Final Jeopardy: American Actors

The Final Jeopardy question (5/28/2013) in the category “American Actors” was:

Reflecting a long friendship dating to a 1962 film they did together, Brock Peters gave the eulogy at this star’s 2003 funeral.

Mike Lewis now has a 3-day total of $92,401, and no matter what happens today, we’ll be seeing him in the Tournament of Champions for sure. Today he is up against: Jason Parker from Spring, TX; and Elizabeth McCullough from Lowell, MA.

Mike found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “You Paid for this Ad.” He was in third place with $3,200, $1,000 behind Jason’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Mike finished in the lead with $7,400. Elizabeth was second with $4,200 and Jason was last with $3,600.

Jason found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Music & Literature” on his second pick. He was in second place with $4,800 (he started in the middle). Mike and Elizabeth’s scores had not changed yet. He made it a true Daily Double and thought it was “The Music Man.” That was WRONG.

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Jason found the last Daily Double in “Languages.” He was in third place with $1,600, $7,800 less than Mike’s lead. He bet the $2,000 allowance and guessed “Swedish.” That was WRONG.

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Mike finished in the lead with $15,000. Elizabeth was next with $9,800 and Jason was still hanging in, despite those two tough breaks, with $2,400.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Brock Peters played Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape by a white girl in 1930s Alabama. Gregory Peck, as attorney Atticus Finch, defended him. The two actors formed a friendship that lasted until the end of Peck’s life on June 12, 2003. Peters gave the eulogy at Peck’s funeral on June 16, 2003. In addition to his many acting credits, Brock Peters did some voice work towards the end of his career and you might have heard his voice in “The Wild Thornberrys” or the 1992 “Batman” TV Series, among others. He passed away 2 years after Peck on August 23, 2005.

Jason wrote down “(Karl) Malden” who died in 2009. Giving up the big bets, Jason only risked $7.00. He finished with $2,393.

Elizabeth was trying to write down Paul Newman, who died in 2008, but she ran out of time. She lost $5,201 and finished with $4,599.

Mike wrote down Sammy Davis, Jr., who died in 1990. Mike lost his $4,601 bet but still won the match with $10,399. His 4-day total is now $102,800.

One thing that Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, Karl Malden and Paul Newman all have in common is they were all recipients of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. Brock Peters was in a film with Sammy Davis, Jr. (Porgy and Bess) and appeared on an episode of “The Street of San Francisco,” a 1972 TV Series starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas.

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  1. aaaa says:

    Mike will be enjoying a likely spot in the next regular TofC, which might be in Fall 2014 if they are doing a 30th anniversary tournament next season.