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‘Willy Wonka’ star Paris Themmen, aka Mike Teavee, makes surprise ‘Jeopardy!’ appearance

In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Mike Teavee is the television-obsessed child who wins the Golden Ticket.

Actor Paris Themmen, who played Teavee in the 1971 film, fulfilled his character’s wildest TV dreams when he appeared on Jeopardy! Wednesday night.

Yet, when host Alex Trebek introduced Themmen to the audience as an “entrepreneur” and “avid backpacker,” chatting with him about how he’s hiked six out of the seven continents, he failed to mention his Hollywood past. 

That didn’t get past some sharp-eyed viewers, who took to Twitter to discuss Themmen’s real claim to fame. 

Per IMDb, Themmen’s last on-screen role came in the Star Trek: Voyager TV series in 2000, and he’s appeared in recent years as himself on Top Chef: Just Desserts and Cake Wars.

He ended his Jeopardy! run by coming in second place.

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