Jan Merlin on November 15, 2013
April 3, 1925
|Died||September 20, 2019 94) (aged|
|Occupation||Actor, author, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Ann Datz (married 1951–1986, her death); Barbara Doyle (married 1988–2019, his death)|
|Awards||Golden Halo Award, 2009 (from Southern California Motion Picture Council)|
He was a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy and became a torpedoman. He served on three successive ships in the North Atlantic and Pacific fleets and accumulated ten battle stars, before he entered Japan's Inland Sea with the first group of occupation forces following Japan's surrender.
After Merlin's discharge, he worked in summer stock beginning in 1946, and then enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, making his Broadway debut in 1949 in Mister Roberts starring Henry Fonda.
His professional acting career, which spanned more than five decades, included performances in stage plays on and off Broadway, radio dramas, live and filmed episodes of television series, and more than 30 feature motion pictures. His most recent performances were in live radio dramas broadcast in June 2010. In his film and television work, Merlin was frequently cast as the heavy, and consequently his character very often died onscreen. In 1960, Merlin played Travers in Hell Bent for Leather, and his other film credits include roles in Guns of Diablo (1965), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), Take the Money and Run (1969), The Twilight People (1972), I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973), The Slams (1973), The Hindenburg (1975) and Time Trackers (1989).
Merlin had co-starring roles in two television series: from 1950 to 1953 as Cadet Roger Manning in Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,:1091-1092 and in 1959 as Lieutenant Colin Kirby in the ABC western series The Rough Riders.:912 In 1958, he played Kenneth on the NBC drama Kitty Foyle.
In 1960, he was cast as Mick Norton in the episode "Hostage Island" of the ABC adventure series The Islanders, set in the South Pacific. He also appeared as Hendry Grant in the 1961 episode "First Blood" of the NBC western series The Tall Man. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958, as Tony Davis in "The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde", and in 1961 as Ralph Quentin in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist." Merlin played a villain in three episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: "No Way Out", "The X Factor" and "Death From The Past". In 1957, he appeared in Season 1 Episode 21 of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre opposite Ernest Borgnine, also a former US Navy man. In 1966, he co-starred in the Combat! Season 4 episode “One At A Time” as a German sniper, Sgt. Erich and again in 1966 in the season 5 episode "Headcount" as Lt. Geiben.
Merlin received a Daytime Emmy Award in 1975 for Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series as part of the NBC Daytime soap opera Another World. He was nominated again in 1976. His first novel was published in 1982. He currently has a number of novels in print, including Gunbearer, Part I, Gunbearer, Part II, Ainoko, Gypsies Don't Lie, Crackpots, and Shooting Montezuma. He has also self-published several works of fiction and non-fiction with co-author William Russo, including The Paid Companion of J. Wilkes Booth, Troubles in a Golden Eye, MGM Makes Boys' Town, Hanging with Billy Budd, and Frankie Thomas: the Eternal Cadet.
Merlin received a Golden Halo Award in 2009 from the Southern California Motion Picture Council for his work as an actor and a writer..
Personal life & death
They had a son, Peter William Merlin (born 1964). Patricia died in 1986.
|1954||Them!||Radio Man on the SS Viking||Uncredited|
|1955||Six Bridges to Cross||Andy Norris|
|1955||Big House, U.S.A.||Tommy, Accomplice on Fishing Boat||Uncredited|
|1955||Running Wild||Scotty Cluett|
|1956||A Day of Fury||Billy Brand|
|1956||Screaming Eagles||Lt. Pauling|
|1956||A Strange Adventure||Al Kutner|
|1956||The Peacemaker||Viggo Tomlin|
|1957||Woman and the Hunter||Robert Gifford|
|1958||Cole Younger, Gunfighter||Frank Wittrock|
|1960||Hell Bent for Leather||Travers|
|1963||The List of Adrian Messenger||The Whistling Man / The Clergyman / The Workman / The Shepherd||Uncredited|
|1963||Gunfight at Comanche Creek||Nielsen|
|1965||Guns of Diablo||Rance Macklin|
|1966||The Oscar||Actor Frankie Pulls Knife on||Uncredited|
|1967||The St. Valentine's Day Massacre||Willie Marks|
|1969||Strategy of Terror||Jon|
|1969||Take the Money and Run||Al - Bank Robber|
|1972||The Twilight People||Steinman|
|1973||I Escaped from Devil's Island||Rosenquist|
|1989||Nowhere to Run||Mr. Groker|
|1989||Time Trackers||Max Barker|
|1989||Silk 2||Hancock Gish|
|1990||False Identity||Potter - Pete|
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