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Jan Merlin ACTOR


Jan Merlin was born on April 3rd, 1925 in New York City, New York and attended Mangin Junior High and Stuyvesant High School.  After high school he served during World War II as a torpedo man in the United States Navy and upon completing his military service he began to get involved in the acting industry.
Merlin first studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre and would participate in summer stock and soon began to gain more stage experience on Broadway in such productions as, "Mr. Roberts" and other Off-Broadway productions such as, "The Woman With Red Hair" and "Kataki".  
By the mid 50's he began working in the film industry, first appearing on, "Six Bridges to Cross" (1955), "Hell Bent for Leather" (1960), "Guns of Diablo" (1965) and "The Oscar" (1966).  

In addition to working on films he also focused a large amount of his effort on television roles adding such credits as, "Climax!", "Matinee Theater", "Casey Jones", "Trackdown", "The Lawless Years", "Naked City", "The Islanders" and "Perry Mason".
He is most well remembered for his television role on the westerns series, "The Rough Riders" (1958), as Lieutenant Colin Kirby.  In 2009 he was awarded a Golden Halo Award for his work as an actor and writer.  

In addition to his career as an actor he also worked as a screen writer for such soap operas as, "Another World" and later found part time work as an official in the security department at the Los Angeles Airport.  He married only once to Patricia Merlin and has one son, Peter William Merlin.
Jan Merlin is a published author with such novels as, "Gunbearer", "Ainoko", "Gypsies Don't Lie", "Crackpots" and "Shooting Montezuma".  His last role was in 1992 on the television movie, "A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story".   


1992   A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story 

1991   Guns of Paradise 

1990   After the Shock 

1990   False Identity

1990   Buried Alive 

1989   Dallas

1989   Time Trackers

1989   Nowhere to Run 

1989   Silk 2

1988   Permanent Record

1986   The Gladiator 

1985   The A-Team

1985   Riptide

1985   Covenant 

1983   Tales of the Gold Monkey

1977   Tales of the Unexpected 

1976   Switch

1975   The Hindenburg

1975   Baretta 

1975   Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley 

1974   Little House on the Prairie

1969-1974  The F.B.I.

1973   I Escaped from Devil's Island

1973   The Slams

1973   Search 

1973   The Twilight People 

1972   Cade's County

1969-1971  Mission: Impossible 

1970   Mannix

1969   Take the Money and Run 

1969   Strategy of Terror 

1968   Garrison's Gorillas

1968   Ironside

1968   The Invaders

1967   The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 

1967   The Time Tunnel 

1964-1967  Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

1966   The Fugitive

1966   Jericho 

1966   Combat!

1966   Tarzan

1966   12 O'Clock High 

1966   The Oscar 

1966   The Long, Hot Summer 

1966   Branded 

1965   The Legend of Jesse James 

1965   Guns of Diablo

1965   Kraft Suspense Theatre

1964   The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

1964   Gunsmoke 

1964   The Virginian

1964   The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 

1964   The Lieutenant 

1963   Gunfight at Comanche Creek 

1963   The List of Adrian Messenger 

1960-1963  Laramie 

1963   Rawhide

1960-1962  Tales of Wells Fargo

1962   Bonanza

1961   Outlaws 

1961   Cain's Hundred 

1958-1961  Perry Mason

1961   Whispering Smith

1961   Coronado 9 

1961   The Tall Man

1960   Bat Masterson 

1960   The Islanders

1960   Hell Bent for Leather

1959   Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 

1958-1959  The Rough Riders 

1959   Naked City 

1959   The Lawless Years 

1958   Cole Younger, Gunfighter 

1958   Tombstone Territory 

1958   State Trooper 

1958   Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre

1955-1957  Climax!

1957   Zane Grey Theater 

1955-1957  Matinee Theatre 

1957   Casey Jones 

1957   Trackdown 

1957   Broken Arrow 

1957   West Point 

1957   The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 

1957   The O. Henry Playhouse 

1957   Woman and the Hunter 

1956   The Peacemaker 

1956   A Strange Adventure 

1956   Telephone Time 

1956   Screaming Eagles

1956   Frontier

1954-1956  Passport to Danger

1956   A Day of Fury

1956   G.E. True Theater 

1956   Front Row Center 

1956   Chevron Hall of Stars 

1955   Running Wild 

1955   Celebrity Playhouse

1955   Illegal

1955   The Touch of Steel 

1955   Big House, U.S.A. 

1955   The Man Behind the Badge 

1955   Six Bridges to Cross 

1955   The Public Defender

1954   Dragnet

1954   The Loretta Young Show

1950-1954  Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

1953   Robert Montgomery Presents

Matinee Classics - Running Wild starring William Campbell, Mamie Van Doren, Keenan Wynn, Kathleen Case, Jan Merlin, John Saxon, Walter Coy, Grayce Mills, Chris Randall and Michael Fox

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