BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Hollywood stars fondly remembered Merv Griffin at his funeral Friday, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who credited the creator of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” with jump starting his own acting career.
Schwarzenegger, who attended with wife Maria Shriver, gave one of the eulogies.
“I can say today I wouldn’t have gone as far in my career if it wouldn’t have been for Merv Griffin,” Schwarzenegger said, recalling his appearances on “The Merv Griffin Show,” which date back to 1974.
“He had me on many times, and I was on his show to teach him about fitness and he would be teaching me about acting. Well, neither worked,” the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governor said to laughter.
Griffin‘s son followed with a mix of humor and affection: “I never knew anyone who loved life as much as my father,” he said.
Griffin, who created “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” was 82 when he died Sunday of prostate cancer.