May. 23rd, 1974
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Kenneth W. Jennings III is an American game show contestant, consultant, author, and television host. He is the highest-earning American game show contestant of all time.
Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. game show Jeopardy! with 74 consecutive wins. He also holds the record for the highest average correct responses per game in Jeopardy! history (for those contestants with at least 300 correct responses) with 35.9 during his original run (no other contestant has exceeded 30) and 33.1 overall including tournaments and special events. In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games before he was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $4,522,700, consisting of: $2,520,700 over his 74 wins; a $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance; a $500,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions (2005); a $300,000 second-place prize in Jeopardy's IBM Challenge (2011), when he lost to the Watson computer but became the first human to beat third-place finisher Brad Rutter; a $100,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades (2014); a $100,000 second-place prize (his share of his team's $300,000 prize) in the Jeopardy! All-Star Games (2019); and a $1 million first-place prize in the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (2020).
During his first run of Jeopardy! appearances, Jennings earned the record for the highest American game show winnings. His total was surpassed by Rutter, who defeated Jennings in the finals of the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, adding $2 million to Rutter's existing Jeopardy! winnings. Jennings regained the record after appearing on several other game shows, culminating with his results on an October 2008 appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, though Rutter retained the record for highest Jeopardy! winnings and once again passed Jennings' total after his victory in the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades' tournament. In 2020, he once again faced off and won against Rutter, as well as James Holzhauer, in a special primetime series called Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time.
Following Alex Trebek's death on November 8, 2020, Jeopardy!'s producers said on November 23 that Jennings will host the show as the first of a series of guest hosts. His first episode was aired on January 11, 2021.
- Appeared in a FedEx print ad following his "Jeopardy!" loss. The ad shows Jennings at his podium during his final episode, which the screen reading the incorrect "What is FedEx?" Final Jeopardy! response. Under the photo is a caption reading "The only time when FedEx was the wrong answer".
- Won 74 successful games during his run on _"Jeopardy!" (1984)_ (qv).
- "Quiz Show" (1994) is listed as his number three favorite film in 1994 under "Pulp Fiction" (1994) and "Red" (1994) on the Ken's Top 2000 Favorite Movies Page.
- On November 30th 2004 he was finally dethroned as Jeopardy champ by Nancy Zerg. The Final Jeopardy answer was "Employees at this white collar firm work only four months out of the year." The answer was "H. and R Block", Jennings said "Fed Ex". He finished his reign with a grand total of $2,520,700.
- Daughter Caitlin Elizabeth was born November 13, 2006. She weighed 7 lbs. 14oz. and was 21 inches long.
- H&R Block has offered to give him free tax preparations for the rest of his life as a result of his Final Jeopardy!.
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