Merlin Olsen

Birth Name: Merlin Jay Olsen

Date of Birth: September 15, 1940

Place of Birth: Logan, Utah, U.S.

Date of Death: March 11, 2010

Place of Death: Duarte, California, U.S.

*Danish (father)
*English (mother)

Merlin Olsen was an American professional football player. He was a defensive tackle, announcer, and actor.

He was the son of Merle and Lynn Jay Olsen.

Merlin’s paternal grandfather was James Andrew Olsen (the son of Anders Christian Olsen and Maren Marie Kjerstina Nielsen).

Merlin’s paternal grandmother was Katie Christensen (the daughter of Hans Peter Christensen and Laura Hansine Petrine Madsen).

Merlin’s maternal grandfather was Orrin Orlando Barrus (the son of Benjamin Franklin Barrus and Lovinia Ann Steele).

Merlin’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Clark (the daughter of Timothy Baldwin Clark and Lucy Augusta Rice).

Source: Genealogy of Merlin Olsen –

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