Can you guess which actors these real 'Jeopardy!' clues are about?
The movie industry received a body blow in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic shut down theaters and productions for much of the year. In recent months, some theaters have slowly reopened and cameras are rolling again on a limited basis—drive-ins have once again become a popular method for screenings, thanks to their socially distant setups. While it remains to be seen what the film industry will look like after the pandemic, there will surely be many stories to be told.
In absence of new work from your favorite thespians, Stacker scoured through J! Archive, the online archive of “Jeopardy!” clues, to create a quiz of 25 questions about actors. Using primary news sources, movie databases, and entertainment websites, Stacker’s quiz includes actors from various generations—comedians, drama actors, and heartthrobs included. Each “Clue” slide includes the clue, category, value, and date the episode aired followed by the answer in traditional “Jeopardy!” format. All clues are from Nov. 2020 or before.
Do you remember where a two-time Academy Award winner and a popular game show host first broke it big portraying characters on a medical staff? How about the Texas slacker who turned into a bestselling author and serious Oscar-winning, leading man? And who can forget the Pro Football Hall of Famers, Canadian stoner, and groundbreaking 1990s talk show host who left their marks on the big screen?
Whether you’re an avid fan of “Jeopardy!” or a connoisseur of consuming popcorn with flicks, this quiz is sure to keep you captivated—just like the work of a hero/bad guy combo featured on the list who have found renewed interest thanks to a reboot of their classic 1980s sports film.
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- Clue: Howie Mandel and Denzel Washington were on staff at this ’80s show set at St. Eligius Hospital.
- Category: Big and Small Screen Classics
- Value: $1600
- Date episode aired: Nov. 1, 2019
Answer #1: What is 'St. Elsewhere'?
Howie Mandel and Denzel Washington’s careers took different paths after “St. Elsewhere,” but both actors have been quite successful. Mandel had a hit cartoon “Bobby’s World” in the 1990s, and then became a popular game show host. Denzel Washington broke big in movies, winning Oscars for roles in “Glory” and “Training Day.” Washington’s son, John David Washington, won acclaim in 2018 for his work in “BlacKkKlansman.”
- Clue: Born in Vancouver, he’s brought his curly hair and rubber face to “Funny People” as well as to “Superbad.”
- Category: Funny People
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Feb. 5, 2010
Answer #2: Who is Seth Rogen?
Rogen began doing stand-up comedy as a teenager, and co-wrote a draft of “Superbad” with Evan Goldberg at 13. A frequent Twitter user, Rogen has become vocal in supporting social justice issues, and has long been a proponent of marijuana. Recently, Rogen voiced a character in “The Lion King” remake.
- Clue: One of the first R-rated movies was 1968’s “The Split” starring this former Cleveland Browns running back.
- Category: R-rated Movies
- Value: $1600
- Date episode aired: Dec. 6, 2018
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Answer #3: Who is Jim Brown?
A Hall of Fame running back and former lacrosse star, Brown retired from sports and became a bona fide movie star. Brown had roles in cult classics like “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Mars Attacks!” and played a tough cop in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game.”
- Clue: Say this triple-dipper that came near the end of Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar acceptance speech.
- Category: Say It Three Times
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Sept. 19, 2008
Answer #4: What is "all right, all right, all right"?
In late 2020, McConaughey released his memoir, “Greenlights,” which describes his Texas childhood and rise to movie stardom. McConaughey won an Academy Award for his starring role in “Dallas Buyers Club,” but he first captured hearts in “Dazed and Confused,” playing a stoner/muscle car enthusiast. In “Dazed and Confused,” McConaughey was featured alongside other rising actors like Ben Affleck and Joey Adams.
- Clue: Appropriately, this martial arts master’s voice is heard in “Kung Fu Panda” as the monkey.
- Category: Actors and Actresses
- Value: $600
- Date episode aired: Feb. 11, 2010
Answer #5: Who is Jackie Chan?
Chan had already been a star in Asia thanks to his martial arts prowess, but he finally broke through in North America with 1995’s “Rumble in the Bronx.” Chan reached mainstream fame with his roles in the “Rush Hour” series and received an honorary Oscar in 2016. Not bad for an actor who has a hole in his head and tons of broken bones thanks to decades of physical stunts.
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