'Willy Wonka' actor who played 'Mike Teavee' was on 'Jeopardy!'

'Willy Wonka' actor who played 'Mike Teavee' was on 'Jeopardy!'

In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Mike Teavee is the television-obsessed child who wins the Golden Ticket. In fact, when asked by host Alex Trebek about an interesting fact, Themmen talked about being an "avid backpacker", noting he's backpacked on six out of seven continents.

In the iconic 1971 film adaptation of Dahl's novel, Teevee was played by young actor Paris Themmen.

The 58-year-old actor followed up that he traveled to 61 countries, but he never mentioned that he was part of the Willy Wonka adventure film.

Since then, Themmen has appeared as himself in multiple baking competition shows as an honorary judge, most recently on Cake Wars during a Willy Wonka-themed battle.

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Instead of revealing his classic movie background in the episode, Themmen seemed to keep his biggest role under wraps when the time came to speak with host Alex Trebek. It was not until social media users tweeted their observations that Themmen's guesting started making rounds.

He went on to become the final child to lose out on the chance to take over Wonka's chocolate factory, leaving Charlie Bucket as the candyman's heir. He said @ParisThemmen and I ran out saying MIKE TEEVEE! "Great job Paris!" another fan with Twitter handle Wildbill said.

While the majority of the Wonka cast did not continue acting, they do reunite regularly at fan conventions.

Themmen ended up in second place with $6,800.

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