Answer: “Born on July 6, he created and produced the game show Jeopardy! (which began in 1964), and credited his wife with the idea for the show.” Question: “Who was Merv Griffin?” … The original Jeopardy! TV show was cancelled in 1975, revived briefly in the late 1970s with Art Fleming as host, then restarted in syndication in 1984 with host Alex Trebek. Merv earned more royalties from the Jeopardy! theme song, which he composed, than from the show itself. … He later became a real estate magnate and died extremely wealthy in 2007. Pictured: his grave stone in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, California.