Gary Merrill was born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 2, 1915. After acting in summer stock productions, he served in the army and then moved to New York, where he was cast in Born Yesterday. In 1950, Merrill got his big break when he was cast opposite Bette Davis in the hit movie All About Eve; after divorcing his first wife, actress Barbara Leeds, he and Davis married that same year. During the 1950s, Merrill continued to star in popular movies such as Phone Call from a Stranger (1952), and also appeared in television programs such as The Loretta Young Show and Playhouse 90. His final onscreen performances were in the television series The Littlest Hobo (1980). Gary Merrill and Bette Davis adopted two children, but the couple divorced in 1960; he never married again. During the 1980s, Merrill had a successful career doing voiceover work for television and radio commercials. He died of lung cancer on March 5, 1990.