Paris Themmen shocked social media users when he appeared on the “Jeopardy!” Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Social media users were quick to point out that a “Jeopardy!” contestant on Tuesday night’s episode was “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” star Themmen.
Themmen, now 58, played Mike Teevee in the classic 1971 film based on Roald Dahl’s book. His character was one of the lucky winners that have been granted for a visit to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
During each episode, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek interviews with the participants after a commercial break, asks fundamental questions, such as their hobbies and professions. Themmen described himself as an “entrepreneur” and “avid backpacker.” He told Trebek he loved to travel and has been to 61 countries.
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The former actor made no mention of his role in the classic children’s film, but that could not stop social media users from recognizing him.
“WBZ interrupted the opening of” Jeopardy!”, so I don’t have his name until Alex Trebek repeated – Paris Themmen, Mike Teevee from ” Willy Wonka!'” one person tweeted.
WBZ interrupted the opening of Jeopardy! so I don’t have his name until Alex Trebek repeated – @ParisThemmen, Mike Teevee from Willy Wonka! pic.twitter.com/NNPUQ09hV0
— Tim Colby (@timjcolby) March 13, 2018
“A participant on Wednesday,” Jeopardy! ” played Mike Teevee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory…and are interesting fact about herself was about backpacking,” another person wrote.
A contestant on Wednesday #Danger played Mike Teevee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory… and are interesting fact about herself was about backpacking.
— J. Colin Bice (@JCBdotcom) March 15, 2018
“Mike Teevee was on ‘Jeopardy!’ This is the world in which we live,” one social media user tweeted.
Mike Teevee was in Danger. This is the world in which we live. pic.twitter.com/uYf83CgMY2
— Hobbes Youngblood (@LogoCornerTiger) March 14, 2018
“I was making dinner in the kitchen, listening to “Jeopardy!” when Alex Trebek started with the introduction of the participants in the break. He said Paris Themmen and I walked out, and tell MIKE TEEVEE!! My wife thought I was crazy. Great job Paris!” another person wrote.
I was making dinner in the kitchen, listening for Danger when Alex Trebek started with the introduction of the participants in the break. He said: @ParisThemmen and I walked out, and tell MIKE TEEVEE !!! My wife thought I was crazy. Great job Paris!
— Wildbill (@wildbill77) March 13, 2018
Themmen not win, but he came in second place.
In 2015 again with the “Willy Wonka” cast, Themmen told the “Today” show that the actors still keep in touch after all these years.
“We see ourselves as a family, maybe a bit of a dysfunctional family, but a family really,” Themmen said.