Robert Merrill's transition from top model to actor may seem quite natural, but the path he took to get here was anything but traditional. Recognizable to some as the square-jawed Gillette man, or from numerous designer campaigns including Ralph Lauren and Armani, Merrill began his professional career as a corporate and tax attorney upon graduating with a law degree from University of Florida where he also shined as a baseball pitcher.
After a couple of years, his interest in law waned which lead him to modeling in New York and then worldwide. His successful run culminated with his role as the hunky window-washing Diet Coke guy, which garnered him an honor for "Best Actor in an Advertisement" from the British National Television Awards. More >
The accolades in England eventually drew Merrill to London where he studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Classically trained and eager to embark on an acting career, Merrill headed to Los Angeles where he landed a succession of television roles including Charmed, Just Shoot Me, Grounded For Life,
and The Job,
which paired him with Elizabeth Hurley playing his girlfriend. He also just wrapped a guest spot on the mid-season drama Century City.
Merrill most recently completed production on the dramatic film No Regrets
with Janine Turner playing his wife, and Brad Johnson and Kate Jackson co-starring. Additional feature credits include his debut in the drama Against All Evidence,
a comedic turn in Spanish Fly,
and the shorts Infamy,
as well as festival-circuit thriller short Ice Water
with William Baldwin and Kimberly Williams. < Previous