Merlin Santana (March 14, 1976 – Nov. 9, 2002), was an Afro-Latino television actor best known for his role as teenager Romeo on The Steve Harvey Show. He also played Rudy’s boyfriend Stanley on The Cosby Show.
Santana died after being shot in the head while sitting in the passenger seat of a friend’s car. He was 26 years old.
A police officer involved in the case testified that Santana was killed because the shooter’s girlfriend, age 15 at the time, falsely claimed that the actor had tried to rape her.