Connect with us

Entertainment

‘Willy Wonka’ Child Star Appears On Jeopardy

Former Willy Wonka Star and lover of backpacking takes the world of game shows by storm

Avatar

Published

on

Social media was in an excited uproar over the discovery that “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” star, Paris Themmen was a contestant on Tuesday’s episode of Jeopardy.

Themmen is best known for playing Mike Teevee in the classic film. His character was one of the few lucky ones to be granted entrance into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Throughout the episode, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek spoke to each contestant about their interests and hobbies.

Themmen said he was a backpacker and has visited 61 different countries. Themmen made no mention of his role in the beloved childhood film, but it was reported on TMZ that Trebek purposely did not mention his role in the movie.

According to Themmen, Trebek is given three quick facts about each contestant to bring up during the interview portion of the episode. “Alex chooses the one that interests him the most and then discusses it, with the contestant,” Themmen said.

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek decided to discuss Themmen’s love for backpacking instead of his acting career. Apparently Themmen’s wife told Trebek about his role in the movie and Trebek seemed uninterested.

Social media users quickly mentioned that Themmen was the boy from “Willy Wonka.” One person on Twitter said “A contestant on Wednesday’s ‘Jeopardy!’ played Mike Teevee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory…and his interesting fact about himself was about backpacking.”

Paris Themmen did not end up winning, but managed to secure a second place finish winning $6,000 dollars. In 2015, Themmen was part of a “Willy Wonka” cast reunion that included Peter Ostrum (who played Charlie Bucket), Michael Bollner (who played Augustus Gloop), Julie Dawn Cole (who played Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (who played Violet Beauregarde) and Rusty Goffe (who played an Oompa Loompa) on the “Today” show, where he said all the cast members keep in touch and that they saw themselves a dysfunctional family.

 

 

Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.

Washington D.C. native, U of South Florida alumni, journalism nut. I love everything politics. Always in favor of a little Netflix binge watching.

CMN Reports

Election 20206 hours ago

This Progressive Truck Driver is Challenging a Democratic Incumbent in Washington State

This young working class truck driver is taking on the Democratic Party establishment in Olympia, Washington.

by , The Catholic American University
Election 20201 week ago

The State of Maine Will Use Ranked-Choice Voting for Future Presidential Elections

The Pine Tree State progresses towards more electoral reform.

by , The Catholic American University
LGBT2 weeks ago

Former Catholic High School Principal in California Alleges Job Firing Because He is Gay

The fight continues for the LGBTQIA+ community in the classrooms of private education.

by , The Catholic American University
Education3 weeks ago

California Will Offer Tuition-Free Community College for In-State Residents

The Golden States moves towards affordable access for higher education.

by , The Catholic American University
Business1 month ago

CBS and Viacom Will Merge Once Again

Media and entertainment oligopoly is growing.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality1 month ago

Illinois Will Now Mandate LGBTQIA+ History Curriculum to be Taught in Public schools

The land of Lincoln is becoming more inclusive in its curriculum.

by , The Catholic American University
Doctor holds a newborn baby after a Caesarian. Doctor holds a newborn baby after a Caesarian.
Government1 month ago

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Starting to Decline Nationwide

As the country's birth rate stagnates or declines, so does teen birth rates.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 months ago

North Carolin Governor Blocks Public Funds for LGBTQIA+ Conversion Therapy By Executive Order

State or Federal funds will be impacted by executive order.

by , The Catholic American University

Most Read From CMN Writers

[]
1 Step 1
keyboard_arrow_leftPrevious
Nextkeyboard_arrow_right

Copyright © College Media Network