Charles Van Doren Dead at 93, Subject of Oscar-Nominated Movie ‘Quiz Show’

Charles Van Doren, maybe probably the most notorious TV sport present contestant ever — and the topic of an Oscar-nominated film — died Tuesday at his Connecticut retirement residence … in accordance with his household.

Charles famously admitted dishonest on the NBC sport present, “Twenty-One,” again within the 1950s. He really testified earlier than Congressional investigators and stated the video games have been rigged. It was an enormous scandal as a result of prime time sport exhibits have been enormously widespread again then … drawing as much as 50 million viewers.

Robert Redford directed the 1994 film, “Quiz Show” — with Ralph Fiennes taking part in Van Doren — concerning the dishonest scandal. The film earned 4 Oscar nominations and 4 Golden Globes nominations.

Van Doren received $129,000 — which might be greater than $1 million at the moment — however later instructed Congress he had been given the questions and solutions prematurely. He additionally stated he was coached up on the best way to create extra drama as he contemplated his solutions on the present.

Although he was from a really distinguished and rich Manhattan household … Van Doren was disgraced after the dishonest scandal. He went on to turn out to be an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica and wrote a couple of books.

He’d been dwelling within the retirement group for a number of years earlier than his loss of life.

Van Doren was 93.

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