Final Jeopardy: Actors & Oscars

The Final Jeopardy question (3/14/2014), in the category “Actors & Oscars” was:

He was nominated for Oscars in 5 consecutive decades; the last nod was for his 1978 role as a Nazi hunter.

New champ Matt Kish won yesterday’s game with a total of $23,201. Today he is up against these two players: Cameron Yahr, from Encinitas, CA; and Thad McCollum, from Orlando, FL.

Round 1: Cameron found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Close Quarters” under the $800 clue. She was in second place lead with $3,200, $600 less than Matt’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

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Cameron finished in the lead with $6,200. Thad was second with $5,200 and Matt was last with $4,400.

Round 2: Matt found the first Daily Double in “Baseball Teams” under the $2,000 clue. He was now in the lead with $7,200, $800 more than Thad in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

In 1869 a club based in this, now a National League city, became the first all-professional baseball team. show

Matt found the last Daily Double in “Pony Expressions” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $16,400, he had $4,600 more than Cameron in second place. He bet $2,000 and didn’t know, so he took a shot with “Tony.” Hey, it rhymes with pony but, alas, it was WRONG.

A nursery rhyme says, “I had a little pony, his name was” this; “I lent him to a lady to ride a mile away.” show

When Matt got that last DD, Alex Trebek said he was $5,000 ahead of third place (Thad), but he was actually $6,000 ahead. After losing that DD, Matt forgot the category on the $1,600 clue in “P” scientists, giving an answer that began with a B.

That helped Thad finish in the lead with $14,400. Matt was next with $12,800 and Cameron was in third place with $11,800.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Sir Laurence Olivier is admired the world over as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. His first Best Actor Oscar nomination was for the role of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (1939). His last was for Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman in The Boys from Brazil (1978). In between were many nominations and one win: Rebecca (1940), Henry V (1946), Hamlet (1948) – won, Richard III (1956), The Entertainer (1960), Othello (1965), Sleuth (1972). (Academy Award for Best Actor – wikipedia)

Olivier was nominated for Best Actor a total of 9 times, an accomplishment matched by only one other actor so far. show

Cameron wrote down Gregory Peck, (nom. 5x; he was the evil Dr. Mengele in Boys from Brazil). That cost her everything she had.

Matt thought it was Clark Gable (nom. 3x; died in 1960). He lost his $10,801 bet and finished with $1,999.

Thad came up with “John” and said he was going for Barrymore (no Best Actor noms; died in 1942). Thad bet $12,000 so he finished with $2,400 and that was $400 more than he needed to win the game. Thad McCollum will be the returning champ on Monday.

2 years ago:: Only ONE player got this FJ in Literature.

This 1928 novel was partly based on the author’s wife Frieda & her affair with Angelo Ravagli show

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7 Responses

  1. vj says:

    I don’t think any of these contestants were even alive in the 70s, so unless classic movies was one of their passions, maybe they wouldn’t be aware of Olivier’s stature, ya know?

    If Jeopardy was still on say 30 years hence, and they had contestants on about their ages, those players may have no idea who Olivier even was!

    Well, fwiw, I love the guy. Great actor, the best Hamlet, the best Heathcliff.

    • john blahuta says:

      and that’s a SHAME. i actually revere him still. some actors and movies you just HAVE to see, no matter how old. laughton, peck, grant,cooper,tracy just on the male side and just to scratch the surface.

      that reminds me of something: one day in vienna, in 9th grade, our english class was taken to the movies to see a special performance (the original) just for our school of “the old man and the sea”. THAT started my interest in movies, i then read the book and the rest is ,ahem,history.-:)

    • vj says:

      Here is AMC’s list of 50 Greatest Actors of All Time. They don’t even have Charles Laughton on there! But they have Fred Astaire. So we see what I mean. Ah, well, at least they have Burt Lancaster.

      • john blahuta says:

        boy, that list brings back memories. i was especially fond of mitchum. he had two dvd series, pretty accurate following the books by wouk, ” winds of war” and ” war and remembrance”. wouk having written also a – for me- hilarious book, “don’t stop the carnival”, since i managed a hotel on barbados for 3 years. it was like revisiting, just with a kind of mixed sad/happy end. well, there is something to be said to go to a movie theater and watch a flick,the atmosphere in the theater, standing in line, not knowing whether they sell out before its your turn and not printing the tickets online, or READING abook, HOLDING it, feeling the covers, turning the pages. not just some leather,carton,paper and ink.emotions and memories today’s younger/youngest generation is missing out on. for me a book e.g. has almost a life of its own.

  2. john blahuta says:

    ironic that in 1976 olivier was nominated for an oscar (best supporting actor) for playing dr. szell (the white angel), a nazi war criminal…… and in 1980 again a jewish cantor in “the jazz singer”….lost 1976 to jason robard (all the president’s men). like dustin hoffman imo one of the best actors ever. he could play anybody, just like hoffman, extremely opposite characters. (hoffman like ben in “the graduate”, “ratso” rizzo in “midnight cowboy” and untold others (raymond in “rain man” etc. etc……

    thad was REALLY lucky though. the necessary bet would have been only 11.201 to win (if everybody was right).and WOW, a triple stumper with the winner taking home a measly 2.400….total winnings 4.399 in this show. well, matt was bumped up from 1.999 to 2.000. THAT will make a difference:):)

  3. aaaa says:

    Seems as though all three wagers, or at least two ,were inoptimal. Thad probably won the game because of inoptimal wagering by his opponents.