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Here's Why This Week’s 'Jeopardy' Contestant Looked So Dang Familiar

We'll give you a hint: he was a child star in '70s.

You'll Never Guess Where You've Seen This 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Before

A couple of nights ago, the tried and true host of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek, started the show by briefly talking to each of the three contestants — all of which is par for the course.

Trebek introduced the second of the night's participants as Paris Themmen, an "entrepreneur from North Hollywood, California," and an "avid backpacker." The Jeopardy host then asked Themmen to elaborate on his worldwide backpacking adventures. Again, this would all be fine and dandy, except Themmen had a much more interesting anecdote at his disposal, which Trebek chose to ignore! You see, the 58-year-old played none other than Mike Teavee in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

You'll Never Guess Where You've Seen This 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Before
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You remember Mike... the TV-obsessed, runner-up to Willy Wonka's contest?

Themmen played the entire game and his chocolate-covered past was not brought up once. However, that didn't stop people on Twitter from making the connection.

We're sure the former child star has long since moved on from his movie persona — I mean, it has been 47 years since the release of Willy Wonka. Themmen ultimately came in second, but, hey, at least this contest didn't end with him getting miniaturized by WonkaVision. 

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