Merlin Olsen

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Merlin Olsen
Position (s):
Defensive tackle
Jersey number (s):
born September 15, 1940 in Logan , Utah
died on March 11, 2010 in Los Angeles , California
Career information
Active : 1962 - 1976
NFL Draft : 1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
College : Utah State
Career statistics
Games     208
Sacks     94
Interceptions     1
Stats at
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Merlin Jay Olsen (born September 15, 1940 in Logan , Utah , † March 11, 2010 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American American football player and actor .

Olsen was voted Sportsman of the Year at the age of 21 and was the leading figure of the Los Angeles Rams at the time. For fifteen years (1962-1976) he played in the National Football League (NFL). With 14 appearances in the Pro Bowl , he holds the record together with Bruce Matthews . Olsen is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame , the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and received the 1974 Bert Bell Award . The Sporting News magazine named him one of the top 100 football players of all time.

However, director Andrew V. McLaglen prophesied Olsen a successful acting career and gave him a role in the film The Undefeated (1969). Olsen starred in it alongside movie stars like John Wayne and Rock Hudson . By 1975 he had three other roles on television; he took his last film role in 1975 in McLaglens Mitchell .

At the age of 36, Olsen ended his football career and was soon hired by NBC as a sports presenter and actor on the US broadcaster's series. While working on television, he met Michael Landon , who hired him for his series " Our Little Farm " and " Father Murphy " know. His last, but not very successful, television appearances were in "Fathers and Sons" and "Aaron's Way". Most recently he got involved with his wife Susan for charitable purposes and took on duties as a showmaster.

Merlin Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009 , a type of cancer caused by asbestos. In December 2009, he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox for alleged culpability for the cancer he reportedly contracted while watching a movie. On March 11, 2010, Merlin Olsen died at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. He is buried in the San Gabriel Cemetery in San Gabriel .

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  2. ^ Tomb of Merlin Olsen