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TV Game Show Contestant
    (December 19, 1926- )
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Contestant on the game show 'Twenty One'
    After a series of tie games, lost to Charles Van Doren
    Portrayed by John Turturro in 'Quiz Show' (1994)
    Like Van Doren, he was provided with answers ahead of time.
    On the show, he looked and acted like a stereotypical nerd.
    After Van Doren beat him, a producer said, 'Now we have a clean-cut intellectual as champion, instead of a freak with a sponge memory.'
    His initial attempts to reveal that the show was fixed were dismissed as sour grapes over Van Doren's success.
    It took a contestant-in-waiting on the game show 'Dotto' accidentally discovering an answer sheet for another contestant to get authorities to investigate.
    He was particularly annoyed at having to answer incorrectly 'What film won the Academy Award for Best Picture for 1955,' since the right answer, 'Marty,' was one of his favorite movies.
    'Twenty One' producer Dan Enright failed to deliver on his promise to get him a job in television in return for losing to Van Doren.
    After the quiz show scandal, he attended college on the G.I. Bill and became a social studies teacher.
    After the release of 'Quiz Show,' he appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which taped in the studio once occupied by 'Twenty One.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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