- First "open-mouthed" screen kiss in the U.S.
- Recorded the first U.S. album on magnetic tape, generating #1 single "I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts."
- Creator of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune and writer of the famous theme and "Think Music" from Jeopardy!
- Owner of various hotels and casinos (most notably, the Beverly Hilton).
Griffin's final project, a new game show called Merv Griffin's Crosswords, appears in syndication this fall.