Football and acting star Merlin Olsen is taking legal action against NBC, Fox and other companies who he claims negligently exposed him to asbestos that led to him developing mesothelioma -- a rare form of cancer linked to the dangerous chemical. In the lawsuit papers obtained by TMZ (see the document), Olsen links blames NBC Studios, NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Sherwin Williams and Lennox industries for his disease.

Merlin On and Off the Field

NFL Career

'Father Murphy'