Willy Wonka Star Makes A Surprising Appearance On Jeopardy

posted by Kristina Kage - 

Paris Themmen, a former child star who played Mike Teavee in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonky and the Chocolate Factory, appeared on Tuesday's episode of Jeopardy. However, he made no mention of his Hollywood past when host Alex Trebek asked the contestants about their personal lives. 

Instead, the 48-year-old was introduced as an "entrepreneur" and "avid backpacker." He talked about traveling to 61 countries. Regardless, sharp-eyed fans of Willy  Wonka immediately recognized Themmen and took to Twitter to express their delight. "I was making dinner in the kitchen, listening to Jeopardy when Alex Trebek started introducing contestants at the break. He said @ParisThemmen and I ran out saying MIKE TEEVEE! My wife thought I was nuts," one fan wrote. Another wondered, "Why wouldn’t Paris Themmen mention the most amazing fact he had about himself?" The former actor ultimately finished in second place with $6,800 in winnings.

 However, the Decider notes that this isn't Themmen's first brush with success on Jeopardy; his wife Nikki is a two-time champion

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