Gary Fred Merrill


Gary Fred Merrill (August 2, 1915 – March 5, 1990) was born in Hartford. He entered acting in 1945 and made more than fifty feature films, a half-dozen mostly short-lived TV series, and dozens of television guest appearances.  He’s best known for his role in All about Eve and married Bette Davis, his co-star in the film. Merrill campaigned in to elect the Democrat, Edmund Sixtus Muskie, as governor of Maine in 1958 and also took part in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 to promote Black voter registration. He sought nomination to the Maine legislature as an anti-war, pro-environmentalist Democratic primary candidate but was defeated. He died of lung cancer in Falmouth, Maine on March 5, 1990.