Merlin Santana

Trivia and Quotes

Quotes (2)

  • (Referring to the origin of his name) Merlin Santana: Well I'm not supposed to be existing right now, really. That's why. I was coming out feet first at about four months so they operated and my mom turned me around. I turned back around in the womb and they said "well he's either going to be retarded or something is going to be wrong with him either physically or mentally." I came out and I was perfect, perfect weight. They said I was normal. It was magic so they named me Merlin. Or at least they thought I was normal!

  • (Answer to when asked what roles he wants in the future) Merlin Santana: I would probably want to play someone intellectual, a college grad, a lawyer, a dentist, a professional, a doctor of something, or if not, a bad guy. I always go to movies and cheer for the bad guy. Sort of like Jack Nicholson's The Shining character. I like those insane, crazy, out of this world characters.

Trivia (8)

  • In his first screen appearance in the Woody Allen film The Purple Rose he was credited as an extra.

  • Santana once stated that if his mom hadn't gotten him into acting he would not be acting, instead would have become another statistic.

  • Kingsley Gardner (A&R/Songwriter/Producer) worked with Merlin to produce the song Ride On.

  • Merlin's favorite place in New York was Washington Heights and Harlem.

  • Santana chose to keep his last name for his character in The Steve Harvey Show to represent his Afro-Latino heritage. In one episode of "The Steve Harvey Show", he made history as the first time when Afro-Latinos communicated in Spanish on a commercial network.

  • Merlin attended Acenscion Catholic School in New York.

  • Merlin was nominated for 5 awards. Two for Outstanding Actor in Comedy Series for the ALMA Award, two for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for the Image Award, and one for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy Series for NCLR Bravo Award. All his nominations were from his work in the comedy series The Steve Harvey Show.

  • His final film role was as Carlos in The Blues and was filmed several months before his tragic death.