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Ken Jennings

 
Birth Place:
Jersey City, NJ, USA
Bio:
One of the best-known quiz show contestants of all time, Ken Jennings set records in 2004 as THE PLAYER with the longest winning streak (74 consecutive games) and most regular-season winnings ($2.52 million) in Jeopardy! history. Once a computer programmer, today Jennings is the author of twelve ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: October 10, 1947 (74)

Birth Place: Jersey City, NJ, USA

Bio:
One of the best-known quiz show contestants of all time, Ken Jennings set records in 2004 as THE PLAYER with the longest winning streak (74 consecutive games) and most regular-season winnings ($2.52 million) in Jeopardy! history. Once a computer programmer, today Jennings is the author of twelve ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Sheen Center's Off-Broadway Production, 2019
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Irish Repertory Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2016
Finian
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2006
Gypsy
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2001
Old Man Strong / Hot Blades Harry
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1999
Rev. Fallwell
  [New York]
Workshop, 1999
Other Roles
  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1998
Lamplighter/Ghost of Christmas Past
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Performer
The Boss
  [Broadway]
1997
Mr. Adolphus Spanker
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1994
Performer
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1994
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Georg Strunk
Witt (Understudy)
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1987
Performer
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1986
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1985
Ensemble
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1984
Performer
  [Regional (US)]
Goodspeed Revival, 1984
Performer
  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1980
Tobias Ragg
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Tobias Ragg
  [Broadway]
1975
Shorty
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1975
Performer

Writing

Playwright

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Sheen Center's Off-Broadway Production, 2019
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Irish Repertory Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2016
Finian

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2006
Gypsy

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2001
Old Man Strong / Hot Blades Harry

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1999
Rev. Fallwell

  [New York]
Workshop, 1999
Other Roles

  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1998
Lamplighter/Ghost of Christmas Past

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Performer

The Boss

  [Broadway]
1997
Mr. Adolphus Spanker

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1994
Performer

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1994
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Georg Strunk

Witt (Understudy)

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1987
Performer

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Off-Off-Broadway Revival, 1986
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1985
Ensemble

Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1984
Performer

  [Regional (US)]
Goodspeed Revival, 1984
Performer

  [US Tour]
1st National Tour, 1980
Tobias Ragg

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Tobias Ragg

  [Broadway]
1975
Shorty

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1975
Performer

Writing
Playwright

Ken Jennings Biography

One of the best-known quiz show contestants of all time, Ken Jennings set records in 2004 as THE PLAYER with the longest winning streak (74 consecutive games) and most regular-season winnings ($2.52 million) in Jeopardy! history. Once a computer programmer, today Jennings is the author of twelve books and the co-host of the podcast Omnibus. His favorite trivia categories are literature and movies, and his hobbies include hiking and painting. He lives in Seattle with his wife Mindy, two kids, and two dogs.

Ken Jennings Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1979 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical Gold Star
Ken Jennings, Sweeney Todd
 
Theatre World Awards - 1979 - Performance Gold Star
Ken Jennings, Sweeney Todd

Ken Jennings News

Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE CHASE on ABC - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE CHASE on ABC - Wednesday, December 15, 2021
by TV Scoop - Dec 9, 2021

Get all the scoop on THE CHASE, airing on ABC on Wednesday, December 15, 2021! Plus, watch a clip of Sara Haines on the show!

SF SKETCHFEST Announces Additions To Comedy Festival, January 7-23 Photo SF SKETCHFEST Announces Additions To Comedy Festival, January 7-23
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 3, 2021

SF Sketchfest announces additions to the 20th Anniversary comedy festival taking place January 7-23 in venues across San Francisco.

Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE CHASE on ABC - Thursday, December 8, 2021 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE CHASE on ABC - Thursday, December 8, 2021
by TV Scoop - Dec 2, 2021

Get all the scoop on THE CHASE, airing on ABC on Thursday, December 8, 2021! Plus, watch a clip from the series here!

VIDEO: Jeopardy Celebrates Broadway's Return with 'Broadway Is Back' Category Photo VIDEO: Jeopardy Celebrates Broadway's Return with 'Broadway Is Back' Category
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Nov 24, 2021

Last night's episode of Jeopardy on November 23 featured the 'Broadway is Back' category, featuring clues about Wicked, Six, American Utopia, and more!

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE CHASE on ABC - Sunday, August 15, 2021 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE CHASE on ABC - Sunday, August 15, 2021
by TV Scoop - Jul 26, 2021

Get all the scoop on THE CHASE, airing on ABC on Sunday, August 15, 2021!

Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE CHASE on ABC - Saturday, June 5, 2021 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE CHASE on ABC - Saturday, June 5, 2021
by TV Scoop - May 17, 2021

Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of THE CHASE and if it's a new episode, airing on ABC on Saturday, June 5, 2021!

Who Won Awards at the GRAMMYS? See the Full List of Winners Here! Photo Who Won Awards at the GRAMMYS? See the Full List of Winners Here!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 14, 2021

The awards honored six musicals from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the West End with nominations for Best Musical Theatre Album - 'Jagged Little Pill,' 'American Utopia,' 'Little Shop of Horrors,' 'The Prince of Egypt,' 'Soft Power,' and Amélie.'

UN D√ćA COMO HOY: SWEENEY TODD se estrenaba en Broadway Photo UN D√ćA COMO HOY: SWEENEY TODD se estrenaba en Broadway
by Cristina Martinez - Mar 1, 2021

El uno de marzo de 1979, el musical de SWEENEY TODD, basado en la obra homónima de Christopher Bond de 1973, se estrenaba en el Uris Theatre de Broadway.

Scoop: Coming Up on the Season Finale of THE CHASE on ABC - Thursday, March 4, 2021 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on the Season Finale of THE CHASE on ABC - Thursday, March 4, 2021
by TV Scoop - Feb 16, 2021

Find out what's happening on Coming Up on the Season Finale of THE CHASE and if it's a new episode, airing on ABC on Thursday, March 4, 2021!

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE CHASE on ABC - Thursday, March 4, 2021 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE CHASE on ABC - Thursday, March 4, 2021
by TV Scoop - Feb 16, 2021

Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a New Episode of THE CHASE and if it's a new episode, airing on ABC on Thursday, March 4, 2021!

Ken Jennings Videos

VIDEO: Watch a Post-Match Interview With JEOPARDY Champ Ken Jennings VideoVIDEO: Watch a Post-Match Interview With JEOPARDY Champ Ken Jennings
by Stage Tube - Jan 14, 2020

Watch a post-match interview with Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings below!

VIDEO: See JEOPARDY Champ Ken Jennings Interviewed for MEET THE CONTESTANTS VideoVIDEO: See JEOPARDY Champ Ken Jennings Interviewed for MEET THE CONTESTANTS
by Stage Tube - Jan 9, 2020

Get a closer look at Ken Jennings, who holds the record for longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history. The tournament continues THURSDAY JAN 9 at 8|7c on ABC, and will resume TUESDAY JAN 14 at 8|7c!

BWW TV: Vanessa Williams, William Spencer Reilly & Ken Jennings Preview the Season Ah VideoBWW TV: Vanessa Williams, William Spencer Reilly & Ken Jennings Preview the Season Ahead at the Sheen Center
by Eugene Ebner - Aug 2, 2019

On July 30, I had a great time backstage at the Sheen Center, interviewing Grammy and Tony-nominated singer/actress Vanessa Williams, Executive Director of The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture William Spencer Reilly and Drama Desk Award-winner Ken Jennings (Broadway's Sweeney Todd, Side Show, Grand Hotel) about the Center's exciting lineup for their fall season. This was followed by a sneak peek at some of the events, introduced by Williams to an audience of supporters.

Fiore Barbini Brings Cabaret ShowLOSING MY MIND to 53 Above Broadway VideoFiore Barbini Brings Cabaret ShowLOSING MY MIND to 53 Above Broadway
by Julie Musbach - Jul 16, 2018

FIORE BARBINI is bringing his newest cabaret show, LOSING MY MIND, to 53 Above Broadway in New York City on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018. The show features musical direction by Yasuhiko Fukuoka. Fiore made his NYC cabaret debut in October 2018 with his first solo show, I'M STILL HERE, at 53 Above Broadway. He brought the show to Don't Tell Mama Cabaret and performed sets at The Duplex and The West End.

BWW TV Exclusive: Original Casts of GREASE, NINE & GRAND HOTEL Reunite for RAMA-LAMA-DING DONG Concert!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 16, 2013

A once in a lifetime event took place on January 14th, when original Broadway cast members and creators from the landmark musicals GREASE, NINE and GRAND HOTEL reunited to help one of their own in Kathi Moss' RAMA-LAMA-DING DONG REUNION! The Actor's Fund Benefit was held at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street. BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive highlights from the special concert below!

VIDEO: On This Day 11/30 - JEOPARDY! Contestant Ken Jennings Ends Record-Winning Streak
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 30, 2012

On November 30, 2004, JEOPARDY! contestant Ken Jennings lost his championship title after winning 74 straight games and more than $2.5 million, a record for U.S. game shows. Jennings' unexpected winning streak gave the show a huge rating's boost and made the software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah a TV legend and household name. Below, check out the Final Jeopardy 'answer' which led to Jennings demise!


Ken Jennings Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ken Jennings been in?
Ken Jennings has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

How many West End shows has Ken Jennings been in?
Ken Jennings has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Ken Jennings been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweeney Todd and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Sweeney Todd .

What awards has Ken Jennings won?
Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweeney Toddand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Sweeney Todd.

How many shows has Ken Jennings written?
Ken Jennings has written 1 shows including The Gospel of John (Playwright).