As a youth, Griffin eschewed sports for the arts, beginning piano lessons at age 4 and putting on shows from his back porch. Attaining fame as a nightclub crooner, he made his entrée into films after Doris Day arranged a screen test for him.
After appearing in several movies (including 1953's So This Is Love), Griffin found a home on the small screen, first as a game-show host and then moving on to an extended run as the star of his own TV gabfest. During this time, he also became a game-show impresario, creating "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." Griffin subsequently turned his attention to investing, snapping up radio stations, hotels and casinos.
A veritable time warp of famous faces -- including Sammy Davis Jr., Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall, Sally Struthers, Scott Baio and Ringo Starr -- takes over this updated musical version of Lewis Carroll's famed children's story. Conceived by the legendary Irwin Allen ("Lost in Space") as a vehicle for 9-year-old child star Natalie Gregory, who stars as Alice, the program originally aired as a two-part made-for-television movie.