dr Augustus Boren (Actor)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Dub Stokes (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

A Girl Named Tamiko 1963 (Movie)

Max Wilson (Actor)

The Pleasure of His Company 1961 (Movie)

James Dougherty (Actor)

The Valiant Years 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Mysterious Island 1960 (Movie)

Gideon Spilett (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Pa Demara (Actor)

The Savage Eye 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crash Landing 1958 (Movie)

Steve Williams (Actor)

Missouri Traveler 1958 (Movie)

Doyle Magee (Actor)

The Wonderful Country 1958 (Movie)

Major Colton (Actor)

Witness to Murder 1954 (Movie)

Lawrence Mathews (Actor)

Night Without Sleep 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Decision Before Dawn 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Phone Call From a Stranger 1951 (Movie)

David Trask (Actor)

All About Eve 1950 (Movie)

Bill Sampson (Actor)

Another Man's Poison (Movie)

George Bates (Actor)

Crack-Up (Movie)

(Actor)

Earth II (TV Show)

Actor

Pueblo (TV Show)

Actor

Slattery's Hurricane (Movie)

Commander Kramer (Actor)

The Frogmen (Movie)

Lt. Cmdr Pete Vincent (Actor)

The Girl in White (Movie)

Dr. Seth Pawling (Actor)

The Making of Liberty (TV Show)

Narrator

The Power (Movie)

Mark Corlane (Actor)

The Reporter (TV Show)

Actor

The Seekers (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Maker (TV Show)

Actor

Then Came Bronson (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Movie)

Tommy Scalise (Actor)

Winged Victory (Movie)

Capt. McIntyre (Actor)

Biography

A rugged, deep-voiced stage actor who made his first film appearances in "This Is the Army" (1943) and "Winged Victory" (1944), Merrill gained attention in a fine turn supporting Gregory Peck in "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949). He came to prominence opposite future wife Bette Davis in a splendid performance as a cynical and hot-tempered but ultimately reasonable stage director in the backstage comedy-drama "All About Eve" (1950). A likable and reliable performer, he went on to play a number of earnest leads and secondary parts, mostly with 20th Century-Fox, through the 1970s. His 1988 autobiography "Bette, Rita and the Rest of My Life" chronicled his turbulent 10-year marriage to Davis (1950-60) and his affair with actor-dancer Rita Hayworth.

Relationships

Jerry Merrill

Brother

Bette Davis Actor

Wife

Rita Hayworth Actor

Companion
Had four-year relationship

Barbara Leeds

Wife
married in 1941 divorced in 1950

Margot Merrill

Daughter
adopted born mentally handicapped

Michael Merrill

Son
adopted

EDUCATION

Bowdoin College

Brunswick , Maine

Trinity College

Hartford , Connecticut

Milestones

1977

Last feature film, "Thieves"

1974

Portrayed Pap Finn in the feature version of "Huckleberry Finn"

1973

Had featured role in the acclaimed ABC drama special "Pueblo"

1972

Played Dr. Gillespie on the syndicated "Young Dr. Kildare"

1967

Co-starred in "The Incident"

1966

Cast as the Pentagon Chief of Staff in "Cast a Giant Shadow"

1964

Appeared as the city editor on the short-lived CBS series "The Reporter"

1954

Had starring role in "Justice" (NBC)

1952

Co-starred in "Decision Before Dawn"

1950

Had perhaps best-known role as stage director Bill Sampson in "All About Eve"

1949

Returned to films in "Slattery's Hurricane"

1946

Starred on Broadway in "Born Yesterday" opposite Judy Holliday and Paul Douglas

1943

Appeared in "Winged Victory"

1942

Film debut in "This Is the Army"

Spent formative years in New England, mostly in Connecticut and Maine

After college, moved to NYC to pursue an acting career

Joined the touring company of "Brother Rat"

Drafted into the US Army

Hosted and narrated the ABC special "The Valiant Years", about Winston Churchill

Appeared on Broadway with Milton Berle in "See My Lawyer"

Bonus Trivia

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"I got into acting because of my voice which was pretty deep for a student. So, I got the part as a villain when I was in school. Once I heard the applause, I was hooked!" --Merrill to author Charles P. Mitchell, from "Garry Merrill: A Thinking Man's Actor" in Classic Images, November 1999.

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