‘Willy Wonka’ Star Paris Themmen, Who Played Mike Teevee, Appears on ‘Jeopardy!’
By Rachel McRady
Mike Teevee finally made it on TV!
Jeopardy! viewers had a blast from the past during Tuesday's episode. One of the featured contestants, Paris Themmen, was the former child star who played the TV-obsessed kid Mike Teevee in the beloved 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
The strangest part about Themmen's appearance -- he didn't mention his Wonka connection! In fact, when asked by host Alex Trebek about an interesting fact, Themmen talked about being an "avid backpacker," noting he's backpacked on six out of seven continents.
But that didn't stop fans from immediately recognizing him and pointing out his former star status on Twitter.
Also, @ParisThemmen why talk about backpacking? Why wouldn't you mention that when you were 11, you got invited to a chocolate factory in Germany and got split up in a million pieces then shrunk down to the size of a chocolate bar. Total missed opportunity if you ask me.
Themmen came in second place during Tuesday's episode, despite a strong start.
Though he hasn't acted since a minor role in 2000's Star Trek: Voyager, Themmen has seemingly remained in the film industry. He was credited as a production assistant on the 2011 romantic comedy Something Borrowed and appeared as himself on several food shows including Top Chef: Just Desserts and Cake Wars.
Sadly, Themmen's famous co-star Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka himself, passed away in 2016. Watch the clip below for more.