Jan Merlin

Burbank, California

Apr 3, 1925 – Sep 20, 2019


April 3, 1925
September 20, 2019
Burbank, California


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Jan was born on April 3, 1925 and passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019.

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Sixty years ago, when I was 12, I developed a crush on Cullen Kirby in The Rough Riders. I've been a fan of Mr. Merlin ever since and have recorded many of his performances, which I've watched over and over. I've enjoyed learning about him via the Internet. He must have been a really nice man from what I've read about him. I've had a 25-year pen pal friendship with a woman I met online when we were both bidding on a video of The Rough Riders (turns out she also had a young teenage crush on...

Mr Merlín was my supervisor while I was working at Burbank Airport. He was a wonderful man. Down to earth and always friendly towards everyone. I remember how much he enjoyed being asked about his acting career especially by the passengers passing through the security check point. May he Rest In Peace.

Worked in Burbank, and travel for my company Cadam Inc. Going through the baggage check, looked up, and there stood Jan, working at the checking station. Must have been a slow time in his career. Just said "Tom Corbett Space Cadet", he just smiled and said, "A long time ago". This was in the 80's when I was doing a lot of flying. I was born in '39, and can't remember when the program was on, but watched every time it was on. Can't believe I could remember his name, but...

One of the best actors ever! It's been fun accessing his bio for years on the internet and finding him still with us. I wish I could have met him. However, a departed friend of mine, Jean Naquin, was a high school student in Los Angeles when Jan visited the acting class Jean was in to talk about becoming actors. Jean did and thoroughly enjoyed his acting life. I am sorry Jan Merlin has passed away. I was a fan of his. My sympathy to Jan's family. Love.

Watching Jan in S5 Ep1 The Case of the Jealous Journalist of Perry Mason ~ Such a fantastic actor. In it he is working with the likes of Denver Pyle, Parley Baer and the rest of the usual suspects. I thought for sure he would be the murderer. But, even tho he wasn't, he still played a scoundrel! Shoot the Moon, Jan. Rest in Peace and Spaceman's Luck.

i was a airline employee working at Burbank airport in the early 90s, Mr Merlin worked security at the airport, he always had a smile and seemed happy to answer questions about his acting career. over the years i would see him in a western or on a Bonanza tv show and wonder what became of him. Very sorry to hear of his passing

Ive always enjoyed his acting, and think he was a real gentleman.

I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jan Merlin personally but I always enjoyed his performance especially in the Westerns series. Rest in peace

Jan, as "Roger Manning", was a virtual friend to me, a 10 year old fan of "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet." It was a real thrill for me to finally meet him at a Williamsburg Film Festival in 1999. In 2002, he invited me to play the role of "Astro" in a stage re-creation of the Space Cadet radio program, and we did another one in 2006. It was an unforgettable thrill for me to meet and get to know Jan, and stand next to him on stage.

Spaceman's Luck, Jan!