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Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« on: December 28, 2023, 11:10:15 PM »
Here's a fun Q: How many contestants on game shows had the same name(s) as celebrities? I swear that I've seen a few examples. :)

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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2023, 11:17:02 PM »
If memory serves, there was a contestant named Betty White on Match Game 7x one time when Betty was actually on the panel.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2023, 11:34:10 PM »
"The Name's The Same" was more or less built around this concept.

Meredith's "Millionaire" had a week dedicated to contestants with famous names.

Jeopardy had a player named Lara Croft, an aquatic veterinarian for SeaWorld who had previously appeared in a SeaWorld commercial.

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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2023, 12:14:35 AM »
When I was a kid, I remember seeing a lady on J! named Nancy Walker and being confused by the concept of a contestant having the same name as a famous actress.
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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2023, 12:35:37 AM »
On an episode of Balderdash, the contestants' first names were Regan and Byrnes.  Among the celebrities that week was Regan Burns.

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2023, 03:21:35 AM »
If memory serves, there was a contestant named Betty White on Match Game 7x one time when Betty was actually on the panel.

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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2023, 04:09:05 AM »
Not sure if this quite counts, but two of Millionaire’s million dollar winners had director’s names (John Carpenter and Kevin Smith).

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2023, 04:47:39 AM »
If memory serves, there was a contestant named Betty White on Match Game 7x one time when Betty was actually on the panel.

On the TTTT '80 episode with Barry Bremen, the sports imposter, one of the game's imposters was named Bill Cullen (ours was on the panel as well)

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2023, 06:26:47 AM »
On Password Plus, when Monty Hall was on for the week, they had a contestant named Jay Stewart.

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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2023, 11:44:36 AM »
If memory serves, there was a contestant named Betty White on Match Game 7x one time when Betty was actually on the panel.

On the TTTT '80 episode with Barry Bremen, the sports imposter, one of the game's imposters was named Bill Cullen (ours was on the panel as well)

And in the recently aired TTTT episode that was part of the Buzzr Bob Barker salute with the game show fanatics who won a dinner date with Kitty Carlisle: one of the imposters was a Mark Goodson.

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2023, 03:20:30 PM »
Didn't WML once have a contestant named John Daly?
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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2023, 05:34:38 PM »
If memory serves, there was a contestant named Betty White on Match Game 7x one time when Betty was actually on the panel.

On the TTTT '80 episode with Barry Bremen, the sports imposter, one of the game's imposters was named Bill Cullen (ours was on the panel as well)

And in the recently aired TTTT episode that was part of the Buzzr Bob Barker salute with the game show fanatics who won a dinner date with Kitty Carlisle: one of the imposters was a Mark Goodson.
The other imposter was named Bob Barker.
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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2023, 06:32:09 PM »
There was an episode of Classic Concentration with a contestant named Steve Martin. Go watch his first turn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaATQUTgUaY&t=141

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Re: Game Show Contestants Who Share Names With Celebrities
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2024, 07:28:30 PM »
On Jeopardy!, in June 2014, they had a contestant named Jack Barry.

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« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2024, 09:44:01 AM »
On the Eubanks’ run of Card Sharks, there was a contestant named Bob Eubanks.